John's public policy experience includes representing clients before the Louisiana State Legislature as well as state and local regulatory and tax collection agencies like the Louisiana Department of Revenue, Louisiana Department of Health, Louisiana Department of Economic Development, East Baton Rouge Parish Metropolitan Council and Planning & Zoning Commission and St. Martin Parish School Board.
Adhering to established best practices, he has been involved in developing the statutory framework for the creation and implementation of public-private partnerships (P3s) for designing, constructing, renovating and equipping public facilities. John has helped insurance clients draft and implement Catastrophic Disaster Response Plans; interpret, discuss and resolve Cease and Desist Orders, Notices of Proposed Action, Advisory Letters and Bulletins issued by the Louisiana Department of Insurance; and comply with Louisiana Department of Insurance regulations. His public policy experience began early on as a legislative assistant to a New Orleans City Council member, serving as an independent and cooperative liaison between council members, city officials, stakeholders and constituents in the development, advancement and passage of legislation involving such matters as revenues and expenditures, public utilities, land use and zoning, and economic development projects; and he previously assisted the City of New Orleans – Department of Intergovernmental Relations communicate the message of the mayor to the legislature regarding legislation and budgetary matters.
John's defense litigation experience includes the representation of clients in state and federal courts against claims of serious personal injury, death and property damage arising out of occupational and accidental chemical exposures, plant and construction accidents, product failures and premises liability. He has successfully defended against class action allegations arising out of chemical plant explosions; alleged multiple chemical exposures; tanker leaks; asbestos claims; welding practices and procedures; and occupational exposures.
His business litigation experience includes constitutionality challenges to state statutes and local ordinances involving local taxing authority, statutory funding provisions, use of dedicated taxes and public retirement legislation; Medicaid reimbursement disputes; breach of contracts and operating agreements; disputes over Preferred Provider Organization contractual discount agreements; land sales and servitude agreements; contested wills and estates; and state and local tax assessment and collection actions. John has also written, negotiated, amended and interpreted various contracts and agreements including insurance policy terms and conditions, Independent Contractor Agreements, Owner/Operator Agreements, partnership agreements and bylaws.
He also represents domestic insurers and surplus lines carriers in coverage interpretation, bad faith and class action litigation arising under various insurance policies including first-party commercial property, homeowners, automobile, health, uninsured/underinsured motorist, commercial general liability, errors and omissions, and excess. John was lead coordinating defense and property insurance coverage counsel for several domestic insurers and surplus lines carriers including the London insurance market following several catastrophic natural disasters.
John is also a member of the Firm's 24-Hour Motor Carrier Emergency Response Team, a team of attorneys dedicated to providing rapid post-accident intervention and investigation. John defends transportation clients against death, serious personal injury and property damage claims involving Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations; principal-agency relationships between commercial drivers, motor carriers and freight brokers; and negligent hiring, retention or selection of commercial drivers and motor carriers. John was lead trial and appellate counsel wherein the U.S. Fifth Circuit upheld the dismissal of joint venture, vicarious liability and negligent hiring claims against a trucking company and logistics broker. This was a significant victory because it was the only widely reported federal court decision in favor of the transportation industry on these emerging liability issues.