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Biography of Roderick "Rico" Alvendia
Biography of J. Bart Kelly, III
Biography of Jeanne Demarest
Biography of Jeremy J. Pichon

Roderick “Rico” Alvendia

Baton Rouge Accident LawyersRico was born in 1970 in New Orleans, LA. Although he was born and raised primarily in New Orleans, Rico traveled internationally as he was growing up while his Father, Ernesto M. Alvendia, served as a Diplomat for the Philippines.  In fact, he attended Jesuit High School in the Philippines from 1984 to 1987, where he also witnessed firsthand the historic Filipino Peaceful Revolution in 1987.

In 1994 Rico graduated with high honors from Loyola University, New Orleans, with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. At the same time he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. In 1994, he was awarded an academic scholarship to Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. As a student at Loyola Law School he excelled in the Moot Court Program and earned a spot as a member of Loyola’s renowned National Moot Court Team. He earned his law degree from Loyola in 1998 and immediately passed the Louisiana Bar exam. He started with his partners the Law Firm of Alvendia, Kelly, and Demarest, LLC in 2003.

While he gained valuable experience in trying over 150 civil and criminal trials in both State in Federal Court, Rico was also recruited into the US Army Reserve JAG Corps. In 2004, he was mobilized in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom for 18 months with the Louisiana National Guard’s 256th Infantry Brigade. In Iraq, he was promoted to the rank of Major. While in downtown Baghdad, Rico was part of an international team of lawyers who assisted Iraqi prosecutors in the criminal trials of over 300 insurgents. His efforts resulted in the 1st successful prosecution of an Iraqi for the murder of a U.S. soldier.  He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service during combat operations.

After returning to the U.S. from Iraq in the Fall of 2005, Rico and his Partners were immediately faced with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans. After opening its Downtown New Orleans office, Rico and his firm continued to focus on complex personal injury cases, as well as representing hundreds of homeowners and local business owners in their battles with their insurance companies. His Firm fought to successfully recover millions of dollars for his clients who were in need of money to rebuild their homes and businesses.

Since Katrina he has also been appointed to multiple Plaintiff Steering Committees in class actions related to Katrina, including the Orleans Parish School Board teachers’ class action and several New Orleans hospital class action cases based on the failure to timely evacuate patients, which include the Memorial Hospital class action case.

Rico remains active in local charities and with Loyola Law School, where he is a member of the Alumni Board of Directors and he has established the Martha A. Alvendia Endowed Scholarship in honor of his mother. Recently, he was honored by the Loyola Law School Moot Court program as the 2007 Distinguished Alumni of the Year and he was also honored by the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association with the 2008 President’s Award for his service to the legal profession.

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J. Bart Kelly, III

Injury Lawyers New OrleansPartner, Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, LLC.
909 Poydras Street, Suite 1625,
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
Telephone 504-200-0000
Fax 504-200-0001
bart@akdlalaw.com

Native of New Orleans, LA. Graduate of Jesuit High School, Magna Cum laude, 1988. National Merit Finalist Scholar at The George Washington University, BA Economics 1992. President of Students for Solidarity and Democracy in Eastern Europe, 1989-1992. U.S. Delegate to the International Pro-Democracy Student Congress in Warsaw, Poland, 1990. Scholarship Chairman and Founding Member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Delta Alpha Chapter, 1989-1992. Tulane Law School, Juris Doctor, 1996. Judicial Extern to Honorable Miriam Waltzer, LA Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Assistant District Attorney, New Orleans, 1997-98. Associate attorney, Hailey McNamara Hall Larmann, & Papale, 1998-2001. Plaintiff trial attorney, 2001-present. Admitted to practice in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of Louisiana. Active Member of the Louisiana Association for Justice.

Mr. Kelly has 16 years of litigation experience, including more than 30 jury trials. He has handled the successful prosecution of numerous multi-million dollar civil cases, to include obtaining a $17 million verdict in the landmark Louisiana case of Schreiber v. JCC and a $3.25 million verdict in Hampton v. Nix, both personal injury claims in Civil District Court in New Orleans. (See list of recent cases) 

In addition to his practice in personal injury law, Mr. Kelly has represented hundreds of home owners and businesses for property and income losses they sustained as a result of hurricanes, helping them to get millions of needed dollars for home and business repairs and to replace their lost revenues. He places special focus in both his personal injury practice and insurance claims practice on obtaining maximum recovery for clients’ loss of income and earning capacity. Utilizing his educational background in economics, Mr. Kelly frequently works with a team of experts to project income trends and growth potential to account for the maximum potential loss to the client.

Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, LLC  has successfully represented hundreds of clients in serious personal injury cases involving auto accidents, 18 wheeler accidents, wrongful death, premise liability, toxic exposure, maritime personal injury, and workers compensation. 

The Firm’s members hold seats on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committees in several Class Action Cases pending in Louisiana, representing many thousands of class members, to include: children poisoned by lead paint in local housing projects, former teachers employed by the Orleans Parish School Board who were wrongfully terminated after Hurricane Katrina, and patients and employees of several New Orleans hospitals which failed to timely evacuate patients for Hurricane Katrina.

