J. E. Cullens Jr.

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Location:
Baton Rouge , Louisiana
Phone:
225-250-1879
866-257-6070 (Toll Free)
Fax:
225-236-3650
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Louisiana trial attorney, J.E. Cullens, Jr. is a Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney, who focuses his practice on complex commercial and civil litigation. He is also certified by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys, one of only sixteen (16) attorneys in Louisiana to earn this distinction. He has considerable courtroom experience in many areas of law. A large percentage of his practice has been in the field of commercial litigation, where he has experience with securities fraud, professional malpractice, and breach of fiduciary duty suits. He also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of medical malpractice, trucking law, and toxic tort litigation.

Mr. Cullens has achieved several million dollar jury verdicts, including obtaining the sixteenth largest trial verdict in the nation rendered in 2005 according to VerdictSearch.com while serving as lead counsel for two of the three plaintiffs involved in a complex commercial dispute against a Fortune 500 company. As a result of his success in the courtroom, he has been recognized as a "super lawyer" in the field of business litigation since 2009.

Mr. Cullens is actively involved in the Louisiana legal community. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice, and the Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court. He has served as the Chairman of the Commercial Litigation Section of the LAJ (2004-2006), is a member of the Amicus Cruiae Committee and currently serves as a member of that organization's Executive Committee. 

Mr. Cullens is also dedicated to giving back to the community. He is an alumnus of the Leadership Council of Greater Baton Rouge, has served the Capital Area United Way as one of the Fifty for the Future, and recently chaired the Education Division on the Campaign Cabinet of the Capital Area United Way. He is a graduate of the Council for a Better Louisiana, class of 2010. He also volunteers his time at local public schools to help educate youth regarding our system of justice, the practice of law, and the history of the legal profession.

A prolific writer and speaker, he is a frequent contributor of legal articles on a variety of subjects that have been published in several statewide periodicals. Mr. Cullens routinely gives continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics, including as an invited speaker by the American Bar Association regarding trial tactics and strategy. A representative sample of his articles and CLE seminars can be found at the Publications section of this website. In law school, his article, "Should the Legitimate Child be Forced to Pay for the Sins of her Father?" Sudwischer vs. Estate of Hoffpauir , 53 La.Law Rev. 1675 (1993), was recognized as the most outstanding article published during his senior year of law school. Additionally, he won the Flory Trial Competition, a mock trial exercise geared toward aspiring trial attorneys, during his third year of law school at LSU.

Mr. Cullens was born in New Orleans on April 3, 1967. He is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1989) and Louisiana State University (J.D., 1994), where he served as Executive Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Mr. Cullens is a founding member of the law firm Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC a premier Louisiana law firm dedicated to personal injury and business litigation.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Securities Fraud
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duty Suits
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Trucking Law
  • Toxic Tort Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy, American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys
  • Civil Pre-trial Practice Advocacy, National Board of Legal Specialty Certification

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Law Review: Louisiana Law Review, Executive Senior Editor
  • University of Notre Dame
    • B.A., English - 1989

Published Works

  • "Should the Legitimate Child be Forced to Pay for the Sins of her Father?" Sudwischer vs. Estate of Hoffpauir, 53 La.Law Rev. 1675, 1993
  • LUTPA Now Available to "Any Person" Harmed by Deceptive Business Practices, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), May, 2011
  • Commercial Litigation - "Minority Discounts" Should Now be Used "Sparingly" in Louisiana, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), April, 2010
  • New Uniform Local Rules v. Old 19th JDC Local Rules, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), October, 2002
  • Next Time a Louisiana Investor Calls, Consider Pleading Louisiana's Blue Sky Law Exclusively, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), March, 2004
  • The Basics of Louisiana's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), May, 2004
  • New Rules of Professional Conduct, Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), May, 2004
  • Judge Randy Parro Interview, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), August, 2004
  • A Review of Recent Daubert Decisions of Louisiana State Courts, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Bar Journal, February / March, 2005
  • The New Pro Hac Vice Application Process in Louisiana, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), March, 2005
  • Fifteen Years After 9 to 5 Fashions: The Present State of Interference with Contract Claims in Louisiana, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), May, 2005
  • Survey Results; Update on Single Business Enterprise, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates, (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), June, 2005
  • State Supreme Court Resolves Split Among Circuits, Creates 'Presumption of Arbitrability', J.E. Cullens, Jr., Louisiana Advocates (Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association), July, 2005
  • Strange Bedfellows, Companies Embrace Old Foes in Pursuit of Affordable Litigation, Featuring J.E. Cullens, Jr., Baton Rouge Business Report, August, 2005
  • Judge Todd Hernandez Interview, J.E. Cullens, Jr., Around the Bar (Baton Rouge Bar Association), February, 2006

