Darrel J. Papillion
Darrel J. Papillion is a veteran Louisiana trial lawyer who handles complicated wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. He has extensive trial experience, and his practice focuses on all areas of personal injury and wrongful death law including products liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, sexual abuse litigation, and industrial accidents.
An ardent student of the law, consummate legal strategist and dedicated professional, Mr. Papillion has an impressive record of success, including millions of dollars in settlements of clergy abuse cases in South Louisiana. He has handled many complicated, multi-million dollar legal matters for his clients in electrocution, burn, asbestos, and other industrial and highway accident cases. He has vast experience in the handling of cases involving workplace accidents that caused death and catastrophic injuries.
Mr. Papillion is actively involved in the Louisiana legal community. He has served as an Officer or as a board member of numerous professional and civic organizations. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and he is a former President of the Wex Malone Chapter of the American Inns of Court. He is a former member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, and the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Association for Justice, where he is serving his second term on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He was appointed by the Louisiana Supreme Court to serve on the Supreme Court Committee to study lawyer advertising in Louisiana and is a former Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics Advisory Service. He currently serves as Co-Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Committee. In 2005, he received the Louisiana State Bar Association's Michaelle Pitard Wynn Professionalism Award. Mr. Papillion was selected for inclusion in Superlawyers from 2006 to 2012 in the field of Personal Injury. Darrel Papillion is President-Elect of the 500+ member Rotary Club of Baton Rouge, one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world.
Mr. Papillion is dedicated to educating future lawyers, and has served as an adjunct law professor at Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center, for nearly 10 years. He has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Southern University Law Center in Baton Rouge, where he taught courses in pretrial litigation and trial advocacy.
Mr. Papillion is a widely sought after speaker, and is routinely invited to speak at seminars for other lawyers on a wide variety of issues throughout the state and country. Some of his recent seminars include wrongful death litigation, federal jurisdiction and procedure, understanding and proving psychological injuries and damages, insurance litigation issues and recent developments in civil law and litigation. He has published articles in the Louisiana Law Review, the Louisiana Bar Journal, and other legal publications.
He has an "AV" rating from Martindale Hubbell and has been recognized as a "Louisiana Super Lawyer" in the area of personal injury litigation for the past several years.
In addition to his professional activities, Mr. Papillion is very involved in the community. He and his family are parishioners at St. George Catholic Church, and he is on the board of a number of state and local organizations, including the Rotary Club of Baton Rouge and Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting. In 2006, he was named one of Baton Rouge's Top 40 Under 40 by the Baton Rouge Business Report, a recognition reserved for up and coming leaders and professionals in the Greater Baton Rouge Area. He is married to an elementary school teacher at the Dunham School and is the proud father of two school-aged children.
Mr. Papillion is a graduate of Louisiana State University (B.A., 1990) and the Paul M. Herbert Law Center, Louisiana State University (J.D., 1994). He is a former law clerk to Catherine D. Kimball, Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Before moving to Baton Rouge in 1999 to represent plaintiffs, he practiced at a large New Orleans law firm representing multinational corporations and insurers in products liability and casualty actions in state and federal court.