© 2019 by Vasser & Vasser Attorneys At Law

 

WELCOME TO VASSER & VASSER, A LOUISIANA INSURANCE AND TRANSPORTATION DEFENSE LAW FIRM

 

Vasser & Vasser is a well-established civil litigation law firm of highly effective and experienced trial and coverage counsel who focus solely on insurance and transportation defense.


The firm competently handles all types of BI, CGL and Professional Liability claims in all state and federal courts in Louisiana for many of the country's leading insurance and trucking companies.

For more than thirty years, we have consistently provided our clients with top-notch legal results and with outstanding legal value and we are proud to have received multiple client recognition and achievement awards for “Stellar trial performance and results” and for “Overall excellence, quality of service  and for demonstrating a consistent thoroughness of preparation in all aspects of litigation.”

 

Our passion and firm commitment is to help our clients efficiently attain their best legal results possible in every case by leveraging our good legal judgment, our solid legal experience and reputation, our decades of proven litigation success, our superior knowledge of the law, and our well-informed, fair, critical analysis of every matter that we are entrusted to handle.

We will never cease doing our absolute level best helping resolve every case as quickly, economically and successfully as possible for our client.  But if trial is necessary, our clients can rest assured that we are seasoned, highly effective trial attorneys who are always well-prepared and who have successfully tried to verdict numerous high exposure lawsuits throughout the state.  Listed below is a small sample of some of the officially reported cases that we have successfully handled in Louisiana state and federal courts:

 

Knoten v. Westbrook (CDC Orleans Parish 11/18/2013) (Won defense jury verdict for commercial shipper in $91 MM multiple death and burn victims suit)


Hall v. Brooks (U.S.D.C. E.D. La. 2013) (Won summary dismissal for commercial vehicle lessor and insurer on ground of no cause of action)


Matelski v. Maxum (19th JDC 605617, 2013) (Won summary dismissal for CGL insurer due to policy exclusion)


Isaac v. Remington College (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2013) (Defeated plaintiff's appeal and preserved trial court's defense judgment for our client)


Beeson v. K Partners (32nd JDC 164995, 2013) (Won summary dismissal of suit due to late SOP and prescription)


Parveen v. Tiki Tubing, 2011-CA-1477 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2012) (Won summary dismissal and also appeal of death suit against CGL insured and insurer)


Seago v. Benedicts Restaurant, 2001-CA-1881 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2012) (Won summary dismissal and appeal for CGL insured and insurer in high dollar premises liability and broken hips suit)


Plauche v. Jacobs Engineering (18th JDC 2011) (Won summary dismissal of trucking client on ground pltf's tort suit against his employer was insufficient to interrupt statute of limitations against the alleged tortfeasor trucking co)


Stern v. Team One Adjusting, 93747 (La. 23rd JDC 2011) (Won summary dismissal of professional negligence and breach of contract claims against independent claims adjusting company)


Turner v. Schneider National Carriers, 30 So.2d 288 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2010) (Won appeal affirming summary dismissal of trucking company on ground that its driver not acting within course & scope of her employment)


White v Great West Cas Co., 2010 WL 1716777 (W.D. La. 2010) (Defeated plaintiffs' post-trial motions for JNOV and new trial after succesfully trying case and obtaining very defense-friendly jury verdict for trucking defendants)


Brewer v J.B. Hunt Transport Inc., 35 So.2d 230 (La. Sup. Ct. 2010) (Won zero jury verdict in large loss brain damage trucking case, partly modified on appeal)


Lemon v Mike Smith Forest Products, LLC, 2009 WL 2765648 (E.D. La. 2009) (Won dismissal of large PD claim by Amtrak in clear liability truck crossing case on procedural grounds)


Lozes v. Boone Transportation, 563,895 (24th JDC 2009) (Won zero jury verdict in large loss bus accident case)


Munley v. KLLM, 111973 (21st JDC 2008) and Pradier v. Crete, 36028 (18th JDC 2008) (Won summary dismissal in both cases on ground driver not in course & scope of employment)


Loughlin ex rel Loughlin v USAA Cas Ins. Co., 2008 WL 687187 (E.D. La. 2008) (Won summary dismissal of professional liability claim)


McCormack v. Harco Ins. Co., 2008-CC-1060 (La. Sup. Ct. 2008) (Won competing MSJs in trucking accident suit involving UM claim and apportioned registration of insured veh under Int'l Registration Plan, based on choice of law principles) 


Audler v CBC Innovis Inc., 519 F.3d 239 (U.S. 5 Cir. 2008) (Won summary dismissal of huge class action suit against flood insurers)


Talton v USAA Cas Ins. Co., 981 So.2d 696 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2008) (Won dismissal of negligence and breach of contract claims against independent claims company and adjuster)


Braud v. Covenant, 2006-3730 (21st JDC 2007) (Successfully overturned multi-million dollar default judgment rendered against trucking company before we were hired)