Recent noteworthy cases of Mr. Kelly and AKD
(Due to confidentiality agreements some of the case names are omitted.)

In 2003, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia went to trial in the case of Schreiber vs JCC, and won a $17,000,000 jury verdict in the Civil District Court of New Orleans. The case involved a local athletic club, wherein the Firm’s client, Mr. Schreiber, sustained serious spinal injuries in an accident during a basketball game. His injuries caused incomplete quadriplegia and rendered the healthy young athlete confined to a wheelchair. The Firm was able to prove to the jury at trial that the athletic club was negligent in the maintenance and operations of its facility, which caused Mr. Schreiber’s life changing accident. The award included a sizable loss of income and earning capacity.

In 2004, Mr. Kelly went to trial in the Civil District Court of New Orleans and won a $3.25 million verdict for a New Orleans man who was seriously injured in a house explosion. The Firm proved at trial that the landlord of the home was negligent when he covered an exposed gas line in the kitchen, which resulted in the explosion. The Firm’s client had multiple back, shoulder and knee surgeries as a result of the explosion, as well as his loss of income and earning capacity.

In 2005, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a $1.7 million settlement for a New Orleans police officer who was exposed to chemicals that leaked from an 18 wheeler as it was transporting the chemicals across the country. The Firm showed that the transporter’s negligence resulted in serious inhalation injuries to the Firm’s client, as well as a significant loss of income and earning capacity.

In 2007, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a Jefferson Parish physician who was rear ended in a traffic accident. The auto accident resulted in a complex spinal surgery, which ended the man’s lucrative professional career. The Firm was able to settle the case for an amount that took into consideration their client’s injuries and his lost wages and loss of significant future earning capacity.

In 2008, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a $2 million dollar settlement for a famous local New Orleans restaurant and catering business which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The business was unsuccessful in making its own insurance company for months until Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest was hired.

In 2008, Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a $1.9 million dollar settlement for a group of New Orleans medical clinics which incurred severe business losses after Hurricane Katrina. The medical clinics fought with their own insurance company for years until Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest got involved, prepared the case for trial, and successfully obtained the lost funds for their property damage and lost revenues.

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Jeanne Demarest

Car Accident Lawyers New OrleansJeanne was born on April 9, 1969 in Big Spring, Texas while her father was in pilot training for the U. S. Air Force. At the age of five, she moved with her family back to New Orleans, Louisiana.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1987 and went on to Louisiana State University. She graduated from LSU in 1991 with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. While at LSU, she was a member and officer of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

Jeanne began law school at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in the fall of 1991. She graduated with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1994. She immediately passed the bar and began to develop an active civil law trial practice. She joined forces with Rico Alvendia and Bart Kelly in 2003 forming the firm of Alvendia, Kelly and Demarest, LLC.During her years of practice, Jeanne has successfully tried hundreds of judge and jury trials. She has also successfully mediated or settled hundreds of civil cases.

Post Katrina, she has aggressively represented hundreds of home owners and businesses for property damage they sustained as a result of the hurricane, helping them to get millions of needed dollars for home and business repair.

She is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice. She is also admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and the Eastern District Court of Louisiana.

Jeanne is married to Seth Schaumburg and has three beautiful daughters. She is active in local charities, her church parish and her children’s school.

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Jeremy J. Pichon

Car Accident Attorney Baton RougeAttorney Jeremy J. Pichon practices primarily in the areas of Personal Injury Law and Complex Trial Litigation. His diverse background in law, finance, and business enables Mr. Pichon to provide high quality integrated legal services across practice areas.

Prior to joining Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, Mr. Pichon was owner and partner of Pichon Law Firm, L.L.C. Additionally, Mr. Pichon has worked with other law firms and government agencies including but not limited to the Office of the Louisiana Attorney General on major civil and criminal litigation. As such, Mr. Pichon has developed experience in a broad range of civil and criminal matters including real estate law, family law, personal injury, and criminal law. He also has experience in the writing of appellate briefs. Since his time at Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest, Mr. Pichon has been involved in several high-profile class action trials.

Mr. Pichon holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Loyola University at New Orleans. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge Louisiana.

In 2003, Mr. Pichon was deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and served overseas for one full year. Currently Mr. Pichon is an officer and military lawyer part-time in the Judge Advocate Corps of the Louisiana Army National Guard.

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The New Orleans personal injury attorneys at Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest handle all types of accident cases, including auto accidents, truck accidents, wrongful death, complex business litigation, class action wrongful death, defective products, medical malpractice, bus accidents, insurance bad faith claims, maritime injuries, drunk drivers, 18 wheeler injuries, tire defects cases throughout Louisiana. If you have been injured in an accident in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Slidell, Orlean Parish, Jefferson Parish or Saint Tammany Parish, call our experienced New Orleans injury lawyers at (504) 200-0000 or toll-free at (800) 462-9718 or fill out our free case review form.

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