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AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Personal Injury and Business Mediation
  • Professional Liability Defense
  • Litigation

Emmett has over 50 years legal experience, with significant litigation experience in construction law, insurance litigation, product liability law, professional liability law, fidelity and surety law and toxic torts. He is also experienced in banking and real estate law. He has been awarded a rating of AV Prominent by Martindale-Hubbell, representing the highest possible rating by his peers in both legal ability and ethical standards. He is also the 2017 recipient of the Louisiana Bar Foundation's Boisfontaine Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy.

Emmett has been speaker/author on professional issues, including “Proof of Damages Against a Surety,” 1984 National Conference on Surety Law, Professional Education Systems, Inc.; Second Annual Workshop on Offshore Federal Oil and Gas Leasing and Operations, Section of Natural Resources Law of the American Bar Association, 1984; “Battling with the FDIC,” Louisiana State Bar Association, 1991; “Place Your Bets -- and Insurance -- on a Casino Construction Project,” Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1994 American Bar Association Annual Meeting; “They Can’t Have Their Cake and Eat It, Too – A Look at Allegations and Facts Attempting to Support Alternative Causes of Action,” Advocacy, Practice and Procedure, Insurance Executive, and Property Insurance Committees, 1996 International Association of Defense Counsel Annual Meeting; “Proof Requirements,” The Law of Payment Bonds, Fidelity & Surety Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section, 1998 American Bar Association Mid-Winter Meeting and Baltimore, October, 2001; and “Termination of Contract-Default or Convenience,” The Fundamentals of Construction Law, Louisiana State Bar Association, November, 2000. He has served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana in boundary litigation, State of Texas v. State of Louisiana, and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act litigation, State of Louisiana v. Watt. He was appointed by the Supreme Court of Louisiana and served as a member of the Louisiana Task Force on Women in the Courts (1989-92). He has been a Certified Contract Advisor by the National Football League Players Association.

Emmett was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, on August 10, 1943; Emmett and his wife Annette have three children and are members of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. He enjoys golf and skiing.

PRACTICE DETAILS: 

Admitted to bar, 1968, Louisiana. Education: Louisiana State University (J.D., 1968). Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity, Kappa Sigma Social Fraternity. Recognized Member of 'Best Lawyers in America' in construction law and professional liability law, 2007-2009 and 'Louisiana Super Lawyers' in construction/surety law, 2008-2009. Member-Southwest Louisiana Bar Association (Executive Committee); Louisiana State Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1974-82; Nominating Committee, 1983-84; Board of Governors, 1990-91; and Council and Vice Chair of the Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law Section, 1995-present); and American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section; and Forum Committee on the Construction Industry). Fellow, American Bar Foundation (Louisiana State Chair, 2003-present) and Louisiana Bar Foundation. International Association of Defense Counsel (Defense Counsel Committee; Fidelity and Surety Committee; Legal Malpractice Committee; Professional Errors and Omissions Committee, Chair, 2000-2002). Defense Research Institute. Member (President 2001-2003, Chairman 2004-present) of the Louisiana State Law Institute, an official advisory law revision commission, law reform and legal research agency of the State of Louisiana, has also served as Chairman/Reporter of the Special Advisory Committee on Attorney’s Fees, and as a member of the Son of Sam Committee, the Security Devices Committee, the Advisory Committee on Revision of Private Works Act and the Suretyship Revision Committee.

REPORTED CASES:

  • Texas v. Louisiana, 410 U.S. 702; 93 S.Ct. 1215 (1973) and 426 U.S. 465; 96 S.Ct. 2155 (1976);
  • Knowles v. American Tobacco Co., LEXIS 22195 (E.D. La. 1998);
  • Louisiana ex rel. Guste v. Watt, 631 F.Supp. 648 (E.D. La. 1985);
  • Austin v. Parker, 672 F.2d 508 (5 Cir. 1982).

COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • LSU Law Alumni Association, Past President LSU Hall of Distinction Board
  • Past Member Southwest Louisiana LSU Alumni Association
  • Member, Past President The Chamber/Southwest Louisiana Lake Charles Lakefront Development Committee
  • Past Member Lake Charles Planning and Zoning Commission
  • Past Member South Lake Charles Kiwanis Club
  • Member, Past President Southwest Louisiana Chairman, Louisiana Special Olympics Fund Drive Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL)


Office Location

  • Lake Charles Office

    Address

    One Lakeside Plaza
    4th Floor
    Lake Charles, Louisiana 70601