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Quit or Get Better

James Boren has dedicated his life to tough cases in which clients’ lives are often on the line

For all the highs of James Boren’s career, there was one moment when he almost gave up the profession for good.  It was 1996 and his client, Feltus Taylor, had been tried and sentenced to death.  Attorneys who handled Taylor’s post-conviction work were able to get his execution stayed for a year as they attempted to prove their client had an unfair trial. After the judge ruled the courtroom proceedings had been fair, Taylor was executed on June 6, 2000, and Boren started to wonder whether …

Rock Solid

Coastal litigation, airplane rescues and J. Rock Palermo III

In a deposition last February, J. Rock Palermo III stood before Louisiana Oil & Gas Association president Don Briggs and asked him about a U.S. Geological Survey map indicating that oil and gas companies were responsible for 36 percent of the state’s coastal land loss. Briggs said he hadn’t seen it and didn’t need to see it. He had seen other maps. “What other maps have you seen?” Palermo asked him. “I don’t know,” Briggs replied. In July 2013, the Southeast Louisiana Flood …

From Clover Grill to the Courthouse

PI attorney Darleen M. Jacobs flipped burgers before she filed cases

Bruce C. Dean has a lot to say about fellow plaintiff’s attorney Darleen M. Jacobs. “You don’t want to go up against her,” he cautions. He says she’s tenacious and feared. He says she’s a mentor to young attorneys, including his own daughter. And although she doesn’t give an inch inside the courtroom, outside is another story. “There’s a generous side to her that people don’t often get to see that’s not at all like her courtroom reputation,” says Dean, a Metairie-based …

The Unflinching Advocate

Business litigator Nancy Scott Degan plays hard and by the rules

Nancy Scott Degan had only been out of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law for a few years when she was hired by a New Orleans hotel to represent them in what appeared to be a straightforward collections case. A commercial washing machine manufacturer wanted the hotel to finish paying for three 250-pound washers that sat in their upper-story laundry room. But after a bit of poking around, Degan unearthed an interesting tale about why these washers were sitting instead of spin cycling. …

Legal Knight

Trial lawyer Russ M. Herman battles pharmaceutical companies and Big Tobacco

On Jan. 7, 1973, 23-year-old former Black Panther Mark Essex entered a Howard Johnson hotel in downtown New Orleans, where he threw firecrackers, set fires and shot a .44-caliber Magnum rifle, killing seven people in a 10-hour siege before being slain by police sharpshooters. Among the victims were three police officers and a pair of young newlyweds from Virginia. In the aftermath of the tragedy, the newlywed couple’s family wanted to file suit against Howard Johnson International Inc., …

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