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Edwin G. Preis, Jr.
Lafayette, LA


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Practice Areas
 
Education
  • Louisiana State University, J.D. (1972)
  • University of Southwestern Louisiana, B.A. with distinction (1969)
 
States Licensed To Practice
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
 
Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Texas Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Experience
  • Organized, supervised, and oversaw defense of Transocean during the joint USCG/BOEMRE Joint Investigation hearings resulting from the Deepwater Horizon environmental disaster, which resulted in twelve fatalities and billions of dollars of alleged property damage.
  • Lead counsel for inland drilling contractor regarding the capsize of an inland drilling barge which resulted in eleven fatalities and multiple injuries.
  • Lead counsel for domestic excess property insurer of major metropolitan school board involving Hurricane Katrina related damages to approximately one hundred and fifty buildings.
  • Counsel for excess underwriters of oil company whose tank overflowed, spilling over one million gallons of oil into St. Bernard Parish, which was caused by Hurricane Katrina flooding.
  • Lead counsel for excess underwriters of oil company regarding a land drilling rig accident, which resulted in seven fatalities and multiple injuries.
  • Lead counsel for excess insurer of a tractor trailer company for major accident occurring on the elevated portion of I-10 between Baton Rouge and Lafayette, which resulted in five fatalities and numerous injuries.
  • Lead counsel for excess insurer of a major oilfield subcontractor in an accident which resulted in an employee’s loss of both legs.
  • Lead counsel for excess underwriters of oil company refinery regarding explosion which resulted in severe burns to four workers.
  • Counsel for excess underwriters of vegetation management company in connection with the most destructive wildfire in Texas history which resulted in two fatalities and destruction of 1,691 homes and 34,000 acres.
  • Counsel for excess underwriters of brine mining company in connection with sinkhole of approximately 35 acres which resulted in alleged millions of dollars of property damage.
  • Counsel for excess underwriter of oil company involved in Canadian train derailment, which resulted in approximately fifty deaths and alleged billions of dollars of property damage.
  • Lead counsel for excess underwriters of trucking company in Arkansas accident which resulted in a fatality and permanent brain damage claims.
  • Lead counsel for underwriters of oil company regarding a barge explosion which occurred during welding operations and resulted in five fatalities.
 
Professional Honors
 
Memberships/Affiliations
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Blue Key
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Delta Phi
 
Professional Activities
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Nauman S. Scott, U.S. District Judge ~ Western District of Louisiana (1972-1974)
  • Co-Author ~ 'Louisiana Oilfield Indemnity Act of 1981,' 29 Louisiana Bar Journal 1979 (1981)
  • Speaker ~ Houston Mariners Club Twenty-First Annual Marine Insurance Seminar (1986)
  • Faculty Member ~ Louisiana State University Trial Advocacy Training Program (1992, 1993)
  • Faculty Member ~ Louisiana State University Law Center Apprenticeship Week (2014, 2015, 2017)


 

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