Kirk Gasperecz joined Adams and Reese in 1986. He is an experienced tort and commercial litigator. In addition to his bar admissions in Louisiana and Texas, Kirk has been admitted pro hac vice
to defend clients in lawsuits filed in California, Maine, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C.
Kirk has extensive experience and is skilled in Torts, Products Liability, Professional Liability, Insurance, D&O Liability, Environmental law, and Civil Rights. When advising clients, he is always responsive and mindful of the balance between the upside of litigation and the costs of the client devoting money, time and attention away from its business.
His significant contributions include:
- Representing product manufacturers and distributors, testing laboratories, oil and chemical producers, contractors, elevator service companies, schools, insurance agents, police departments, and governmental bodies in personal injury, products liability, commercial disputes, professional liability, D&O liability, and civil rights actions.
- Representing insurance companies in first party claims, coverage disputes, and bad faith litigation.
- Representing businesses to recover their losses and expenses under insurance policies as in Texaco Expl. & Prod., Inc. v. AmClyde Engineered Prod., Inc., 448 F.3d 760 (5th Cir. 2006) (affirming $2.53 million award of defense costs under builder’s risk policy).
- Helping insurers obtain a fair and proper result when their policies are interpreted as in McWright v. Modern Iron Works, Inc., 567 So.2d 707 (La. App. 2nd Cir. 1990) (reversing judgment requiring excess insurer to drop down).
- Successfully defending manufacturers and distributors in products liability cases as in Ayo v. Triplex, Inc., 457 F. App'x 382 (5th Cir. 2012) (supplier of industrial hose that cut hose to fit, installed end fittings, and pressure-tested hose was not a manufacturer under Louisiana law).
- Successfully defending governmental bodies in civil rights actions as in Doe v. Tangipahoa Parish Sch. Bd., 494 F.3d 494 (5th Cir. 2007) (plaintiff lacked standing to challenge school board’s practice of opening meetings with a prayer).
- Co-writing a law review article advocating a change in the law that was cited by the Louisiana Supreme Court in Gauthier v. O’Brien, 618 So.2d 825 (La. 1993) (overruling cases that held the fault of a tort-immune employer cannot be quantified by the finder of fact).
Kirk most admires and tries to model people who quietly give back to their communities through civic, charitable and professional involvement. He enjoys spending time with his family and cheering for the LSU Tigers.