Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator & Holinga, APLLC, 
is a full service law firm dedicated to treating our clients as partners, whether large corporations engaged in complex litigation or transactions or individuals who require efficient and creative solutions to their legal needs. Our attorneys are highly self-motivated individuals who have track records of proven success for our clients. Our attorneys offer expertise and experience combined with urgency and tenacity. Our firm is managed to meet the needs of 21st century clients who expect tangible results coupled with expectations for responsiveness, efficiency and creativity.

We formed our firm to implement a shared philosophy of professional service based on the following principles:
Bienvenu Bonnecaze strives to provide diversity and equality to all in employment and practice, irrespective of their gender, race, ethnic origin, disability, age, nationality, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or belief.  We understand and embrace the unique perspectives and approaches that are provided by differences in educational background, socio-economic background, personality profile, geographic location, job duties, marital and family status.  All employees and clients of Bienvenu Bonnecaze will be treated fairly and equally.

Bienvenu Bonnecaze is a proud signatory of the Louisiana State Bar Association Statement of Diversity Principles.  http://files.lsba.org/documents/Diversity/Signatories.pdf

 
              
 
                     









 
David Bienvenu Dawn Bonnecaze Tam Bourgeois
Katie Chabert Phillip Foco Lexi Holinga
Patrick Hunt Anthony Lascaro Scott Ledet
John Allain Viator
 
 

David Bienvenu
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David Bienvenu is a founding member in our firm and practices in the area of general litigation with an emphasis on toxic tort, mass tort, environmental and product liability litigation in both federal and state court.   David has defended Fortune 500 companies and other valued clients in litigation related to asbestos premises liability, silica premises liability, occupational hearing loss, groundwater contamination, product liability and toxic releases in the environment and workplace.    David’s area of expertise also extends to the creative defense of class action and other complex litigation that has involved his participation as trial counsel and appellate counsel in cases as diverse as civil rights litigation, toxic tort litigation, commercial litigation and insurance coverage litigation.

David is highly respected for his aggressive and creative litigation strategies and has managed hundreds of individual cases and class actions in his twenty years of experience.

David is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.  He is a frequent lecturer on issues of complex and mass tort litigation for the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the LSU Law School.   In 2012, David spoke at the Harvard Medical School on the topic of asbestos related disease.

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • Betty Bello v. Dow Chemical, Louisiana State Court, August, 2010.  Lead trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a premises asbestos case.  The decedent plaintiff claimed that her peritoneal mesothelioma was caused by take home exposure from Dow's Louisiana facility.  Complete defense verdict.  The Court found that plaintiff had failed to prove causation and that plaintiff's disease was idiopathic.  This result is one of the few asbestos premises liability cases tried successfully to final verdict in Louisiana.  
  • Alvin Hebert v. Dow Chemical, Louisiana State Court, November, 1991.  Lead trial counsel for Dow Chemical in a premises asbestos case.  The plaintiff claimed that his pleural mesothelioma was caused by exposure as a contractor millwright at Dow’s Louisiana facility between 1960 and 1975.  Plaintiffs requested $30 million in damages from jury and were awarded $265,000 on a strict liability finding with no finding of negligence on the part of Dow.  Judgment was vacated on appeal and the case was settled favorably.
  • Has actively represented Fortune 500 clients in asbestos litigation for sixteen years and has managed hundreds of cases with a combination of trial results, summary judgments, dismissals and reasonable settlements.
  • Recently served as trial counsel for a major chemical manufacturing company in a seven week trial defending claims involving groundwater contamination, property damage, environmental remediation and punitive damages totaling over $266 million.  The trial was in the 18th Judicial District Court, Parish of Iberville, State of Louisiana.
  • National coordinating and trial counsel for Fortune 500 pool chlorine product liability litigation, including court appearances and argument in Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Virginia and New Jersey.
  • In September of 2010, successfully argued Howard v. Union Carbide Corporation before the Louisiana Supreme Court, a decision that reversed a thirty plaintiff trial flight of chemical exposure awards ranging from $31,000 to $3,500, and reduced the awards to $500 - $100 per plaintiff.  This decision is a significant victory for defendants who are sued for de minimus injuries in class action/mass tort suits.
  • Lead counsel in commercial litigation for a Fortune 50 client related to the prosecution of construction disputes, defecting welding practices, deficient quality control procedures in industrial construction, back up battery systems, property damage claims and subrogation product liability actions resulting in highly favorable settlements for the client totaling more than $6 million following aggressive pretrial discovery and motion practice.
  • Lead counsel for major chemical manufacturing companies in defending multiple occupational disease premises liability suits relating to allegations of occupational hearing loss, benzene exposure, vinyl chloride and exposure to other chemicals.
  • Trial and appeal counsel for LSU Athletic Department in Title IX litigation related to the alleged gender discrimination in varsity athletic opportunities for women.

