Thomas C. Naquin

Associate

Thomas C. Naquin is a litigator who joined the firm in 2019.  He practices in a number of areas, including general litigation, construction disputes, personal injury, products liability, premises liability, property damage, toxic tort, asbestos, occupational disease litigation, and contractual defense and indemnity.  Thomas also has experience with master service agreements with a focus on risk, loss allocation, indemnity, and insurance.  Thomas grew up in Denham Springs and attended LSU for both undergraduate and law school.

Litigation  Experience:

  • Hsieh v. Apache Deepwater LLC, et al., No. 19-00408, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana: The BBFV team composed of John Allain Viator and Thomas C. Naquin successfully defended a Motion to Compel Discovery in an asbestos drilling mud case.  Plaintiff sought to compel BBFV’s client to search for and produce seven years’ worth of well logs from 40 years ago covering over half a million square miles in the Gulf of Mexico.  In its ruling, the District Court concluded that the Plaintiff failed to carry his burden of proving that the information sought was proportional to the needs of the case.  For the full article published by HarrisMartin Publishing, see: La. Court Denies Motion to Compel Discovery in Asbestos Drilling Mud Additive Case
  • Brent Deaville v. Exxon Mobil Corporation, et al., No. 2021-C-0240, Court of Appeal for the Fourth Circuit of Louisiana: Obtained reversal in Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal of district court’s denial of declinatory exception of improper venue, resulting in the transfer of the suit out of Orleans Parish during the pendency of a jury trial.  For a copy of the decision, go to Application for Writs Directed to Civil District Court, Orleans Parish No. 2020-00881, Division “e”
  • Lawrence David Phillips, Jr. v. Exxon Chemical Louisiana, LLC, et al., No. 691676, Division C, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana: Member of trial team that obtained a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case brought by a retired direct employee who asserted claims of negligence and premises liability.  For the full article published by HarrisMartin Publishing, see: La. Jury Reaches Defense Verdict for Exxon Mobil Corp. in Asbestos Case
  • Larry Thibodeaux v. BP America, f/k/a Standard Oil Indiana, a/k/a AMOCO, et al., No. 681782, Section 24, 19th Judicial District Court, Parish of East Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana: Obtained dismissal on summary judgment of claims of negligence and premises liability against operator of oil drilling and production sites.


Education/Background:

  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D. (2019)
  • Graduated Order of the Coif
  • Member of the Louisiana Law Review
  • Member of the Executive Board of Advocates
  • Louisiana State University, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, B.A. (2016)

Admissions:

  • Louisiana, all state courts
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations:

  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC), Young Lawyers Committee Member
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit

Publications:

  • Thomas C. Naquin, Lagniappe Liability: Limiting Employer’s Vicarious Liability for Punitive Damages in Louisiana,79 La. L. Rev. 1209 (2019).
  • Thomas C. Naquin, The Blame Game: Inconsistency in the Application of Louisiana’s Comparative Fault Regime, LLR Lagniappe: The Online Companion to Louisiana Law Review (2018).
  • Thomas C. Naquin and Mulcahy, Kevin V., Cajun Louisiana: Culture as a Way of Life, Journal of Arts Management, Law and Society, Vol. 49. (2019).

Recognition & Awards:

  • Martindale Hubbell – AV Rated