Why Decorum in Court Proceedings Matters Now More Than Ever

By Neale deGravelles During the coronavirus pandemic, the highest court in the land has been holding oral arguments via telephone and live-streaming the proceedings. In the oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the proceedings by warning everyone to turn off their cellphones. He neglected, […] Learn more...

How Legislative Changes Will Impact Trial Law in 2021

By Neale deGravelles The Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill 57 (“HB57”) passed by the Louisiana legislature took effect January 1. The so-called tort-reform bill reduces the jury threshold from $50,000 to $10,000 and requires the party seeking a jury trial to post a $5,000 cash bond before the trial. It also made […] Learn more...

What We Can Learn from the Biggest Personal Injury Decisions of 2020

By Neale deGravelles 2020 was a historic year in all areas of life. But courts also saw record injury awards and major court rulings that will impact civil litigation for decades to come. In Louisiana, the passage of the Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill 57 (“HB57”) will likely have serious repercussions for […] Learn more...

4 Tips for Effective Client Communication in the Virtual Age

By Neale deGravelles Meeting in person with clients has long been central to attorney-client communications. But like almost everything in our daily lives, COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our ability to communicate face-to-face. In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, attorneys have increasingly turned to virtual platforms to provide legal services to clients, both inside […] Learn more...