Thomas v. National Carriers, Inc., 2007 WL 4462371 (E.D. La. 2007) (Won exclusion of plaintiff's trucking liability safety expert in death case)


Ross v Willard, 2007 WL 4374027 (M.D. La. 2007) (Won exclusion of plaintiff's liability expert in large loss trucking case)


Peregrin v. Smith, —WL—(E.D. La. 2006) (Won zero jury verdict in trucking lane change suit)


Taylor v Arellano, 928 So.2d 55 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2005) (Won dismissal of trucking company and driver on grounds of lack of personal jurisdiction)


MacFarlane v Schneider Nat Leasing, Inc., 2004 WL 1196999 (E.D. La. 2004) (Won summary dismissal of defective vehicle claim against truck leasing company)


Hose v Younger Bros Inc., 878 So.2d 548 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2004) (Won full reimbursement for excess liability insurer against its own insured trucking company after insurer's settlement with the injured plaintiff)


Palmer v Griffin, 65 Fed. Appx. 509 (5 Cir. 2003) (Won defense zero jury verdict in stipulated liability multiple surgery trucking case)


Salva v Safeco Ins. Co. of America, 2003 WL 22038366 (E.D. La. 2003) (Defeated plaintiff's MSJ against trucking company)


Estevez v PIIC, 828 So.2d 725 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2002) (Convinced jury to hold pedestrian 46% at fault after being backed over by defendant driver)


Jackson v. Vastar, 2:06-CV-0879 (W.D. La. 2001) (Won zero jury verdict in large loss offshore CGL and professional liability injury suit by severely injured and sympathetic plaintiffs)  


Applegate v. J.B. Hunt, 3:98-CV-375 (M.D. La. 1999) (Won summary dismissal of hit-and-run by trucker in which the plaintiff was objectively injured)


Ball v Trusler, 182 F.3d 913 (5 Cir. 1999) (Won zero jury verdict for J.B. Hunt in very large loss left turn squeeze case)


Battaglia v Texas Farmers Ins. Co., 732 So.2d 119 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1999) (Won zero judgment for insured driver)


Broussard v Razdan, 763 So.2d 644 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1999) (Convinced jury to award only special damages of small amount in a multiple surgery, clear liability MVA case)


Wilson v DOTD, 737 So.2d 866 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1999) (Won dismissal of multi-million dollar property damage class action suit against trucking co. and construction co.)


Daniels v Jenkins, 709 So.2d 362 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1998) (Won writ of reversal to appellate court for insurer based upon policy defenses and violation of the regular use restriction)


Glover v Shiflett Transport Services, Inc., 718 So.2d 436 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1998) (Defeated plaintiff's effort to add truck lessor as defendant and greatly enlarge her damages claims)


Melancon v. Schneider, 45823 WL 96 (W.D. La. 1996) (Won zero jury verdict in large loss interstate accident) 


Lennix v Labee, 652 So.2d 50 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1995) (Split liability between illegally backing truck across highway at night and intoxicated under-ride victim)


Wood v May, 658 So.2d 8 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1995) (Got the rear-ended plaintiff held partly at fault for not his moving non-disabled vehicle out of road after initial daytime collision)


Juneau v Strawmyer, 647 So.2d 1294 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1994) (Defeated application of Louisiana's unique and plaintiff-friendly legal presumption of medical causation)


Purolator Courier Corp. v City of New Orleans, 635 So.2d 1232 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1994) (Won judgment of no liability for commercial insured's driver who ran stop sign) 


Kelley v Price-Macemon Inc., 992 F.2d 1408 (5 Cir. 1993) (Won zero jury verdict in product liability wrongful death and survival suit)

 

Dave Vasser

Founding Partner

 

Vasser & Vasser's managing partner is C. David ("Dave") Vasser, Jr., who is married to his lovely wife of more than thirty years, Trish,  who together have three wonderful  grown children, one very lovely granddaughter, and three terrific dogs. Dave was born and raised in Baton Rouge and after law school he practiced commercial litigation at Louisiana's second largest law firm (in New Orleans) until he co-founded Vasser & Vasser with his father, Claude D. Vasser, Sr., who was a senior partner at Louisiana's then largest law firm for more than a quarter of a century before co-founding V & V.  Before practicing law, Claude was a first Lieutenant in the U.S. Army and then a claims adjuster at Travelers Insurance Company.  Both Claude and Dave earned their under-graduate degrees from L.S.U. in Baton Rouge, where Dave went on to also earn his law degree (while Claude graduated from Loyola Law School and was Editor of the Law Review).


Dave is an original member of TIDA, one of the largest and most respected organizations of insurance and transportation companies, claims adjusters and attorneys in the country, and since its inception he has been the designated author of the official Louisiana tort and claims law summary written for that organization's members.  In 2018, Dave was proud to witness his son, Brandon, graduate from law school and become the third generation of the family to be sworn in at the Louisiana Supreme Court and licensed to practice law in this State.