GENERAL
  • Graduate LSU Law School – 1991 – Order of the Coif .
  • Law Clerk, Chief Judge Frank J. Polozola, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana.
  • Bar Admissions:  Louisiana, all federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, United States Supreme Court.
  • Professional Organizations:  Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Board of Directors – 2011-2013).
  • Founding Partner – Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator and Holinga, APLLC – September, 2011.
  • Partner – Taylor, Porter Brooks and Phillips LLP – 1998-2011.
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated for over ten years.
  • Best Lawyers in America – Class Action and Mass Tort – 2006-2011 - youngest attorney selected in Louisiana.
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Class Action and Mass Tort – 2011-2014.
  • Instructor in Appellate Advocacy – LSU Law School – 1993-2004.


Dawn Bonnecaze
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Dawn Bonnecaze is a founding member in our firm and manages the transactional practice of the firm which includes business and corporate, estate planning and taxation.  Dawn’s clients include both small and large business entities (for profit and nonprofit) in a variety of corporate and transactional matters and general corporate and business law issues.  She advises individuals and families in estate planning, wills, trusts, successions and probate matters.  She represents business entities, local taxing authorities, and individuals involving tax disputes, audits and litigation matters. She advises and assists clients on the formation, reorganization, and liquidation of corporate structures. Dawn also represents clients before other state agencies regarding insurance regulatory matters, state incentive tax programs, and nonresident contractor licensing and reporting issues. 

TRANSACTIONAL EXPERIENCE
  • Representation of Health System that owns and operates several Hospitals and Joint Ventures in corporate transactional matters including physician practice acquisitions and other joint venture acquisitions and dispositions;  contract review and negotiation of employment agreements, professional services agreements, independent contractor agreements and ancillary equipment and third party service agreements; real estate leases; and other corporate matters involving formation, dispositions, and reorganizational issues.
  • Representation of industrial clients involving general contract review and negotiation of service agreements; drafted Carrier-Broker Transportation Agreements; and assisted with sale and transfer of trucking certificate with Louisiana Public Service Commission.
  • Representation of clients before the Internal Revenue Service, Louisiana Department of Revenue, Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals and Local Taxing Authorities for tax disputes, audits, and controversies arising out of corporate, partnership, estate, and personal income tax returns as well as transactional tax matters including sales and use taxes, ad valorem taxes, and state tax credit programs.
  • Representation of clients with formation of closely held business; professional entities; corporate restructuring of consolidated groups; reorganizations and conversions involving corporations and limited liability companies, and liquidations.
  • Representation of clients in Estate Planning and Probate matters including preparation of Wills, Trusts (Testamentary and Inter Vivos), Living Wills; Healthcare Power of Attorneys; preparation of succession and probate documents and succession accounting; individual estate planning with family limited partnership interests; and assisted with estate and gift tax return examinations with the IRS.
  • Representation of clients involving State and Local tax matters, including corporate income and franchise tax matters for domestic and foreign corporations; contractor registration for local and out of state contractors; and partnership registration and compliance issues.
  • Representation of clients in the formation of nonprofit charitable organizations and foundations, including application for tax-exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service.
  • Review and advise clients involving nonqualified deferred compensation arrangements for privately held companies, financial institutions, and physician practices.
  • In House Counsel for local Insurer and assisted with conversion of Mutual Insurance Company to Stock Insurance Company with a Mutual Insurance Holding Company Parent and licensing with Departments of Insurance in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Arkansas.

GENERAL
  • Graduate Boston University Master in Law in Taxation – May 1998.
  • Graduate LSU Law School – May 1997.
  • Graduate LSU Bachelor of Science Major in Accounting – August 1993.
  • Bar Admissions:  Louisiana, Texas, and United States Tax Court.
  • Licensed Certified Public Accountant - 2002.
  • Professional Organizations: Member of the American Bar Association, American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Louisiana State Bar Association, State Bar of Texas, Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants.
  • Founding Partner – Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator and Holinga, APLLC – September, 2011.
  • Partner – Taylor, Porter Brooks and Phillips LLP – 2009-2011.
  • General Counsel – Stonetrust Commercial Insurance Company – 2004-2006.

