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Mark J. Neal and Jordan Haedicke, on December 14, 2017, in the matter of Kristen Clingenpeel v. Alexis Ricard, et al (no. 2015-3067) convinced a Ouachita Parish state court judge to dismiss the firm's client, L'Oreal USA, Inc., by way of a motion for summary judgment. The plaintiff filed suit over personal injuries allegedly suffered due to a "defective" hair bleach product. The court concluded plaintiff failed to establish a defect in the product to give rise to a claim for damages under the LA product liability act.

Mark J. Neal was a presenting speaker at Louisiana Bar Association's December 8, 2017, New Orleans seminar titled "Depositions in a Nutshell." He spoke on the topic of taking fact depositions; his presentation was titled Less is More.

Mark J. Neal, on October 16, 2017, convinced the United States District Court Judge for the Monroe Louisiana Western District to summarily dismiss the plaintiff's case in the employment discrimination matter of Michael Harris v. Gardner Denver Thomas, Inc., et al. (No. 17-931)

Mark J. Neal and Jordan Haedicke successfully persuaded the Louisiana Second Circuit Court of Appeal to reverse the Ouachita Parish state court's decision in the matter of Thomas C. Ilgenfritz v. Canopius U.S. Insurance (No.51-530-CA). This first party insurance claim, which was denied by the insurer, turned upon the validity of an "entrustment" exclusion in the policy. The lower court erroneously concluded the exclusion didn't apply and ruled for the plaintiff, awarding significant damages. However, on appeal and at the firm's urging, the Second Circuit, on August 9, 2017, reversed the decision in its entirety by finding the exclusion applied to bar recovery.

Mark J. Neal served as a faculty instructor at Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel's annual trial academy for young lawyers at Loyola Law School August 27-28.  

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"Good attorney. Good advocate. Always a pleasure to be on the other side of case from him."

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"I have known Mark since he began practice and have watched him mature in his practice. He is at the top of his peer group and has earned an AV rating in my opinion."

Private Practice Lawyer:

"[Mark] is an excellent attorney with very good work ethic."

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Supreme Court Justice:

"Mark is always well prepared. I like that."

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"Mr. Neal has excellent trial skills."

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