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Gary Russo
Partner
Suite 1600
600 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.593.7610 tel
337.593.7601 fax

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Gary Russo is a partner in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and is a member of the firm's board of directors. Prior to joining Jones Walker in 2009, he was a named partner in the Lafayette-based law firm Longman Russo, APLC.

Mr. Russo practices in the areas of litigation involving oil and gas, commercial and environmental litigation, insurance fraud, coverage, and has represented clients throughout the United States in organizing and handling complex litigation and class actions. He tried one of the longest environmental toxic torts cases in the state of Louisiana. Mr. Russo primarily represents clients, both privately and publicly held, in the oil and gas, telecommunication and insurance industries.

Mr. Russo has been involved as liaison counsel and served on committees in various multi-district litigation and class actions. Representative matters include: In re: Apple iPhone 3G Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2045 - Defense Liaison Counsel; In re: Chinese-Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2047 - Insurance Steering Committee Member' In re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig "Deepwater Horizon," MDL No. 2179 - Defense Steering Committee. He was appointed Special Master for the In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299, a nationwide pharmaceutical MDL. He was subsequently appointed by the parties as Special Master for the 2.4 billion dollar settlement involving over 10,000 claims.

Mr. Russo has handled lawsuits, tried cases, and/or has had evidentiary hearings in multiple jurisdictions, including Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, and Tennessee.

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Oil and Gas Law
  • Appointed Special Master in the In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation
  • Listed on the Roster of Neutrals for the American Arbitration Association
  • Listed in the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Energy & Natural Resources (also listed in 2011)
  • Listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys since 2010
  • Recognized as a "2013 Top Rated Lawyer" in the area of Commercial Litigation by Corporate Counsel and The American Lawyer Magazines
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Obtained civil mediator training and certification from the National Mediation Academy, Inc. in 2002

Representative Matters

Telecommunications
Defense of nationwide class action lawsuits:

  • Iberia Credit Bureau, Inc., et al v. Cingular Wireless LLC, f/k/a BellSouth Mobility, et al, Civil Action 6:01 CV2148. We were successful in getting the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse the district court's refusal to enforce the client's arbitration clause.
  • Sutton Steel & Supply, Inc., et al v. BellSouth Mobility Inc., Docket No. 91421, Iberia Parish, Louisiana.

Enjoined a $98-million bond issuance of a municipality:

  • BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. v. The City of Lafayette and The Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, Docket No. 2005-5245, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana (LUS fiber optic)
  • BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. and Louisiana Cable & Telecommunications Associations v. The City of Lafayette and The Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, Docket No. 2006-2019, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana
  • Ryan Franklin Perry and BellSouth Telecommunications, Inc. v. The City of Lafayette and The Lafayette Public Utilities Authority, Docket No. 2005-0380, Lafayette Parish, Louisiana

Oil & Gas Litigation

  • Represented various oil and gas producers and service companies in litigation involving multiple issues

Environmental
Defended oil field legacy suits and claims involving allegation of exposure to toxic chemicals in oilfield waste:

  • Clarice Friloux, et al v. Campbell Wells Corporation, et al, Docket No. 75524, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, consolidated with Docket No. 76744 and Docket No. 79481. Successfully defended the operator of a non-hazardous oilfield waste site, in a five-week jury trial and suit brought by an entire community.
  • Bonne Terre Lawn Care and Richard Owen, et al v. Campbell Wells, et al, Lafourche Parish, Louisiana. Represented the operator of a non-hazardous oilfield waste site in a suit unrelated to Friloux, in which we were successful in having the claims dismissed after a five-day prescription hearing in state court in Thibodeaux, Louisiana.
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Insurance Fraud
Handled numerous civil suits adverse to various companies, agents, and/or consultants, and worked with the FBI and U.S. Attorneys throughout the United States offices for multiple insurance companies, in the following representative matters:

  • Howard Trucking Company (California): Resulted in multiple criminal convictions
  • Coastwise Transport (Oregon): Civil award, and resulted in multiple criminal convictions
  • Westcoast Truckers Association (California): Civil award, and resulted in multiple criminal convictions
  • Intermodal Transportation (Louisiana) 
  • Nationwide Transportation Inc. (Kentucky/Ohio)
  • Mutual Indemnity Thrift Association (New York): Civil award, and resulted in multiple criminal convictions
  • Transportation Services (Florida): $65-million civil award with multiple criminal convictions
  • Best Western Hotels (Arizona): Involved allegations of fraud in the insurance purchased on behalf of a nationwide hotel chain
  • Handled cases throughout the United States involving complex premium disputes

Insurance and Homeowners & Commercial Coverage

  • Handled more than 700 Hurricane Katrina insurance claims for a national insurance carrier

Banking

  • Represented banks in various commercial lending cases 

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Memberships

  • Academy of Court Appointed Masters
  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Federal Bar Association (President, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter; Member, Board of Directors, Lafayette/Acadiana Chapter)
  • Lafayette Bar Association
  • London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA), Panel Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Association of Defense Counsel