In addition to representing injured litigants on a contingency basis Brent litigates for an agreed upon hourly fee. For more than half of his career Brent has served as area counsel for the state’s largest managing general insurance agency, and as general counsel for one of the state’s largest privately held companies. Brent’s practice is now diverse across all sectors of the litigation spectrum. The skills that Brent garnered early in his defense practice representing most major insurance companies, aids him in his daily practice today. He handles claims arising out of all injury categories (personal injury, construction, worker’s compensation, product defects, coverage denials) and contractual disputes. While representing one of the nation’s largest equipment manufacturers in a multi-million dollar contractual dispute, Brent obtained a defense verdict on behalf of his client finding that the manufacturer did not owe anything to its prior business partner following their “business divorce”.
Brent graduated from Tulane Law School, with honors, in 1997. He delayed the start of his legal career because he enlisted in the Louisiana Army National Guard in 1989 after completing his first year of college. The very next year Brent’s Guard Unit received active duty orders to support the war effort in Operation Desert Storm. During his time with the 256th Mechanized Infantry Brigade, Brent served as a rifleman, driver and gunner for the company commander’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.
Over his career Brent has developed a particular interest and specialty in complex medical matters. Whether it be establishing that a common playground incident caused pediatric hip necrosis or that an improper administration of drugs during dialysis caused a fatal brain bleed, Brent works closely with physicians on a regular basis. He has cross-examined medical doctors and Ph.D. experts from all across the country, including those with advanced degrees from Harvard, MIT, Johns Hopkins, University of Pennsylvania, Emory, UCLA and more. Brent has also litigated cases and examined experts in over twenty-five states.
Brent is a husband and father of three children. His experience as a father has lead him to focus on representing injured children as often as possible. Knowing that he can have a positive impact on a child’s life is rewarding, both personally and professionally. Brent’s charitable efforts have been dedicated to children’s rights and the fight against breast cancer, the latter stemming from his wife’s survival from the disease. Brent is a former member of the Fore! Kids Foundation and a founding member of the Acadiana Chapter for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
J.D. cum laude – May, 1997
Honors: Moot Court (Best Oralist, Preliminary Round Pace Environmental Law Competition)
- University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Lafayette, Louisiana
B.S. – December, 1993
PAST EMPLOYMENT POSITIONS
- Dodson, Hooks & Frederick, Partner, 2006 – 2007
- Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, Partner, 2001 – 2006
- Voorhies & Labbe, Associate, 1997 – 2001