LECTURER 
  • Louisiana Society of CPA’s Baton Rouge Chapter, Annual Tax Day, Corporate Tax Update (2002)
  • Louisiana Society of CPA’s Baton Rouge Chapter, Annual Tax Day, Individual Tax Update (2003)

COMMUNITY SERVICE
  • Past Member and President, Board of Directors, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Baton Rouge Business Report’s Top 40 Under 40 (2010)
  • Junior League of Baton Rouge
  • Kappa Delta Alumnae Association
  • Chair and Co-Chair, St. Aloysius Parish Fair (2009/2010)
  • Volunteer for Boys Hope Girls Hope
  • Volunteer for the Everybody Reads Program at Eden Park



Tam Bourgeois
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Tam Bourgeois is a partner in our firm and practices in the area of general litigation with an emphasis on toxic torts, products liability and commercial litigation in both federal and state court.   Tam has defended Fortune 500 companies and other valued clients in litigation related to asbestos premises liability, groundwater contamination and product liability in the environment and workplace both in Louisiana and nationally.  Ms. Bourgeois’ diverse expertise also extends to the creative defense of maritime litigation, commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, slip and fall litigation, other personal injury litigation as well as the recovery of debts and property damages.

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • For Fortune 500 clients, managing the defense of multi-jurisdictional asbestos litigation pending throughout the State of Louisiana. 
  • National coordination and participation as trial counsel for Fortune 500 pool chlorine product liability litigation.
  • Serving on litigation team for major chemical manufacturing company in defending class action claims involving groundwater contamination for property damage, environmental remediation and punitive damages totaling over $250 million, focusing on pre-trial motion practice and development of fact and expert evidence related to property damage claims.
  • Serving on litigation team for Fortune 500 chemical manufacturer in a collection of lawsuits involving a natural gas release from salt dome storage caverns, focusing on discovery of personal injury claims and development of legal defenses to property damage claims against client.  The case resulted in the recovery of substantial (confidential) amounts on client’s counterclaims after winning summary judgment on legal defense to over $100 million in property damage claims and winning complete defense and indemnity on all remaining claims.
  • Co-Counsel for a local architectural firm in prosecuting a breach of contract claim against local businessmen for failure to pay for architectural services, participating in all aspects of trial preparations and active participation at trial.  Trial resulted in a significant jury verdict in favor of the client.
  • Co-counsel for a major marine fish provider in a trial, applying maritime law, involving alleged damages as the result of an allision with a commercial dock on the Mississippi River, participating in all aspects of trial preparations and active participation at trial.  Trial resulted in a favorable settlement for the client.
  • Co-Counsel for Fortune 500 energy company in multi-party maritime litigation resulting from claims of harassment and infliction of emotional distress in an offshore work environment.
  • Managing insurance coverage issues for builder’s risk insurer of four-building luxury apartment and condominium complex in $50,000,000 construction defect arbitration and litigation involving the complex owner, general contractor, all subcontractors that contributed to construction, as well as a multitude of insurers.
  • Acting as lead counsel for local energy provider regarding all debt collection matters, recovery of property damages to utility system and defense of personal injury claims, focusing on auto accidents involving client’s employees.
  • Defending premise owners in personal injury litigation on behalf of insurance clients, focusing on slip and fall claims.
  • Advising various clients on how to respond to garnishment judgments against employees.


GENERAL
  • Graduate LSU Law School – 2006.
  • Bar Admissions:  Louisiana and all federal courts in Louisiana.
  • Professional Organizations:  Defense Research Institute, Baton Rouge Bar Association.
  • Community Organizations:  Junior League of Baton Rouge (currently serving on the Nominating Committee), St. Aloysius Church Fair Committee.
  • Associate – Taylor, Porter Brooks and Phillips LLP – 2006-2011.
  • Cloakroom Assistant—United States Senate – 2001-2003


Katie Chabert
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Katie Chabert is an attorney in our firm and practices in the areas of general litigation, asbestos and occupational disease litigation, oilfield legacy litigation, gaming regulatory law, and general administrative law. Katie previously spent 4 years at the Louisiana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General in the Gaming Division. As an Assistant Attorney General, Katie defended the State of Louisiana in numerous complex litigation cases managing  various gaming law issues at both the district court and appellate level.    Katie also prosecuted various administrative cases through the Attorney General’s office.    Prior to her experience as an AAG, Katie served as a law clerk to the Honorable F. Hugh Larose in the 17th Judicial District Court.

