Charles F. Gay , Jr. - Adams and Reese LLP
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Charles F. Gay , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Charlie Gay, Jr. joined Adams and Reese in 1983 and is a Partner with more than 35 years of experience in general litigation, toxic tort, product liability and medical malpractice. He currently serves as a member of the firm’s Pharmaceuticals and Products Liability team of the Litigation Practice Group. He also works extensively with the Healthcare Litigation Group.

In the last several years, Charlie has tried more than 15 major toxic tort, products liability and medical malpractice cases involving serious personal injury (e.g., quadriplegia, brain damage) to successful defense verdicts before juries in Louisiana. He is experienced in partnering with clients to achieve cost-effective, quality solutions to problems through the efficient use of resources, employment of technology, early case assessment and case management.

Charlie is a member of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers, The International Society of Barristers, and many other bar groups, including the Louisiana State Bar Association and Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Charlie has served as lead counsel on hundreds of trials beginning with his practice at Martzell and Montero as a personal injury lawyer from 1976-1983 when he moved his practice to Adams and Reese, where he has continued to handle major trials for many clients.

Charlie has been the lead medical malpractice trial counsel for the Ochsner Medical Institutions for over 30 years and trial counsel for many publicly and privately held companies during his career.

Charlie's representative cases include:

  • Serving as lead counsel for Exxon Mobil in a mass joinder fraud claim for exposure to radioactive materials. The previous trial that involved same facts and issues handled by different outside counsel found fraud and awarded $1 billion in punitive damages. A two-month jury trial held January-March 2010 involved 19 plaintiffs and resulted in a $1.2 million verdict in compensatory damages and no punitive damages. (Warren Lester, et al vs. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al; 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson; Civil Action No.: 630-402; Division G)
  • Serving as lead counsel for Philip Morris in class action brought by cigarette smokers alleging fraud, deceptive practices, etc., and seeking damages of $15 billion for medical monitoring. The court then inserted a claim for smoking cessation which is currently on appeal. Jury trial was held in phases over three years (2001-2004) and plaintiffs’ claims for medical monitoring were defeated. (Gloria Scott, et al vs. The American Tobacco Company, Inc., et al; Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans; Civil Action No.: 96-8461 (Class Action Claim); Ad Hoc Division)
  • Serving as counsel for Litton Loan Services in class action and mass joinder suits arising out of alleged fraud in collection activities. Client dismissed. (Mary & Larry Patterson, et al vs. Dean Morris, et al; United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Civil Action No.: 05-2177/05-2189/05-2191; Section “K”, Magistrate 4)
  • Representing Michael J. Jackson in alleged abuse case. High profile and publicity issues were involved. Summary Judgment granted in favor of Mr. Jackson. (Joseph Thomas Bartucci, Jr. vs. Michael J. Jackson; United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana; Civil Action No.: 04-2977; Section “L”, Magistrate 5)
  • Serving as lead regional counsel for Merrell Dow Pharmaceutical in litigation of the drug Bendectin, for Dow Corning Corporation in the litigation of breast implants, and many other pharmaceutical and medical device cases.

Charlie is a former chair of the IADC Pharmaceutical, Medical Device Committee, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and International Society of Barristers. He has served as Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Legal Malpractice insurance committee. He has also served on the Medical Legal Interprofessional Committee as co-Chair. Charlie has been a frequent lecturer in the areas of trial practice and personal injury litigation.

Charlie is married to Mary Christine “Chrissy” Lapeyre, and they have four sons and two grandchildren.

Tulane UniversityBS Loyola University New Orleans College of LawJ.D.
LSBA Medical/Legal Interprofessional CommitteeLSBA Committee on Malpractice InsuranceInternational Society of BarristersAmerican College of Trial Lawyers

Client Comments

"Charlie is an engaging and creative attorney who tenaciously represents his clients. He assembles and leads effective teams and produces high-quality, high-value work product and results. He is well known and well respected in his practice area and local courts."

"Charlie Gay has provided local counsel assistance to us for a number of years concerning several complex cases filed in Louisiana. His knowledge of the local judges and court procedures, and his recommendations concerning strategy and tactics, have been invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend him."

"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Gay over a 30 year period and have been able to evaluate his analytical abilities and his trial expertise. My firm has over 10,000 employees and has over 700 physicians in a large multi-specialty group, and Mr. Gay leads the division that represents us in the medical malpractice arena. He is tireless in his efforts, is responsive in a timely fashion to our needs, and there is no better in the court room. I recommend him to be listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" without any hesitation or equivocation."

-Terry Hicks
MD, Vice Chair, Department of Colon Rectal Surgery
Ochsner Medical Center

"Charlie's approach to trial preparation is direct and efficient. He is mindful of his client's time and resources. Charlie's ability to relate to the physicians he represents and to jurors he is trying to reach is truly outstanding. In my opinion, he is the most experienced and qualified medical malpractice litigator in New Orleans."

-Lisa Tompkins
In-house Counsel
Ochsner Clinic Foundation

"In today's settlement-driven litigation world, it's rare to find lawyers who have the gumption to advise a client that they can win the case - if they try it. Charlie Gay has the depth of trial experience and crystal-clear judgment to give that kind of advice. That's rare and more than worth the price."

Office Location

One Shell Square, Suite 4500
701 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70139
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants of the New Orleans Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants of the New Orleans Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Medical Malpractice Law of the New Orleans Metro Area
Charles F. Gay, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Charles F. Gay, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Charles F. Gay, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants (Hospital Malpractice, Litigation, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death)
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants (Mass Tort, Pharmaceutical, Toxic Tort)