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One Shell Square, 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4800, New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Established: 2002

Practice Areas

  • Administrative Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Environmental Law
  • Aviation
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Drug
  • Medical Devices
  • Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Property
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes

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About Us

Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse L.L.C. was founded in 1991 by a close-knit group of attorneys with shared values, decades of successful "big firm" experience, and absolute dedication to the success of their clients. After twenty years of hard work, we have a stellar track record to show for it.

In courts throughout the Gulf South and around the country, GLL attorneys defend clients as diverse as business itself in matters ranging from class actions to aviation to commercial litigation. Our clients -- and our opponents -- know that we enjoy trial and that we will be meticulously prepared to present our case. We are proud to have earned the business of many who were impressed with our representation of their adversaries.

GLL lawyers also provide transactional and regulatory legal services to our energy industry clients in the areas of mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, title examinations, due diligence, contract review, and general corporate advice. In the last three years alone, GLL attorneys have assisted in transactions worth billions of dollars.

With attorneys and staff members based in New Orleans and Houston, GLL has grown steadily through the years. Still, the firm maintains an atmosphere of openness, individuality and collegiality. The outstanding talent and commitment of our lawyers and staff are the essence of GLL.

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Additional Locations

  • Houston, Texas
  • Sage Plaza
  • 5151 San Felipe Street, Suite 750
  • Houston, Texas 77056
    • Telephone: 832-255-6000
    • Fax: 832-255-6001

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • A. O. Smith Corporation
  • Apache Corporation
  • Calypso Exploration, LLC/Stephens Production Company
  • Dialysis Clinic, Inc.
  • Energy XXI GOM, LLC
  • Environmental Chemical Corporation
  • Era Helicopters, LLC
  • Fieldwood Energy, LLC
  • Fleming & Hall Administrators, Inc.
  • Forest River, Inc.
  • General Electric Company
  • Industrial Helicopters, Inc.
  • Ingersoll-Rand Company
  • Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • LLOG Exploration Company, L.L.C.
  • National Dairy Holdings L.P.
  • NES Rentals
  • Newfield Exploration Company
  • Northstar Offshore Group, LP
  • Parker Hannifin Corporation
  • Peregrine Oil & Gas, LP
  • Petrodome Energy, LLC
  • Pioneer Natural Resources Company
  • Porsche Cars North America, Inc.
  • Sanchez Oil & Gas Corporation
  • SDS Petroleum Consultants, LLC
  • Starbucks Corporation
  • Superior Energy Services, Inc.
  • Thomas & Betts Corporation
  • Werner Company, Inc.
  • Yuma Exploration and Production Company

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Personnel Information

Partners


Ernest P. Gieger, Jr.

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1976
  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1977
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, District of Arizona, 2012
Additional Biographical Details:

Admitted to Practice Pro Hac Vice in State Court in the States of Arizona, Arkansas, Kentucky, Mississippi and Ohio and in Federal Court in the States of Florida, Hawaii and Washington

Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice; Toxic Tort and Environmental Sections)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Insurance and Negligence Sections)
  • Product Liability Advisory Council
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1973
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1976

Born: 1951

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Kenneth H. Laborde

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Aviation
  • Environmental Law
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2001
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2015
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas (Aviation Section)
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Research Institute (Chairman of Aerospace Committee, 1989-1993)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1975
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1979
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi

Born: 1953

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Lambert M. Laperouse

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Oil and Gas
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • Texas, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 1980
Additional Biographical Details:

Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law (Mineral Law) 1979-2007

Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1975
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1979
Fraternity Information:
Phi Delta Phi

Born: 1953

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Robert I. Siegel

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Property
  • Bad Faith
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligence
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth and Eleventh Circuits, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2010
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • University of Illinois
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., 1976
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1979

Born: 1954

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Leo R. McAloon III

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Aviation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Oil and Gas
  • Contracts
  • Contract Disputes
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1988
  • Texas, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Additional Biographical Details:

Ad Hoc Instructor for Trial Advocacy Loyola Law School

Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Maritime Law Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Education:
  • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1983
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 1988

Born: 1961

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John E.W. Baay II

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Texas, 1997
  • Mississippi, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1997
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Reported Cases:
Moll vs. ABB 218 F.3d 472 (5th Cir. 2000)
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.S., 1984
  • The University of New Orleans, M.B.A., 1989
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1994

Born: 1962

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Rachel G. Webre

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Defense
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal and Louisiana State Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1997
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 2000

Born: 1975

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Christopher R. Teske

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Litigation
  • First Party Matters
  • Defense Litigation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2000
  • Texas, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, 2010
Education:
  • Macalester College, B.A. (cum laude), 1997
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 2000

