Samuel W. Bearman has been practicing law for more than 20 years concentrating his practice in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and nursing home negligence. Mr. Bearman is a member of AAJ and a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers. The Law Offices of Samuel Bearman are located in Pensacola, Florida.
Soren E. Gisleson concentrates his practice in personal injury, civil rights, multidistrict, and disaster insurance litigation including case involving Hurricanes Katrina and Rita as well as industrial life insurance, HMO, tobacco, and pharmaceutical class actions. Mr. Gisleson handles criminal pro bono cases. He clerked for the Honorable Carl J. Barbier, District Judge of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is a member of Louisiana State Bar Association, AAJ’s Leaders Forum, American Bar Association, and Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ). Mr. Gisleson is a partner of Herman, Herman & Katz, L.L.C in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Neil B. Hall, Ph.D., P.E., A.I.A. has over thirty years of technical, academic, and supervisory experience in planning, design, construction, building pathology, facilities management, disaster relief, contract administration, and international development. He is professionally registered and is court qualified in the fields of civil engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture. Dr. Hall is a member of the Structural Engineering Institute’s Standards Committee for the Structural Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation of Existing Building. He served as a member of the FEMA Building Performance Appraisal Team (BPAT) for Hurricane Georges and investigated wind and flood damage caused by several hurricanes from Charley in 2004 to Katrina in 2005. He also is a member of the American Institute of Architects Building Performance Committee and the Roof Consultants Institute Research Committee on Mold. Dr. Hall served as a commissioned officer in both the Army Corps of Engineers and Navy Civil Engineering Corps. He led disaster relief teams in the Philippines, Taiwan, Honduras, and Micronesia.
J. Burton LeBlanc, IV concentrates his practice in toxic exposure, workplace hazards, environmental, asbestos, and securities litigation. He is a past president and serves on the executive committee of LAJ. He serves as AAJ’s Board of Governors and is President elect of AAJ. He is a member of AAJ’s Leaders Forum and Business Torts Section, President elect of the Board of Trustees of AAJ’s PAC, and served as Vice President of AAJ’s National Finance Council. He has served as president of Cancer Service of Greater Baton Rouge. Mr. LeBlanc is a shareholder of Baron and Budd, P.C. with offices in Dallas, Texas and Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Scott G. Wolfe, Sr. is founder and CEO of Wolfman Construction in New Orleans, Louisiana, a local, licensed, bonded, and insured company rank by City Business Magazine as a Top 25 contractor in New Orleans. Mr. Wolfe is an entrepreneur and contractor who has been in construction since 1985. He is a native to New Orleans and cited for numerous awards and recognition within the New Orleans and surrounding area. After Hurricane Katrina, Wolfman Construction launched its catastrophe residential division and has since repaired or rebuilt over 1,000 homes and businesses. They have produced thousands of estimates for their clients which accurately and fairly represent the losses they sustained. Mr. Wolfe was qualified by state and federal court as an expert witness for Katrina insurance and construction litigation.