Classes/Seminars

  • "Liens You Gotta Know When to Hold 'Um . . .,", Baton Rouge Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2000
  • "MedMal From the Defense Perspective,", Louisiana Association for Justice/LTLA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2001
  • "Trying the Medical Malpractice Case: Legal Issues Which May Influence How, and If, You Try Your Case,", LSU Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2002
  • "Admissibility of Evidence & Testimony at Trial", National Business Institute, with Andree M. Cullens, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2003
  • "An Update on Daubert," CLE A La Carte, Louisiana Association for Justice/LTLA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2003
  • "Expert Evidence & Testimony,", National Business Institute, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2003
  • "Effective Use of Westlaw in Practice", Baton Rouge Bench Bar, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Point Clear, Alabama, 2004
  • CLE by the Hour 2004, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004
  • CLE A La Carte, Louisiana Association for Justice/LTLA, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004
  • CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2004
  • "Withdrawing as Attorney,", Inns of Court - Dean Henry McMahon Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005
  • "Admissibility of Evidence & Expert Testimony,", National Business Institute, with Andree M. Cullens, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005
  • "An Overview of 'Business Interruption' Coverage Issues in the Wake of Katrina and Rita,", Louisiana Association for Justice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005
  • "Issues Facing the Louisiana Insurance Industry After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,", League of Women Voters and Louisiana Association for Justice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005
  • "Hurricane Relief,", Louisiana Association for Justice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2005
  • CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge Bar Association Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2006
  • "Electronic Discovery, the Legal Framework,", Inns of Court - Dean Henry McMahon, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007
  • "Demonstrative Evidence,", Baton Rouge Bar Association Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007
  • Summer Sizzlin' CLE, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2007
  • "Mass, Class, or Pass? - Making Strategic Decisions in the Big Chemical Case,", Regional CLE Workshop, American Bar Association, Wilmington, Delaware, 2008
  • "Louisiana New Rules Regarding Advertising,", (Professionalism) Baton Rouge Bar Association Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2008
  • "Are Louisiana New Lawyer Advertising Rules Unconstitutional?", (Professionalism) Louisiana Association for Justice, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2008
  • "Daubert Issues and Problems in Louisiana State Courts,", Louisiana State Bar Association, Evidence on Parade: Mardi Gras CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2009
  • "Impeachment of Witnesses,", Inns of Court - Dean Henry McMahon, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2009
  • "Daubert Issues and Problems in Louisiana State Courts,", Bench Bar Conference, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Sandestin, Florida, 2009
  • "Daubert Issues & Update--New C.C.P. art. 1425,", Baton Rouge Government Attorneys, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2009
  • "Commercial Litigation,", Baton Rouge Bar Association, CLE by the Hour, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2009
  • "Negotiating and Fixing the Expert's Fee; Contingencies; Assurances for Payment," Expert Witness Seminar, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, LSU Law Center
  • "The Louisiana Supreme Court's Ruling in the AmCare Case," Readio Interview, The Jim Engster Show, WRKF, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “Focusing on the Big and Little Pictures Going into Trial, Demonstrative Evidence and Procedural Pitfalls Surrounding Trial,” LAJ Webinar, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “Focusing on the Big and Little Pictures Going into Trial, Demonstrative Evidence and Procedural Pitfalls Surrounding Trial,” LAJ (live CLE), Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “U.S. Supreme Court Declares the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act Constitutional,” Radio Interview, The Bill Profita Show, Talk 107.3 FM, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “Professionalism: Being a Good Sport in Court,” Baton Rouge Bar Association, Orange Beach, Alabama, Bench Bar Conference
  • “Handling the Big Personal Injury Case from Start to Finish,” Louisiana State Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “An Update Regarding Recent Daubert Decisions and a Few Practice Pointers,” Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “Trying the Complex Commercial Case to a Jury,” Baton Rouge Bar Association, Corporate Law Section, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • “Enterprise Risk Management (ERM) in Health Care Delivery,” panel presentation, Louisiana State Bar Association, New Orleans, Louisiana

Honors and Awards

  • Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" in the field of business litigation, 2009 – Present
  • “Top 100 Trial Lawyers, “ National Trial Lawyers, 2014 – Present
  • Top Attorney in Louisiana, 2010 – Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
  • Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court, Member
  • Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), Commercial Litigation Section, Chairman, 2004 - 2006
  • Executive Committee of LAJ, Member, 2014 - 2015