Born: 1975

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William A. Barousse

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal and Louisiana State (New Orleans Chapter) Bar Associations
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (cum laude), 2002
  • Georgetown University
  • Louisiana State University, J.D./B.C.L., 2005
Language:
  • French

Born: 1979

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Michael E. Hill

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditor Rights
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1998
  • Texas, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas, 2011
Education:
  • West Virginia University, B.S. (magna cum laude), 1994
  • Tulane University, J.D., 1998

Born: 1972

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Tara E. Clement

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Business Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Land Use
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2001
  • Texas, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 2007
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana Tech University, B.S., 1992
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 2001

Born: 1970

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Emily E. Eagan

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2004
  • Texas, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Davidson College, B.A., 1999
  • Tulane University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2004

Born: 1977

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Jameson M. Taylor

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • First Party Property
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • University of Florida, B.S., 2004
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 2009

Born: 1981

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Victoria E. Emmerling

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Torts
  • Complex Litigation
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal and Louisiana State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 2007
  • Louisiana State University, J.D. (cum laude), 2010

Born: 1984

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Associates



Jonathan S. Ord

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Maritime Law
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Education:
  • The Evergreen State College, B.S., 2003
  • The University of New Orleans, Ph.D., 2010
  • Tulane University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013

Born: 1981

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Bradley J. Schwab

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2017
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. Biology (magna cum laude), 2009
  • The University of New Orleans, M.S. HCM (summa cum laude), 2010
  • Tulane University, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2013

Born: 1987

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Stephen W. Gieger

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2016
Education:
  • University of Virginia, B.A. Arts and Culture, 2013
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2016

Born: 1990

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Tucker T. Bohren

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Fire
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2016
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2011
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2016

Born: 1989

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Shannon A. Kelly

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Maritime
  • Product Liability
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 2014
Additional Biographical Details:

Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star 2017, 2018 & 2019

Memberships:
  • Federal, Lousiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • New Orleans Bar Inn of Court
Education:
  • Georgia State University, B.A. Arts and Culture (magna cum laude), 2006
  • Paul M Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University, J.D./Graduate Diploma in Civil Law, 2012

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William P. Worsley

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 2015
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.B.A., Finance, 2010
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2014
Honors:
William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar

Born: 1987

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Andre M. Boudreaux

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2017
Education:
  • University of Louisville, B.A. English, 2011
  • Louisiana State University, J.D./D.C.L., 2017

Born: 1988

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Leigh B. Ackal

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2018
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 2009
  • Smith College, M.E.D., 2011
  • University College London, M.S., 2012
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2018

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Jackson M. Smith

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2018
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (cum laude), 2007
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 2018

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Morgan A. Druhan

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Insurance Defense
  • Toxic Torts
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2016
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of Kansas, B.A., 2013
  • Paul M Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University, J.D./D.C.L., 2016

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J. Clark McMillan

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2014
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 2015
Education:
  • Southeastern Louisiana University, B.A., 2011
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./D.C.L. (summa cum laude), 2014

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Nicholas S. Bergeron

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2017
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2013
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2017

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Of Counsel



Andrew A. Braun

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Construction Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Creditor Rights
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1981
  • Texas, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 1986
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2009
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2011
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Commercial Law League of America
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Drexel University, B.S., 1977
  • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 1981

Born: 1955

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Gina S. Montgomery

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Aviation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
  • Transportation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 1991
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1986
  • Loyola University, J.D. (cum laude), 1989

Born: 1964

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Janet H. Aschaffenburg

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Contracts
  • Oil and Gas
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1993
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans
  • Association of Professional Landmen
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1979
  • Tulane University, J.D., 1990

Born: 1957

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Alistair M. Ward

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1996
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
Education:
  • Dartmouth College, A.B., 1992
  • Tulane University, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1996

Born: 1970

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J. Mike DiGiglia

New Orleans, LA

Years of Experience: 22

Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Administrative Law
  • Toxic Torts
  • Class Actions
  • Complex Litigation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1996
  • Colorado, 1999
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Tenth Circuits
Additional Biographical Details:

15 years of prior experience as a chemical plant operator, biologist and an environmental scientist

Memberships:
  • Louisiana State (Environmental Law Committee), The Colorado (Environmental Committee) and El Paso County (Colorado) Bar Associations
  • Professional Landmen's Society of New Orleans
  • Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Environmental Law Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
  • Registered Environmental Manager
  • Environmental Auditor
  • Hazardous Materials Manager (Master Level)
  • Hazard Control Manager (Master Level)
Education:
  • Utah State University, B.S., 1980
  • McNeese State University, M.S., 1986
  • Louisiana State University, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1996

Born: 1955

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Michael D. Cangelosi

New Orleans, LA

Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Product Liability
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2002
  • Louisiana State University, J.D., 2006

Born: 1980

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