Neblett, Beard & Arsenault
2220 Bonaventure Ct
Richard Arsenault has been recognized as one of America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers by Trial Lawyer Magazine. He has participated in over 25 multidistrict litigation proceedings and currently serves as Co-Lead Counsel in the Actos MDL where a jury rendered a historic $9 billion dollar punitive damage verdict which has been reported as one of the nation’s largest personal injury verdicts. He subsequently served on the Actos MDL team that negotiated a $2.4 billion dollar settlement which is the largest single mass tort settlement for a drug that is still on the market. In the Pinnacle MDL pending in Dallas federal court where Richard serves on the Executive Committee, he was part of the Trial Team that secured a $502 million dollar jury verdict against Johnson & Johnson and DePuy, after an 11 week trial. Richard was nominated for the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year Award by the Public Justice Foundation and also selected as a 2015 member of the Nation’s Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. The National Trial Lawyers recognized Richard as the 2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Civil Plaintiff Finalist.
The New York Times has referred to Arsenault as a “big player” in the legal community. The Wall Street Journal has described him as having “national notoriety” and as a “big gun” among attorneys in competition for national leadership roles. They also noted he hosts “must-attend” legal seminars on the “hot cases” of the moment. Business Week has referred to him as “a Dean of the Louisiana tort bar”, USA Today featured him as a member of the “Legal Elite” and the New Orleans Times Picayune has referred to him as “an authority on class actions.”
Richard has over 300 articles and presentations to his credit and has authored many Law Review articles including one published in Federal Courts Law Review. Among other writings, he co-authored the chapter on Multidistrict Litigation in an ABA treatise. Richard was also asked by Judge Heyburn, JPML Chair, to participate in the Panel’s “Multidistrict Litigation Study Project”. He has personally participated in negotiating over $3.5 billion in complex litigation settlements in the last five years. Through a multi-phase selection process, the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys has chosen Richard to receive the organization’s Top 10 Attorney Award for the State of Louisiana.
Richard’s commitment to legal excellence is reflected in years of serving as a faculty member for LSU’s Trial Advocacy Program, lecturing at Judicial Colleges and assuming leadership roles in both local as well as national Bar Associations. For over 25 years, Richard has had Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating. He likewise is recognized by many other peer-reviewed publications including the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,” “Best of United States,” “SuperLawyers” and the “Best Lawyers in America.”
LEGAL EXCELLENCE & PROFESSIONALISM
The commitment to legal excellence is reflected in years of service which has included teaching at law schools, publishing law review articles, lecturing at Judicial Colleges and assuming leadership roles in both local, as well as national bar associations. Through an appointment by the President of the Louisiana Bar Association, Arsenault joined the Professional Assessment Committee composed of a distinguished panel including Federal and State Court Judges along with members of the Bar. He also coordinates an annual tort law presentation by several United States District Judges and the former Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Thomas C. Galligan, Jr. Recently, Richard was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Rules of Professional Conduct Class Action Committee.
Richard has chaired national complex litigation programs with speakers that have included former President Bill Clinton, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Eliot Spitzer, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, Morris Dees, Arianna Huffington, Al Franken, Bob Woodward, Al Sharpton and Paul Begala. He has chaired dozens of symposiums with guests ranging from Ken Starr to Jan Schlichtman (lawyer portrayed by John Travolta in “A Civil Action”). Richard has organized numerous counsel meetings and conferences, comprising hundreds of law firms in venues across the country. These have been designed to facilitate consensus for leadership roles, consider organizational structures and promote coordinated litigation efforts. Richard recently co-chaired the national HarrisMartin Toyota Recall Litigation Conference, which attracted over 100 plaintiff and defense attorneys seeking to learn more about the unique circumstances of the Toyota litigation. The conference agenda featured some of the nation’s preeminent attorneys, many with decades of experience handling large, complex national cases. The event, which was held in San Diego was profiled by the Associated Press, the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg News, National Public Radio, CBS Radio, CBC Montreal and other national and international news organizations. Consequently, he understands and functions well in the national complex litigation landscape.
