Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

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Best's Insurance Professionals and Claims Resource

Your Online Portal for Claims Industry Information



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


201 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, Louisiana 70170-5100

Established: 1937

Practice Areas

  • Accountants
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Agent/Broker Liability
  • Antitrust
  • Appellate Practice
  • Asbestos Litigation
  • Aviation
  • Bankruptcy
  • Cargo
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Contracts
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Disability
  • Employment Law
  • Energy
  • Entertainment Law
  • Environmental Law
  • ERISA
  • Errors and Omissions
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Insurance Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • International Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Life Insurance
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Motor Carriers
  • Oil and Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Toxic Torts
  • Workers' Compensation

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About Us

Jones Walker LLP is one of the largest law firms in the southeastern U.S. serving local, regional, national, and international business interests in a wide range of markets and industries. We are committed to providing proactive legal services to major multinational, public, and private corporations; Fortune® 500 companies; money center banks and worldwide insurers; and family and emerging businesses located in the U.S. and abroad.

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Additional Locations

  • Mobile, Alabama
  • RSA Battle House Tower
  • 11 North Water Street, Suite 1200
  • Mobile, Alabama 36602
    • Telephone: 251-432-1414
    • Fax: 251-433-4106
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Four United Plaza
  • 8555 United Plaza Boulevard
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70809
    • Telephone: 225-248-2000
    • Fax: 225-248-2010
  • Lafayette, Louisiana
  • 600 Jefferson Street, Suite 1600
  • Lafayette, Louisiana 70501
    • Telephone: 337-593-7600
    • Fax: 337-593-7601
  • Birmingham, Alabama
  • 420 20th Street North, Suite 1100
  • Birmingham, Alabama 35203
    • Telephone: 205-244-5200
    • Fax: 205-244-5400
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • 190 East Capitol Street, Suite 800
  • Jackson, Mississippi 39201
    • Telephone: 601-949-4900
    • Fax: 601-949-4804

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Apache Corporation

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    Personnel Information

    Firm Members


    L. Etienne Balart

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1997
    Memberships:
    • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    Education:
    • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1994
    • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1997

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    Robert B. Bieck, Jr.

    New Orleans, LA

    Practice Areas
    • Securities
    • Mergers and Acquisitions
    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1977
    • Texas
    • District of Columbia, 1992
    Memberships:
    • American Bar Association (Litigation Section Committees: Directors and Officers, Insurance Liability, Broker-Dealer Litigation, Public Offering Litigation, Business Law; Federal Regulation of Securities; Civil Litigation and Enforcement Matters Subcommittee, Business and Corporate Litigation and Criminal Laws)
    • State Bar of Texas
    • The District of Columbia Bar
    • Securities Industry Association (Legal and Compliance Division)
    • National Association of Compliance Professionals
    Education:
    • Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
    • University of Nebraska, B.A., 1974
    • Texas Tech University, J.D. (with high honors), 1977
    Language:
    • French
    • Spanish
    • Turkish

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    Madeleine Fischer

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1975
    • Texas, 1992
    Memberships:
    • American Bar Association (Vice Chair, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section)
    • Louisiana State and New Orleans (Past Chair, Insurance Law Committee) Bar Associations
    • State Bar of Texas
    • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel (Past President)
    • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Past Board Member)
    Education:
    • Harvard College, A.B., 1972
    • Tulane University, J.D., 1975

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    Covert J. Geary

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1984
    • District of Columbia, 1991
    Memberships:
    • American Bar Association (Sections on Litigation: Torts and Insurance and Natural Resources Law; Past Chair, Life Insurance Law Committee)
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Defense Research Institute (Life, Health and Disability Insurance Committee)
    • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Institute
    Education:
    • Washington and Lee University, B.S. (cum laude), 1980
    • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1984

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    Glenn G. Goodier

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1971
    Memberships:
    • Federal, American and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States (Board of Directors, 2002-2005)
    • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    Education:
    • Loyola University, B.B.A., 1970
    • Loyola University, J.D., 1971

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    Marc C. Hebert

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1994
    • Virginia, 1996
    • District of Columbia, 1997
    • U.S. Court of International Trade
    Memberships:
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • The District of Columbia Bar
    • Virginia State Bar
    Education:
    • Tulane University, B.A., 1991
    • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1994
    • The George Washington University, LL.M., 1996

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    Thomas P. Hubert

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1989
    Memberships:
    • Federal, American and New Orleans Bar Associations
    Education:
    • Trinity University, B.S., 1986
    • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1989

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    R. Scott Jenkins

    New Orleans, LA

    Years of Experience: 23

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1994
    Memberships:
    • Federal, Louisiana State, and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • The Mariners Club of the Port of New Orleans
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    Education:
    • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1991
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1994

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    Robert T. Lemon, II

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1980
    • Texas, 2004
    Memberships:
    • Federal, American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Society of International Law
    • Average Adjusters Association of the United States
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
    Education:
    • United States Merchant Marine Academy, B.S., 1975
    • Tulane University, J.D. (cum laude), 1980
    • University of London, University College Faculty of Laws, LL.M. (cum laude), 1981
    • Hague Academy of International Law, The Hague, Netherlands, 1984

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    Joseph J. Lowenthal, Jr.

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1980
    Memberships:
    • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel (President, 1989-1990)
    • National Association of College and University Attorneys
    • Defense Research Institute
    • American Health Lawyers Association
    Education:
    • The George Washington University, B.A. (cum laude), 1976
    • Tulane University, J.D., 1979

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    Christopher S. Mann

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1999
    • Texas, 2008
    Memberships:
    • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • State Bar of Texas
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    Education:
    • Emory University, B.A., 1994
    • Tulane University of Louisiana, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1999

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    Jefferson R. Tillery

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1986
    Memberships:
    • Federal and Louisiana State Bar Associations
    • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
    Education:
    • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1983
    • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1986
    Honors:
    Order of the Coif

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    Richard J. Tyler

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • District of Columbia, 1981
    • Louisiana, 1983
    • Texas, 2004
    Memberships:
    • American Bar Association (Forum on the Construction Industry, Governing Committee, 2009; Chair Division 3 Design Steering Committee, 2006-2008); Litigation Section (Program Co-Chair, Construction Litigation Committee, 2001-2009)
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals
    • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
    • International Association of Defense Counsel
    • Defense Research Institute
    Education:
    • Georgetown University, A.B., 1978
    • Georgetown University, J.D., 1981
    • Harvard Law School, Mediation Workshop, 2008

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    Robert L. Walsh

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1986
    Memberships:
    • Louisiana State (Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee) and New Orleans Bar Associations
    • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel (Past President)
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
    Education:
    • Spring Hill College, B.A./B.S. (summa cum laude), 1982
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1986

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    Edward Dirk Wegmann

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1980
    Memberships:
    • Federal and American Bar Associations
    • Louisiana State Bar Association (Sections: Litigation, Tort and Insurance Practice; Construction; Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law)
    • New Orleans Bar Association
    • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
    Education:
    • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1977
    • Louisiana State University, J.D., 1979

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    William P. Wynne

    New Orleans, LA

    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 2003
    Education:
    • Louisiana State University, B.A., 2000
    • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2003

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    Wayne G. Zeringue Jr.

    New Orleans, LA

    Practice Areas
    • Maritime Law
    • Construction Law
    • Oil and Gas
    Admitted
    • Louisiana, 1987
    Additional Biographical Details:

    Navy League

    Memberships:
    • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
    Education:
    • Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, B.S., 1983
    • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1987

    Born: 1961

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