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Jeffrey E. Richardson


Jeff Richardson joined Adams and Reese in 1994 and focuses on class action and complex litigation, but also devotes a large portion of his practice to appellate litigation.

Jeff has defended numerous clients in high-stakes product liability litigation. For example, Jeff recently served as appellate counsel for a pharmaceutical company, winning reversal of a $337 million award from the Louisiana Supreme Court in its first case on the Medical Assistance Program Integrity Law. Caldwell v. Janssen Pharmaceutical, Inc., 144 So. 3d 898 (La. 2014). Jeff has also had the opportunity to consider the defense of complex litigation from the client side, serving as visiting in-house counsel for a Fortune 25 company in New York, where he worked on a variety of complex class action and tort cases.

Jeff also publishes iPhone J.D., the oldest and largest website for attorneys who use iPhones and iPads. The website has frequently been named the best legal technology website, and the ABA Journal recently named iPhone J.D. to its Blawg Hall of Fame.

Jeff’s practice has included:

  • Representing defendants in class action cases and serving as court-appointed liaison counsel for defendants in several cases in Louisiana state and federal courts in which the plaintiffs have sought statewide and nationwide class certification. For example, in a proposed nationwide class action against the CCA treated wood industry, he served as liaison counsel for defendants and played a leading role on the defense team that defended removal of the litigation to federal court and defeated class certification. Ardoin v. Stine Lumber Co., 298 F. Supp. 2d 422 (W.D. La. 2003); Ardoin v. Stine Lumber Co., 220 F.R.D. 459 (W.D. La. 2004). He also served as liaison counsel for defendants in a tobacco lawsuit that was one of the largest class action lawsuits in Louisiana history.
  • Handling over two dozen appeals. For example, Jeff briefed and argued an appeal resulting in the reversal of class certification against a hospital in Hebert v. Ochsner Fertility Clinic, 102 So. 3d 913 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2012), and he briefed and argued an appeal resulting in the dismissal a proposed class action against flood insurers in Audler v. CBC Innovis, Inc., 519 F.3d 239 (5th Cir. 2008). Jeff also briefed, and argued on behalf of all defendants, the appeal in Crutchfield v. Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans, 829 F.3d 370 (5th Cir. 2016), in which the United States Fifth Circuit rejected class certification of claims arising out of construction of a drainage canal.
  • Briefing an appeal for a grocery store chain, defending one of the largest verdicts in a Hurricane Katrina-related lawsuit. Marketfare Annunciation, LLC v. United Fire and Cas. Ins. Co., 342 Fed.Appx. 27 (5th Cir. 2009).

Jeff received his J.D., with high honors, from Georgetown University Law Center in 1994, and earned his B.A., with highest honors, from Emory University in 1991.

Jeff is married, has two children in lower school, and in his free time loves to play the piano.