The Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

We are an organization of over 1,400 Louisiana lawyers who are primarily engaged in the defense of civil litigation. Founded in 1963, the LADC endeavors to create quality CLE tailored to individual practices while educating and training our members. We have enjoyed spectacular growth and today provide our members with monthly updates on case law through our newsletter. We present educational programs and training throughout the year to provide our members with the knowledge and skills to be among the top litigators in the region. We are proud to be one of the largest defense-lawyer organizations in the United States, and to have been recently selected as the outstanding defense organization in the country by the Defense Research Institute.

~ Let LADC remind you of what a community of colleagues can achieve! ~

LADC Sizzlin' Summer CLE and Awards Dinner Set for August - Registration Open

On the night of August 10th, the LADC will host our annual Awards Dinner at the Ace Hotel. The following days will be taken up with fantastic CLE in our popular SIzzlin' Summer Seminar. For more information including criteria and forms for award nominations, please go to our event page. You can register now!

SB. No. 185 Dead Thanks to Opposition by the LADC Executive Committee

On May 16, the House Civil Law and Procedure Committee held a hearing on SB No. 185.  The bill would have amended CCP Art. 1464 regarding independent medical examinations.  There were three principal changes.  First, such examinations could not be referred to as "independent" in the presence of a jury.  Second, regardless of the number of defendants, a plaintiff could not be ordered to submit to multiple examinations by multiple physicians in the the same specialty.  Finally, and of most concern, a party submitting to an IME would have the right to have another person of his/her choosing present and have the right to have the IME videotaped.  To read the bill on the Louisiana Legislature's website click the title above.

Alerted about the hearing by several LADC members, the LADC Executive Committee decided that the LADC should send members to speak at the Committee hearing in opposition to the bill.  The LADC was represented by Skip Philips of Taylor Porter, who is a past President of the LADC and former Legislative Vice President of the LADC, and Victor Gregoire of Kean Miller, who is the current Second Vice President of the LADC.  Skip spoke in opposition to the bill.  Skip's testimony played a significant role in the Committee's voting to involuntarily defer the bill, effectively killing the bill for this session. 

We are glad that the LADC could play a role in defeating this bill, which would have been deleterious to our members' practice, and we are most grateful to Skip and Victor.

The LADC Announces the Creation of the Amicus Brief Committee

Years ago the LADC had an amicus brief committee that evaluated requests for the LADC to participate and file an amicus brief in important cases.  We found that the types of cases in which the LADC could comfortably participate were very limited.  In fact, the last brief filed by the LADC was in 2000, addressing an issue of bad faith damages. After considerable deliberation at several Board meetings, at the most recent Board meeting in Shreveport on Feb. 18, the Board approved the proposal below as an amendment to the LADC bylaws, re-establishing the amicus brief committee. Click on the link above to read the entire section of the by-laws explaining the Amicus Brief Committee and to learn more.