James C. Klick

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PRACTICE AREAS
Personal Injury, Brain Injury, Burn Injury, Car Accidents, Dangerous Products, Electrocutions, Industrial Accidents, Medical Malpractice, Offshore Maritime, Contamination, Wrongful Death, 18 Wheeler Trucking, Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, BP Oil Spill Litigation

COURT ADMISSIONS
Louisiana; U.S.D.C. Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, Texas

Partner
Telephone (504) 581-4892
Fax (504) 561-6024
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Jim Klick is a partner of Herman, Herman & Katz L.L.C., as well as the national firm of HERMAN GEREL, LLP, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Mr. Klick is a trial lawyer who has been practicing in the areas of serious personal injury and complex litigation since 1983. Mr. Klick earned his J.D. from Tulane University Law School (Cum Laude) in 1981. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and was honored with a post-graduate Thomas J. Watson Fellowship to study in Manchester, England. Before beginning his private practice, Mr. Klick served a two-year clerkship with a United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is licensed in the State of Louisiana (1981) and in the State of Texas (1994). He is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with special competence in the area of Medical Professional Liability.  He is admitted to practice before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana.

Mr. Klick’s practice involves personal injury, products liability, medical negligence, maritime litigation, explosions and fires, catastrophic injuries and toxic torts.

SIGNIFICANT CASES:

Page v. Gilbert, 598 So. 2d 1110 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1992) – affirming multi-million dollar verdict in a crashworthiness case against Nissan Motor Company;

Billiot v. BP Oil Company, 93-1118 (La. 9/29/94) 645 So. 2d 604 – authored several amicus briefs before the Louisiana Supreme Court on behalf of trial lawyers throughout the State of Louisiana, successfully allowing workers to sue their employers for punitive damages;

Dumas v. Angus Chemical Company, No. 92-1707, Fourth JDC, Parish of Ouachita, State of Louisiana – serving as class attorney in a massive explosion of a nitromethane plant in Sterlington, Louisiana that resulted in a recovery of over $85,000,000);

Mote v. Oryx Energy Co., et al., 94-CV-594 (E.D. TX. 1995) – $12 million recovery in an offshore injury claim);

Herndon v. Southwestern Electric Power Co., No. 382,166, First JDC, Parish of Caddo, State Louisiana – $3.4 million recovery for utility electrocution).

Labat v. Mallard Bay Drilling Co., 806 S. 2d 917 (La. App. 4Cir. 1/16/02) – $1.3 million verdict in maritime wrongful death;

Heffker v. Ochsner Foundation Hospital, No. 559-382 (24th JDC 2003) – $1,130,000 jury verdict in medical negligence claim.

Miller v. Entergy Services, Inc., 913 So. 2d 143 (La. App. 4 Cir. 7/13/05).

Swan v. Louisiana Patients Compensation Fund, et al, No. 139,964, 32nd JDC, Parish of Terrebonne, State of Louisiana, August 22, 2008, $10,961,256.87 medical malpractice for brain injured child.

Lewis v. State of Louisiana, et al, 983 So.2d 231 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/16/08) $1,834,914.31 medical malpractice for wrongful death following oral surgery.

Willis v. Patients Compensation Fund, et al, 24 JDC (Parish of Jefferson) – Approximately $24,000,000 jury verdict, medical negligence for brain injury to infant.

Mr. Klick’s successful exploits have been reported in the National Law Journal, Law Reporter, Professional Negligence Law Reporter, Texas Lawyer, and The Trial Brief.

EDUCATION:

  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D. Cum Laude 1981
  • Lawrence University, B.A. Magna Cum Laude 1977

MEMBERSHIPS:

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association for Justice
  • American Association for Justice
  • Texas Bar Association

RECOGNITION:

Best Lawyers in America (2012-present); Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys with special competence in the area of Medical Professional Liability; New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers (2013); City Business Leadership in Law (2011); Super Lawyers (2010-present); Top 100 Lawyers in Louisiana; Top 500 in Nation; AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Medical Malpractice Section Chair for Louisiana Association for Justice 2011-2012; Thomas J. Watson Fellowship (1977-1978)

PUBLISHED WORKS:

Comment, “Jurisdiction Choice of Law, Forum Non Conveniens in a Personal Injury Suit by a Foreign Seaman: The Application of Interest Analysis” (5 Mar. law 239 Fall, 1980)

REPORTED CASES:

Labat v. Mallard Bay Drilling Co., 2000-2098 (La. App. 4 Cir. 1/16/02), 806 So. 2d 917; Rougeau v. Hyundai Motor America, 2001-1182 (La. 1/15/02), 805 So. 2d 147; Carimi v. Royal Carribean Cruise Line, Inc., 959 F.2d 1344 (5 Cir. 1992); Kerr-McGee Corp. v. Ma-Ju Marine Servs., 830 F.2d 1332 (5 Cir. 1987); Roby v. Hyundai Merchant Marine, 700 F. Supp. 316 (E.D. La. 1988); Billiot v. B.P. Oil Co., 645 So. 2d 604 (La. 1994); Watermeier v. Watermeier, 504 So. 2d 856 (La. 1987); Dumas v. Angus Chem. Co., 728 So. 2d 434 (La.App.2 Cir.1998); Scott v. Pontchartain Materials Corp., 717 So. 2d 682 (La.App.4 Cir. 1998); Richmond v. Dow, 712 So. 2d 149 (La.App.4 Cir.1998); Kiefer v. Southern Freightways, Inc., 686 So. 2d 1041 (La.App.4 Cir.1998); Teel v. Superior Scrap Metals, 95-CA-969 (La.App.5 Cir.1996); Page v. Gilbert, 598 So. 2d 1110 (La.App.4 Cir.1992); Davis v. Material Delivery Serv., 506 So. 2d 1243 (La.App.1 Cir.1987).