Welcome to Vasser & Vasser  - -  a top-rated Louisiana Civil Litigation Law Firm

of highly experienced and uncommonly successful trial and coverage counsel

who focus their practice on insurance and transportation defense. 

We are seasoned litigators and savvy legal counselors who provide every client with honest,

well-informed, fair and critical analysis of every matter that we are entrusted to handle.

We our proud to have received multiple client partnership achievement awards, including for

“Stellar Trial Performance and Results, Overall Excellence and Quality of Service, and for Demonstrating a Consistent Thoroughness of Preparation in All Aspects of Litigation."

-- largest FTL carrier in America

Early resolution is always our goal, but if trial is necessary our clients rest assured knowing

that we are always well-prepared and that we have successfully tried to verdict many, many

high exposure lawsuits throughout this state.

 

Below is a sample of representative cases - most of which are officially reported in the

official law journals - that we have successfully handled for our clients:

Andel v. Burkeens,  2020 WL 6557839, 2020-0158  (La. App. 1 Cir. 11/9/20)  (Won competing cross motions for summary judgment and appeal on coverage issues for defendant insurer under CGL policy with an auto liability endorsement, in UM suit brought by named commercial insured’s sole owner and member)

Holmes v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs,  2019 WL 1301987 (U.S.D.C. W.D. La. 2019)  (Succeeded in having federal tort and discrimination suit by Louisiana plaintiff dismissed on ground of the federal court's lack of personal jurisdiction over out of state defendants accused of negligent and fraudulent conduct directed toward the plaintiff while she was domiciled in Louisiana and also physically residing here when at least some of the alleged improper conduct occurred)

Velocity Express v. Progressive Ins. Co., 2018 WL 6718510  (La. App. 1st Cir. 2018)  (Won full reimbursement of all legal defense fees and costs from our Canadian trucking company client's own insurer, which had improperly declined to cover a large loss BI suit filed against it by an injured driver)

McKay v. Swift Transportation Co.,  2017 WL 4925518 (U.S.D.C. M.D. La. 2017)  (Won summary dismissal of alleged hit-and-run claim against nation's largest interstate carrier)

Hayes v. Sheraton, et al, 195 So.3d 563 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2016)  (Won summary judgment and appeal of negligent supervision claim against charter school by student who was raped off campus)

Che v. First Assembly of God, et al, 185 So.3d 125 (La. App. 2nd Cir. 2016)  (Successfully defended church's national general council and won summary dismissal and appeal of all claims arising out of child's severe and permanently disabling brain injury sustained at local church due to its alleged negligent practices and defective premises, including an unguarded baptism pool the child nearly drowned in)

 

Knoten v. Westbrook, 2016-1260  (La. 10/28/16), 208 So. 3d 890  (CDC Orleans Parish 11/18/2013)  (Won defense jury verdict for commercial shipper in multi-million dollar nearly month-long multiple death and burn victims jury trial, modified on appeal)

 

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 Ins. Co.  (19th JDC 605617, 2013)  (Won summary dismissal for CGL insurer due to policy exclusion)

 

Isaac v. Remington College  114 So.3d 636  (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2013)  (Won at trial and then defeated plaintiff's appeal, preserving very favorable judgment for our insurance client and its commercial insured)

 

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

 

Parveen v. Tiki Tubing,  2011-CA-1477 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2012)  (Won summary dismissal and appeal of wrongful death suit against tubing company and its commercial liability insurer after customer drowned)

 

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

 

Plauche v. Jacobs Engineering  (18th JDC 2011)  (Won summary dismissal for trucking company in very high dollar case on ground that plaintiff's tort suit against his employer was legally insufficient to interrupt prescription against our client, the alleged tortfeasor)

 

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 was not within the course and scope of her employment, despite being under dispatch by employer with a load when she ran a red light and hit the plaintiff)

 

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

 

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 Transport, 111973  (21st JDC 2008) and Pradier v. Crete, 36028  (18th JDC 2008)  (Won summary dismissal in both cases on ground defendant driver was not acting within the course and 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 Transport,  006-3730 (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  J.B. Hunt  2007 WL 4374027 (M.D. La. 2007)  (Won exclusion of plaintiff's liability expert in large loss trucking case)

 

Peregrin v. Smith, —WL—(U.S.D.C. E.D. La. 2006)  (Won zero jury verdict in multiple surgery disputed trucking lane change suit)

 

Taylor v TCA Transport,  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 Schneider National,  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 insured commercial carrier in major rear-end accident suit)

 

Estevez v PIIC, 828 So.2d 725 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2002)  (Convinced jury to hold adult female pedestrian plaintiff 46% at fault after being backed over by our insured driver in convenience store parking lot)

 

Jackson v. Vastar, 2:06-CV-0879 (W.D. La. 2001)  (Won zero jury verdict in large loss offshore CGL and professional liability suit by severely injured and very sympathetic plaintiff who attempted suicide as a result)  

 

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 hotly contested 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 small amount of special damages in multiple surgery, clear liability MVA suit)

 

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

 

Daniels v Jenkins, 709 So.2d 362 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1998)  (Won writ of reversal to appellate court for auto liability 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 National, 45823 WL 96 (W.D. La. 1996) (Won zero jury verdict in large loss interstate accident suit) 

 

Lennix v Schneider National Bulk Transport, 652 So.2d 50 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1995)  (Split liability between our client's illegally backing driver of its fully loaded 18-wheeler tanker and a severely injured under-ride victim in his own small hometown)

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 and Farmer Ins. Co., 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)

 

Managing Partner
Dave Vasser

"Our firm hallmarks are integrity, common sense , legal excellence and efficiency. We protect our clients' interests with passion, principle and professionalism, and  we work tirelessly to provide them with superior legal results at competitive rates  for their greatest savings possible. Your case will be handled by experienced, first-chair trial counsel who are here to help and to get it done right the first time.  Our clients deserve nothing less." 

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Vasser & Vasser's managing partner is C. David ("Dave") Vasser, Jr., who is married to his lovely wife, Trish,  and together they have three wonderful adult 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 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 a claims adjuster at Travelers Insurance Company.  Claude and Dave both earned their under-graduate degrees from L.S.U. in Baton Rouge, where Dave also went on to earn his law degree, while Claude graduated from Loyola Law School and was Editor of the Law Review.

 

Dave has substantial experience in all aspects of civil litigation and he has represented numerous insurers and their insureds and numerous transportation companies and their drivers , as well as other types of commercial enterprises in many different types of tort and breach of contract matters, including claims related to general liability, professional liability, transportation liability, premises liability, employer liability for negligent or intentional employee conduct, sexual abuse, discrimination, worker's compensation, and claims of negligent hiring, training and supervision. Dave is a founding 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 claims law summary for that national organization (a copy of which can be downloaded by clicking our secure download portal link shown below). In 2018, Dave was proud to witness his son Brandon graduate 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.