Landry, Robert E.
Address: 901 Lake Shore Dr. Ste. 900, Lake Charles, LA 70601
Lawyer Firm: Scofield, Gerard, Pohorelsky, Gallaugher & Landry
|Areas of Practice||Business, Commercial & Fiduciary Litigation, Litigation, Personal Injury, Products and Premises Liability, Employment Law, Casualty Litigation, Products Liability and Toxic Tort Litigation, Employment Litigation, Construction Litigation, Mediation|
Robert has maintained a litigation practice, concentrating in the defense of personal injury, products liability, premises liability and employment-related claims as well as the prosecution and defense of numerous commercial and contract actions. Robert has extensive experience with claims arising in the chemical, petrochemical and refining industries. He has litigated toxic exposure claims, serious industrial personal injury claims (e.g., spinal cord injuries resulting in paralysis, inhalation injuries requiring lung transplants, and severe burn injuries), industrial construction claims and environmental claims, many of which involved complex chemical, petrochemical, and refinery processes. This experience has given Robert valuable insight into the construction and operation of petrochemical plants and refineries. He also has litigated a variety of commercial claims arising in the industrial and petrochemical setting.
Robert also has represented physicians, accountants and other professionals in a variety of claims relating to their specific practices.
Robert also has successfully defended numerous labor law matters, including claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination, racial discrimination, age discrimination and violations of the Equal Pay Act and Family and Medical Leave Act. In fact, a summary judgment victory secured by Robert became the first Family and Medical Leave Act case heard by a federal appellate court. See Manuel v. Westlake Polymers Corp., No. 94-0691, 1994 WL 809934 (W.D. La.) 66 F. 3d 758 (5th Cir. 1995).
In addition to his litigation practice, Robert also is a certified mediator, having received his training from the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law.
Represented Rimkus Consulting Group in an action for damages brought by Shelter Mutual Insurance Company. We urged an exception to venue as the result of Shelter’s failure to sue Rimkus in the parties’ contractually agreed forum. Although our venue exception initially was denied by the trial court, we took a supervisory writ to the appellate court and then to the Louisiana Supreme Court, which granted our writ to resolve the jurisprudential split on this issue among the Louisiana appellate courts. After extensive briefing and oral argument, the Louisiana Supreme Court ruled in favor of Rimkus, upholding the validity of the pre-litigation contractual venue selection clause. Shelter Mut. Ins. Co. v. Rimkus Consulting Grp., Inc. of Louisiana, 2013-1977 (La. 7/1/14), reh’g denied (Aug. 25, 2014)Successfully defended styrene manufacturer in $20 million breach of contract claim, obtaining not only a defense (zero) jury verdict on the contract claim but securing a jury verdict in excess of $16 million on client’s breach of fiduciary duty counterclaimRepresented CITGO Petroleum in a multimillion dollar contractual claim brought against it by a former scaffolding contractor. After conducting extensive written discovery, we were able to take three depositions that provided the basis for a significant counterclaim. After asserting the counterclaim, the scaffolding contractor agreed to dismiss its claims with prejudice.Safway Services. L.L.C. v. CITGO Petrolem Corp., Civil Action No. 12-CV-2183, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana, Lake Charles DivisionSuccessful defense (zero verdict) in lawsuit by security guard against railroad alleging personal injuries requiring multiple surgeries. Partin v. Kansas City S. Ry. Co., 11-1999, 2014 WL 1383257 (W.D. La. Apr. 8, 2014). Successful defense (as local counsel with Grant Harvey of Gibbs & Bruns) of bond insurer in half billion dollar lawsuit by hospital for alleged breach of contract, bad faith, and unauthorized use of trade secretsSuccessful defense of insured petrochemical manufacturer from breach of cooperation claims asserted by its insurers, resulting not only in dismissal of the non-cooperation claims but also multi-million dollar participation in the insurers’ subrogation recoverySuccessfully defended petrochemical manufacturers from a variety of work site accident and injury claims involving explosions, fires and chemical releasesSuccessful representation of petrochemical manufacturers asserting multi-million dollar claims for significant damages caused to their processing units resulting from both negligent acts and design/construction deficienciesSuccessful representation of physicians in action for breach of option contract, fraud and damages against hospital resulting in pre-trial settlement in excess of one half million dollars.Representation of national manufacturer of recreational vehicles and manufactured homes in a variety of product liability, rescission and warranty claimsSuccessfully defended challenges urged by various factions to EPA/DEQ permits issued to petrochemical manufacturersSuccessfully defended through trial and/or settlement numerous claims of wrongful termination, sexual harassment and discrimination, racial discrimination and age discriminationSuccessful representation at trial and through settlement negotiations of an industrial equipment manufacturerRepresentation of major Texas based grocery chain in premises liability claimsSecured summary judgment defense verdict on claims of breach of contract and franchise violation on behalf of country’s largest manufacturer of manufactured homesSecured summary judgment defense verdict (as local counsel, with Bowman & Brooke) in toxic tort infant death casesSecured summary judgment defense verdict on behalf of national importer in product liability claimsSecured summary judgment victory for major energy company against lessor’s claims for unpaid royalties.Secured summary judgment victory for major refining company(maintaining statutory employer defense) against claims asserted by contractor’s injured employeeRepresentation of utility company against claims of alleged occupational induced hearing loss urged by employees and contract workersAs appeal counsel, successfully obtained reversal of an adverse Equal Pay Act judgment rendered against local university
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