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Richard Arsenault is a nationally recognized member of complex litigation bar and has participated in over 25 multidistrict litigation proceedings, often serving in leadership capacities. The National Trial Lawyers recognized Richard as the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Civil Plaintiff Finalist. The New York Times has referred to him as a “big player” in the legal community. The Wall Street Journal has referred to him as having “national notoriety” and as a “big gun” amongst attorneys in competition for national leadership roles. They also noted he hosts "must-attend" legal seminars on the "hot cases" of the moment. Business Week has referred to him as “a Dean of the Louisiana tort bar", USA Today featured him as a member of the “Legal Elite” and the New Orleans Times Picayune has referred to him as “an authority on class actions”.

Richard has over 300 articles and presentations to his credit and has authored many Law Review articles including one published in the Federal Courts Law Review. Among other writings, he co-authored the chapter on Multidistrict Litigation in an ABA treatise. Richard was also was asked by Judge Heyburn, JPML Chair, to participate in the Panel’s “Multidistrict Litigation Study Project”. He has personally participated in negotiating over $1 billion in MDL-related settlements in the last five years. Through a multi-phase selection process, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys has chosen Richard to receive the organization’s Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Louisiana.

Richard's commitment to legal excellence is reflected in years of serving as a faculty member for LSU's Trial Advocacy Program, lecturing at Judicial Colleges and assuming leadership roles in both local as well as national Bar Associations. He currently serves as Co-Lead Counsel in the Actos MDL where a jury rendered a historic $9 billion dollar punitive damage verdict which has been reported as one of the nation's largest personal injury verdicts. For over 25 years, Richard has had Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating. He likewise is recognized by many other peer reviewed publications including the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers", “Best of United States”, “SuperLawyers” and he has appeared in the “Best Lawyers in America” publication for over 15 consecutive years.


Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    5 years
  2. Class Action: 50%
    5 years

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  • Gano Lemoine

    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.


    Gano Lemoine Entertainment Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Neblett, Beard & Arsenault

2220 Bonaventure Court
PO Box 1190
Alexandria, LA, 71309-1190


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199207/16/2016
DCActive 199107/10/2016
LAEligible to practice law198007/08/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best LawyerBest Lawyers in America2011
Louisiana Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine2011
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2011
Best of Class, Legal ProfessionBest in the US2011
Best Law Firms in AmericaUS News & World Report2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana Association for JusticeN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Federal Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Louisiana State Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Alexandria Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
The ForumMaintenance, Cure and Wages: General Principles and Recent Developments1982
The Federal Bar NewsRecognizing and Developing the Brownwater Seaman's Remedies1982
The ForumThe General Maritime Law Counterpart to Worker's Compensation: Maintenance, Cure and Wages1982
The Arkansas Trial Lawyers AssociationProblems Associated with Fixed Platform Maritime Personal Injury Claims1982
Voir DireMaritime Personal Injuries: Developing the Offshore Platform Worker's Claim1981
Louisiana Bar JournalJohnson v. Penrod Years of Tradition Unhampered by Progress1981
Trial MagazineA Primer on Remedies Available to the Offshore Oil Worker1981
Voir DireMaritime Personal Injury Developing the Seaman's Claim1981
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law CenterDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1980
State University of New York, AlbanyN/ABA1977
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Louisiana State Bar Association Annual MeetingRecent Tort and Maritime Developments Including the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Litigation.2010
Louisiana State Bar Association 10th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort SymposiumHow Are Your Individual and Commercial Clients Impacted by Recalls?2010
DePuy Hip Recall Litigation ConferenceMDL Status Update; Examining Where Cases are Filed and in What Number, Comparing Venues, Predicting the JPMDL’s Decision.2010
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionTwombley/Iqhbar: The End of Notice Pleadings.2010
American Association for Justice Annual ConventionFoodborne Illness 1012010
LSBA 21st Annual Summer School RevisitedRecent Maritime Developments2009
Louisiana State Bar Association's 9th Annual Class Action/Mass Tort SymposiumMass Foodborne Illness Torts; How Are Your Individual and Commercial Clients Impacted by Recalls?2009