One of America’s Most Influential Trial Lawyers
President of the Alexandria Bar Association;
RECOGNITION & ENGAGEMENTS
Guest Lecturer at Tulane Law School
Nominated for the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Public of Justice Foundation
2015 Member of the Nation’s Top One Percent
2014 Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist
Top Ten Attorney Award
Richard J. Arsenault invited to the Inaugural Executive Committee of Class Action Trial Lawyers
National Trial Lawyers is an invitation-only trial lawyer organization consisting of premier plaintiffs’ trial lawyers.
Richard Arsenault Joins Faculty at LSU Law
Richard, an alumnus of LSU Law, has been a long-time instructor at the annual LSU Law Trial Advocacy program, an intensive three-day trial skills summit.
After graduating from LSU Law, Arsenault went on to build a successful legal practice, and has been recognized for his contributions to serious personal injury and complex/class action litigation. Arsenault is a frequent speaker and author on various legal topics. His legal expertise is often called upon by the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Associated Press and other national and international media outlets. Over the past three decades, he has been appointed by Federal Judges to steward some of the nation’s largest litigation, and holds leaderships positions in several distinguished legal organizations. Arsenault has been recognized by the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, holds a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and was selected for inclusion in 2011 Best Lawyers in America, 2011 Super Lawyers and 2011 Best in the U.S. His firm, Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, has been selected as one of the Best Law Firms in America by U.S. News and World Report.
Best Law Firms in America
The directory is produced by U.S News and World Report and the publishers of Best Lawyers in America, one of the oldest and most respected legal directories in the nation. Senior partner Richard J. Arsenault has been selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America each year for the past 17 years.
This year’s Best Law Firms in America was compiled through a rigorous, multi-step process which included over 3.1 million client and peer reviews.
Neblett, Beard & Arsenault is recognized as a “Tier 1” law firm, and is among only a fraction of law firms to receive this distinction.
Richard Arsenault Named in 2011 Super Lawyers
Only five percent of lawyers in Louisiana receive this distinction. Richard has been included in Super Lawyers each year since 2007.
Super Lawyers are selected through a rigorous, multi-step evaluation process that draws from peer recognition and professional achievement.
Richard J. Arsenault Honored with “AV” Rating
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review ratings are based on a rigorous, multi-step evaluation process that includes confidential assessments of a lawyer’s ability and ethics from members of the Bar and the Judiciary.
In addition to his AV Rating, Martindale-Hubbell has selected Arsenault for inclusion in the 2011 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.
Richard J. Arsenault Included in 2011 Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
Richard J. Arsenault Selected for Inclusion in 2011 Best Lawyers in America
Best Lawyers, which is now associated with U.S. News and World Report, is one of America’s oldest and most respected legal directories. Its 2011 edition was compiled using data from 3.1 million peer-review surveys completed by members of the legal field.
In addition to Best Lawyers, Arsenault has been selected for inclusion in Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, American Trial Lawyer’s Association’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers, Louisiana Super Lawyers, Best of the United States and currently holds an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available. His legal expertise has been featured by the National Law Journal, Associated Press, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS, Reuters, Business Week, NPR, BBC and other national and international media outlets.
Richard J. Arsenault named Regional Coordinator for SOLACE Program
The SOLACE program provides community outreach to members of the legal field and their families who have recently suffered from a significant illness, accident, loss or injury. The program aims to provide simple, but meaningful support in whatever the emergency situation may warrant. Many members of the legal community, which includes judges, lawyers, court personnel, paralegals, legal secretaries and other professionals, have already benefited from the outreach and support provided by SOLACE.
Cenla Focus Magazine Names Neblett, Beard & Arsenault “Best of Cenla”
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Richard J. Arsenault Named to ATLA’s Top 100 Trial Lawyers
The American Trial Lawyers Association is a national organization of America’s top trial attorneys. Membership is by invitation and extended only to those individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership. Candidates are vetted through a rigorous evaluation process which includes independent research of the attorney’s qualifications. Only 100 attorneys from each state are offered membership into ATLA.
