pjhebert@ohllc.com

Paul J. Hebert

Specialties

Arbitration
Attorneys Fees
Banking/Lending
Business/Commercial
Construction
Discovery
Environmental
Ethics
In-Camera Review
Insurance
Professional Liability
Settlement Administration

Mr. Hebert attended the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, from which he graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1975. He was a member of the Moot Court Board, L.S.U. Law School, 1974. Mr. Hebert received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, Lafayette, Louisiana, in 1972.

His professional practice involves the handling of serious business litigation, oil and gas environmental litigation, health care corporate matters, personal injury, general civil trial and appellate litigation, commercial business transactions, legal ethics and professional conduct.

Mr. Hebert and the law firm are general counsel for several commercial businesses, including two financial institutions (banks and savings and loans) and serve as general counsel for several large real estate developments in the Lafayette and Acadiana area.  Mr. Hebert’s experience in litigation over the past 40 years is reflected in several notable cases, which have been reported in the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Courts of Appeal, and several Federal Courts. These matters involve corporate stockholder disputes, tradename and trademark, lender liability, ERISA and health care issues, personal injury and insurance defense claims, real estate, environmental claims, and professional conduct and disciplinary proceedings.

Mr. Hebert has been actively involved in environmental litigation since the late 1980’s, when he represented several land owners and private oil and gas jobbers relative to litigation filed by the Department of Environmental Quality regarding oil and gas spills/contamination.  Later, Mr. Hebert became involved in complex oil and gas environmental cases, in both State and Federal Courts, relative to claims by property owners against oil companies and/or operators, past and present, for clean up and remediation costs on damages associated with property subject to exploration and production activity, often referred to as “legacy” cases.

On May 29, 2014 Mr. Hebert was appointed Special Master by U.S. District Court, the Honorable Brian A. Jackson for the Middle District of Louisiana, in Elzie Ball, et al. v. James M. LeBlanc, et al.and continues to serve in that capacity overseeing the installation and monitoring of the Heat Remediation Plans and conditions in the Louisiana State Penitentiary death row tiers.

Mr. Hebert is admitted to practice in the Fifteenth Judicial District Bar Association; Fifth Circuit Bar Association – Federal, and in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Mr. Hebert is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association; Louisiana Defense Counsel; and Louisiana State Bar Association, Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2007-2018).

Mr. Hebert’s Professional Recognitions are: AV rated by Martindale Hubbell; Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy (December 1995 to present); he is included in Super Lawyers listing (2007-2018).

His past Bar Association activities include: Member, Louisiana State Bar Association; Member and Past President, Fifteenth Judicial District and Vermilion Parish Bar Association; Member, American Bar Association (1979-1994); Member, Louisiana State Bar Association “American Citizenship” committee (1975-77); Chairman, Disaster Relief Committee, Young Lawyers Section, Louisiana State Bar Association (1977-79); Fourth Board District Council Member, Young Lawyers Section, Louisiana State Bar Association (1980-81); District Representative, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Executive Council (1982-84); Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, Louisiana State Bar Association (1983-84); Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, Legal Aid Committee (1983-85); Executive Committee Member, Crime Victims Services Committee, American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division (1985-86); Member, Continuing Legal Education Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association (1986-88).