Gus is a seasoned trial attorney with an active trial and appellate practice both in federal and state courts. His practice concentrates on defending a wide range of professional liability claims asserted against lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, accountants, and other professionals.

He has a diverse insurance defense practice defending personal injury as well as, property damage and product liability claims asserted against public entities, businesses, and their insurers including claims based on alleged civil rights violations and employment practices.

Gus also has litigated a wide variety of insurance coverage issues arising out of the various areas of his insurance practice.


First chair for over 100 bench and jury trials in state and federal court

Argued before all Louisiana District and Federal Courts as well as the Louisiana Supreme Court

Panel Counsel for numerous professional liability and general liability insurers including the Louisiana Bar Association's Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance Program

Honors & Affiliations

Honors & Recognitions

Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2012, 2018, 2021)

Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2020)

Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2011-2022)

Louisiana Super Lawyers, New Orleans Best Lawyer: Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants 2012 Lawyer of the Year

New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers: Insurance Law and Legal Malpractice Law

CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2009

AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell rating

Professional Affiliations

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit


Publications & Presentations

Publications and Presentations

  • Faculty: International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy

    Stanford Law School

  • A Comprehensive Review of the Litigation Arising out of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster


    December 2014
  • Ethics and Legal Malpractice

    New Orleans Bar Association

    November 27, 2012
  • Keeping a Lid on Damages at Trial

    International Association of Defense Counsel

    November 14, 2012
  • Practical Legal Ethics in Louisiana: Issues & Answers

    National Business Institute

    June 27, 2002


  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • Louisiana state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana


J.D., Tulane University School of Law (1981)

B.A., Washington and Lee (1978)

International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy, University of Colorado Law School (1986)

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