James T. Guglielmo/Partner/Opelousas

Educated, Louisiana State University, J.D. 1963

James. T. Guglielmo is a founding member of the law firm. He was admitted to practice February 14, 1963. In his 50+ years of practice, he has vast experience in trial work in both State and Federal Courts. He is admitted in all of the Federal and District Courts in the State of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court. His emphasis has shifted over many years depending upon the needs of his clients. He has engaged in defense of corporations, sole proprietorships and insurance companies in the areas of professional liability, complex and serious automobile and trucking litigation, products, construction litigation, general maritime law, and toxic tort and environmental issues primarily relating to oil and gas operations. He has practiced almost exclusively in trial work of most civil matters that are presented to attorneys. Over the years, he has represented many of the major insurance companies, some of the Fortune 500 companies and small businesses. In the maritime area he represented many major oil companies, drilling contractors as well as specialty companies. In professional liability, he has represented attorneys, engineers, architects as well as others in the medical area. In the construction areas, he’s had a very keen interest in both residential and commercial buildings. This has resulted in his representing property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, architects and engineers. He has participated in handling some very large construction projects and has experience before the American Arbitration Association.

He has a special area of interest in toxic tort and environmental matters. This has resulted in his representation of oil companies, mineral lessees, operators, drilling contractors as well as others. His practice has not been limited to just handling the above but has handled several personal injury cases involving serious injury or death. He also has extensive legal experience in business matters and has handled both sides of numerous commercial contractual disputes.

At the Louisiana State University Law School, he was awarded the American Jurisprudence, apprised for excellence in sales and real estate transactions. He has also served on the Board of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and is a long time member of the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel.

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