Our lawyers, our traditions, our values and our clients are the sum of a law practice that was started over one hundred years ago by a highly esteemed lawyer who achieved a national reputation. His name was Bernard J. Daly. His neighbors called him Ben.
Ben Daly studied law while tending a grocery store in a working class New Orleans neighborhood. He was widely admired by his clients. One of them, a carpenter, so admired his lawyer that he decided to give his son the name of his lawyer. The carpenter named his son Bernard J. Bagert.
Twenty-two years later, Bernard J. Bagert became a lawyer and began practicing with Mr. Daly and his partner, Walter Hamlin. By then, Mr. Daly was very well known for his many successes on behalf of clients in criminal as well as business cases.
The young Mr. Bagert practiced law with them for eight years. Then World War II erupted and the young lawyer’s practice was set aside for military service. By the time Bagert returned home to resume practicing law, Mr. Daly had died and Mr. Hamlin had become a district judge. Hamlin eventually became Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
Mr. Bagert quickly earned a reputation as a bright and personable lawyer. His fellow war veterans, recognizing Mr. Bagert’s leadership traits, elected him to head their veteran’s organization. Several years later his community elected him to the bench.
Judge Bagert’s son, Bernard J. Bagert, Jr., followed the calling of his father. He distinguished himself in law school by earning induction into the national honor society and his classmates (who also called him “Ben”) elected him president of the law school’s student body. Upon graduation he began practicing law and soon thereafter was associated with the grandson of Ben Daly, thus reuniting the line and traditions of the lawyers that began practicing in 1900.
Ben Bagert soon distinguished himself as a skilled lawyer. At the age of 24 he was elected to the Louisiana State Legislature and at 27 he had his first victory in the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was reelected to the legislature five more times.
He bowed out of public office in 1992 in order to devote full time to this law practice. He has practiced widely before Louisiana district and appellate courts and also before United States District Courts located in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. He is admitted to the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeal and to the United States Supreme Court. Member of the American Bar Association; The New Orleans Bar Association; the Louisiana State Bar Association; and the New Orleans Bar Association.
Other achievements and memberships include: Blue Key National Honor Fraternity; President of Loyola Law School Student Body; Loyola Law Review; Member Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and of its Evidence Advisory Committee; Lead Author of the Louisiana Evidence Code; State Legislator 1969-1992, Chairman Judiciary Committee and Commerce Committees; President of Triumph of Special People, Inc.
BAGERT LAW FIRM
REPORTED APPELLATE COURT DECISIONS
U.S. v. Menendez, 48 F.3d 1401, 40 ERC 1629, 32 Fed.R.Serv.3d 301, 25 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,938
(5th Cir.(La.), Apr 12, 1995) (NO. 93-3709, 93-3710, 94-30059)
In re Ferrouillet, 764 So.2d 948, 1999-3434 (La. 6/30/00) (La., Jun 30, 2000) (NO. 99-B-3434)
In re Cline, 756 So.2d 284, Rehearing Denied, 1999-2779 (La. 2/29/00) (La., Feb 29, 2000) (NO. 99-
U.S. v. Nguyen, 847 F.Supp. 496, 24 Envtl. L. Rep. 21,151 (S.D.Miss., Mar 16, 1994) (NO. CIV. A. 193-
Balliviero v Konrad 2001 wl 1041771 (e.d.la.)
Public Contract Law
Halmar, Inc. v. Louisiana Dept. of Transp. and Development, 405 So.2d 1179
(La.App. 1 Cir., Oct 12, 1981) (NO. 14,310)
City of New Orleans v. Walker, 327 So.2d 386 (La., Feb 23, 1976) (NO. 56731)
State v. Welkner, 259 La. 815, 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-
Real Estate Law
Ducote v. McCrossen, 675 So.2d 817, 95-2072 (La.App. 4 Cir. 5/29/96) (La.App. 4 Cir., May 29, 1996)
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 Transp. and Development, 799 So.2d 569, 2000-1877 (La.App. 4 Cir. 9/26/
01) (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 14, 1975) (NO. 6624)
Wills & Successions
In re Succession of Manuel, 806 So.2d 686, 01-498 (La.App. 5 Cir. 11/27/01)
(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. 11/21/01) (La.App. 4 Cir., Nov 21, 2001)
State v. Miller, 798 So.2d 947, 2000-1657 (La. 10/26/01) (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. Evid. 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. 12/28/95)
(La.App. 4 Cir., Dec 28, 1995) (NO. 92-CA-2720)
Alombro v. Salman, 536 So.2d 764 (La.App. 5 Cir., Dec 14, 1988) (NO. 88-CA-449)
Sampay v. Morton Salt Co., 482 So.2d 752 (La.App. 1 Cir., Dec 26, 1985) (NO. CA 85 0828)
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., 388 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)
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