Mr. Garner, a Member of the firm is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial and complex litigation. He has been lead counsel in cases in New Mexico, California, West Virginia, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, involving complex and class action litigation ranging from asbestos exposure, benzene exposure, mass closings of big box retailers, noise pollution, commercial, banking, bankruptcy and financial litigation. He is admitted to practice before the federal courts in Arkansas and all courts in Texas and Louisiana. He serves as regional counsel for several companies.
Mr. Garner is very active in the oil and gas field, being a chemical engineer and former drilling engineer. He represents a number of companies as claimants in the BP Macondo Litigation. Mr. Garner is also lead counsel for Texas Brine Company in defending and prosecuting its claims in the Bayou Corne sinkhole litigation.
Mr. Garner has extensive appellate argument experience by regularly arguing before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the Louisiana Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was unanimously appointed by the Tulane Faculty to Adjunct Lecturer in Law for the Fall 2014 Semester, teaching Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Tulane University School of Law.
While attending Tulane Law School, Mr. Garner served as a member of the Board of Editors for 1987-1988 and managing editor of the Tulane Law Review for 1988-1989. He is also a member of the Order of the Coif. As an undergraduate at Tulane, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary societies.
Professional and civic activities include: American (member); Louisiana (member) and Federal (Director, Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, President Elect and Vice-President, President and National Council Delegate, member) Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute (member); Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (member); Louisiana Bankers Association (member); Holy Cross High School (Board Member); Our Lady of Holy Cross College (Development Board); Tulane University (Admissions Council and Externship Committee); Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors; St. Catherine of Siena Cub Scout Pack 230 Den Leader.
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation
- Professional Liability Litigation
- Insurance Coverage Litigation
- Bankruptcy and Foreclosure Litigation
Dennis Melancon, Inc. v. City of New Orleans — F.Supp.2d (E.D. La. 2012)
Crews & Assoc.’s, Inc. v. Nuveen High Yield Mun. Bond Fund — 783 F. Supp. 2d 1066 (E.D. Ark. 2011)
Safeguard Storage Properties, L.L.C. v. Donahue Favret Contractors, Inc. — 60 So.3d 110 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2011)
Public Citizen Inc. v. Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Bd. — 632 F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 2011)
Rain CII Carbon, LLC v. ConocoPhillips Co. — 674 F.3d 469 (5th Cir. 2012)
Wede v. Niche Marketing USA, LLC — 52 So.3d 60 (La. 2010)
In re Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation — 495 F.3d 191 (5th Cir. 2010)
Versai Management Corp. v. Clarendon America Ins. Co. — 597 F.3d 729 (5th Cir. 2010)
Jeansonne v. New York Life Ins. Co. — 11 So.3d 1160 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2009)
Royal Cloud Nine, L.L.C. v. Lafayette Ins. Co. — 987 So. 2d 355 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2008)
Sher v. Lafayette Ins. Co. — 988 So. 2d 186 (La. 2008)