James R. Nieset (Of Counsel)

James R. Nieset

Brief Biography:

James R. Nieset has practiced law at Plauché, Smith & Nieset, LLC since 1970, and has devoted his entire practice to litigation. His principal areas of practice include general insurance defense, construction litigation, professional liability litigation, products liability litigation, environmental litigation, maritime litigation, oil and gas litigation and particularly legacy litigation and general commercial litigation. His litigation experience includes jury and bench trials in state and federal court and appeals practice in state and federal court.


Tulane University Bachelor of Science, major in Physics and minor in Mathematics, 1964

Tulane University Law School, JD degree, 1967


All of the state district and appellate courts in Louisiana

United States District Courts for the Western, Middle and Eastern District of Louisiana

Eastern District of Texas – Beaumont Division

United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations:

Southwest Louisiana Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

Defense Research Institute

Maritime Law Association

Tulane Admiralty Law Institute

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Louisiana Bar Foundation

Community Involvement

Member and President – Southwest Louisiana Bar Association

Member and Treasurer – Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors

Member – Tulane University President’s Council

Member – Tulane University Law School Dean’s Advisory Board

Member – Tulane Athletic Foundation Board

Member – Immaculate Conception Cathedral School Board

Member and President – St. Louis Catholic High School Board

Member and President – St. Louis Catholic High School Foundation

Member – Lake Charles Symphony Board

CLE Presenter – Recent Developments, Products Liability, Technology and Professionalism

Representative Matters

  • Defense of numerous insurance liability jury and non-jury cases in state and federal court
  • Defense of numerous insurance cases related to hurricane liability and wind versus water claims in state and federal court
  • Defense of numerous professional liability cases (medical, dental, nursing, healthcare practitioner, pharmacist, architect, attorney, CPA)
  • Defense of numerous product liability cases involving automobiles, machinery parts, chemical plant complement parts, sporting equipment, electrical equipment and steel fabrication
  • Obtained no liability verdicts in favor of nurse, pharmacist and dentist in jury trials
  • Defense of numerous legacy litigation oil and gas lawsuits and several resulting indemnification lawsuits
  • Obtained no liability verdicts in favor of television set manufacturer in fire case (jury), building complement manufacturer in housing construction case (bench) and valve manufacturer in chemical plant gas release litigation (jury) in federal court
  • Successfully arbitrated defense of roofing manufacturer in commercial building construction case
  • Successfully mediated numerous cases submitted to mediation

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