Brian J. Houghtaling
Brian Houghtaling offers his clients personal attention in the wake of their loss, at the time they need it most. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, he personally handled over 500 property and economic loss claims, resulting in more than $40 million in verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Mr. Houghtaling feels strongly that each client deserves his/her own lawsuit commanding the full attention of a judge and jury. With the largest oil spill in U.S. history now threatening the Gulf of Mexico, he is filing individual lawsuits instead of joining proposed class actions. "The Exxon Valdez was a class action lawsuit and was tied up in the courts for years. Fishermen and those with Gulf interests need to have their own lawyer protecting their interests," he insists. He is also cautioning potential claimants not to sign any type of hold harmless agreements or waivers. "It's too early - we don't know what the magnitude of damages will be," he says.
Mr. Houghtaling is an avid fishermen himself and owns a shrimp and oyster business in Venice, both of which are threatened by the spill.
With both a law degree and a master's in business administration Brian J. Houghtaling brings a depth of knowledge to his litigation practice. Houghtaling specializes in commercial litigation and also catastrophic injury, product liability and labor and employment law.
He earned his law degree from Loyola Law School after earning his M.B.A. from the University of New Orleans. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and is admitted to all federal district courts in Louisiana. He is a member of the Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Fraternity.