• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D., 1994; Paul M. Hebert Law Center Hall of Fame; Louisiana State University Law Review; Order of the Coif
    • Louisiana State University
      B.A. in History and Anthropology, 1988
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+
    • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Pascal Calagero, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court
    • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Henry A. Politz (deceased), Chief Judge of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Judicial Law Clerk to the Hon. Will Garwood, Senior Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

A. Paul LeBlanc, Jr.

Paul LeBlanc practices in the area of commercial litigation. He represents a variety of clients in complex litigation matters, with a focus upon cases involving criminal or fraudulent activity. His practice includes both trial and appellate work, as well as forensic investigation. He regularly appears in Louisiana state and federal courts, and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

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Paul LeBlanc practices in the area of commercial litigation. He represents a variety of clients in complex litigation matters, with a focus upon cases involving criminal or fraudulent activity. His practice includes both trial and appellate work, as well as forensic investigation. He regularly appears in Louisiana state and federal courts, and is licensed to practice in the State of Texas.

Mr. LeBlanc has successfully defended public and private clients against civil claims ranging from state law breach of contract, unfair trade practices, and tort claims, to federal civil rights, civil racketeering, securities fraud, and human trafficking claims. His clients include a Louisiana district attorney, a Louisiana school board, and a range of private businesses, including commercial lenders, engineering firms, pharmacists, landfill operators, and farming and other agricultural interests. In addition to his civil defense work, Mr. LeBlanc also has a criminal defense practice, and has counseled a number of clients, including pharmacists and independent businessmen, concerning federal grand jury and/or law enforcement investigations.

On the plaintiff’s side, Mr. LeBlanc has successfully represented private businesses against overreaching by state agencies and municipalities, in cases involving the prosecution of civil racketeering, antitrust, and civil rights claims. Mr. LeBlanc has also successfully represented both active and defunct companies in cases involving the breach of fiduciary duty, fraud and misfeasance of corporate officers and directors. He also enjoys a general civil litigation practice, and has successfully represented clients in cases involving oil and gas rights, construction disputes and the enforcement of contractual rights and security interests (including executory proceedings/foreclosures.)

Mr. LeBlanc practiced in the commercial litigation sections of Fulbright & Jaworkski and then King & Spalding, in Houston, Texas. Mr. LeBlanc left Houston in 1999 to return to his native Louisiana. Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, he served as a prosecutor in the white collar section of the Louisiana Department of Justice, Criminal Division.

Experience

  • Counsel for regional seafood distributor, plaintiff in federal civil rights action challenging state agency’s regulation of the content of imported seafood.
  • Counsel for commissioner of insurance, as liquidator of failed insurance company, as plaintiff in several cases asserting civil racketeering and breach of fiduciary duty claims against former officers and directors.
  • Counsel for landfill operator, plaintiff in federal civil racketeering, antitrust, and civil rights action against rival businesses and municipality.
  • Counsel for district attorney, defendant in civil rights action challenging actions of district attorney in relation to mentally retarded pretrial detainee.
  • Counsel for private landowners and mineral lessees, plaintiffs in litigation challenging ownership of mineral rights.
  • Counsel for school board and individual employees, defendants in federal litigation involving assertion of civil racketeering and human trafficking claims.
  • Counsel for private auto dealer, as plaintiff in case asserting breach of fiduciary duty and related claims against former officer and contractor.
  • Counsel for pipe-manufacturing firm, as plaintiff in contract and unfair trade practices dispute against construction contractor.

Insights

Publications
  • "Considerations Concerning Harmless Error in Louisiana Criminal Cases," 64 La. L. Rev. 21 (2004)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas