• PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D./B.C.L., 2006; Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review
    • Bowdoin College
      B.A., with honors, in History, 1999
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+
    • Law Clerk to the Hon. Patricia H. Minaldi, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Upcoming Events+
Jeffrey A. Clayman Associate

Jeff Clayman focuses his practice in the areas of tort litigation, insurance defense, and commercial litigation. He defends commercial property owners, manufacturers, heavy industry, commercial transportation and trucking companies in a variety of cases involving toxic torts, constitutional torts, serious personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and construction defects. As part of his toxic tort practice, Jeff primarily litigates cases involving diseases allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos.

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Jeff Clayman focuses his practice in the areas of tort litigation, insurance defense, and commercial litigation. He defends commercial property owners, manufacturers, heavy industry, commercial transportation and trucking companies in a variety of cases involving toxic torts, constitutional torts, serious personal injury, wrongful death, premises liability and construction defects. As part of his toxic tort practice, Jeff primarily litigates cases involving diseases allegedly caused by exposure to asbestos.

As an insurance defense attorney, a substantial part of Jeff’s practice consists of representing insurance companies in coverage disputes and defending direct actions including claims of bad faith and loss of business income. Additionally, he counsels insurance companies on coverage issues and evaluates exposure for personal injury and wrongful death claims. He regularly works with insurance agents, brokers and attorneys on professional liability claims.

Jeff regularly publishes articles and presents on a variety of issues in litigation, ranging from ethics to defending claims of PTSD

Experience

  • Obtained dismissal of building contractor who allegedly caused a gas explosion resulting in injuries to a fire fighter.
  • Successfully defended suit claiming civil rights violations by the operator of a public housing complex.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a South African steel manufacturer in an action arising from the alleged negligent packing of a cargo container.
  • Obtained a favorable verdict for an interstate trucking company following a federal jury trial.
  • Successfully defended a sugar mill in a claim for damages resulting from asbestos exposure.
  • Obtained dismissal of stables in an action for personal injuries sustained during a trail ride.
  • Successfully defended an equipment breakdown insurer in a coverage dispute arising from hurricane damage to a commercial A/C unit.

Insights

Publications
  • Author, "Is ‘Open and Obvious’ Still a Viable Defense in Louisiana Premises Liability Cases?” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Newsletter, (December 2014)
  • Author, "The Limitation of Liability Act & The Saving to Suitors Clause: A New Tack, but the Same Course," The Transportation Lawyer, v. 10 n. 1, at 42 (July 2008)
Speaking Engagements
  • Ethics in Auto Injury Litigation (November 2017)
  • Trucking and Transportation Regulations, Liability and Litigation (December 2016)
  • Presenter, "Legal Ramifications of Pokemon Go!,” New Orleans Bar Association (December 2016)
  • Presenter, “Defending Claims of PTSD,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (March 2016)
  • Presenter, "Sources of Assisted Living Liability: A Bit of A Gray Area," presentation to insurance adjusters and attorneys, (2014)
  • Presenter, "After Me, the Flood: Liability and Damages for Water Run-off," presentation to insurance adjusters and attorneys, (2013)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Assistant Bar Examiner, by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Bard Early College in New Orleans (Advisory Board Member)
  • New Orleans Center for Science & Math (Board Member)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (Member, Young Fellows)
  • Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (Graduate, 2010)
  • Lowernine.org (former Board Member and Chair, 2012 – 2016)
  • Parish Sheriff’s Office (Special Reserve Deputy, 2014 – 2017)

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 
  • "Ones to Watch" in Law - New Orleans CityBusiness

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center
    J.D./B.C.L., 2006; Senior Editor, Louisiana Law Review
  • Bowdoin College
    B.A., with honors, in History, 1999

Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

Clerkships

  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Patricia H. Minaldi, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Obtained dismissal of building contractor who allegedly caused a gas explosion resulting in injuries to a fire fighter.
  • Successfully defended suit claiming civil rights violations by the operator of a public housing complex.
  • Obtained the dismissal of a South African steel manufacturer in an action arising from the alleged negligent packing of a cargo container.
  • Obtained a favorable verdict for an interstate trucking company following a federal jury trial.
  • Successfully defended a sugar mill in a claim for damages resulting from asbestos exposure.
  • Obtained dismissal of stables in an action for personal injuries sustained during a trail ride.
  • Successfully defended an equipment breakdown insurer in a coverage dispute arising from hurricane damage to a commercial A/C unit.
Publications
  • Author, "Is ‘Open and Obvious’ Still a Viable Defense in Louisiana Premises Liability Cases?” National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association Newsletter, (December 2014)
  • Author, "The Limitation of Liability Act & The Saving to Suitors Clause: A New Tack, but the Same Course," The Transportation Lawyer, v. 10 n. 1, at 42 (July 2008)
Speaking Engagements
  • Ethics in Auto Injury Litigation (November 2017)
  • Trucking and Transportation Regulations, Liability and Litigation (December 2016)
  • Presenter, "Legal Ramifications of Pokemon Go!,” New Orleans Bar Association (December 2016)
  • Presenter, “Defending Claims of PTSD,” National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association (March 2016)
  • Presenter, "Sources of Assisted Living Liability: A Bit of A Gray Area," presentation to insurance adjusters and attorneys, (2014)
  • Presenter, "After Me, the Flood: Liability and Damages for Water Run-off," presentation to insurance adjusters and attorneys, (2013)
  • Assistant Bar Examiner, by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Bard Early College in New Orleans (Advisory Board Member)
  • New Orleans Center for Science & Math (Board Member)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (Member, Young Fellows)
  • Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans (Graduate, 2010)
  • Lowernine.org (former Board Member and Chair, 2012 – 2016)
  • Parish Sheriff’s Office (Special Reserve Deputy, 2014 – 2017)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2016 
  • "Ones to Watch" in Law - New Orleans CityBusiness