Trial lawyers are evaluated to determine if they are among The Top 100 Trial Attorneys in their respective states during the pending year of evaluation. Membership is not honorary, nor is it stagnant, and each year the attorneys are re-evaluated to determine whether their activity and accomplishments are still such to qualify them for membership.
Arsenault is recognized for his contributions in mass tort/complex litigation and serious personal injury. For nearly thirty years, he has actively represented injury victims. Arsenault’s experience as a trial lawyer, author, speaker and teacher has provided a unique foundation for navigating complex litigation. The National Law Journal recognized one of Arsenault’s personal injury verdicts in an annual Top 100 Verdicts Issue. He has Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating and is listed in many other peer reviewed publications including the “Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers,” “Best of United States” and “Best Lawyers in America.” His commitment to excellence is reflected in years of service in bar association leadership positions, as a faculty member at LSU Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program and lecturing at Judicial Colleges.
Arsenault has been selected by courts around the country to serve on Steering Committees in some of the nation’s largest litigation and serves on various Multi-District Litigation Plaintiff Steering Committees in some of the major litigation in America.
Richard Arsenault Named 2010 Super Lawyers
Louisiana Super Lawyers are designated through a rigorous, multi-step evaluation process that incorporates peer recognition and professional achievement. Only five percent of lawyers in Louisiana receive this prestigious acknowledgment.
Richard Arsenault Named to Strathmore’s Who’s Who
Each year, Strathmore’s Who’s Who recognizes and selects key executives, professionals and organizations in all disciplines and industries for outstanding business and professional achievements.
Arsenault was selected for inclusion because of his outstanding reputation as a victim’s advocate. Richard has represented injury victims and their families for almost three decades. His firm represents victims of serious injury and death resulting from offshore and maritime incidents, automobile accidents, dangerous products, medical negligence, workplace accidents, foodborne illness and environmental exposure to dangerous and toxic substances. Arsenault and his partners are also involved in a variety of class action litigation against manufacturers of dangerous products and unsafe pharmaceutical drugs.
Richard J. Arsenault Serves as Faculty for LSU Law Center’s Trial Advocacy Program
Arsenault explains that the program presents a rigorous schedule that challenges the students to develop trial skills and practice methods pioneered by the famed National Institute for Trial Advocacy. “This is a great opportunity for students to get a taste of what to expect as trial lawyers. They are in their final year of law school and getting close to the point where they will be employing these skills in real cases,” said Arsenault.
Committed to professionalism and ethics in trial advocacy, Arsenault has successfully represented tort victims and consumers from across the United States in high-profile litigation. Over his nearly thirty-year career, Arsenault has been recognized by the legal field’s most prestigious publications including Martindale Hubbell (AV rating), the Best Lawyers of America, the Bar Register of Preeminent Attorneys, Best in the United States and the National Law Journal for achieving one of the nation’s largest verdicts.
“I’m excited about the opportunity to positively impact the careers of America’s next generation of lawyers,” said Arsenault.
2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers
2008 Tulane Law Review Symposium
Best Lawyers The World’s Premier Guide
Richard J. Arsenault is one of a distinguished group of attorneys that has been listed in Best Lawyers for ten years or longer, and Richard J. Arsenault has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 25th anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the specialty of Maritime Law. For a quarter of a century, Best Lawyers has been regarded—by both the profession and the public—as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.
Selection to Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey comprising more than 2 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in attorneys in the country. Because no fee or purchase is required, being listed in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Our annual, advertisement-free publication has been described in The American Lawyer as “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
The Best Lawyers in America also reaches the largest and most targeted audience of any peer review publication in the legal profession. Best Lawyers is excerpted monthly in Corporate Counsel Magazine, reaching more than 44,000 general counsel. Excerpts also appear in The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, New York Magazine, and more than 50 other regional and city magazines, reaching more than 15 million influential readers. The Best Lawyers database is also now searchable on more than 260,000 Bloomberg Terminals worldwide.
