Mr. Haycraft has extensive trial experience in cases ranging from Jones Act personal injury, wrongful death, and longshoremen’s injuries to major toxic tort class certification hearings. He has handled numerous jury trials to verdict and bench trials in various state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as in state and federal courts in Texas, Mississippi and Illinois.
Among his notable recent achievements are a two-month federal trial, a 45-day complex arbitration and obtaining summary judgments in cases involving two separate helicopter crashes that resulted in numerous personal injury suits in multiple jurisdictions. Mr. Haycraft successfully prosecuted a Rule 11 sanctions award against a prominent plaintiffs’ lawyer before the en banc United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Mr. Haycraft has handled complex multiparty cases and federal Multi-District Litigation matters. He recently won a wrongful death case in a fatal helicopter crash. In 2008, he won a summary judgment that defeated a putative class action that involved more than one million claims on behalf of the world’s largest data storage and protection company.
In his admiralty practice, he handles matters involving cargo claims, insurance, offshore drilling, personal injury and vessel collisions. In 2008, he obtained exoneration in a limitation of liability proceeding for the nation’s largest inland marine transportation company in a case arising out of Hurricane Katrina and the collapse of one of the New Orleans levees.
Mr. Haycraft is a past president of the New Orleans chapter of the Federal Bar Association, which is the organization’s largest chapter in the country. He has spoken before professional organizations about attorney-client privilege, trial procedures, electronic discovery, and mass torts trial techniques.