Lafayette, LA






Jim earned his law degree from Louisiana State University College of Law in 1984. Jim has an extensive amount of trial and appellate experience throughout the State of Louisiana. Jim has tried over 60 jury trials to verdict, over 200 bench trials and exception hearings, and has over 90 reported cases in the Federal District/Appellate Courts and State Appellate Courts/Louisiana Supreme Court. In 2016, Jim was inducted as a Fellow in The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), which is an invitation only fellowship of exceptional trial lawyers from the United States and Canada. Membership is limited to 1% of the total membership of each state's practicing attorneys. There are more than 19,000 licensed attorneys in the state of Louisiana and just over 100 are members of The American College of Trial Lawyers.

Areas Of Practice

  • Professional Liability 40%
  • Commercial Litigation 30%
  • Public Entity Litigation 10%
  • Class Action Litigation 5%
  • Complex Trial Litigation 15%

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Louisiana College, Pineville, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1981
    • Major: Public Administration
  • Northwestern University School of Professional Studies in Chicago, Illinois
    • Mediation Skills Training Program

Representative Cases

  • St. Landry Homestead Federal Savings Bank v. Hubert Vidrine, Jr., et al, 118 So. 3d 470,2012-1406 (La.App. 3 Cir. 6/12/13), La. 3rd Circuit
  • MB Industries, LLC v. CNA Insurance Company, et al, 74 So.3d 1173 (2011) 2011-0303 (La.10/25/11), La. Supreme Ct.
  • Harold E. Molaison and David C. Loeb v. David J. Lukinovich, et al, 142 So. 3d 342(2014) 13-781 (La.App 5 Cir. 5/28/14, La. 5th Circuit
  • Sharon Ingram Marchman v. Brian E. Crawford, et al, 726 Fed. Appx. 978 (2018) UNPUBLISHED, U.S. 5th Circuit
  • John and Mary Williams v. John B. Dunlap, III, et al, 2013-1879 (La. App 1 Cir 6/6/14) UNPUBLISHED, La. 1st Circuit

Representative Clients

  • CNA Insurance Company Professional Services Group
  • Westport Insurance Corporation
  • The Hanover Insurance Group
  • Brown & Brown, Inc.


  • Bench Bar Conference, Lafayette Bar Association, 2013

Honors and Awards

  • AV rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Super Lawyers
  • The American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL), Fellow

Past Employment Positions

  • Allen & Gooch A Law Corporation, Partner, 1984 to 2018

Pro Bono Activities

  • Northwestern University, Mediator, 2015 to Present


  • English

Practice Areas


A proven record of success
in complex business
litigation involving
significant assets

Probate / Estate

A proven history of results
in probate litigation
matters involving
high-value estates

Professional Liability

Aggressive representation
to protect the careers and
financial standing of
licensed professionals


Resolving complex
disputes outside of court
requires a mediator with
experience on both sides

Select Personal
Injury Litigation

Bringing experience to bear
in personal injury litigation
involving only the most
serious injuries or loss of life