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Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts

Shreveport, LA

 

Attorney

Sept. 2008 - May 2012

  • Recent victory as first chair litigator in boundary action lawsuit

  • Responsibility as counsel in various commercial litigation matters, including concursus proceedings, residential and mineral lease disputes, products liability, breach of purchase agreement, franchise and noncompete agreements

  • Emphasis in legacy lawsuit defense

  • LA State and Federal Court experience

  • Mineral rights and commercial transactions, including review of surface and mineral title history

  • Collaboration on surface and mineral title opinions

 

 

 

The J. Andrew Durrett Company, L.L.C.

Lafayette, LA

 

Sole Managing Member, Attorney

Dec. 2006 - Sept.2008

  • Client development; legal counsel for client’s parent company and its thirteen subsidiary companies; represented legal team as panel member for ultimate parent company

  • Supervision authority over clients’ other outside counsel

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of non-disclosure agreements, consulting and employment agreements

  • Intellectual property and proprietary information advice

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of government and civil construction contracts

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of master service agreements, subcontracts and labor supply agreements

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of construction contract for 17th Street Canal Temp.

    Pump Station in New Orleans

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of U.S. refinery project contracts for client

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of domestic/international offshore construction contract bids and awards

  • Responsibility for negotiation and confection of subcontracts as a result of awarded work arising from said work.

  • Facilitation of parent company guarantees, bank guarantees, advance payment guarantees, builder’s risk and project insurance

  • Advised client regarding corporate management and prospects for international market growth

  • Drafting of an all-electronic response to a New York based investor’s due diligence requests; analysis and advice on draft purchase and sale agreement resulting from that investment in client’s parent company

 

 

 

Thomas R. Hightower, Jr., A.P.L.C.

Lafayette, LA

 

Attorney

Oct. 2004 - Dec.2006

  • LA State and Federal Court insurance defense and commercial litigation; drafting of written discovery, motions, memoranda and appeals pleadings; direction of settlement negotiations and mediations; and first chair for several civil bench trials

  • General casualty, automobile, property and health insurance defense

 

 

 

Ottinger Hebert, L.L.C.

Lafayette, LA

 

Attorney

Aug. 2002 - Sept. 2004

  • LA State and Federal Court mineral rights and commercial litigation; research, drafting of written discovery, motions, memoranda and appeals pleadings; particular experience in pollution litigation featuring in excess of 150 named defendants, mineral and royalty rights, rightful ownership of water bottoms; Swamp Lands Act; Sixteenth Section lands; and complex indemnity issues

  • Mineral rights and commercial transactions; generation, negotiation and consummation of written conveyances of royalties and other property rights; mortgage and public records searches; curative title amendments; servitudes and rights of way; UCC Title 9 and immovable property security interests; lien rights; and employment agreements

  • Administrative agency appeals to LA DEQ and public entity work

 

 

 

Education

Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Baton Rouge, LA

  • Juris Doctorate May 2002

 

Louisiana Tech University

Ruston, LA

 

Bachelor of Liberal Arts (Major in Political Science, Minor in English)

May 1999

  • Dean’s List: Spring, Summer and Fall Quarters of 1997; and Spring and Winter Quarters of 1998

 

 

 

Memberships / Services / Awards

  • Admitted to Louisiana State Bar on October 18, 2002, Louisiana Bar Roll No. 28029; admitted as a Louisiana Notary

  • Admitted to Practice in the State Courts of Louisiana, all U.S. District Courts of Louisiana and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • BV Overall Peer Rating as rated by Martindale Hubbell

  • 2011 and 2012 SB Magazine List of Best Shreveport-Bossier Lawyers as recognized by peers

  • 2012 Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce Leadership Program participant

  • 2012 March of Dimes Ambassador Family for Northwest Louisiana

 

References available upon request