Jeff Richardson joined Adams and Reese in 1994 and focuses his
practice on class action and complex litigation, but also devotes a
large portion of his practice to appellate litigation.
Jeff’s practice has included:
numerous clients in high-stakes product liability litigation. For
example, Jeff represented several gun manufacturers sued by the City of
New Orleans, the first municipality in the United States to sue the gun
industry. He played a leading role on the team that successfully
defended the gun manufacturers, culminating in the Louisiana Supreme
Court rejecting the lawsuit. Morial v. Smith & Wesson Corp., et al., 785 So. 2d 1 (La. 2001).
as court-appointed liaison counsel for defendants in several cases in
Louisiana state and federal courts in which the plaintiffs have sought
statewide and nationwide class certification. For example, in a proposed
nationwide class action against the CCA treated wood industry, he
served as liaison counsel for defendants and played a leading role on
the defense team that defended removal of the litigation to federal
court and defeated class certification. Ardoin v. Stine Lumber Co., et al., 298 F. Supp. 2d 422 (W.D. La. 2003); Ardoin v. Stine Lumber Co., et al.,
220 F.R.D. 459 (W.D. La. 2004). He also served as liaison counsel for
defendants in a tobacco lawsuit that is perhaps the largest class action
lawsuit in Louisiana history.
- Understanding the defense of
complex litigation from the client side. Jeff served as visiting
in-house counsel for a Fortune 25 company in New York City and worked on
complex class action and tort cases in numerous jurisdictions.
representing plaintiffs and defendants in appeals worth millions of
dollars. For example, Jeff handled a successful appeal for a New
Orleans grocery store chain, defending one of the largest verdicts in a
Hurricane Katrina-related lawsuit.
Jeff is currently the
firm’s Liaison Partner for New Business and has also served as the
Chairperson of the firm’s Ethics Committee.
Jeff also has a
passion for technology, and as part of the firm’s Technology Committee
for over a decade, Jeff has been very involved in expanding the firm’s
use of technology to meet the needs of clients. Jeff also enjoys helping
lawyers and clients use technology to improve their professional and
personal lives, and he publishes iPhone J.D., a website for attorneys who use iPhones and iPads that was recently named the best technology blog by the ABA Journal. Jeff has also served as an adjunct professor at Tulane University, teaching “Computers and the Law.”
received his J.D., with high honors, from the Georgetown University Law
Center in 1994, and earned his B.A., with highest honors, from Emory
University in 1991.
When he isn’t absorbed in law and technology, Jeff also loves to play the piano.