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I take pride in my ability to connect with my clients. I know that a good lawyer must take the time to listen carefully to his clients purposes and objectives. I treat every clients case as a “Big Case” whether the client is a large corporation or a person of modest means.”

Voted top lawyer

Over the years, Ben Bagert has been voted by his peers as a Top Lawyer in such varied fields as:

  • Commercial litigation;
  • White collar criminal defense;
  • Administrative and regulatory law;
  • Insurance law;
  • Criminal law;
  • Trust and estates; and
  • Real estate law.

His peers have also awarded him the accolade of “Bet the Company Litigator.”

He has received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell – the highest rating available for legal ability and ethical behavior

Credibility with Decision-Makers

Although ours is a “government of laws and not men,” we entrust men and women – – judges, jurors, and regulators – – with the responsibility of applying the law.

Ben’s credibility with such key decision-makers stems from his service as a respected legislator who literally authored hundreds of statutes and from his years of excellent law practice.

Community Service

After Ben walked away from elective office years ago, he continued to serve his community. He has held uncompensated leadership as

Education Honors and Achievements

In law school, Ben was recognized for his academic achievements by induction to the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity. His fellow law students elected him the President of the Loyola Law School student body.

Admissions to practice

  • admitted to practice in all of Louisiana State and Federal courts, the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court
  • he has successfully handled matters in:
    • many State and Federal Regulatory Agencies
    • Federal courts located in states other than Louisiana

Associations, Memberships, and Achievements

  • Lead author of the Louisiana Evidence Code.
  • Special Advisor to Louisiana Law Institute’s Committee on Evidence Code Revisions;
  • Member Council of Louisiana State Law Institute, 1972-1976;
  • Lead Author, Louisiana Code of Evidence (Act #515 of 1988);
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; [Note to Martindale: this organization has a web site. Can we fix it so that when one clicks on it will bring them to the site. Here’s the link: https://www.nacdl.org/]
  • Louisiana State Representative;
  • Chairman: House Judiciary Committee;
  • Chairman: House Special Committee on Insurance;
  • Chairman: House Commerce Committee;
  • State Senator;
  • Vice Chairman, Senate Civil Law Committee
  • Advisor to Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry;
  • New Orleans Bar Association;
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Sections in: Civil Law; Corporate Business; Insurance; Negligence Law);
  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections in: Tort and Insurance Practice; Corporation and Business Law; Natural Resources);
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel;
  • Defense Research Institute;
  • Louisiana Law Institute [former member]
  • Legislator of the Year – – Alliance For Good Government

Languages Spoken

Spanish

REPRESENTATIVE APPELLATE COURT DECISIONS

Administrative Law

U.S. v. Menendez, 48 F.3d 1401, 40 ERC 1626, 32 Fed.R.Serv.3d 301, 25 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,938 5th Cir.(La.), APR 12, 1995

In re Ferrouillet, 76 So.2d 948, 1999-3434 (La., Jun 30, 2000 No. 99-B-3434)

In re Cline, 756 So.2d 284, Rehearing Denied, 1999-2779 (La., Feb 29, 2000 No. 99-B-2779)

Environmental Law

U.S. v. Nguyen, 847 F.Supp.496, 24 Envtl. L. Rep. 21, 151 (S.D.Miss., Mar 16, 1994, NO. CIV. A. 193-CV-26RR)

Federal Jurisdiction

Balliviero v. Konrad, 2001 wl 1041771 (e.d.ia.)

Public Contract Law

Halmar, Inc. v. Louisiana Dept. of Transp. and Development, 405 So.2d 1179 (La.App. 1 Cir., Oct 12, 1981 No. 14310)

Constitutional Law

City of New Orleans v. Walker, 327 So.2d 386 (La., Feb 23, 1976 No. 56731)

State v. Welkner, 259 La. 315, 253 So.2d 192 (La., Sep 30, 1971 No. 51715)

Ieyoub v. Ben Bagert for Atty. Gen. Committee, Inc., 590 So.2d 572 (La., Dec 02, 1991 No. 91-CC-2635)

