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.
Practice areas include:
- Arson Litigation
- Divorce, Custody, and Family Law
- Insurance Litigation
- Insurance Subrogation
- Medical Malpractice
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
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.
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.
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.
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.