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Michael R. Allweiss

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Michael R. Allweiss has a diverse litigation practice. His experience includes several multi week trials and arbitrations involving a wide range of complex factual and legal issues requiring multilayered analyses and thinking. Mr. Allweiss began his practice in 1976 and since 1980 has been AV peer review rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.

Mr. Allweiss has served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in a wide variety of lawsuits and arbitration proceedings, including disputes which have at their core concerns centered on securities fraud, insurance coverage, constitutional and civil rights, professional liability of accountants, attorneys and physicians, employment disputes and complex commercial cases involving cutting edge technologies in areas such as refrigerated transport and voice over internet protocol. Many of Mr. Allweiss’ cases require a highly imaginative and detailed approach to achieve successful resolution of the controversy.

A number of the cases which Mr. Allweiss has tried in state or federal court or through arbitration involved multi-national and Fortune 500 corporations, national law firms and financial institutions. He has represented such entities, as well as interests adverse to such entities. He has also represented and been adverse to corporate directors, officers, and law enforcement, and other public officials. He has been engaged by a public body to investigate misuse of public funds, and has represented a former Louisiana State Governor.

At the same time as Mr. Allweiss has carried on his practice, he has been active in community and professional events. Mr. Allweiss has spoken at the annual Louisiana State Bar Association Convention and to groups of CPA’s and valuation analysts on questions surrounding complex damage calculations in various commercial contexts. He has presented as a speaker for the Louisiana Masters of the Courtroom Series. Mr. Allweiss was an instructor of trial advocacy at Tulane University for approximately twenty (20) years.

Mr. Allweiss has been honored by the Louisiana State Bar Association with the Crystal Gavel Award for his work promoting adult literacy and his engagement as the Chair of the Board NOLA 180° which operates the Langston Hughes Academy, a New Orleans based Charter School formed after Hurricane Katrina. He is also a co-founder of the Tour de Lis, a growing bicycling based fund raiser focused on the ongoing fight against cancer and honoring its survivors. Mr. Allweiss is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers

Selected Cases

  • Co-lead trial counsel in a ten (10) week arbitration in New York City which resulted in a substantial financial award in favor of the inventor of a unique device used in refrigerated trucking. In addition to the significant financial award, the entrepreneur/inventor was awarded a return of national and international patents.
  • Lead trial counsel on behalf of a Creditors Committee against a major communications company in connection with the inappropriate promotion and sale of complex voice over internet protocol telephony equipment. The case resulted in a confidential settlement.
  • Co-Class counsel in a thirteen (13) year certified national class action lawsuit arising from the asserted failure to honor committed benefits to a class of some 33,000 people who accepted early retirement. The case resulted in a settlement of the nationwide class.
  • Co-trial counsel in several week trial arising out of an improper plugging and abandoning of an oil well in Western Louisiana.
  • Co-trial counsel in successful claim against a major oil company arising out of misrepresentations in connection with the sale of oil and gas properties.
  • Successful defense of major national law firm against allegations of securities fraud.
  • Successful defense of claims against international products manufacturer of hoist and material handling equipment.
  • Lead counsel in a significant civil rights case arising out of inappropriate strip search of a non-violent traffic law violator. Mr. Allweiss has since successfully represented several other individuals who suffered similar violations of their constitutional rights.
  • Successful representation of a class of employees terminated in violation of WARN Act requirements.
  • Counsel to class representatives in connection with certified national class action concerning anti-trust violations arising out of advertising practices by the music industry. The case resulted in a settlement in excess of $140,000,000.
  • Representation of nationally known performer in connection with successfully pursued claims of mismanagement and related breaches of contract.
  • Defense of law and accounting firms in connection with several lawsuits filed by or on behalf of federal entities stemming from failures of financial institutions, including banks and savings and loan institutions.
  • Prosecution and defense of claims against numerous and varied product manufacturers including drug manufacturers, automobile and motorcycle manufacturers, and manufacturers of various industrial equipment.
  • Co-lead counsel and successfully argued for plaintiffs in a series of cases involving questions of federal jurisdiction and preemption arising out of breach of warranty claims relating to cellular telephones. Pinney v. Nokia, 402 F.3d 430 (4th Cir. 2005).

Personal Information

  • Education: Tulane University School of Law, J.D. 1976 - Tulane Moot Court Board of Judges
  • Washington University, St. Louis, B.A. 1973
  • Admissions: Illinois 1976-2008
  • Louisiana 1977 - Current
  • Courts: United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • 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

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