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Richard J Arsenault

Class action Attorney at Alexandria, LA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Richard J. Arsenault (Law Corporation)

  • State Years
    Texas - TX 32 years
    Maryland - MD 32 years
    Colorado - CO 33 years
    Louisiana - LA 43 years
    Dist. of Columbia - DC 31 years
    Florida - FL 33 years
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 32 years
    State MD
    Acquired 1991
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State CO
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 43 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1980
    Status
    Eligible to Practice Law No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 31 years
    State DC
    Acquired 1992
    Status
    Resigned No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 33 years
    State FL
    Acquired 1990
    Status
    Administrative - Not Authorized to Practice No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Richard

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Richard has been recognized as one of America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers by Trial Lawyer Magazine. He was nominated for the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation and selected as a 2015 member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. In 2014, he was selected by the National Trial Lawyers as the Trial Lawyer of the Year Civil Plaintiff Finalist. He currently serves as Lead Counsel in the Actos MDL where a jury rendered a historic $9 Billion Punitive Damage verdict against Eli Lilly and Takeda. This has been reported as one of the nation’s largest personal injury verdicts. He subsequently served on the team that negotiated a $2.4 Billion settlement which is the largest single mass tort settlement for a drug still on the market. He is also on the Pinnacle MDL Trial Team where a jury rendered a $502 Million verdict against J&J and DePuy.

The National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys selected Richard to receive their Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Louisiana. The Wall Street Journal has described Richard as having “national notoriety” and as a “big gun” amongst attorneys in competition for leadership roles. BusinessWeek described him as “a Dean of the Louisiana Tort Bar.” The NYTimes has described him as one of the “big players” in the legal community. USA Today featured him as a member of the “Legal Elite,” – a diverse grouping of America’s leading attorneys and the New Orleans Times-Picayune has referred to him as “an authority on class actions.”

Richard’s commitment to legal excellence is reflected in the years of serving as a faculty member for LSU’s Trial Advocacy program, lecturing at judicial colleges and assuming leadership roles in local as well as national bar associations. Recently, the LA Supreme Court appointed him to serve on the Rules of Professional Conduct Class Action Committee. For over 25 years, Richard has held Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating.

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Location

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
2220 Bonaventure Ct
Alexandria, LA, 71301

Reviews

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Posted by Czc | April 8, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Outstanding representation
Richard did an outstanding job of representing us in a mesothelioma case. He and his team are caring, compassionate, extremely knowledgeable and professional. Everything was taken care of with as little interuption to our lives as possible. We never felt like “just another case.” He’s one of the good guys!
Posted by Liz and Wayne | April 7, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Top Notch Lawyers
We are represented by Richards Arsenault and team in a Bellwether Trial that was held in Dallas, Texas. The litigation was with a major company and we had a very, very successful verdict. From the moment we spoke with Richard, Dustin and Jennifer we knew we were in good hands. They were always available to take our calls and answer any questions. They walked us through the entire trial process with such professionalism, concern and efficiency. It was an experience we will never forget. We live in California and our trial was several weeks long. They saw that our accommodations were wonderful and our time away from home was not so difficult. The entire team worked day and night. Always kind and caring. Plus fun to be around with all their energy! We truly consider them friends. We highly recommend Richard Arsenault, he is very professional, efficient, caring and kind.
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Posted by Audra | April 3, 2018
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| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
Having never expected to be involved in any type of litigation, we are so thankful to have been represented by Richard Arsenault and his team at Neblett, Beard and Arsenault. From day one, we were extremely impressed with our main contacts, Dustin Carter and Jennifer Hoekstra, both extremely responsive, whether it be a phone call, text or email, day and night, keeping us informed throughout the entire process. We cannot say enough about Mr. Arsenault, Dustin Carter, Jennifer Hoekstra, Dawn Chmielewski and Ashley Caruso, they made us feel like part of their law firm family and made sure we understood what to expect throughout the trial. Pre-trial, they took the time to really get to know us, our family and our situation, twice visiting our home in Western New York, some 1327 miles from their home office. We were very fortunate to have been part of a bellwether trial which took place in Dallas, TX, over the course of nine weeks. It was an experience we will never forget. Although it was difficult be away from home, our accommodations were wonderful and at no expense to us. They spent a great deal of money to make our long stay doable. We actually had a family emergency in New York and they had us on a plane within hours of the phone call. It was a surreal experience, witnessing behind the scenes preparation for trial, watching the trial unfold and how the team anticipated what needed to be done, both in the courtroom and behind the scenes. This group worked all hours of the day and night, operating like a well-oiled machine, with the result of a successful verdict. To see this first hand was an experience we will never forget. We are so very grateful to have had such an awesome experience with such a high caliber law firm. We highly recommend the professionals at Neblett, Beard and Arsenault, who we now consider our friends.
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Posted by Carole | March 17, 2018
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A true gentleman and a wonderful attorney
My husband and I are currently being represented by Mr. Arsenault and his firm in a lawsuit against a major manufacturer which included an out of state trial. Mr. Arsenault is the consummate professional, but also kind and caring. He takes the time to explain every step of the process to keep us completely updated all the time. He is one of the most intelligent people I have ever met and one of the most humble. A real gentleman, a great attorney and a genuinely good person. I would recommend his services to anyone.
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  • Free Consultation 30 minutes

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Senior Partner
  • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
  • 1982 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
  • 1900 - Present

Education

  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1980
  • State University of New York
  • BA
  • 1977

