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Gordon James was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1954. He received his undergraduate degree from then Northeast Louisiana University in 1976, where he graduated Summa cum Laude. While at NLU, Gordon was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and Phi Eta Sigma history honor society. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1979. He served on the Louisiana Law Review and was also a member of Order of Coif.

Upon graduation Gordon moved to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, where he has continuously practiced for over thirty years.
Gordon is a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Defense Counsel, where he has served as a representative, Defense Research Institute, International Association of Defense Counsel, and the International Inns of Court. He has also served as the Fourth Judicial District Bar President.
Gordon has spoken at conferences throughout the country, including the conferences sponsored by the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Medical Mutual Insurance Company, Shelter Insurance Company, Allstate Insurance Company, and State Farm Fire and Casualty Company.
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Gordon has attended the Goldstein School Trial Advocacy in Chicago, Illinois, the Hastings School of Law Trial Academy in San Francisco, California, and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, Boulder, Colorado. He has attended seminars for General Motors Products in Detroit, Michigan and the National HIPAA Summit, Washington, D.C.
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Gordon has authored The Outercontinental Shelf Lands Act Amendments of 1978, “Balancing Energy Needs with Environmental Concerns,” 40 Louisiana Law Review, 1979, and “Hearsay and the Confrontation Guaranty,” 38 Louisiana Law Review 858, 1978.
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Practice areas include:
  • Class Action & Mass Tort Litigation
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Premises Liability

Bob was born in Bernice, Louisiana, in 1954. Bob graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1979 from Louisiana Tech University. While at Louisiana Tech, Bob started Baldwin Construction Company where he performed home construction and remodeling while working on his undergraduate degree. He eventually attended and earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1982. Bob was a member of the Moot Court Board and made the Chancellor’s List during three semesters.

Bob joined Hudson, Potts & Bernstein as an associate in 1982 and became a partner in 1987.
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Bob’s professional affiliations include the Louisiana State Bar Association, serving as Seventh District Representative of the Young Lawyers Section from 1984-1986, and serving on the nominating committee. He has served on the Pro Bono Advisory Board of the Volunteer Lawyers Project of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association, and the North Louisiana Legal Assistance Corporation from 1985-1989, sitting as the chairman from 1986-1989. He is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice and a past member of the Fred J. Fudickar Inns of Court.
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Bob is a member of the Fifth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association, and is admitted to practice before the Eastern and Western U. S. District Courts of Louisiana, the U.S. Tax Court and the U.S. Supreme Court. He is also licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts, including the Louisiana Supreme Court, all appellate courts and all district courts.
Bob is married to Lynda Gaar Baldwin, and they have two children, son West and daughter Parker.
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Practice areas include:
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Civil Rights & 42 USC 1983 Actions
  • Class Action & Mass Tort Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Construction Law & Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Municipal Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Redhibition
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law Railroads & Trucking
  • Workers Compensation

Related Cases

Benson, et al v. The Town of Delhi, et al
 Brian Allen and Robert Baldwin successfully represented the Town of Delhi in a case where the plaintiff alleged that the defendants falsely arrested the plaintiffs, racially discriminated against them and committed other acts in violation of their constitutional rights. The Court granted the defendants’ Motion for Summary Judgment on these issues.

Jay has achieved an AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity.Jay was born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1963 and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1985 from Louisiana State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in 1988.

Jay spent his first year practicing with a firm in Shreveport, La., before returning home to practice with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein in 1989, where he is a senior partner.

Jay currently serves as a Director on the Board of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, representing District 7. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance. Jay’s professional affiliations include the Louisiana State Bar Association and American Bar Association.

Jay is admitted to practice before all Louisiana Courts, the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Federal Western District of Louisiana and the United States Supreme Court.
Jay is active in his community and church and has served on numerous boards and committees and is a past president of the Ouachita Parish LSU alumni association. He is married to Rayne Roques Adams, and they have two children, son Sean and daughter Ashleigh.
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Practice areas include:
  • Arson Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Contracts
  • Divorce, Custody, and Family Law
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law Railroads & Trucking
Related Cases
Lewis v. Brown, et al
Jay Adams recently successfully defended his clients and won a zero verdict in the matter of Lewis vs. Brown, et al. Plaintiff and several other passengers on a city bus claimed that a three vehicle accident occurred involving the bus. However, evidence at trial resulted in conflicting testimony regarding whether there was any impact at all with the bus. Further, the physical evidence established that there was a significant collision between the two other vehicles near the bus but there was no physical evidence that the bus was actually impacted by either vehicle. As a result, the trial judge dismissed all claims, finding that plaintiff had failed to carry her burden of proof.
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Denetrius Bryant Vs. Direct General Insurance Company
Jay Adams recently obtained a zero trial verdict on an issue of contested liability in an automobile accident case. As the defendant crested a hill on a rural highway, he was confronted by plaintiff’s vehicle stopped directly in front of him and a second vehicle, driven by plaintiff’s husband, had stopped in the oncoming lane. The Court found that even though defendant admitted he was traveling between 65-70 mph in a 55 mph zone, his speed was not a substantial factor in the accident, as the evidence established that the accident was unavoidable due to the fault of plaintiff and her husband, even if the defendant had been traveling at 55 mph.
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Smith v. LSU Health Science Center-Monroe
Jay Adams won a dismissal for his client in a medical malpractice claim. The suit arose from an allegation that plaintiff had been administered two medications and that the provider had failed to warn the plaintiff of the inherent dangers in taking the second medication, which was allegedly contraindicated. Plaintiff claimed this failure resulted in congestive heart failure.
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Debbie Worley v. Allstate Insurance Co.
Jay Adams successfully defended Allstate in a trial in which plaintiff asserted underinsured motorist claims, obtaining a zero verdict on all claims. Plaintiff, a stock broker, was unable to prove any loss of wages claim resulting in a complete dismissal against Allstate.

