Working Smart + Working Hard
A head on collision between two vehicles resulted in the death of both drivers early one morning in Cameron Parish. As a result of intoxication, one of the drivers had crossed the centerline into oncoming traffic. The intoxicated driver had been over-served with alcohol by the casino while he gambled all night. Casino employees allowed the intoxicated driver to gain access to his vehicle and drive off of the premises.
In pretrial rulings that were litigated and affirmed all the way to the Louisiana Supreme Court, Broussard + Williamson was successful at having the courts determine that maritime law applied rather than Louisiana’s dram shop immunity statute, and that maritime punitive damages were available. The pretrial rulings on the applicable law were critical to the case resolution.
HOW WE HELPED THE PLAINTIFF
The recovery we made for these boys could never replace the wrongful loss of their father. The recovery we made for them did allow them to do enjoyable things with their family that they could not otherwise have done. The increase in their quality of life, while in no way replacing the loss of their father, did perhaps allow them to have some closure and hopefully allow them to concentrate on enjoying things in life as opposed to grief.
“Everyone in the firm from the attorneys to the support staff were very helpful to our family from the very first contact in our time of grief and loss.”
– Broussard + Williamson client
Partner – Trial Lawyer
After graduating from law school in 1977, Steve entered solo practice and for eight years handled virtually every type of case imaginable – from murder cases to divorces to wrongful death civil actions. After eight years, Steve ran for and was elected Judge for the Ward 4 Sulphur City Court.
During the 18 years that Steve served as Judge, he continued to maintain heavy caseload in his private practice by working long hours. At that point in his practice, Steve began limiting his cases to those involving personal injury.
In 2002, Steve retired from the Judgeship and now practices law full-time, handling serious injury and death cases. The knowledge and experience that Steve gained through serving as a judge for 18 years is an invaluable asset to him in representing victims in serious injury and death cases. Steve understands firsthand not only the workings of a court from both the attorney’s viewpoint and the judge’s viewpoint, but he knows what it takes to impress a judge with the merits of a particular case.
“Like many cases, a pre-trial courtroom battle about the law decided the outcome. We pride ourselves on being ready for trial, but the truth is most cases are won before the trial ever takes place through hard work and tenacious litigation.”
STEVEN BROUSSARD Lead Trial Attorney