Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Ali Barnes to the firm. Ali brings to the firm experience in construction law, commercial litigation, employment and labor law, transactional law, and insurance law. She has previously served as a prosecutor and as an Assistant City Attorney in Mobile, Alabama. She also has worked for a family business on complex estate, trust, and insurance matters.
Riess LeMieux is pleased to welcome Patrick "Trey" Talley to the firm. Trey is a recent graduate from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University and also has a Structural Engineering degree from Clemson University. The firm is excited about his technical experience that will allow him to assist in advising clients on construction-related issues.
Several important laws affecting the construction industry—and businesses in general—were passed by the Louisiana Legislature during the 2020 Regular and Extraordinary Sessions and signed into law by the Governor, including partial tort reform, business and individual protections related to COVID-19, and new laws affecting the construction industry in particular.
Christopher K. LeMieux and Jonathan S. Forester will be hosting an audio webinar with the National Business Institute on June 10, 2020. This webinar will focus on construction issues that can have substantial legal repercussions. It will cover how to troubleshoot these issues and give you the information necessary to find solutions before they escalate. Riess LeMieux regularly provides webinars and seminars for clients on a wide array of legal topics.
Riess LeMieux Construction Practice and Attorneys Ranked in 2020 Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Riess LeMieux has been ranked in the 2020 guidebook, Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Construction Law. Firm founders, Michael R. C. Riess and Christopher K. LeMieux were also recognized in the publication for their individual achievements in the area of construction law.
The Louisiana Legislature has joined a number of other states—including New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Ohio—in introducing legislation that would require business interruption insurance to retroactively cover business losses attributable to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A federal district court recently granted summary judgment in favor of a firm client, dismissing a personal injury claim against a general contractor arising from a car accident near a construction site. The court concluded that the client had correctly performed its work on the federal project and complied with the plans and specifications.
The Louisiana Supreme Court recently issued a ruling clarifying the time period for insureds to assert bad-faith claims against their insurers that will have far-ranging effects on the insurance industry in the State of Louisiana.
Christopher K. LeMieux will be speaking on two panels at the 2020 Critical Issues Summit hosted by The Associated General Contractors of America (LAGC) in Baton Rouge. The Legal Panel will be on Thursday, February 13, and the second panel entitled “Who Bears Risk Allocation in Design” will take place on Friday, February 14. To learn more about the LAGC Summit or register to attend, click here.
On December 10, 2019, the Louisiana Supreme Court made final a ruling in favor of a firm client for the award of the Convention Center Linear Park Project estimated at $50 million. In May 2018, the firm successfully secured the award of the public project after defeating a legal challenge by an unsuccessful bidder at trial. The firm prevailed on both rounds of appeal, concluding with the Supreme Court’s denial of the losing bidder’s supervisory writ application.