General:
  • 2006 Graduate of Louisiana State University,  Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • 2003 Graduate of Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso School of Business, B.S. in Business Administration
  • Admitted to Practice before all Louisiana State Courts
  • Admitted to Practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • Member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and Past Belly Up to the Bar Committee Member (3 years)
  • Member of the Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member of the Defense Research Institute
  • Member of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
  • Community Organizations: Member of the Baton Rouge Junior League since 2011.



Phillip Foco
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Phillip E. Foco is a founding member of our firm and practices in the area of general litigation with an emphasis on workers’ compensation, toxic tort, products liability, environmental liability and commercial litigation in both state and federal court and the Office of Workers’ Compensation.  Phillip has defended Fortune 500 companies and other valued clients in litigation related to workers’ compensation liability, third party and Louisiana Second Injury Fund recovery actions, toxic releases in the environment and workplace, as well as a wide array commercial disputes.  Phillip’s expertise also extends to other complex areas such as PPO litigation, oilfield legacy litigation, and litigation relating to subsurface hydrocarbon storage. 

Phillip also offers cost-effective private mediation services focused in the area of workers’ compensation.  In applying over a decade of legal experience in the workers’ compensation and third party recovery arena, which includes extensive knowledge of the requirements and procedures set forth by CMMS with respect to the Secondary Payor Act, he is able to identify the specific legal and practical issues at the heart of each dispute in order to develop an effective strategy for the resolution of your claim.          
In providing services to his clients, Phillip’s primary focus is efficiently achieving the client’s objective.  This involves not only formulating and aggressively pursuing an efficient and comprehensive resolution strategy that achieves the client’s stated objectives once a dispute arises, but also ensuring that the client has adequate and appropriate contracts, policies and practices in place before a dispute arises. 

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • Lead counsel representing chemical manufacturer in complex toxic exposure litigation filed in District Court by a former on-site contractor. Litigation involved extensive expert testimony in the fields of air-modeling, toxicology and immunology. The litigation resulted in dismissal of the claim by summary judgment and affirmation of the dismissal on appeal to the Louisiana Fifth Circuit;
  • Lead counsel representing national bill review company in complex commercial litigation involving PPO claims and Any Willing Provider Act.  Lawsuit involved defense of class action filed in state court, as well as parallel declaratory action filed in federal court.  The litigation resulted in cost of defense settlement and recovery by client of a portion of actual defense costs from third party.
  • The successful and cost effective defense of entity engaged in CERCLA mandated remediation in litigation filed by workers of neighboring facilities alleging toxic exposure caused by remediation activities;
  • The successful defense of an owner of a subsurface gas storage facility against unlawful trespass claims filed by neighboring land owners. The litigation resulted in dismissal of the claim by summary judgment and affirmation of the dismissal on appeal to the United States Fifth Circuit, Eastern District;
  • Defense of multi-million dollar commercial litigation related to the catastrophic failure of a subsurface hydrocarbon storage facility; 
  • Extensive experience defending employers and self-insured entities in the Office of Workers’ Compensation and in District Court in relation to work-place accident and injury claims for over a decade.
  • Extensive experience pursuing claims for reimbursement against third party tortfeasors and the State of Louisiana's Second Injury Fund on behalf of employers, self-insured entities and insurers.

GENERAL
  • Graduate LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School – 1998 – Top 15%
  • Bar Admissions: Louisiana, all federal courts in Louisiana.
  • Professional Organizations: Defense Research Institute; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Baton Rouge Bar Association.
  • Founding Member – Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator & Holinga APLLC – September 2011.
  • Partner – Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP – 2004-2011.
  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated


Lexi Holinga
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Lexi Holinga is a founding member in our firm and practices in the area of general litigation with an emphasis on toxic tort litigation, commercial litigation, class action defense, mass tort, environmental and product liability litigation. Lexi has defended and prosecuted multi-million dollar claims related to serious injuries in the workplace, property damage, business interruption and complex construction and commercial disputes. Lexi is recognized by our clients as a tenacious litigator who meticulously prepares clients and witnesses for the challenges of litigation.

Lexi is admitted to practice before all Louisiana courts, state and federal, as well as the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Lexi is a member of the Federal Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute and the Baton Rouge Bar Association, where she serves on the Publications Committee and is a contributing writer. She is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation and previously served as a committee member for the Louisiana Bar Foundation Gala.

