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Jerry Melchiode & Kevin Marks selected for 2020 “The Best Lawyers in America” Distinction

The Best Lawyers in America recognizes Kevin Marks for Admiralty and Maritime Law, and Jerry Melchiode was listed for Construction Law.  Jerry has been recognized for this distinction since 2016, and Kevin has been recognized since 2018. Recognition by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review, with a methodology designed to accurately capture theRead More

Renée S. Melchiode successfully defends sanitation company against trip-and-fall lawsuit

Renée S. Melchiode successfully defended a sanitation company against trip-and-fall lawsuit, by obtaining a reversal of a denial of its Motion for Summary Judgement. A pedestrian, who tripped and fell over a hose connected to a sanitation truck and suspended across a sidewalk, brought a personal injury action against the sanitation company alleging negligence. TheRead More

Gerald A. Melchiode and Ben Pri-Tal prevail on summary judgment in a construction delay claim

Gerald A. Melchiode and Ben Pri-Tal prevail on summary judgment in a construction delay claim on behalf of a subcontractor on a Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (“CPRA”) public works project.  The court found that the general contractor’s surety was solidarily liable per La. R.S. 38:2241(A)(2) for the increased cost of construction proven at trialRead More

MMK Names New Member: Jeffery B. Struckhoff

We are pleased to announce that Jeffery B. Struckhoff has been named a Member of the firm, effective January 1, 2019. Jeff Struckhoff has litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana and Mississippi, and routinely defends clients in the areas of property and construction law, insurance coverage, bad faith, transportation, product liability, professional liability,Read More

Rich King & Olivia Y. Truong obtain a defense verdict against a $340,000.00 personal injury claim

After a jury trial in the 16th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana, Olivia Y. Truong and Rich King successfully obtained a defense verdict (11-1) in favor of a commercial hauling business, whose dump truck was broadsided by an 18-wheeler. The collision between the 18-wheeler and the dump truck resulted in both vehicles burstingRead More

Rich King to Teach at 2018 CLM Claims College

Rich King is honored to be chosen once again to teach in the Schools of Casualty Claims (Coverage II and Mock Trial) and Professional Lines (Selecting Expert Witnesses) at 2018 CLM Claims College. Rich will be teaching “Coverage II” and defending one of the parties in the in the Schools of Casualty Claims Mock Trial. Read More

MMK’s Kevin Marks to speak at National Safety & Claims Forum in Houston, TX on April 10-12, 2018

MMK’s managing member, Kevin Marks, will speak at the American Equity Underwriters’ (AEU) National Safety & Claims Forum to be held at the Hilton of the Americas in Houston, Texas from April 10 to 12, 2018. AEU’s National Safety & Claims Forum provides two full days of education and networking to American Longshore Mutual Association’s (ALMA)Read More

Jerry Melchiode & J.J. Reeves obtained a $1,000,000 judgment in a construction dispute

MMK attorneys, Jerry Melchiode and J.J. Reeves,  obtained a $1,000,000 judgment in a construction dispute involving a design-build pump project for NASA. Representing the mechanical subcontractor, MMK sued the material supplier of the pump package based on theories of detrimental reliance and negligence. The supplier participated in the design of the project after submitting theirRead More

Seven MMK Attorneys Named Super Lawyers 2018, with Four Attorneys Recognized as Rising Stars

  MMK congratulates the following attorneys on being selected as Super Lawyers 2018:   Gerald A. Melchiode (Construction Litigation) Kevin A. Marks (Employment Litigation) Richard E. King (Construction Litigation) Jennifer L. Simmons (Civil Litigation)* James “J.J.” Reeves (Insurance Coverage)* Olivia Y. Truong (Insurance Coverage)* Scott R. Huete (Transportation & Maritime)*   *Also recognized as a 2018 Super LawyersRead More

MMK Names Three New Members: J.J. Reeves, Olivia Truong, and Scott Huete

We are pleased to announce that James “J.J.” Reeves, II, Olivia Y. Truong, and Scott R. Huete have been named Members of the firm, effective January 1, 2018. “All three are exceptional attorneys and have been instrumental the firm’s development,” said firm member, Kevin Marks.  Mr. Marks added that, “they have worked diligently to achieve success thatRead More