Larry Curtis, APLC
“Larry Curtis is recognized as one of Louisiana's pre-eminent personal injury lawyers. For over thirty years, Larry has successfully represented maritime workers of all type – drill rig and platform workers, service hands, and offshore construction workers, as well as commercial divers, dredge crew and fishermen – in cases involving serious injury or death. Larry is a seasoned lawyer, with a national reputation in maritime personal injury cases. Larry repeatedly has won multi-million-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients.
Larry was admitted to the Louisiana bar nearly 30 years ago. Larry is also admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; and the U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. Larry has also been admitted to practice before the U. S. District Court for the Eastern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas and the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas.
Larry attended St. John's University, in Jamaica, New York (B.A. 1974) and Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana (J.D. 1977). In the Fall of 2013, Larry was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Woodward/White publication Best Lawyers® in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation for the metropolitan area of Baton Rouge, which includes the City of Lafayette. He is listed in the publication known as: Louisiana Super Lawyers® since its inaugural issue in 2007. For the past three years, the Louisiana Super Lawyers® publication has recognized Curtis as one of the Top 50 Attorneys in Louisiana. For more than fifteen years, he has been listed, in the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers® and holds the highest rating given by the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory®. Almost two decades ago, St. John's University honored Curtis with its Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal. In the summer of 2005, Curtis was invited to join The Academy of Trial Advocacy, an exclusive group of some of the country's most accomplished trial lawyers. He is also a founding member of The Aletheia Institute, a national, by-invitation-only, organization of lawyers committed to promoting truth in advocacy, full disclosure in discovery and a fair measure of justice to all litigants.
Larry was the lead attorney in the reported cases of: Moody v. Arabie, 498 So.2d 1081 (La. 1986); Lazzell v. Booker Drilling Co., 816 F.2d 196 (5th Cir. 1987); Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 854 F.2d 758 (5th Cir. 1988); Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 887 F.2d 611 (5th Cir. 1989); Matter of Talbot Big Foot, 924 F.2d 85 (5th Cir. 1991); Arnaud v. Commercial Union Ins. Co., 594 So.2d 992 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1992); Henderson v. Domingue, 626 So.2d 555 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1993); Wright v. Otis Engineering Corp., 643 So.2d 484 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994); Miguez v. Southern Pacific Transp. Co., 645 So.2d 1184 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994); Fitch v. Vintage Petroleum, Inc., 652 So.2d 998 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994); Marceaux v. Conoco, Inc., 124 F.3d 730 (5th Cir. 1997); Matter of TT Boat Corp., 1999 WL 223165 (E.D. La. 1999), Fontenot v. Dual, 179 F. 3rd. 969 (5th Cir.1999); Delcambre v. Blood Systems, 893 So.2d 23 (La. 2005); Renfro v. Burlington Northern & Santa Fe RR, 06-952 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 12/06/06); 945 So. 2d 857; Boutte v. Fireman's Fund County Mut. Ins. Co., 930 So. 2d 305 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 2006); In re Omega Protein, Inc., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17917 (W.D. La. March 9, 2007); Fontenot v. Patterson Ins., 972 So. 2d 401 (La. App. 3rd. Cir. 2007); Landry v. Apache Corp., 2008 U.S. Dist LEXIS 1754 (W.D. La., Jan. 7, 2008); Linton v. Shell Oil Co., 563 F. 3d 556 (5th Cir. 2009); Tobeh v. Brown Water Marine Service, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76834 (W.D. La. Aug. 27, 2009); Capozzi v. Atwood Oceanics, Inc., 2009 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 91911 (W.D. La. Sept. 20, 2009); Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc., (2010 A.M.C.793); Sepulvado v. Alpha Drilling, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 78337 (W.D. La. Aug. 2, 2010); Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc., 174 Wn.2d 70; 272 P.3d 827 (2012); Richard v. Apache Corp., 111 So.3d 1156 (La.App. 3 Cir. 3/20/2013); Champagne v. Am. Alt. Ins. Corp., 112 So.3d 179 (La. 2013).
Larry is a member of the American, Federal, Louisiana, and Lafayette Bar Associations, The Maritime Law Association of the United States, as well as the American and Louisiana Associations for Justice. He has served as a member of the President's Advisory Council, the Board of Governors, and the Council of Directors of the Louisiana Association for Justice. Curtis is an Emeritus Member of The American Inn of Court of Acadiana. Curtis served on the Board and is a past President of the Lafayette Bar Association. He has been invited to speak at local, state, and national professional meetings about federal trial practice and maritime personal injury litigation. Community involvement is important to him as well: for five years he served as the host of a monthly TV program about Catholic Social Teaching. He is a member of, and, presently serves as an officer of, the Knights of Columbus, Council 7275.
Larry has authored: "Plaintiff's Intoxication as Contributory Negligence in Motor Vehicle Death," Spring Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Point Clear, Alabama (April 3, 1985); Opening Statement for the Plaintiff," Your Case ... From Start to Finish Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 12, 1988); "Recent Case Law on Closing Arguments," Holiday Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, San Antonio, Texas (December 1, 1989); "Pre-Trial Discovery," Retainer to Verdict Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May 25, 1990); "A Practical Guide to Federal Court Rules & Procedure in Louisiana," National Business Institute, Inc. (October 24, 1995); "Current Update on the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," 1995 Yours to Choose Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (December 28, 1995); "Effective Cross Examination of Medical Doctors: The Ten Most Important Questions to Ask," Car Wrecks Seminar, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 14, 1997);); "Direct Examination: Your Client, Your Witness, The Big Picture of Your Case," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 30, 1998); "Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure: Last Chance Seminar," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 16, 1999); "Accident Reconstruction, Car Wrecks II: A Roadmap for Winning Your Case," Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 2001); "Louisiana Procedure," 2001 Last Chance Seminar - Review of Louisiana Law, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 2001); "The Railroad Crossing Case," Auto Torts in Louisiana, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 2002); "Assessing the Case for the Plaintiff, Fundamentals of Civil Litigation," LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (April 10, 2008); "Maritime Punitive Damages: Catch a Rising Star-Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc," High Stakes on the High Seas, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 13, 2010); "Case Wreckers: The ME and Other Defense Experts," Last Chance CLE, and CLE a la Carte, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (December 9, 2010 and December 30, 2010); "Maritime Punitive Damages: The Cutting Edge - Clausen v. Icicle Seafoods, Inc," High Stakes on the High Seas, Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 12, 2011); "Louisiana Appellate Court Decides Important Maritime Jurisdiction Case", Louisiana Advocates, December, 2013.
Larry practices in the areas of Maritime Personal Injury and Wrongful Death; Automobile and Truck Accidents Litigation; and Railroad Crossing Litigation.”