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I enjoy solving complex problems to allow others to achieve their goals. The practice of law is the most satisfying when both the law and policy intersect to produce a compelling and successful argument for a client, leading to positive outcomes.

William Wright primarily represents commercial liability insurers and their insureds in a range of casualty and coverage matters, specifically employment, premises liability, and trucking matters, as both primary and excess counsel.

In his coverage practice, Billy has advised maritime insurers regarding insurance and indemnity obligations under applicable insurance policies, time charter agreements, and brokerage agreements.

Billy also represents Louisiana’s largest, private healthcare provider and its employees in professional negligence matters.

Billy devotes the remainder of his practice to a wide array of litigation, including commercial, succession and estate, and employer-side workers’ compensation – representing both employers and insurance providers.

With a range of clients representing multiple sectors, Billy understands the challenges and day-to-day operations of his clients in government, transportation, housing, construction, automotive, hospitality, oil and gas, maritime, education, retail, restaurant, and health care.

Billy has successfully represented clients at each level of Louisiana’s state and federal court system, as well as before administrative bodies such as the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), across a broad spectrum of legal issues.

Just a few of Billy’s successes include:

  • Obtaining a summary judgment dismissal of a marine insurer that properly denied coverage for water ingress in a yacht due to lack of maintenance and application of multiple policy exclusions.
  • Obtaining a defense verdict in a medical malpractice case alleging the misdiagnosis of chest pain in a primary care clinic, where the plaintiff sought damages in excess of $10 million.
  • Obtaining dismissal on exception of prescription in a medical malpractice case alleging improper performance of orthopedic surgery.
  • Obtaining dismissal, under Federal Rule 12(b)(6), of race, gender, and age harassment claims under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981; race, gender, and age discrimination claims under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981 under a “cat’s paw” theory; and age retaliation claim under Title VII, the ADEA, and 42 U.S.C. § 1981.

Billy’s educational background in business management and political communication informs his interactions with both commercial clients and governmental entities.

While in law school, Billy interned for both the Honorable Kurt D. Engelhardt in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and in the Litigation Department for the New Orleans City Attorney. He joined Adams and Reese in 2015 after participating in its Summer Associate program.

Publications

  • Frivolous Claims: Believe it or Not? – New Orleans Bar Association (11/11/2020) – co-presented CLE on sanctions under Federal Rule 11 and Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure 863 for raising frivolous claims and defenses (specifically presented the Rule 11 portion of the presentation)
  • Class Dismissed? The Potential Unavailability of Class Actions Under Louisiana Mineral Code Article 137 in Louisiana Federal Courts, 3 LSU J. OF ENERGY L. & RESOURCES 565 (2015).
  • It’s Not the Size of the Reactor But the Strength of the Reaction: Can Lockheed Martin’s Small-Scale Fusion Reactor Concept Change the Planet’s Energy Future?, LSU J. ENERGY L. & RES. CURRENTS (November 4, 2014), http://sites.law.lsu.edu/jelrblog/?p=500.
In my legal career, I constantly draw on the example set by my father, who instilled in me the value of taking pride in my work and in my interactions with others. He taught me that the formula to professional and personal success is integrity, the passion to succeed and do the job right, and being enjoyable to work with.

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 2015
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 2012

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Community Involvement

Active in community service, Billy devotes time to the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, including taking cases on a pro bono basis and volunteering at the Civil District Court’s pro se litigant help desk. In recognition of these efforts, in 2018, Billy received the Firm’s CA&RE Lawyer of the Year, which recognizes commitment to the Firm’s pro bono program.

Acknowledgements

  • Best Lawyers® Ones To Watch - Commercial Litigation, 2022
  • Loyola Institute of Politics, Fellow 2017-2018

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Area Alumni Association of Pi Kappa Alpha, President
  • New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Volunteer Attorney
  • Fr. Harry Thompson Center, Volunteer Legal Counsel
  • Pi Kappa Alpha, Alpha Gamma Chapter at Louisiana State University, Alumni Advisory Board
  • Served as a Senior Editor on the LSU Journal of Energy Law & Resources, which published his comment in its Spring 2015 issue.
  • Served as an active member in the Student Bar Association and served as president of the Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity.
  • Named to LSU Law’s Trial Advocacy Board, which recognizes commitment to trial advocacy and success in trial competitions.