Serving South Louisiana
Oil field liability
Offshore construction liability
Products liability law
Maritime personal injury law
Jones Act law
Trucking and auto accident litigation
General personal injury law
Joseph F. Gaar, Jr. is a southern Louisiana native, born in 1958. He graduated with honors in 1981 from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts. In 1985, he received his Juris Doctor degree from Loyola Law School in New Orleans.
Mr. Gaar obtained his first 6-figure personal injury jury verdict just 3 years into his solo practice. In 1996, he obtained the largest jury verdict in Assumption Parish which was for $4.2 million. He has obtained other multi-million dollar settlements and verdicts since then.
Joseph Gaar practices exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Our firm provides personal attention and professional advocacy for individuals or their families who've been injured or suffered wrongful death due to the carelessness or negligence of others.
Mr. Gaar is an "AV" (highest level) rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell. And in 2009, he was selected as one of the top trial lawyers for plaintiff personal injury cases by Super Lawyers for Louisiana. Super Lawyers is a rating service of accomplished attorneys from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.
Additionally, every year since 2009, peers have selected Joseph Gaar into The National Trial Lawyers Association’s – “Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Louisiana. Mr. Gaar is also a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Jason Matthew Welborn has dedicated his career to helping persons injured as a result of an accident. He practices solely in the area of person injury. His commitment to injured Louisiana residents earned him lifetime recognition by the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and a preeminent AV rating by Martindale Hubble, in Legal Ability and Ethical Standards.
Mr. Welborn has won complex multi-party cases involving:
Lucas S. Colligan is from Church Point, Louisiana. He graduated with distinction and cum laude honors from Loyola University College of Law. While in law school, Mr. Colligan worked pro bono, helping in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. He worked with local governments in St. Bernard Parish and the City of New Orleans, the Louisiana Attorney General, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Colligan has a deep interest in the oil and gas industry. He practices primarily in maritime law. His goal is to communicate frequently with his clients while providing aggressive and effective representation. He is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Lafayette Bar Association.
Jacob Houston Hargett is also a Louisiana native, who earned his law degree at Loyola University College of Law as well. While attending Loyola, Mr. Hargett served as the President of Loyola's Trial Advocacy Program and was a member of the Loyola Trial Advocacy National Team. Mr. Hargett was also inducted into the National Order of the Barristers and was awarded the Blue Williams Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy in 2009.
Mr. Hargett is a member of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the American Association of Justice. He is licensed to practice in all Louisiana State Courts as well as in all United States District Courts for Louisiana. Mr. Hargett is also admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Types of cases Mr. Hargett has handled:
Jones Act claims
Oil well blowouts
Slip and fall accidents