Tim is a recognized trial attorney who has tried multi-million dollar cases through to verdict. Tim has served as lead trial counsel in class action and mass joinder litigation, and as trial counsel in several cases outside of Louisiana. His railroad practice includes the defense of employee lawsuits arising under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act and the defense of grade-crossing accidents, derailments, and trespasser claims. His pharmaceutical practice includes the defense of cases involving both drugs and medical devices. In addition, he defends personal injury and property damage litigation arising out of products liability, business premises, automobile, and environmental accidents. Tim has tried many cases in the thirty years of his legal career, including railroad, products liability, insurance, casualty, and premises liability cases.
Barbara West v. National Railroad Passenger Corporation — I was the lead lawyer in this FELA case tried in New Orleans in which the plaintiff was a railroad worker allegedly injured on the job. Despite signifcant injuries and emotional case, we were able to successfully demonstrate to the jury that our railroad client was not negligent in causing plaintiff's injuries. This case is significant because we tried the case in a venue that most believed was extremely plaintiff-oriented, but we were able to demonstrate that these jurors, as with most, are trying to do what the law requires, regardless of the emotions involved in the case.
In Re Tank Car Fire and Leakage Litigation — This was was a class action in New Orleans involving the allegation that a tank car in the neighborhood leaked a chemical that allegedly injured the residents. The case is significant because it involved a significant puntive damage claim against multiple defendants, and we were able to have the trial judge's decision denying our motion for summary judgment on punitive damages reversed. On appeal, the trial court's decision was reversed, our motion was granted and the punitive damages claim against our client was dismissed. During the trial, the total punitve damage award against the remaining five defendants was in excess of $3 billion.
Leonard Adams v. CSX Railroad — This case involved the trial of a second set of plaintiffs from a class action in New Orleans. In the first trial, the jury awarded an average of approximately $100,000 per person to a group of 20 plaintiffs. The challege in the second case was to reduce the average award among the second group of 20 plaintiffs from the class. At the conclusion of the second trial the average award was approximately $12,000. Most significantly, of the 20 plaintiffs, the three that I defended during the trial received the lowest amounts, all less than $1000 total. Those jury verdicts were affirmed on appeal.