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Heather Mathews represents clients in complex litigation matters, including products liability, business torts, insurance coverage, and general commercial disputes.  She focuses her practice on the development of jurisprudence favorable to businesses and insurers.

In a ruling described as a "Key Development" by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Supreme Court adopted her reasoning to limit the state’s relation-back doctrine, abrogating several appellate decisions.  Multiple Louisiana appellate courts have agreed with her analysis in disputes involving uninsured motorist statutes, resulting in a body of jurisprudence favorable to insurers.  With strong appeal to reason and logic, her legal arguments at every phase of litigation have been accepted by state and federal courts alike.

Representative Matters
  • Successfully defended major insurance carriers on an unresolved coverage issue involving Louisiana's uninsured motorist statutes, leading to multiple reported decisions and a body of jurisprudence which has resolved the issue in a manner favorable to insurers.
  • Obtained the dismissal of intervenors' claims against client as untimely, a ruling reinstated by the Louisiana Supreme Court by which it abrogated multiple appellate decisions and clarified the scope of Louisiana's relation-back doctrine.
  • Successfully defended a major transportation logistics company against claims of substantial injuries and damages, culminating in a federal jury verdict in favor of the defense and denial of plaintiff's multiple post-trial motions.
  • Obtained the reversal of district court's dismissal of claims for economic damages by client in a maritime tort case, as set forth by the Fifth Circuit in a reported decision which expanded the scope of its earlier opinions and established new precedent in the area of maritime law.
  • Represented an NYSE-traded corporation in a complex, acquisition-related contract dispute, which included claims of misrepresentation and breach of contract, and was resolved on terms favorable to client.
  • Obtained the dismissal of all claims in an automobile fatality case pursuant to a motion for summary judgment on the issue of liability, which ruling was affirmed on appeal.

 

Prior results do not guarantee a similar outcome.

Recognitions
  • CALI Excellence Awards in the study of Louisiana Security Rights, Insurance Law, and Health Care Law and Regulation
  • Trial Advocacy Honors
  • Tulane Moot Court Administrative Justice for Academic Affairs (2004 - 2005)
  • ATLA Trial Competition Team (2003-2004)
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Tulane Inn of Court
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    •  Member, Appellate; Civil Law and Litigation; and Insurance, Tort, Workers Compensation and Admiralty Law sections
  • Alexandria Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Education

  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2005
  • Louisiana College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2001

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • Middle District of Louisiana
    • Western District of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit