Stephen M. Gelé - Partner

Stephen M. Gelé - Partner - Stephen M. Gelé

Stephen's practice concentrates on casualty litigation, commercial litigation, environmental litigation, construction defect, federal practice, civil rights, free speech, campaign finance and government relations. He has tried cases in District and City Courts in the Parishes of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Lafourche, and the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He has handled appeals in the Louisiana First, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has assisted in drafting a Louisiana Constitutional Amendment, Statute and Code of Civil Procedure Article, statutes in multiple states, and has provided testimony to the Louisiana, Texas, South Dakota, Ohio, and Georgia Legislatures regarding conflict of laws, choice of law, forum selection clauses, forum non conveniens, comity of judgments, and foreign defamation judgments.

He has been quoted in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, the Washington Times, the American Bar Association Journal, the National Law Journal, the Associated Press, the American Spectator, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and New Orleans City Business. He has appeared on "Follow the Money with Eric Bolling" on Fox Business Network and CNN.com, as well as several radio shows in multiple states. He has presented a continuing education seminar, and spoken before the Loyola University New Orleans Institute of Politics, regarding campaign finance law.

Stephen has litigated cases involving the following issues:

  • Internal small business disputes
  • Louisiana Unfair Trade Practices Act (LUTPA), Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO)
  • Construction defect, water intrusion, mold, termites, New Home Warranty Act
  • Products liability, including RVs, SUVs, fire suppression systems, fat fryers and plumbing equipment
  • Consumer claims, including TILA, FCRA, FDCA and redhibition
  • Professional liability claims, including insurance adjuster and agent errors and omissions claims
  • Wrongful death procedure, rights of action and damages
  • Vehicle collisions, including accident reconstruction, biomechanics, defective traffic controls, sudden loss of consciousness defense
  • Admiralty jurisdiction, navigability, federal preemption and recreational vessel collisions
  • Insurance coverage
  • Premises and landlord liability
  • Legal and contractual subrogation and indemnity, liens
  • Medical causation, including entire spine, shoulders, knees, eyes, cardiac, brain, fibromyalgia, depression, post traumatic stress syndrome, bites, burns, paraplegia
  • Civil procedure, including right to jury trial, venue, federal removal, federal transfer, forum non convenienschoice of law, abandonment, minor settlements, pre-trial IMEs, injunctions, temporary restraining order, federal jurisdiction, foreclosures, executory process, anti-SLAPP, mandamus
  • Louisiana Recreational Use Statute
  • Utilities, cable and phone companies, pole use and indemnity agreements
  • Hurricane litigation, including business interruption, wind and flood claims
  • Interdictions, child custody, successions
  • Contractual disputes, cybersquatting
  • Qualification for office
  • Free speech, civil rights

Education

  • Loyola School of Law, J.D., 1993
    * Law Review
    * Moot Court
    * Quarterfinalist Tulane School of Law Invitational Sports Law Moot Court Tournament, 1992
    * Loyola 1993 Spring Moot Court Team, William & Mary
    * Alpha Sigma Nu (National Jesuit Honor Society)
    * Published: Economics and Contract Law, Loyola Student Journal of Economics (Dec., 1990)
  • Loyola University, B.S., Political Science, minor Economics, 1990
    * Honors Diploma as a Presidential Scholar
    * Political Science Honors Award
    * Pi Sigma Alpha honorary political science fraternity - Vice President, 1988-89
    * Loyola Debate Society - Vice President, 1986-87
    * Loyola Union - Ideas & Issues Chairman, 1988-89
    * Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity
    - Interfraternity Council Secretary/Treasurer, 1989-90
    - Quality of Greek Life Committee Chairman, 1989-90
    - Wesley R. Moynan Award for Outstanding Graduating Senior

Memberships/Affiliations

  • Member: Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Admitted to practice in all Louisiana federal district courts and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, Former President
  • Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter (CPCU), 1998-2002
  • Certificate in Insurance Regulation, Insurance Institute of America
  • Former Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff Deputy
  • Former General Counsel to Young Republican National Federation, 2007-2009
  • Elected to Orleans Parish Republican Executive Committee (2011-present)
  • Secretary of the Pelican Institute for Public Policy

Email
sgele@smithfawer.com

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