Laurent J. Demosthenidy

Flanagan Partners LLP
201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 3300
New Orleans, LA 0170
(504) 569-0075 (Direct) [email protected]

Overview

Laurent Demosthenidy represents businesses, government entities, and individuals in complex litigation, through trial and appeal. He has experience in a wide variety of fields, including commercial litigation, admiralty and maritime, personal injury and casualty defense, insurance, and First Amendment law. He has also advised clients of various sizes on transactional matters, including business formation, mergers, and acquisitions. He is admitted to practice before all Louisiana and Mississippi state and federal courts.

Mr. Demosthenidy studied Political Science at U.C. Santa Barbara and then attended Tulane University Law School, where he received a juris doctor with certification in Admiralty law in 2006. While at Tulane, he served as a justice on the Tulane Moot Court Board and a student attorney with the Tulane Criminal Clinic.

Mr. Demosthenidy has made homes in both the US and France and has served on the boards of local non-profits. He lives in New Orleans with his wife Mollye and their two daughters.

Professional Experience

  • Champagne v. USAA Cas. Ins. Co., et al., 2019-CA-0334 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2019). Employer’s claim for defense and indemnity against employee’s liability insurer dismissed. Employee’s insurer paid policy limits and subsequently rejected tender of defense by excess carrier. Appellate court held that primary insurer had no obligation to fund continued defense of the case by the employer once its limits were exhausted.
  •  Muller v. Fort Pike Volunteer Fire Department, et al., 2019-CA-0156, 275 So. 3d 927 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2019). Fourth Circuit affirming dismissal of defamation case under Louisiana’s anti-SLAPP statute.
  •  Cruz v. Creecy, et al., 2018-CA-127, 254 So. 2d 817 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2018). After a bench trial, the district court rendered a defense judgment based on lack of causation in personal injury matter. On appeal, the Fifth Circuit affirmed the judgment.
  • Sims, et al. v. Vides, et al., 24th JDC No. 767-734. Jury verdict in favor of defendants.
  • Bennet v. Moscano, et al., 18-C-179 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2018). Writ granted by Fifth Circuit, reinstating Parish Government’s right to jury trial under La. R.S. 13:5105 (D). Subsequently, following a four day trial, the jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Zen-Noh Grain Corp. v. Thompson, 123 So. 3d 777 ((La. App. 5 Cir. 8/27/13). Grain seller sued individual for breach of contract. The trial court dismissed Zen-Noh’s case under lis pendens based on plaintiff’s argument that Zen-Noh was liable to him in a completely different contractual dispute. The Fifth Circuit vacated the dismissal, agreeing that the disputes concerned different transactions and occurrences. Subsequently, Thompson abandoned all claims against Zen-Noh.
  • Claudio v. Silla Cooling Sys., 55 So. 3d 902 (La. App. 5 Cir. 12/14/10). Injured plaintiff obtained a judgment against his employer under a dual-capacity theory, arguing that the employer’s property lease agreement required it to assume the premises liability of the building’s owner. The court of appeal reversed and rendered judgment for the employer under La. R. S. § 12:1032(b).
  • Defended movie stunt company in traumatic brain injury case with potential exposure of over $5,000,000, obtaining favorable settlement days before trial set to commence.
  • Represented offshore exploration company in connection with spinal injuries causing paraplegia, involving extensive indemnity and liability issues.
  • Represented defendant employee of offshore supply company in personal injury case involving severe traumatic brain injury, permanent disability, and punitive damage exposure.
  • Represented Louisiana oilfield support company in multi-million dollar federal litigation related to construction of facilities on Bakken Shale Formation in North Dakota.
  • Represented offshore supply company in multi-million dollar dispute with contractor over oil spill cleanup efforts.
  • Defended landowner in connection with wrongful death claims, obtaining settlement of less than $50,000. Later jury trial resulted in an award of over $2.5 million against non-settling defendant.
  • Obtained trial judgment in favor of subsidiary of publicly traded multinational company breach of barge construction contract.

Admissions

  • Louisiana (2006)
  • Mississippi (2007)
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (2006)
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (2006)
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana (2006)
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (2006)
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Mississippi (2007)
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi (2007)

Professional Affiliations

  • Federal Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute

Education

Tulane Law School, J.D., 2006

  • Tulane Moot Court Board
  • Certification in Maritime Law

U.C. Santa Barbara, B.A., 2002

Areas of Practice

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