Lexi recently served a three year term from 2010-2013, at the appointment of the President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, as the LSBA Delegate to the Judicial Conference of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Litigation Experience:
  • Co-lead counsel in commercial litigation for a Fortune 50 client related to the prosecution of construction disputes, defecting welding practices, deficient quality control procedures in industrial construction, back up battery systems, property damage claims and a subrogation product liability action resulting in a highly favorable settlement for the client totaling more than $6 million following aggressive pretrial discovery.
  • Participation as trial counsel for a major chemical manufacturing company in a class action trial related to an offsite migration following a chemical release. The thirty plaintiff trial resulted in a dismissal of most of the claims brought by the class members and minor awards for other claims that were tried to verdict.
  • Participation as lead counsel in the defense of a Fortune 50 client in a suit involving an arc fire that severely burned two contractors who were working on electrical switchgear equipment at our client’s facility. The case involved complex technical issues and engineering principles that included one line diagrams and electrical design schematics. The suit was dismissed against our client and the client was reimbursed for costs related to the incident.
  • Participation as counsel for a major chemical manufacturing company and employees of the company who were sued individually in the defense of a brain cancer claim brought by the family of a former employee allegedly exposed to vinyl chloride. The suit was litigated aggressively and was dismissed on pretrial motions in favor of the clients.
  • Participation as counsel for industrial clients in defending multiple occupational disease premises liability suits relating to allegations of asbestos related disease, occupational hearing loss, benzene exposure, vinyl chloride, ethyl acrylate, hydrogen sulfide and exposure to other chemicals.
  • Participation as co-lead counsel for pipeline clients in pipeline right of way litigation brought by landowners including management of horizontal directional drilling issues, servitude interpretation, boundary dispute issues, pipeline trench construction, pipeline survey issues and alleged damage issues.
  • Participation as counsel in Howard v. Union Carbide Corporation before the Louisiana Supreme Court, a decision that reversed a thirty plaintiff trial flight of chemical exposure awards ranging from $31,000 - $3,500, and reduced the awards to $500 - $100 per plaintiff.  This decision is a significant victory for defendants who are sued for de minimus injuries in class action/mass tort suits related to off-site chemical releases.
  • Participated as trial counsel for major chemical manufacturing company in seven week trial defending claims of groundwater contamination, property damage, environmental remediation and punitive damages that totaled over $266 million.

General:
  • Graduate of LSU Law School – 2005
  • Founding Partner of Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator & Holinga, APLLC – 2011
  • Associate at Taylor Porter Brooks and Phillips, LLP – 2007-2011
  • Associate at McGlinchey Stafford, LLC – 2005-2007
  • Bar Admissions:
    • Louisiana – all state & federal Courts
    • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Professional Organizations:
    • Defense Research Institute
    • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
    • Wex S. Malone Inn of Court
    • Louisiana Bar Foundation
    • Louisiana Oil & Gas Association
    • Louisiana Association of Business & Industry 
  • Community Organizations:
    • St. Aloysius Church Committee
    • Junior League of Baton Rouge 2006-2011
    • Baton Rouge Bar Publications Committee
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Rising Star 2013 and 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated – 2013 and 2014
  • Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers – 2014


Patrick Hunt
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Patrick Hunt joined our firm in 2013 as an attorney practicing in the areas of general litigation, worker's compensation and subrogation, oilfield legacy litigation, product liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation in federal and state court.  Patrick grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina and moved to Baton Rouge to attend law school at LSU.  Prior to joining our firm, Patrick served as a law clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter, United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, Shreveport Division.

General:
  • Louisiana State University — Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./G.D.C.L. (2012)
    • Graduated magna cum laude
    • Member of the Louisiana Law Review
  • North Carolina State University — B.A. Psychology, B.A. Spanish Language and Literature (2009)
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter, U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana
  • Admissions
    • Louisiana — All state and federal courts
    • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Professional Organizations
    • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Baton Rouge Bar Association
    • Federal Bar Association
  • Publication
    • “Tortious Tweets: A Practical Guide to Applying Traditional Defamation Law to Twibel Claims," 73 La. L. Rev. 559 (2013)


Anthony Lascaro
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Anthony Lascaro joined our Firm in September 2012 and practices in the areas of general litigation, products liability, premises liability, property damage, general casualty, workers’ compensation and subrogation, property litigation, right of way disputes, asbestos and occupational disease litigation, and oilfield legacy litigation. Prior to September 2012, Anthony practiced for three years with Preis & Roy, a regional defense firm in Lafayette, Louisiana, which handled similar matters as well as an active admiralty practice.

