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William B. Monk
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John J. Simpson
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Stephen D. Polito
Ross M. Raley
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John S. Bradford
H. Alan McCall
Thomas G. Henning
Paul L. Veazey, Jr.
Andrew D. McGlathery, III
C. Eston Singletary
Adrian D. Cox, Jr.
Miller M. Flynt

Charles D. Viccellio
William E. Shaddock, Jr.
Stephen C. Polito
Robert S. Dampf


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    William B. Monk

    Since he began his practice in 1981, Bill has developed considerable experience in several essential areas of commercial, mineral, environmental and mass tort litigation. His practice in both federal and state courts has involved the quality management of complicated litigation to positive conclusions. For example, over a period of several years, Bill played a leading role in securing a no liability jury verdict defending a local industry against the claims of more than 1700 plaintiffs, who were asking the jury to award more than a billion dollars in actual and punitive damages. That major verdict was listed by the National Law Journal in its May 22, 2000 publication, among the top 15 “major civil-suit verdicts that beat the odds.” In addition to his regular practice, Bill served for 14 years as the Firm’s Managing Partner, through the end of 2015. He is enjoying resumption of his full-time, very gratifying practice on client work.

    Bill was born in Lake Charles on December 28, 1957. He was valedictorian of the 1975 Class of Lake Charles High School [as were his mother, Mary Ann Maxfield Monk, and three sisters]. He attended LSU as an Alumni Top 100 Scholarship recipient, where he received an undergraduate degree in History in 1978, and his Juris Doctorate in 1981. Bill and his wife, Aimee Judice Monk, have five children. He is a member of the Immaculate Conception Cathedral Church, and his recreational interests include golf, hunting and music.


    Admitted to bar, 1981, Louisiana. Education: Louisiana State University (B.A., 1978; J.D., 1981). Author: “The Admissibility and Weight of Expert Testimony in Toxic Tort Litigation,” The Louisiana Environmental Lawyer, Vol. 2, No. 1, 1994. Served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana in oil and gas litigation. Recognized member of “Best Lawyers in America” in commercial litigation and mass tort litigation, (2008-)and “Louisiana Super Lawyers” in business litigation, (2008-). Also recognized in the 2012 Top Rated Lawyers® Annual Guide to Energy, Environmental & Natural Resources Law.  Member: Southwest Louisiana Bar Association; Louisiana State Bar Association (Board of Governors, 1990-1991; Mineral Law Section, Chairman, 1991-1992; Young Lawyers Section, Chairman, 1990-1991; CLE Committee, 1992-1995; Associate Bar Examiner, 1990-present; Committee on the Rules of Professional Conduct, 2004- ; Bench Bar Committee, 2008-2009); American Bar Association (Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law Section Council, 1990-1992; Special Committee on Environmental and Toxic Torts, Vice-Chairman, 1992-1994; Corporate, Banking and Business Law Section); Southwest Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Louisiana State Law Institute (Advisory Council Member, 1990-1991; Mineral Code Committee, 1992-1998, Civil Procedure Committee 2010-); LSU Law Center Mineral Law Institute (Advisory Council, 1988-1991; Speakers Committee, 1989-1990); and McNeese State University (Adjunct Professor, Administrative Law and Trial Practice and Procedure, 1983-1986); Member, Bench Bar Committee, 2009-2010.


    • Keene v. Williams, 423 So.2d 1065 (La. 1982)
    • Fogal v. Boudreaux, 497 So.2d 366 (La.App. 3 Cir. 1986)
    • Taussig v. Goldking Properties Co., 495 So.2d 1008 (La.App. 3 Cir. 1986), 502 So.2d 111 (La. 1987)
    • Auster Oil & Gas, Inc. v. Stream, 835 F.2d 597 (5 Cir. 1988) and 891 F.2d 570 (5 Cir. 1990)
    • American Casualty Co. v. United Southern Bank, 950 F.2d 250 (5 Cir. 1992)
    • First Nat. Bank v. First Financial of La., 921 F.Supp. 1506 (E.D.La. 1996)
    • Davis Oil Co. vs. TS, Inc., 962 F.Supp. 872, 877 (E.D.La. 1997)
    • State v. McInnis Bros. Constr., 701 So.2d 937 (La. 1997)
    • Miller v. Home Depot U.S.A. Inc., LEXIS 24063 (2001) and LEXIS 11298 and 11309 (2002)
    • Taita Chem. Co., Ltd. v. Westlake Styrene, 246 F.3d 377 and 351 F.3d 663 (5 Cir. 2003);
    • Ardoin v. Stine Lumber Co., 298 F.Supp.2d 422, 2003 WL 23150112, 2003 WL 23145813 and 220 F.R.D. 459 (W.D. La. 2003-04)
    • Trent v. PPG Industries, Inc., 865 So.2d 1041 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2004)
    • Brookshire Bros. Holding, Inc. v. Total Containment, Inc., 2007 WL 2591224 (W.D.La. 2007)
    • Gunderson v. F.A. Richard & Associates, Inc., 977 So.2d 1128, 2007-331 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2/27/08),44 So.3d 779 and 40 So.3d 418
    • Ned v. Union Pac. Corp., 14-1310 (La. App. 3 Cir. 04/15/15); 176 So. 3d 1095; writ denied 2015-0953 (La. 09/18/15); 2015 La. LEXIS 2038.


    • The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana,Chairman (2012); Legal Counsel (2005-2010; and 2015- ); Nominating Committee (2004,2008,2009); Board of Directors (1986-1992; 2005-); Secretary (1987-1990); Governmental Affairs Division Chairman (1988-1991); Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman (1986-1987)
    • Council for a Better Louisiana, Leadership Louisiana (1992 Class)
    • Young Men’s Business Club of Lake Charles, President (1986)
    • Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Board (1990-1992), Trust Board (1995-2000)
    • Police Jury Solid Waste Disposal Methodology Commission, Advisory Member (1988-1989)
    • United Way Campaign, Division Chairman (1990)