Associations

  • American Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Member
  • N/A
  • National Trial Lawyers Association
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2016 - 2016
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Member
  • 2013 - 2013
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Professional Assessment Committee
  • Member
  • 2004 - 2008
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Bar Governance Committee
  • Member
  • 1997 - 1998
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, CLE Program Committee
  • Member
  • 1996 - 2018
  • Crossroads American Inn of Court of Alexandria-Pineville
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 1992 - 1995
  • Crossroads American Inn of Court of Alexandria-Pineville
  • President
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • President
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Governors
  • 1988 - 1992
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer
  • The Best Lawyers in America©
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Personal Injury Attorneys for Louisiana
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2017
  • Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • America's Top 100 Attorneys
  • 2017
  • Top 10 Attorneys
  • American Jurist Institute
  • 2017
  • America's Elite Trial Lawyers
  • National Law Journal
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Client Satisfaction Award
  • American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2015
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Personal Injury Law
  • American Lawyer Media
  • 2014
  • Top 50 National Law Journal Verdicts & Settlements
  • National Law Journal
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2014
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2013
  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer
  • Law & Politics Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 2011
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers®
  • 1993
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Civil Plaintiff
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • N/A
  • Super Lawyer
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • N/A
  • America’s 100 Most Influential Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyer Magazine
  • N/A
  • America’s 50 Most Influential Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyer Magazine
  • N/A
  • Life Member
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • N/A
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • N/A
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers®
  • N/A
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana
  • American Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
  • Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Louisiana
  • National Academy Of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • N/A
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • N/A
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Publications

  • Brook Hollow Review
  • Mass Tort Roundtable
  • 2013
  • The Trial Lawyer Magazine
  • The Role and Function of Corporate Representatives at Trial
  • 2012
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Hanks v. Entergy Corp. — The Supreme Court Provides Some Clarity But Leaves A Big Question Unanswered
  • 2007
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • The (Un)Availability of Act of God and Force Majeure Affirmative Defenses After Rita, Katrina
  • 2006
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Using Conflicts Principles to Obtain Punitive Damages in Louisiana Court
  • 2005
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Class Action Settlement of Future Claims
  • 2004
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Maritime Forum Non Conveniens; La.C.C.P. art. 123 v. 46 U.S.C. App. §688(b)
  • 2000
  • San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
  • Recovery Under the Death on High Seas Act
  • 1999
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Driving While Intoxicated: A Formula for Punitive Damages
  • 1999
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • U.M. v. Worker's Compensation: Who Pays?
  • 1998
  • Louisiana Advocates (LAJ)
  • Hunting Season: Remedies Available to Camp/Club Employees
  • 1998
  • Trial Magazine
  • Mitigating Weaknesses at Trial
  • 1994
  • Trial Magazine
  • Has the Traditional Mariner Been Forgotten?
  • 1992
  • The Maritime Lawyer
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority v. Johnson: The Sudden Rise and Fall of General Contractor Tort Immunity Under the LHWCA
  • 1984
  • The Forum
  • The General Maritime Law Counterpart to Worker's Compensation: Maintenance, Cure and Wages
  • 1982
  • The Federal Bar News
  • Recognizing and Developing the Brownwater Seaman's Remedies
  • 1982
  • The ATLA Docket
  • Problems Associated with Fixed Platform Maritime Personal Injury Claims
  • 1982
  • The Forum
  • Maintenance, Cure and Wages: General Principles and Recent Developments
  • 1982
  • Louisiana Bar Journal
  • Johnson v. Penrod Years of Tradition Unhampered by Progress
  • 1981
  • Voir Dire
  • Maritime Personal Injuries: Developing the Offshore Platform Worker's Claim
  • 1981
  • Voir Dire
  • Maritime Personal Injury: Developing the Seaman's Claim
  • 1981
  • Trial Magazine
  • A Primer on Remedies Available to the Offshore Oil Worker
  • 1981
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Speaking Engagements

  • Masters of Mass Tort
  • Why Mass Torts Make Sense as a Compliment to Your Existing Personal Injury or Med Mal Practice
  • 2018
  • Masters of Mass Tort
  • Key Issues to Consider When Entering a Mass Tort
  • 2018
  • Masters of Mass Tort
  • Tales from the Trenches and Lessons Learned in Mass Tort Litigation: Ongoing Lessons in Pinnacle
  • 2018
  • HarrisMartin Conference
  • Seminar Chair
  • 2018
  • HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Opioid, Equifax & Talcum Powder
  • The Increasing Role and Diverse Functions of Special Masters Managing Mass Torts
  • 2017
  • HarrisMartin's MDL Conference: Opioid, Equifax & Talcum Powder
  • Mass Tort Updates: Roundup, Onglyza, PPI, Hernia Mesh, Pinnacle and More
  • 2017
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting
  • Recent Tort and Maritime Developments Including the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation.
  • 2010
  • Louisiana State Bar Association 10th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium
  • How Are Your Individual and Commercial Clients Impacted by Recalls?
  • 2010
  • DePuy Hip Recall Litigation Conference
  • MDL Status Update; Examining Where Cases are Filed and in What Number, Comparing Venues, Predicting the JPMDL’s Decision.
  • 2010
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Twombley/Iqhbar: The End of Notice Pleadings.
  • 2010
  • American Association for Justice Annual Convention
  • Foodborne Illness 101
  • 2010
  • LSBA 21st Annual Summer School Revisited
  • Recent Maritime Developments
  • 2009
  • Louisiana State Bar Association's 9th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort Symposium
  • Mass Foodborne Illness Torts; How Are Your Individual and Commercial Clients Impacted by Recalls?
  • 2009
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Personal injury Attorney | Sep 24
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Richard and his Firm for many years on numerous toxic tort, complex litigation and personal injury matters. Richard is an extremely skilled, knowledgeable, diligent and aggressive lawyer that carefully pursues his clients interests. He and his Firm have my strong endorsement."
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Alexandria Class action Lawyer Richard J Arsenault
Richard J Arsenault
Class action Attorney
Alexandria, LA
Licensed for 43 years
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