Ernie has over 35 years of experience trying cases before Federal and State court juries and judges in Louisiana, Texas and throughout the United States. His experience includes representing diverse national and international companies involving product defect, catastrophic fire casualties, oilfield disasters, toxic exposure, toxic waste as well as environmental litigation. Ernie has served as national lead trial team counsel as well as regional counsel in litigation involving mass tort, multidistrict and class action litigation, including FEMA temporary housing, pain pumps, latex gloves, catheters, pedicle screws, surgical mesh products, pharmaceuticals and generic herbal supplements. He has a reputation as a tenacious legal advocate on behalf of his clients and has a passion for trial work. He is often called on as substitute trial counsel when his clients approach trial in catastrophic cases.
In 2002, the National Law Journal recognized Ernie as part of the Thomas & Betts defense team featured as winning the 2001 Defense Verdict of the Year. In 2010, he was selected as a one of the top ten attorneys in the United States by a client from a national list of thousands of their trial counsel. Such recognition is rare.
Ernie has appeared on behalf of the Products Liability Advisory Council and serves as a Sustaining Member of that group. He is actively involved on several committees and subcommittees of the American Bar Association, including Automobile Products Liability Subcommittee of the Committee on Products Liability Litigation, Natural Resources and the Environmental Law Committee. Ernie is also a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.