Richard J. Arsenault

Alexandria, Louisiana
Experience: 37 years
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Practice Areas

  • Car Accidents
  • Elder Law
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Maritime
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Products Liability
  • Public Benefits
  • Social Security Disability/SSI


  • Contingent FeesNo recovery/ No Fee or Costs

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

  • ColoradoSince 1991
  • DCSince 1991
  • LouisianaSince 1980
  • TexasSince 1992
  • 5th CircuitSince 1981
  • 11th CircuitSince 1981
  • U.S. Supreme CourtSince 1984
  • Guest Lecturer2004 - 2004


  • Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge J.D. (1980)
  • State University of New York - Stony Brook B.A. (1977)


  • AV Rating Martindale Hubbell Achieved the highest possible rating
  • Super Lawyer Louisiana Super Lawyers Only 5% of attorneys statewide receive this award.
  • Named One of the Nation's Best Lawyers Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers Best in the U.S.
  • Nation's Top Verdicts National Law Journal Recognized for having one for securing a $21 million personal injury verdict for the victim of a plant explosion, one of the largest in the nation.
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers Martindale Hubbell

Professional Association

  • Louisiana Judicial College #401281 Guest Lecturer Current
  • Federal Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference #401282 Guest Lecturer Current
  • LSU Trial Advocacy Training Program #401283 Faculty Member Current
  • Alexandria Bar Association #401284 Member/ Former President Current
  • Crossroads Chapter of the American Inns of Court #401285 Member/ Former President Current
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center National Alumni Board #401286 Board Member/ Vice President Current
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center Chancellor's Counci #401287 Member Current
  • Professional Assessment Committee Louisiana State Bar Association #401288 Member Current
  • Texas Bar Association #401289 Member 1992 - Current
  • District of Columbia Bar #401290 Member 1991 - Current
  • Colorado Bar Association #401291 Member 1991 - Current
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association, #401292 Board of Governors Member 1988 - Current
  • Louisiana Bar Association #401293 Member 1980 - Current
  • Maritime and Auto Tort Column for the Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association Monthly Publication) #401294 Editor 2000 - 2001
  • Maritime Law Reporter #401295 Editorial Board Member 1987 - 2000
  • Louisiana Bar Journal #401296 Editor of Louisiana Bar Journal, Recent Developments for the Section on Insurance, Negligence, Workers' Compensation and Admiralty Law 1983 - 2000
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU #401297 Guest Lecturer 1994 - 1994
  • Seventeenth Post Graduate Summer School for Lawyers at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center a LSU #401298 Faculty Member 1994 - 1994
  • American Trial Lawyers Association Admiralty Newsletter #401299 Co-Editor 1990 - 1992
  • The Forum #401300 Editorial Board Member 1982 - 1988
  • Louisiana Bar Association Section on Insurance, Negligence, Compensation and Admiralty Law #401301 Chair 1986 - 1987
  • Northwestern State University #401302 Faculty Member 1983 - 1987
  • Alexandria Bar Association Publication #401303 Editor 1983 - 1983
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association's President's Advisory Committee #401304 Member 1983 - 1983

