Ralph G. Breaux, Member
Direct Phone: 504-212-8832
Direct Fax: 504-212-7285
Ralph Breaux has more than twenty-one years of litigation experience. For several years, he represented one of the largest commercial general contractors located in Louisiana in defense of claims for property damage caused by its construction of large municipal and commercial projects. He has also handled a large number of admiralty and maritime claims, construction defect claims, first and third party homeowner’s claims, CGL claims, and claims involving tractor-trailer accidents and serious injuries. Mr. Breaux’s experience in automobile and personal lines litigation includes litigating bad faith claims arising out of first and third party claims handling and failure to defend claims, as well as other uninsured motorist, automobile, CGL, and homeowners coverage issues. Mr. Breaux has participated in numerous trials in state and federal courts involving serious automobile accidents, as well as commercial and homeowner’s claims, most notably those in which an arson defense was raised.
In connection with Mr. Breaux’s practice over the last nineteen years, he has written numerous appellate briefs and applications for supervisory and remedial writs to all Courts of Appeal for Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. Mr. Breaux has also argued appellate matters before the First, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal. In addition to Louisiana state courts, Mr. Breaux has been admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Before joining the Perrier & Lacoste family, Mr. Breaux was a partner in a local insurance defense firm, providing full service representation to insurance and corporate clients in the United States and Europe. In his capacity as a partner, Mr. Breaux managed and counseled a team of litigators located in the firm’s Baton Rouge office. Mr. Breaux is currently a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit, the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, and Themis Advocates Group. Mr. Breaux has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest AV rating with a 5.0/5.0 peer rating.
Mr. Breaux enjoys spending time with his growing family, which includes his lovely wife, Gretchen, and five children. He particularly enjoys spending time coaching his children in numerous sporting events, including baseball, softball, soccer, lacrosse, and sailing, through organizations such as Carrollton Boosters, a volunteer recreational organization in New Orleans. Mr. Breaux also spends considerable time volunteering his services on the boards of his church and his children’s schools, as well as on various committees for fundraising events on behalf of numerous local social and charitable organizations. As a result of these efforts, Mr. Breaux and his wife, Gretchen, both received the 2011 Order of St. Louis IX Medallion from the Archdiocese of New Orleans, one of the highest and most cherished honors bestowed by the local Church on a member of the laity, in recognition of their dedication and years of volunteer service.
Loyola University School of Law, Juris Doctorate, 1996
Recipient, Student Bar Association Certificate of Merit for Excellent Achievement in the Study of Torts I and the West Publishing Corporation’s Corpus Juris Secundum Award for Scholastic Excellence in Torts
University of New Orleans, BA, History, 1993
Louisiana State Bar
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi (pro hac)
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit
Federal Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
New Orleans Bar Association
Themis Advocates Group
Admirality and Maritime, Automobile and Transportation Litigation, Construction Defect, Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith, Premises Liability, Products Liability, Property and Casualty