Real Estate Law

Ducote v. McCrossen, 675 So.2d 817, 95-2072 (La.App. 4 Cir., May 29, 1996 No. 95-CA-2072)

Maritime Law

McKeithen v. S.S. Frosta, 426 F.Supp. 307, 1978 A.M.C. 12 (E.D.La., Jan 19, 1977, No. Civ. 76-3251, CIV. 76-3275, CIV. 76-3654)

Claims Against Public Bodies

Harvey v. State, Dept. of Trans. and Development, 799 So.2d 569, 2000-1877 (La.App. 4 Cir. Sep 26, 2001 No. 2000-CA-1877)

Leases

LaNasa v. Bancroft Inv. Corp., 306 So.2d 831 (La.App. 4 Cir., Jan 13, 1975 No. 6624)

Probate matters

In re Succession of Manuel, 806 So.2d 686, 01-498 (La.App. 5 Cir., Nov 27, 2001 No. 01-CA-498)

Succession of Harris, 283 So.2d 325 (La.App. 4 Cir., Sep 26, 1973 No. 5508)

Searches & Seizures

State v. Vingle, 802 So.2d 887, 2001-0840 (La.App. 4 Cir., Nov 21, 2001 No. 2001-KA-0840)

State v. Miller, 798 So.2d 947, 2000-1657 (La., Oct 26, 2001 No. 2000-K-1657)

Products Liability

Woods v. International Harvester Co., Inc., 697 F.2d 635, 35 Fed.R.Serv.2d 1086, 12 Fed.R.Evld.Serv.498 (5th Cir., La., Feb 07, 1983 No. 81-3534)

Insurance Law

Touro Infirmary v. Henderson, 666 So.2d 686, 92-2720 (La.App. 4 Cir., Dec 28, 1995 No. 92-CA-2720)

Alombro v. Sailman. 536 So.2d 764 (La.App.5Cir., Dec 14 1988 No. 88-CA-449)

Master Servant

Sampany v. Morton Salt Co., 482 So.2d 752 (La.App.1 Cir., Dec 26, 1985 No. CA-85-0328)

Criminal Law

State V. Thompson, 399 So.2d 1161 (La., May 18, 1981 No. 80-K-2521)

State v. Conrad, 304 So.2d 318 (La., Dec 02, 1974)

Corporation Law

Sampay v. Morton Salt Co., 395 So.2d 326, 24 A.L.R. 4th 541 (La., Jan 26, 1981 No. 80-C-1424)

Sampay v. Morton Salt Co., 398 So.2d 62 (La.App. 1 Cir., Jun 09, 1980 No. 13419)

Sampay v. Davis, 342 So.2d 1186 (La.App. 1 Cir., Feb 14, 1977 No. 11022)

Jury Practice

State v. Conrad, 304 So.2d 318 (La., Dec 02, 1974)

Biography

Attorney Bagert has an extensive knowledge of Louisiana evidence issues.

Delta Theta Phi. Member, Council of Louisiana State Law Institute, 1972-1976. Lead Author, Louisiana Code of Evidence (Act #515 of 1988). Special Advisor to Louisiana Law Institute’s Committee on Evidence Code Revisions. Member, Louisiana State Legislature, 1969-1992. State Senator, 1984-1992. State Representative, 1969-1984. Chairman: House Judiciary Committee, 1972-1976; House Commerce Committee, 1980-1984.

Admission Details

  • 1968, Louisiana; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • 1970, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • 1973, U.S. Supreme Court
  • 1987, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Law School Attended

  • Loyola University, Class of 1968, J.D. (Blue Key National Honor Fraternity; President Law School Student Body)

University Attended

  • Loyola University, Class of 1965, A.B.

Special Agencies

  • Louisiana State Senator (1984-1992); Chairman, Metropolitan Human Services District (2003-2009)

Associations & Memberships

  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Sections in: Civil Law; Corporate Business; Insurance; Negligence Law)
  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections in: Tort and Insurance Practice; Corporation and Business Law; Natural Resources)
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Law Institute

Bar Fellowship

  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Louisiana State Bar Association

Representative Transactions

  • Lead Author Louisiana Evidence Code, 1988

Representative Cases

  • U.S. v. Menendez, 48 F.3d 1401, 40 ERC 1626, 32 Fed.R.Serv.3d 301, 25 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,938 5th Cir.(La.), APR 12, 1995
  • In re Ferrouillet, 76 So.2d 948, 1999-3434 (La., Jun 30, 2000 No. 99-B-3434)
  • In re Cline, 756 So.2d 284, Rehearing Denied, 1999-2779 (La., Feb 29, 2000 No. 99-B-2779)
  • U.S. v. Nguyen, 847 F.Supp.496, 24 Envtl. L. Rep. 21, 151 (S.D.Miss., Mar 16, 1994, NO. CIV. A. 193-CV-26RR)
  • Balliviero v. Konrad 2001 wl 1041771 (e.d.ia.)
  • Halmar, Inc. v. Louisiana Dept. of Transp. and Development, 405 So.2d 1179 (La.App. 1 Cir., Oct 12, 1981 No. 14310)
  • City of New Orleans v. Walker, 327 So.2d 386 (La., Feb 23, 1976 No. 56731)
  • State v. Welkner, 259 La. 315, 253 So.2d 192 (La., Sep 30, 1971 No. 51715)
  • Ieyoub v. Ben Bagert for Atty. Gen. Committee, Inc., 590 So.2d 572 (La., Dec 02, 1991 No. 91-CC-2635)
  • Ducote v. McCrossen, 675 So.2d 817, 95-2072 (La.App. 4 Cir., May 29, 1996 No. 95-CA-2072)
  • McKaithen v. S.S. Frosta, 426 F.Supp. 307, 1978 A.M.C. 12 (E.D.La., Jan 19, 1977, No. Civ. 76-3251, CIV. 76-3275, CIV. 76-3654)
  • Harvey v. State, Dept. of Trans. and Development, 799 So.2d 569, 2000-1877 (La.App. 4 Cir. Sep 26, 2001 No. 2000-CA-1877)
  • LaNasa v. Bancroft Inv. Corp., 306 So.2d 831 (La.App. 4 Cir., Jan 13, 1975 No. 6624)
  • In re Succession of Manuel, 806 So.2d 686, 01-498 (La.App. 5 Cir., Nov 27, 2001 No. 01-CA-498)
  • Succession of Harris, 283 So.2d 325 (La.App. 4 Cir., Sep 26, 1973 No. 5508)
  • State v. Vingle, 802 So.2d 887, 2001-0840 (La.App. 4 Cir., Nov 21, 2001 No. 2001-KA-0840)
  • State v. Miller, 798 So.2d 947, 2000-1657 (La., Oct 26, 2001 No. 2000-K-1657)
  • Woods on Behalf of Woods v. International Harvester Co., Inc., 697 F.2d 635, 35 Fed.R.Serv.2d 1086, 12 Fed.R.Evld.Serv.498 (5th Cir., La., Feb 07, 1983 No. 81-3534)
  • Touro Infirmary v. Henderson, 666 So.2d 686, 92-2720 (La.App. 4 Cir., Dec 28, 1995 No. 92-CA-2720)
  • Alombro v. Sailman. 536 So.2d 764 (La.App.5Cir., Dec 14 1988 No. 88-CA-449)
  • Sampany v. Morton Salt Co., 482 So.2d 752 (La.App.1 Cir., Dec 26, 1985 No. CA-85-0328)
  • State V. Thompson, 399 So.2d 1161 (La., May 18, 1981 No. 80-K-2521)
  • Sampay v. Morton Salt Co., 395 So.2d 326, 24 A.L.R. 4th 541 (La., Jan 26, 1981 No. 80-C-1424)
  • Sampay v. Morton Salt Co., 398 So.2d 62 (La.App. 1 Cir., Jun 09, 1980 No. 13419)
  • Sampay v. Davis, 342 So.2d 1186 (La.App. 1 Cir., Feb 14, 1977 No. 11022)
  • State v. Conrad, 304 So.2d 318 (La., Dec 02, 1974)

Languages

  • Spanish