Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock & Bogart, APLC has the recent pleasure and distinction of welcoming Natasha Wilson to our partnership.  Natasha joins us with a wealth of knowledge and experience defending clients in a multitude of specialties including construction defect, trucking, employment and labor, Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, environmental, mass tort, Louisiana and Texas Workers’ Compensation, and insurance coverage disputes.  Natasha is licensed to practice in both Louisiana and Texas.

To learn more about Natasha’s considerable experience and background, click here.

Last Friday, Metairie Partner Andy Weinstock successfully completed a three day jury trial in Civil District Court in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Plaintiff was a 42 year old male injured when Defendant’s truck backed into the back of his vehicle.  Plaintiff’s MRIs showed a herniated disc in his neck and two in his back.  Plaintiff had undergone 2 Epidural Steroid Injections and had a third scheduled for post-trial.

Plaintiff requested $1,670,000 from the jury including $23,765.60 in stipulated medical costs and $320,000 in future medical costs.  The Jury returned a total verdict of $56,765.60.  This is less than 4% of what Plaintiff requested.

Ultimately, the jury awarded the aforementioned $23,765.60 in past medical costs, $8,000 in past physical pain and suffering and $25,000 in future medical expenses.  They declined to make any awards for past or future mental anguish, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life.

Duplass Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock & Bogart attorneys Raven A. Fielding and Joseph G. Glass earned the distinction of being named Super Lawyers for 2019.  Raven and Joe made the 2019 Super Lawyers list, which recognizes no more than 5 percent of attorneys in each state.  And Raven made the Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, which recognizes no more than 2.5 percent of attorneys in each state.

Raven was named a top Transportation Super Lawyer and Rising Star for 2019.  Joe was named a top Litigation and Product Liability Super Lawyer, and has made the list since 2016.   2019 is his fourth consecutive year as a top attorney on the list.

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.   Each year, Super Lawyers recognizes the top lawyers in Louisiana.  Each candidate is evaluated on 12 indicators of peer recognition and professional achievement.

With the holiday season in full swing, it’s important to give back.  This December Nicole Boyer put together a winter coat drive for the Gulf Coast Chapter of Communities in Schools.  Through Nicole’s efforts, Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock & Bogart proudly collected and donated a total of 52 coats to children in need.  These coats were distributed on December 17, 2018, the last day of school for the kids, ranging in age from 4-22 years old.

Communities In Schools (CIS) of the Gulf South, was founded over 40 years ago with the idea of bringing community resources inside public schools where they are accessible, coordinated, and accountable.  They are a quality non-profit that works tireless hours to help make a difference in the lives of the children they serve.  To learn more about them, visit their website here. 

Duplass, Zwain, Bourgeois, Pfister, Weinstock & Bogart is pleased to welcome two new associate attorneys to our office in Metairie, LA.  John G. Yadamec and Andrew J. Lair join us as graduates from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University.  John and Andrew are the newest members of the firm and will help continue the firm’s tradition of representing individuals, families, and businesses with integrity and positive advocacy.

John G. Yadamec received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of New Orleans in 2013 and a Juris Doctor from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2017. At Loyola, he was Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Maritime Law Journal and President of the Loyola Maritime Law Society. John was a three-time competitor for the Loyola Moot Court program as a member of the 2016–17 National Team, 2016 Admiralty Team, and 2015 Constitutional Criminal Procedure Team. He was also selected for membership in the Order of Barristers.  Prior to joining the firm in 2018, John was a judicial law clerk for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. In 2017, he presented a paper entitled “A Primer on the Availability of Punitive Damages in Unseaworthiness Claims” at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 24th Annual Admiralty Symposium.

Andrew J. Lair is a New Orleans native and Brother Martin High School graduate.  He attended Bucknell University where he was a member of the football team. Andrew graduated in 2012 with a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and History.  He went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2018.  While at LSU, Andrew received both the Dean’s Scholar Award and the Paul M. Hebert Scholar Award, as well as the CALI Award for the highest grade in Contracts II, Gaming Law, and Real Estate Development.  He also took part in the Ira S. Flory Trial Advocacy Competition and worked at the Baton Rouge District Attorney’s Office as a Rule XX student prosecutor where he made multiple appearances before the Honorable Bonnie Jackson.