Philip Franco joined Adams and Reese in 1976 and is one of our most experienced commercial trial lawyers. He represents cases that are high profile, involve significant risks to the client and/or include particularly contentious opponents. His commercial litigation has been more concentrated recently in the areas of construction, real estate and corporate disputes.
Philip has amassed a wealth of commercial, construction, real estate and employment litigation and consulting experience. He represents Entergy Corporation, a Fortune 500 Company in connection with its expropriations and serves as advisor and litigation counsel for Siemens Industry, Inc. in connection with its building contracts. He has handled construction disputes for the Jefferson Parish Clerk of Court and for Louis Armstrong International Airport in New Orleans and handled the employment litigation and a crucial expropriation for the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center, one of the largest convention centers in the United States.
His other significant contributions include:
- Obtaining the largest jury verdict in a post-Hurricane Katrina case ($21 million) that salvaged a multi-store metropolitan grocery business for the client, which was also needed in the community and which was upheld in the federal appeal. The case was selected by VerdictSearch among the Top 100 civil verdicts in the United States in 2008.
- Obtaining a $50 million jury verdict, 200 times more than the pre-trial offer, for a refinery client against Union Pacific Railroad Company in a Louisiana expropriation case in the 23rd Judicial District Court Parish of St. James State of Louisiana. Client purchased more than 200 acres to develop a $1.6 billion refinery project in two stages with both parts of the refinery separated by a single, already-existing railroad track. Union Pacific sued to expropriate 10.5 acres of the land for a new multi-track railroad. The expropriation separated Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the refinery by approximately 1,000 feet. The jury awarded $50 million in compensatory damages, mostly because of economic losses the client would suffer by having to build additional refinery equipment because of the separation by the rail yard.
- Obtaining a successful jury verdict vindicating our client, an international food distribution company, from a $24 million claim alleging fraud in connection with an asset purchase agreement.
- Representing the Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Convention Center in several jury and judge trials to successful conclusion, including an expropriation necessary to expand the center to achieve its world-class size.
- First-chairing a trial before the NLRB for a group of eight national convention and trade show exhibitor builders who had collectively fired the stagehand union and its members as a result of a strike in New Orleans. The Labor Board rendered an adverse decision in favor of the union. In a case of first impression, Philip argued before the DC Circuit Court of Appeals, which reversed the ruling and eliminated client exposure of more than $10 million in backpay and rehiring.
- Serving as an advisor in zoning disputes for the City of Harahan, Louisiana.
In addition to handling trials before state and federal courts in Louisiana and Texas, Philip has tried cases before state courts in Indiana and Virginia, federal courts in Florida and Georgia, and the National Labor Relations Board. He has also handled international arbitration in Paris, France, before the International Chamber of Commerce. Philip is licensed to practice in all courts in Louisiana, Texas and the District of Columbia, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
He counts his uncle as a person he admires because he was a very successful and respected father of 10, a lawyer, councilman and judge. In his free time, Philip enjoys staying physically fit and playing tennis.