Patrick Patrick

 

Pat Patrick (ppatrick@patrickmillerlaw.com) graduated from the University of South Alabama and from Tulane Law School in 1984, where he served as Articles Editor for the Tulane Law Review. Prior to the formation of Patrick Miller LLC he was a partner in a large New Orleans law firm. Pat's practice focuses on insurance, tort, indemnity, workers' compensation (state and LHWCA), and maritime issues. He has handled environmental and toxic tort cases in regard to both property damage and personal injury aspects. He handles cases at all levels of the state and federal court systems. He is a registered lobbyist in Louisiana. He has handled matters before agencies such as the United States Customs Service, United States and Louisiana Departments of Labor, the United States Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the Louisiana Insurance Commission, the Louisiana Commission on Public Ethics, all gaming regulatory agencies in Louisiana and Mississippi, and the Louisiana Department of Public Health. Pat is a member of numerous professional organizations including the Defense Research Institute, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and Association of Average Adjusters of the United States. He is past president of the New Orleans Port of the Propeller Club of the United States, and is a Board member of the International Propeller Club of the United States. Pat is a frequent lecturer and writer on legal education topics, primarily involving insurance, workers' compensation, maritime law, and trial practice. 

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Pierre Miller

 

Pierre V. Miller II (pmiller@patrickmillerlaw.com) received a Bachelor of Business Administration in finance from the University of Notre Dame in 1983 and graduated from Tulane Law School in 1986 with honors. Pierre served as a law clerk for the late Earl E. Veron, United States District Judge, Western District of Louisiana, and practiced at a large New Orleans law firm. He is admitted to practice before the Louisiana Supreme Court and all other state and federal courts in the State of Louisiana. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeal for the Federal Circuit. He has been admitted to practice pro hac vice before United States Bankruptcy Courts in Texas and Delaware. He is an experienced litigator who has handled environmental, insurance, maritime, bankruptcy, intellectual property, business tort, contract, employment and trade regulation cases at all levels of the state and federal court systems. Pierre also handles oil and gas and other transactional matters, including business formations and advices on and the drafting of contracts and other documents. Pierre routinely handles successions and estates, and related succession litigation.

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Laurence DeBuys IV

 

Laurence R. DeBuys IV (ldebuys@cox.net) is a 1984 cum laude graduate of Tulane University Law School, where he was a member of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and served as its Research Editor. He is a member of the State Bars in both Louisiana and Texas and is also admitted to practice before all Federal Courts in Louisiana and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court. Larry's practice has involved primarily maritime and admiralty litigation, and he has extensive experience in offshore and vessel related areas of litigation including oil spills and environmental matters. He has handled numerous vessel collision and allision cases both on behalf of vessel owners and on behalf of the owners of maritime facilities. He has also handled numerous cargo matters, including cases that involved detailed evaluation of charter parties, bills of lading, the Carriage of Goods by Sea Act and the Harter Act. Additionally, Larry has both litigated and performed transactional work regarding vessel construction and offshore service contracts. Larry holds an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell.

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Laurence DeBuys IV

 

Jean M. Stallard (jstallard@patrickmillerlaw.com) received her B.A. from Duke University and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law. Jean specializes in contracts and commercial transactions, corporate and securities law, human resource law and has particular expertise in oil and gas matters. Her extensive background as in-house counsel at Fortune 500 and NYSE-listed corporations has given Jean a unique, business-oriented insight when advising clients on their strategies and objectives. Jean began her career on Wall Street as a corporate and securities attorney handling IPOs and private offerings as well as regulatory compliance matters. After relocating to New Orleans as an associate with a large New Orleans law firm, Jean served as in-house counsel for three NYSE-traded exploration and production corporations, two of them Fortune 500 companies. At The Louisiana Land & Exploration Company (NYSE:LL&E), Jean was Senior Counsel and at KN Energy, Inc. (NYSE:KNE), she served as Assistant General Counsel. Next, she co-founded and served as Vice President and General Counsel at Energy Partners, Ltd. (NYSE:EPL). With each of these positions, Jean continued her transactional and corporate practice, and added extensive experience in supporting onshore and offshore E&P operations, particularly in the Gulf Coast region. She is well-versed in procurement, risk management, acquisitions & divestitures, construction, finance, M&A, real estate and human resource issues. Jean advises various corporations, entrepreneurs, E&P operators and contractors/vendors, software development and information technology firms as well as entertainment and hospitality industry clients. She is admitted to practice law in New York, Louisiana and the District of Columbia, with admission to Texas in process.

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Marc Michaud

 

Marc Michaud (mmichaud@patrickmillerlaw.com) is a Partner at Patrick Miller and leads the Consumer Protection Litigation Division at the firm.  He focuses his practice on Fair Credit Reporting, Fair Debt Collection Practices and Unfair Trade Practices litigation.  In this capacity, Mr. Michaud currently serves as lead counsel in several ongoing consumer protection cases involving national banks, mortgage servicers and credit reporting agencies, and has previously served in the same capacity in several successfully resolved cases.

Mr. Michaud secured reversal and remand from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in a case involving dual-tracking, robo-signing and notably, the effectiveness of a liability shield between limited liability companies and series limited liability companies created within the structure of the parent LLC in Alphonse v. Arch Bay Holdings, LLC, No. 13-30154, 2013 WL 6490229 (5th Cir. Dec. 11, 2013). 

Prior to joining Patrick Miller, Mr. Michaud maintained his own firm for many years. In this role, Mr. Michaud represented numerous clients subjected to wrongful foreclosure, unfair debt collection, and those struggling with credit-reporting agencies. Additionally, Mr. Michaud served as lead counsel, representing defrauded investors in a worldwide Ponzi Scheme.

Mr. Michaud graduated law school, cum laude, in 2001 from Suffolk University Law School in Boston, Massachusetts. While in law school, Mr. Michaud served as Note Editor on the Suffolk University Law Review, and published Guilty But Not Responsible: The Need For A Criminal Duty To Mitigate Injuries, 34 Suffolk U. L. Rev. 629 (2001). Thereafter, Mr. Michaud was an associate with several prestigious New Orleans corporate defense firms, focusing on lender liability, unfair debt collection and general commercial litigation.

Mr. Michaud is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts.

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Stephen Mattesky

 

Stephen E. Mattesky (smattesky@patrickmillerlaw.com) has practiced law in New Orleans for over 30 years and specializes in maritime and insurance coverage and defense litigation. He has extensive experience defending vessel owners, P & I clubs and other underwriters against claims for personal injury to seamen, longshoremen and passengers, damage to cargo, commercial disputes, maritime liens, oil and hazardous product spills and emissions, and vessel fires. In addition to his maritime practice, Steve has litigated commercial claims, product liability claims, and disputes regarding insurance coverage and indemnity.

Steve received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and European History from Washington and Lee University in 1978. He attended Tulane University School of Law where he served on the Law Review and was awarded his Juris Doctorate in 1981. Following graduation from law school, he was commissioned a Captain in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Corps where he served from 1982-1986 as an administrative/environmental law attorney and criminal prosecutor. Upon completion of his tour of duty with the military, Steve joined the firm of Terriberry, Carroll and Yancey specializing in the practice of admiralty, maritime and insurance defense litigation. Steve is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute. He is admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, all Louisiana state courts and the United States Court of Military Review.

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