Shelton Dennis Blunt

Dennis Blunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on business disputes including business torts and insurance company solvency and regulation. He is an experienced trial litigator having represented plaintiffs, defendants, and regulators across a wide spectrum of industries including education, public utilities, health care, state and municipal government, insurance and financial institutions on a regional and national basis. He has tried matters involving corporate governance, having represented clients in directors and officers litigation involving complex claims of business misconduct, fraud, civil RICO, procurement, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices. His business litigation practice has also included handling Louisiana state and local tax disputes.

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Dennis Blunt practices in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on business disputes including business torts and insurance company solvency and regulation. He is an experienced trial litigator having represented plaintiffs, defendants, and regulators across a wide spectrum of industries including education, public utilities, health care, state and municipal government, insurance and financial institutions on a regional and national basis. He has tried matters involving corporate governance, having represented clients in directors and officers litigation involving complex claims of business misconduct, fraud, civil RICO, procurement, breach of fiduciary duty and unfair trade practices. His business litigation practice has also included handling Louisiana state and local tax disputes.

Mr. Blunt has further represented several large employers in employment matters including wage and hour collective action litigation. He has significant experience handling large scale litigation involving significant issues of electronic document preservation and handling e-discovery disputes, having also lectured on e-discovery related topics.

Experience

  • Representation of a health insurer in a bid protest involving a contract having an estimated value of $25 million.
  • Representation of a Fortune 500 industrial construction company in a contract dispute.
  • Representation of manufacturer of natural gas compressors in defense of products liability claims.
  • Representation of building owners in an action to recover asbestos remediation costs.
  • Representation of vessel fleet owner in defense of claims involving exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Representation of the owner of a bus fleet in defense of a mass tort action claiming exposure to hazardous materials.
  • Representation of an automobile dealer in a forensic investigation and complex litigation involving claims of business misconduct and fraud by the former general manager of the dealership.
  • Representation of an insurance company liquidator in a directors and officers suit involving allegations of mismanagement and fraud.
  • Representation of a self insurance program and a reinsurer in a complex contract dispute involving a claims administrator fraud.
  • Representation of several large government employers in defense of wage and hour collective actions.
  • Representation of national gaming enterprises in defense of state and local tax disputes.
  • Representation of an energy company in litigation concerning the construction of a $1 billion power facility.
  • Representation of school districts and other political subdivisions of the State of Louisiana in defense of alleged rights violations.
  • Representation of insurers and reinsurers in matters involving insurance regulation and insurance company solvency.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Former Assistant Bar Examiner)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association (Board Member)
  • American Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow)
  • National Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (Past Board Member)
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • Louisiana School Attorneys Association
  • Southern University Law Center Inn of Court (Barrister)
  • Louis A. Martinet Legal Society (Past President)
  • Southern University Law Center (Adjunct Faculty Member teaching trial advocacy since 2003)
  • 100 Black Men of Metro Baton Rouge, Ltd. (Past President)
  • Baton Rouge Area Foundation (Vice Chair)
  • Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (Board Member - Treasurer)

Recognition

  • Benchmark Litigation, Local Litigation Star, Antitrust, Insurance, Labor and Employment, Regulatory Investigations and Toxic Tort, (2018)
  • Featured in the February 2007 edition of Capital Assets IV: The Power Book of the Greater Baton Rouge Business Report as one of the most influential people in the City of Baton Rouge
  • Greater Baton Rouge Business Report - Forty Under 40 Award (2005)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Commercial Litigation
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers