Paul H. Due'
Paul H. Due' is a nationally acclaimed trial lawyer. Paul is licensed to practice law in Louisiana (since 1966), and is admitted to practice in all Federal Courts in Louisiana, and before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Paul founded Due', Price, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews in 1986, and continues to manage and oversee the firm's litigation activities and day to day operations, while maintaining an active trial practice.
Paul has been selected for inclusion in: The Best Lawyers in America® every year since 1995 (1995-2013), with 2013 including the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Product Liability-Plaintiffs, and Admiralty & Maritime; Louisiana Super Lawyers-Personal Injury Plaintiff (2007-2013) every year since its inception; and Paul is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In 2009, Paul was selected by Best Lawyers® as the Personal Injury Litigation 2009 Lawyer of the Year for Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Paul is also a member of The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
Paul Due' was raised in Thibodaux, Louisiana, and began his career as a lawyer after finishing first in his law school class at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1966. After a couple of years practicing law in defense firms in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Paul found his niche representing victims of catastrophic accidents.
Paul's personal injury practice initially focused on admiralty/maritime claims involving foreign seaman injured or killed on ocean going vessels and aviation accidents. Because of several business friendly changes in the law in Louisiana, the focus of Paul's practice shifted many years ago to all other types of complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation, including 18 wheeler accidents, railroad accidents, highway defects and road hazards, defective products, medical malpractice and automobile accidents.
Paul's legal accomplishments are numerous and well-known in the legal community. Most lawyers are familiar with the McDill tender of UM benefits and the Youn v. Maritime Overseas Corp. standard of review of general damage awards, both of which emanated from cases Paul successfully handled. Most lawyers are also aware of Paul's pioneering work in developing successful theories of liability against railroad companies for grade crossing accidents, manufacturers of defective ICC underride guards, manufacturers of children's aspirin, which caused Reye's Syndrome, and against the State of Louisiana and other political subdivisions for defective roads and bridges.
Paul H. Dué served as an Associate Professor at Southern University Law School, President of the Louisiana Association for Justice (formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), and on the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice. Paul has been a frequent speaker at continuing education programs, and has authored articles in numerous publications including TRIAL, The Maritime Lawyer, Louisiana Bar Journal, Louisiana Advocates, Louisiana Law Review, Insurance Counsel Journal and Am.Jur. Proof of Facts. Paul has been profiled or has received national attention for his efforts in Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal and numerous local papers.
LL.B., Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1966
Graduated 1st in the Class
B.S., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1964
Jurisdictions Admitted to PracticeLouisiana, 1966
United States Supreme Court
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Eastern District of Louisiana
Middle District of Louisiana
Western District of Louisiana
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Member Since: 1966
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Louisiana Association for Justice, formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
American Association for Justice, formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Board of Governors, 1986-1989, 1990-1993
Louisiana State Law Institute
Junior Honorary Member, 1966
Maritime Law Association of the United States
Scholastic Honors, Awards and Activities
Member, Order of the Coif
Member, Omicron Delta Kappa
Member, Phi Kappa Phi
Louisiana Law Review
Associate Editor, 1964-1965
Senior Associate Editor, 1965-1966
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 1995-2012
Practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation, Products Liability and/or Maritime Law.
Selected, Best Lawyers® Baton Rouge Plaintiff Personal Injury Lawyer of the Year, 2009
Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers-Personal Injury Plaintiff, 2007-2012
Member, The American Trial Lawyers Association, Top 100 Trial Lawyers
Louisiana Association for Justice Stalwart Award, 2009
Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association President's Award
Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum
Martindale-Hubbell- AV Peer Review Rated