Born in Montclair, New Jersey (1964), J. P. graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana Tech University in 1987. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law in 1990. While at Tulane, J.P. was a member of the J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition and a finalist in the Tulane Moot Court Junior Appellate Competition. Upon obtaining his law degree, J. P. moved to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, L.L.P.

J. P.’s professional affiliations have included American Inns of Court, Louisiana State Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, NAPSLO, Claims Litigation Management Alliance, Louisiana Claims Association, Baton Rouge Claims Association and the Defense Research Institute. He served as the District Representative for the Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association and as a member of the House of Delegates of the Louisiana State Bar Association. J.P. has also completed training at the Hastings School of Law Trial Academy in San Francisco, California, and the International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy in Boulder, Colorado.
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J. P. is licensed to practice in every State and Federal court in Louisiana, including the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. His practice has reached virtually every parish and appellate court in Louisiana. He has tried over one hundred cases to Judgment in both State and Federal courts throughout Louisiana and has in excess of forty reported appellate decisions.
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J.P. is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell (their highest rating) and has spoken at conferences in various venues in the areas of insurance law and workers compensation.
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J. P. is active in the community as a high school soccer referee and is a past member of the Northeast Louisiana Soccer Association Board of Directors.
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J.P. is a member of the New Iona Presbyterian Church of West Monroe, is married to Karla Kaye Christiansen, and is the proud father of three children: Emily, Anna and Jakob.
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Practice areas include:
  • Arson Litigation
  • Divorce, Custody, and Family Law
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Home Law Litigation
  • Premises Liability
  • Toxic Torts
  • Workers Compensation

Related Cases

J.P. Christiansen wins appeal in Mary Murphy v. Graphic Packaging
In Mary Murphy v. Graphic Packaging and Liberty Mutual Ins. Co, J.P. Christiansen won an appeal for his client on a workers compensation matter. In Murphy, the plaintiff claimed to have carpel tunnel syndrome as an occupational disease as a result of her job. The Office of Workers Compensation hearing officer ruled in the plaintiff’s favor. However, on appeal, J.P. convinced the Second Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse, finding that the plaintiff failed to provide medical evidence to support her claim of an occupation disease.
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Pinkie Allen v. Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
J.P. Christiansen and Adam Cossey recently won a jury trial in El Dorado, Arkansas on a premises liability claim. The plaintiff tripped over a threshold and claims that the threshold was a defective condition on the property. However, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defendants finding no liability on the part of the church.
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J.P. Christiansen recently won a victory for the defendants in the matter of Jerry Campbell v. ACCC Insurance Company in Winnsboro, Louisiana.
In this case, the plaintiff was operating an 18 wheeler that was struck from behind. Our client testified that the 18 wheeler had changed lanes immediately in front of his vehicle while he was in the process of passing the 18 wheeler. The court agreed and dismissed the case.
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Ralph LeCroy v. Interim Health Care Staffing of North Louisiana, Inc, et al
J. P. Christiansen recently obtained a favorable verdict for his client in a nursing malpractice case tried before a jury in Ouachita Parish. In the case, the plaintiff claimed to have suffered brain damage as a result of a respiratory arrest caused by our client. However, the jury came back with a low damage award consistent with a rejection of the plaintiff’s allegations that he had sustained a brain damage injury.

Brian Bowes was born on January 21, 1965 in Norwich, New York. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University (B.A., cum laude, 1987) and Tulane University School of Law (J.D., 1990). He attended DRI and ATLA trial schools at the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and the University of Colorado in Boulder. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana State and Federal Courts. Brian’s primary areas of practice are insurance defense, employment law, workers’ compensation, toxic torts, products liability and transportation litigation. He has successfully defended large and small corporations, insurance carriers, self insured funds, employers (large and small) and individuals before Louisiana’s courts and Administrative law Judges for over 27 years. He has tried over 300 cases to judgment.