General:
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2009
  • Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso School of Business, M.S. in Finance, 2005
  • Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso School of Business, B.S. in Finance, 2004
  • Member of the Louisiana Law Review, Volume 69
  • Judicial Extern for the Honorable Douglas D. Dodd, United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice before all Louisiana State Courts
  • Admitted to Practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • Admitted to Practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Professional Memberships:
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center’s Chancellor’s Council
  • American Inns of Court


Scott Ledet
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Scott Ledet joined the firm soon after its formation and practices in the areas of corporate transactions, business law, general litigation, workers compensation, and appeals.  Scott advises corporate clients on a variety of business decisions and transactional matters including contract formation, negotiation, and regulatory compliance.  He also assists with the firm’s litigation and workers compensation practices, including handling appellate matters before the state’s courts of appeal.  Scott is a Baton Rouge native, who returned home after practicing in the areas of commercial and securities litigation in New York City.  His experience in New York representing some of the largest corporations in the world in litigation matters focused on complex business issues allows Scott to bring a unique perspective to his current practice.  Scott also served as a staff attorney for the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal where he handled a variety of civil appeal matters and gained important appellate experience. 

General:
  • Louisiana State University -- Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D./B.C.L., 2007
    • Member of the Louisiana Law Review
    • Graduated Order of the Coif
  • Louisiana State University, E.J. Ourso College of Business, B.S. in International Trade and Finance, 2004
    • Graduated Summa Cum Laude
  • Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal, Staff Attorney, 2010-2011
  • Shearman & Sterling LLP, Associate Attorney, 2008-2010
  • Judge Frank J. Polozola, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, Law Clerk, 2007-2008
  • Bar Admissions: all Louisiana state and federal courts.
  • Professional Organizations: Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Bar Association, American Health Lawyers Association, Defense Research Institute


John Allain Viator
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John Allain Viator is a founding member of our firm and practices in the area of general litigation with an emphasis on toxic tort, mass tort, environmental and insurance coverage litigation in both federal and state court.  John has extensive trial and appellate experience representing large public and private corporations and insurance companies in all facets of litigation.  John has defended Fortune 500 companies and other valued clients in litigation related to premises liability, products liability, toxic releases in the environment and workplace, insurance coverage disputes, construction litigation and maritime personal injuries, as well as a wide array of commercial disputes.  John’s expertise also extends to other complex areas such as oilfield legacy litigation and litigation relating to subsurface hydrocarbon storage. 

In providing services to his clients, John’s primary focus is efficiently achieving the client’s objective.  This involves not only formulating and aggressively pursuing an efficient and comprehensive resolution strategy that achieves the client’s stated objectives once a dispute arises, but also ensuring that the client has adequate and appropriate contracts, policies and practices in place before a dispute arises. 

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE
  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 company in mass toxic tort litigation involving over 1,200 claimants arising out of natural gas release from underground salt cavern. 
  • Successfully defended Fortune 500 company in commercial litigation involving catastrophic failure of a subsurface hydrocarbon storage facility.
  • Member of trial team which litigated damages in over 150 bench trials in the In Re: Bogalusa Chemical Release Class Action.
  • Lead counsel for a Fortune 500 company, successfully negotiated multi-million dollar settlement involving loss of power to chemical facility.
  • Representation of oil and gas clients in “Legacy” lawsuits, which generally involve claims of environmental contamination and remediation, short-term and long-term exposure to hazardous materials, naturally occurring radioactive material (“NORM”), oil field waste, and products liability on lands with or near oil and gas operations.
  • Lead counsel for national insurers in numerous legacy claims, construction claims, and Chinese Drywall litigation.
  • Lead counsel in numerous cases for commercial premises owners resulting in exoneration from liability for personal injuries of invitees/patrons, obtained through successful trials and summary judgments.

GENERAL
  • Graduate LSU Paul M. Hebert Law School – 1998 – Louisiana Law Review
  • Law Clerk, Judge Richard T. Haik, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Bar Admissions: Louisiana, all federal courts in Louisiana and United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
  • Professional Organizations: Defense Research Institute; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Baton Rouge Bar Association.
  • Founding Member – Bienvenu, Bonnecaze, Foco, Viator & Holinga APLLC – September 2011.
  • Partner – Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP – 2005-2011.
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers- Rising Stars 2012
  • Martindale Hubbell – BV Rated