Articles & Publications

  • Defendants Shop for Favorable Maritime Forums Maritime Law Reporter
  • Maritime Gaming & Available Tort Remedies Maritime Law Reporter
  • McDermott International, Inc. v. Wilander: The Supreme Court Casts Aside the Navigation Function Requirement Maritime Law Reporter
  • Pre-Certification Discovery: A User’s Guide Tulane Law Review
  • Mass Torts and Class Action Settlements Trial Magazine July, 2009
  • Duty to Find and Prepare a Knowledgeable Corporate Representative Louisiana Bar Journal 2008
  • Hanks v. Entergy Corp. —The Supreme Court Provides Some Clarity But Leaves A Big Question Unanswered Louisiana Advocates February, 2007
  • Knowledge is Power: A Practical Proposal to Protect Putative Class Members from Improper Pre-Certification Communication Fed. Cts. L. Rev. 2 2006
  • The (Un)Availability of Act of God and Force Majeure Affirmative Defenses After Rita Katrina Louisiana Advocates June, 2006
  • Gathering Ditgital Data Trial Magazine October, 2005
  • Using Conflicts Principles to Obtain Punitive Damages in Louisiana Court Louisiana Advocates May, 2005
  • Daubert-Lite, Daubert’s Role, If Any, at Class Certification Hearings Louisiana Bar Journal February, 2005
  • Class Action Settlement of Future Claims December, 2004
  • Limitation of Vessel Owner's Liability; Inapplicability to Non-Shipowners Currents International Trade Law Journal, South Texas College of Law June, 2000
  • Maritime Forum Non Conveniens; La.Code Civ.P. art.123 vs. 46 U.S.C. App. §688(b) Louisiana Advocates March, 2000
  • Removal Under the Jones Act, OCSLA and the GML Louisiana Advocates February, 2000
  • Floating Casinos Beware; Maritime Rule Governs Dram Shop Liability Louisiana Advocates November, 1999
  • Who Enjoys the Benefits of the Limitation of Vessel Owner’s Liability Act? Louisiana Advocates October, 1999
  • Vendetto v. Sonat; Louisiana Supreme Court Addresses Jones Act Standards Louisiana Advocates September, 1999
  • Restoring the Injured Party v. Sales Tax Recovery Louisiana Advocates August, 1999
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court Addresses Seaman’s Status - Perils of the Sea Standard Louisiana Advocates July, 1999
  • Maritime Personal Injury Venue Louisiana Advocates June, 1999
  • Judicial Gatekeeping of Experts; Kumho Tire Co., Ltd. v. Carmichael Louisiana Advocates May, 1999
  • Does Daubert Apply to Non-Scientific Experts? Louisiana Advocates April, 1999
  • Driving While Intoxicated; A Formula for Punitive Damages Louisiana Advocates March, 1999
  • Recovery Under the Death on High Seas Act San Francisco Trial Lawyer March, 1999
  • Does Payment of Workers' Compensation Benefits Interrupt Prescriptive Periods for Maritime Claims? Louisiana Advocates February, 1999
  • Brown Water Vessel Status Louisiana Advocates January, 1999
  • Venue; Where Can Jones Act Claims be Brought? Louisiana Advocates December, 1998
  • Hunting Season: Remedies Available to Camp/Club Employees Louisiana Advocates November, 1998
  • Demystifying MIST (Minor Impact; Soft Tissue) Claims Louisiana Advocates October, 1998
  • U.M. vs. Worker's Compensation; Who Pays? Louisiana Advocates September, 1998
  • Maritime Personal Injury - Recovery Under the Death on the High Seas Act Louisiana Advocates August, 1998
  • Mitigating Weaknesses at Trial Trial Magazine February, 1994
  • Special Purpose Vessels Under Attack Maritime Law Reporter 1993
  • Has the Traditional Mariner Been Forgotten? Trial Magazine September, 1992
  • Seaman Status: Aid in Navigation Test Rejected Louisiana Bar Journal April, 1991
  • Seaman Status: Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Get Back Into The Water Louisiana Bar Journal June, 1989
  • Seaman v. Harbor Worker; What Test Applies to Determine Status Louisiana Bar Journal June, 1989
  • Seaman's Status Continues its Voyage Through Unchartered Brown Water Applications Using Barrett vs. Chevron To Set Its Course Tulane Maritime Law Review, The Maritime Lawyer March, 1989
  • Seaman's Status Takes an Unexpected Tack Maritime Law Reporter October, 1987
  • Offshore Platform Workers: Remedies Available and Recent Developments in Defenses Louisiana Bar Journal June, 1986
  • WMATA v. Johnson; LHWCA Tort Immunity Reconsidered The Forum December, 1985
  • Offshore Platform Workers: Remedies Available and Recent Developments in Defenses Trial Magazine July, 1985
  • Longshoreman and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act Tort Immunity Challenge Trial Lawyers Forum 1984
  • Tort Immunity Under the Longshoreman Harbor Workers Compensation Act Louisiana Bar Journal October, 1984
  • Maritime Personal Injury on Foreign Waters Trial Magazine June, 1984
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority v. Johnson: The Sudden Rise and Fall of General Contractor Tort Immunity Under the LHWCA The Maritime Lawyer March, 1984
  • Jones & McLaughlin v. Pfeiffer: No More Than Necessary The Louisiana Bar Journal October, 1983
  • Johnson v. Penrod Evidence of Inflation Admissible Louisiana Bar Journal December, 1982
  • Remedies Available to Seamen Part III The Jones Act The Arkansas Bar Association Journal October, 1982
  • Foremost Insurance Co. v. Richardson: Admiralty Jurisdiction Extended to Pleasure Craft Collisions The Forum September, 1982
  • Remedies Available to Seamen Part II Unseaworthiness The Arkansas Bar Association Journal July, 1982
  • A Postscript The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, The ATLA Docket June, 1982
  • An Analytical Starting Point: The Elusive Determination of Seaman's Status The Forum June, 1982
  • Bringing Pleasure Boat Accidents Under the Forum Trial Magazine June, 1982
  • The General Maritime Law Counterpart to Worker's Compensation: Maintenance, Cure and Wages The Forum (Texas Trial Lawyers Publication) June, 1982
  • Recognizing and Developing the Brownwater Seaman's Remedies The Federal Bar News May, 1982
  • Problems Associated with Fixed Platform Maritime Personal Injury Claims The Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association, The ATLA Docket April, 1982
  • Remedies Available to Seamen Part I Maintenance, Cure and Wages The Arkansas Bar Association Journal April, 1982
  • The Maritime Consortium Action: Moragne Through Cruz", The Journal of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers April, 1982
  • A Primer on Remedies Available to the Offshore Oil Worker Trial Magazine 1981
  • Maintenance, Cure and Wages: General Principles and Recent Developments Voir Dire 1981
  • Maritime Personal Injuries: Developing the Offshore Platform Worker's Claim Voir Dire 1981
  • Maritime Personal Injury: Developing the Seaman's Claim Voir Dire 1981
  • Johnson v. Penrod: Years of Tradition Unhampered by Progress Louisiana Bar Journal June, 1981


2220 Bonaventure Court
Alexandria, LA 71301 USA

Telephone: (800) 256-1050
Fax: (318) 561-2591

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