Brian is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Defense Research Institute, Claims Litigation Management Alliance, Louisiana Claims Association, NAPSLO, Society for Human Resource Managers, Louisiana Nursing Home Association, and the Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers. In addition to being a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, he served as president for the Fourth Judicial District Court Young Lawyers Section and a Master of the Bench of the Fred J. Fudickar American Inns of Court. Brian is married to Kim Helm Bowes and they have four children.
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Practice areas include:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Personal Injury
  • Toxic Torts
  • Transportation Law Railroads & Trucking
  • Workers Compensation

BORN:
Brantford, Ontario, Canada, May 21, 1965

Admitted to Louisiana Bar 1992, U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
 
EDUCATION:
University of Louisiana-Monroe (B.B.A., magna cum laude, Accounting, 1988) Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1992)
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MEMBER:
Louisiana State Bar Association
Fourth Judicial District Bar Association
Louisiana State Board of Certified Public Accountants (non-practicing)
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Practice areas include:
  • Banking and Commercial Lending Transactions
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Commercial Transactions
  • Contracts
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Real Estate Transactions

A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Trey graduated from West Monroe High School in 1997 before pursuing his undergraduate degree at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. In addition to obtaining a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history, Trey served on the Student Government Association and was a member of a number of academic honor societies including, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Mu Gamma, Sigma Tau Delta. Trey then attended Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, receiving his J.D. in 2004. While at LSU, Trey was a semi-finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition in 2003 and served on the Moot Court board the following year. Upon graduation from law school, Trey returned home in 2004 and has since been practicing at Hudson, Potts & Bernstein.

Trey is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Fred J. Fudickar American Inn of Court. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.
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Practice areas include:
  • Arson Litigation
  • Divorce, Custody, and Family Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability

Related Cases

Sharona George v. Brookshire Grocery Company d/b/a Super 1 Foods
Recently, Trey Zeigler successfully defended his client, Brookshire Grocery Company, in a lawsuit filed by Sharona George. Ms. George claimed she slipped and fell in a red liquid causing her debilitating injuries. Trey convinced the Court that plaintiff did not meet her burden of proof in showing that the store was negligent. Rather, as Trey showed a third party customer spilled the liquid on the floor minutes before Ms. George’s incident, and store employees acted promptly and reasonably in cleaning the substance. As a result, the trial court returned a defense verdict absolving Trey’s client of all liability.
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Donna Ferlicca v. Brookshire Grocery Company
Trey Zeigler successfully convinced the Second Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse an unfavorable judgment entered by the trial court in slip and fall case. Trey defended Brookshire Grocery Company in a suit brought by the plaintiff Donna Ferlicca, who claimed she slipped and fell on a rainy day at the entrance of a grocery store due to the store’s negligence. Trey argued that the trial court erroneously held the store liable despite evidence of such proactive precautions as permanent carpeting in the store entrance-way; multiple rubber-backed mats in place on the tiled portion of flooring beyond the carpeted area; the presence of a bright yellow, waist-high wet floor warning sign; frequent inspection by store employees; and frequent dry mopping by store personnel. The Second Circuit agreed with Trey finding that defendant had put on ample evidence of reasonable safety measures to prevent slips at the store entrance on this rainy day. Consequently, the Second Circuit reversed the trial court and ordered that judgment be entered in favor of defendant, dismissing all claims.
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Katherlena Peterson v. Brookshire Grocery Company d/b/a Super 1 Foods
Trey Zeigler represented Brookshire Grocery Company in a claim brought by plaintiff, Katherlena Peterson. Ms. Peterson claimed that she was injured when she was struck by a runaway shopping cart. Plaintiff claimed that a store employee who was retrieving shopping carts from the parking lot negligently allowed a shopping cart to drift into her, striking her and causing personal injury. Trey showed the Court that despite plaintiff’s claims that the employee was rude and insensitive to her, even laughing at her, she did not report the accident to store management that evening. Trey further showed that while plaintiff claimed that she began experiencing pain immediately after leaving the store, she did not return to report the accident and the alleged conduct of the employee and further that she did not seek medical treatment until nearly two weeks after the incident. The Trial Court accepted Trey’s argument, holding that plaintiff failed to show that a store employee’s negligence caused such an incident. The Trial Court ruled that plaintiff’s claims of a store employee being at fault were “nothing more than conjecture.” The Court further held that notwithstanding plaintiff’s failure to prove liability, plaintiff also failed to prove that her complaints were the result of such an incident, as she had had similar complaints that predated the incident. The Court concluded by returning a judgment in favor of defendant dismissing all claims.
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Marcia Chunn v. Brookshires Grocery Company a/b/a Super One Foods, et al
Trey Zeigler successfully represented the defendants in a trial involving an alleged trip and fall accident on a wrinkled floor mat in the produce section of a grocery store. The plaintiffs were seeking $174,000.00 in total damages. Trey convinced the Court that plaintiffs failed to meet their burden of proving that store personnel created the condition of the mat or had actual or constructive notice of the condition. Accordingly, the Court rendered judgment in favor of defendants, completely absolving them of any fault.

