S. Gene Fendler Shareholder, New Orleans
Mr. Fendler served as the firm's president and managing partner from 2003 until 2009. His litigation and trial experiences span more than 35 years in both casualty and business matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Fendler served as a law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, District Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
He has tried to verdict or judgment more than 75 lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, as well as Texas, Illinois, and Massachusetts and has served as lead trial counsel in mass tort and class action matters.
Mr. Fendler's multiple trial achievements involve casualty litigation, commercial and construction disputes and patent infringement matters.
Representative cases include:
- Lead trial counsel for a shipyard in a construction dispute with the purchaser of a large offshore liftboat in which the jury returned a $4.8 million verdict in favor of the shipyard.
- Lead counsel for major oil and gas producer in claim valued in excess of $300 million for loss of drilling structure on deep water production facility during a hurricane.
- Lead counsel in arbitration of construction dispute involving claims and counterclaims of approximately $350 million with respect to deepwater production facility hull.
- Lead counsel in a class action suit with more than 3,000 members for claims arising out of a fire and explosion at a chemical plant.
- Lead trial counsel in a seven-week trial and seven-week AAA arbitration in a $250 million offshore casualty claim for loss of a deep-water production facility.
- Successfully defended an international chemical manufacturer in a multimillion-dollar construction dispute in a two-week arbitration in Boston, Massachusetts.
- In the longest civil jury trial in the history of St. Charles Parish, Mr. Fendler was trial defense counsel in a suit alleging serious, permanent brain damage as a result of toxic exposures caused by his client, a chemical company. The jury returned a defense verdict.
- Served as lead counsel, and defeated class certification, in the defense of over 20,000 toxic tort claims arising out of the capsizing of a tank barge in the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
- Prevailed on all liability claims in an action involving more than 17,000 claimants. Mr. Fendler was lead counsel in the matter which arose out of a tug and barge casualty in the Mississippi River.
- Obtained a multimillion-dollar settlement for his client, a pipeline owner, for damages arising out of a drilling rig that punctured a pipeline after being cast adrift in a hurricane.
- Following a two-week jury trial, he obtained a successful jury verdict in favor of the hotel management company facing racial discrimination claims brought when eight former employees of the hotel were terminated.
- Mr. Fendler obtained a directed verdict in a month-long, multiparty jury trial alleging serious personal injuries from a construction accident.
- Successfully prosecuted a claim for patent infringement for the manufacturer of an oil field tool.
A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Master of the Bench of the Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court, Mr. Fendler was formerly vice-chair of the Maritime and Energy Law Committee of the International Association of Defense Counsel and President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Mr. Fendler, a licensed private pilot, is active in many leading legal professional organizations and is a frequent speaker for those groups. He often appears as a guest lecturer at the Louisiana State University Law Center.
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Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, J.D., 1973
- Order of the Coif
- Louisiana Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1972 - 1973
- Omicron Delta Kappa
- Phi Kappa Phi
University of Virginia, B.A. in History, 1969