Congratulations, Richard J. Arsenault for being selected by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers!
America’s Premier Lawyers Featured on the Fortune Magazine Radio Channel & in Fortune Magazine
Through the combined respected global reach of American Airlines, Northwest Airlines, and Fortune Magazine, three of the World’s Best Known Global Brands, America’s Premier Lawyers will spotlight invited lawyers and law firms to be featured with their peers on a distinctive special broadcast of America’s Premier Lawyers on American Airlines, Northwest Airlines and in Fortune Magazine.
As the world’s premier business magazine, Fortune reaches the most sought-after leaders in business and dominates the competition as a business news source. Fortune serves up in-depth, cutting-edge editorial coverage and exclusive insider access to the sharpest minds in the world. Fortune’s worldwide circulation dominance of 1,020,000 includes all of the North American, European, Asian, and the China editions.
The American Airlines business show will feature a special broadcast of the American’s Premier Lawyers on all of their 29,000 worldwide audio equipped flights. In addition, Northwest Airlines which offers business travelers one of the world’s most extensive global networks serves more than 900 cities in excess of 160 countries on six continents including 49 states and the District of Columbia. In addition to operating one of the largest domestic route networks in the U. S., Northwest carries more passengers across the Pacific than any other U. S. carrier.
America’s Premier Lawyers, in partnership with SkyRadio Network, and featured on American Airlines and Northwest Airlines with a “Tune-In” support page in Fortune Magazine brings together this eclectic group of prominent lawyers to discuss the law and business in tandem with today’s major issues facing the world. America’s Premier Lawyers premise is twofold: 1) Prominent lawyers think like business people to help businesses and individuals prosper and grow, and make or world a safer, better and more equitable place. 2) Multinational businesses and issues are more truly global than any single political or governmental body, and therefore carry a heavy responsibility for building solutions and broadening understanding and this special program of distinguished lawyers facilitates dialogue, provokes thought, and generates new ideas.
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BEST OF THE U. S. 2008
Best Lawyers in America is pleased to inform Richard Arsenault that he has been selected by his peers to be included in the 2008 edition of The Best Lawyers in Americain the specialty of Maritime Law. Arsenault is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers for ten years or longer.
Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive and rigorous peer-review survey that has been developed and refined for nearly 25 years. Because no fee or purchase is required to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Best Lawyers also publishes an advertisement-free book each year listing all those chosen – something that no other survey does. The current edition of Best Lawyers is based on 1.8 million confidential evaluations by the top attorneys in the country. Best Lawyers also conducts thousands of telephone interviews with leading attorneys throughout its balloting process.
This year, 23 new specialties have been added to the new edition, bringing the total to 80. Responsiveness to the legal community is one reason why Best Lawyers is widely regarded – both by the profession and the public – as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the newspapers and magazines – including this year, for the first time, The Washington Post and The Los Angeles Times. ALM has chosen our lists to be excerpted in Corporate Counsel and other ALM publications.
Best Lawyers’ online presence continues to grow. In the past years, the site has received more than two and a half million hits and responded to more than 1.4 million requests for lawyer searches, including requests from officers of 71 of the Fortune 100 companies and 289 of the Fortune 500 companies. 10,583 listed attorneys, representing 1,319 law firms, have linked their firm pages or bios to BestLawyers.com.
Congratulations on Richard J. Arsenault being chosen by his fellow attorneys.
Continental Who’s Who Registry
Moreover, Arsenault has been selected in his region to be placed as a VIP Member in the Continental Who’s Who Registry of National Business Leaders. The Who’s Who organization recognizes those men and women who achieve success in their respective fields.
Continental Who’s Who is used as an outstanding networking source for the American marketplace as well as worldwide.
Louisiana Super Lawyers® 2008