Adam was born in Monticello, Arkansas in 1983. He attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he graduated cum laude in 2005. While at ULM, Adam was selected for “Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges,” was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and was selected as an All-American Scholar. He was also named the most-outstanding senior in the Department of English and was president of Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.

Adam attended law school at the University of Arkansas where he graduated magna cum laude in 2008. While at the University of Arkansas, Adam won the W.H. Sutton Trial Competition and was named the tournament’s best oral advocate. He was also note and comment editor of the Arkansas Law Review and selected as a member of Phi Delta Phi legal honors fraternity.

During his last year of law school, he authored and published an article about evidentiary issues in criminal cases. That article has since been cited by the preeminent evidence treatise, McCormick on Evidence, and the legal Encyclopedia American Jurisprudence.
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After clerking with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein during law school, Adam joined the firm as an associate in 2008. Since that time, he has focused his practice on all areas of litigation, including medical malpractice defense, personal injury, commercial litigation, civil rights, and construction law and litigation. He is a member of the 4th JDC, Louisiana, Arkansas, and American Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Fred J. Fudickar Inns of Court.

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Adam is also an active volunteer in the community. He is a past president of the 4th JDC Bar Association, is a lifetime member of the ULM Alumni Association, and serves as Vice President of the ULM Athletic Foundation Board of Trustees.
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He is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Arkansas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.
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Practice areas include:
  • Civil Rights & 42 USC 1983 Actions
  • Class Action & Mass Tort Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law & Litigation
  • First Amendment Rights
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Subrogation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Liability
  • Personal Injury
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Adam Cossey Obtains Favorable Jury Verdict in Admitted Liability MVA Tria
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In a Morehouse Parish, Louisiana case in which Adam Cossey’s client admitted to rear-ending a family of four while traveling 45 mph, Adam obtained a favorable jury verdict that limited plaintiffs’ damages to within a few thousand dollars of their medical expenses. While the plaintiffs sought more than $250,000 in damages, the jury awarded less than $45,000, which was less than the amount offered by the defendants during pre-trial settlement negotiations.
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Pinkie Allen v. Evergreen Missionary Baptist Church
J.P. Christiansen and Adam Cossey recently won a jury trial in El Dorado, Arkansas on a premises liability claim. The plaintiff tripped over a threshold and claims that the threshold was a defective condition on the property. However, the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the defendants finding no liability on the part of the church.
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Tanner v. USAgencies

He is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Arkansas, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Western District of Arkansas, the United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States.

Margaret was born in 1981, in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated in 2003 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising. Margaret earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2010. While working on her law degree, Margaret was on Loyola’s Moot Court and competed in the National Health Law Moot Court Competition at Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Upon graduation from Loyola, Margaret returned to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, L.L.P. in 2010.
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Margaret is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Mississippi. She is a member of the Louisiana and Mississippi State Bar Associations, and is involved in the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. She is additionally admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and the Eastern, Western, and Middle U. S. District Courts of Louisiana.
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Practice areas include:
  • Health & Healthcare Law
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Estate Planning & Probate
  • Business & Commercial Law
  • Personal Injury
  • Social Security Disability

Sara was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1987. She graduated in 2009 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning a B.S. in Political Science. Sara then attended Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, receiving her J.D. and D.C.L. in 2012. While in law school, Sara was a semi-finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition in 2011 and served on the Moot Court Board the following school year.

Upon graduation from LSU, Sara moved to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts & Bernstein, L.L.P. in 2012.
Sara is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She is licensed to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and is admitted to practice before the Eastern, Western, and Middle U. S. District Courts of Louisiana.
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Practice areas include:
  • Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Subrogation

A native of Ruston, Louisiana, Jason obtained a Bachelor of Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 with cum laude honors. He earned his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 2012 where he was awarded for his excellence in legal research. Prior to joining the firm, Jason practiced with Shotwell, Brown & Sperry APLC for two years where he focused on small businesses, civil litigation, real estate transactions, and successions. In 2014, he moved his practice to Dean Morris, LLC where he worked extensively with national lenders in bankruptcy and foreclosure proceedings throughout the state of Louisiana. Jason began practicing with the firm as an associate in 2020.

Jason is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in the Federal Courts of Louisiana. He is also admitted to practice in the State of Mississippi.
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Practice areas include:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors’ Rights in Bankruptcy
  •  Foreclosure, Replevins, and Collections
  •  Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Subrogation

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