Terry Thibodeaux

Jeffery D. Fruge






 

 

Post Office Box 2090
One Lakeshore Drive, Suite 1220
Lake Charles, Louisiana  70629
Telephone: (337) 433-5523
Facsimile: (337) 433-9225

EMPHASIS
Personal Injury Liability and Workers Compensation
EXPERIENCE
FROHN & THIBODEAUX, LLC, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Senior Partner    1997 - Present     


THE CARMOUCHE LAW FIRM
, Lake Charles, Louisiana
Litigation Director     1986 - 1997

Manage case load of civil litigation, including supervision and training of associates. Case load commonly involves defense in product liability, general casualty, employment law, workers compensation, and professional liability. Also provide counsel to insurers regarding insurance policy coverage disputes, rights, remedies, liabilities, and exposure. Lead counsel on all matters.  Participate in the management of the Firm. Responsible for client contact and relationship. Lectured an Uninsured Motorist coverage in a client based seminar in New Orleans.


WOODLEY, BARNETT, COX,
WILLIAMS & FENET,
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Associate Trial Lawyer    1980 - 1986

Associate engaged in general insurance defense practice.
Interviewed witnesses, investigated accident scenes, researched legal issues, prepared motions, wrote memoranda and appellate briefs, and participated in trials as co-counsel and trial attorney. 
EDUCATION
WASHINGTON & LEE UNIVERSITY, Lexington, Virginia
J.D., School of Law  -  1979

LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY,
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts  -  1975
ADMISSIONS
Member, State Bar of Louisiana, admitted 1980
U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Middle District, Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Western District, Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
SERVICE
Past Chairman, Arthritis Foundation, Southwest Louisiana
PROFESSIONAL
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
MEMBERSHIPS
Defense Research Institute

 

SUMMARY OF MAJOR COURT DECISIONS

Stewart v. City of Lake Charles, 66 F.3d 321 (5th Cir. 1995); cert. denied, 516 U.S. 1072, 116 S.Ct. 774, 133 L.Ed 2d 727 (Defense of public body in zoning/housing discrimination claim, Judgment of Dismissal)

Edwards v. Louisville Ladder Co., 796 F. Supp 966 (W.D. La. 1992) (Summary judgment for defendant in evidence spoliation case)

Smith v. Arcadian Corp., 99-1039 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 12/8/99), 753 So.2d 880 (Summary judgment for defendant in plant explosion workers compensation case)

Kennedy v. Martin Gas, 96-100 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 8/21/96), 680 So.2d 1195 (Judgment of Dismissal, workers compensation case, claimant not in course and scope of employment)

Cooley v. K-Mart Corp., 94-707 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2/15/95), 650 So.2d 835 (Defense verdict, store liability accidental striking of patron by store employee)

Morales v. Tetra Technologies, 608 So.2d 282 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1992) (Longshoreman personal injury suit)

Sam v. Delta Downs, 564 So.2d 829 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1990) (Wrongful death race track jockey, condition of track and medical malpractice)

Lasswell v. Matlock, 527 So.2d 1199 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1988) (Personal injury, truck auto accident, Court of Appeal reduced damages)

Theriot v. Damson, 512 So.2d 584 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1987) (Summary judgment for defendant, newly created consortium claim also barred by employer immunity)

Gaspard v. Jefferson, 488 So.2d 350 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1986) (Defense verdict; dram shop liability)

Barnhill v. Am. Well, 432 So.2d 917 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1983) (Summary judgment employer immunity)

Schrumpf v. Georgia Intern. Life Ins. Co., 413 So.2d 267 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1982)  (Interpretation of provision of group health insurance policy)

Vidrine v. Stewart, 424 So.2d 1274 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1982) (Personal injury, foot amputation, plaintiff a minor injured at rice drier)

Hryhorchuk v. Smith, 412 So.2d 197 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1982) (Wrongful death, Judgment of Dismissal on trial after remand by Louisiana Supreme Court)

 

 

 

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