Gary A. Bezet

Phone: 225.382.3407
Fax: 225.388.9133

gary.bezet@keanmiller.com
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Gary Bezet is a founding member of Kean Miller and a senior partner in the Baton Rouge office. He served as the Managing Partner of the firm from 2004 to 2012.  Gary practices in the litigation and toxic tort defense group. He was recognized as one of Louisiana's four leading trial lawyers in Litigation Management magazine. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2014, Chambers USA 2013, and Louisiana Super Lawyers 2008-2014. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).

Gary has spoken at numerous conferences, including DRI, on the subject of toxic tort defense. Gary represents industrial and energy industry clients in cases involving toxic tort, chemical exposure, pipeline expropriation, products liability, and class action defense. Gary is one of the leading asbestos & benzene defense lawyers in the nation. Gary is a widely respected litigation strategist having handled thousands of cases for some of the nation's most prominent energy and petrochemical companies.

Gary has more than 30 years of legal experience and has successfully handled hundreds of class action and individual claims involving toxic tort defense.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a multi-national chemical company in a class action lawsuit involving over 4,000 plaintiffs and alleged damages of $500 million
  • National trial team member for a major product manufacturer
  • Lead trial counsel to a major northeast municipality in defense of benzene landfill litigation
  • Lead trial counsel for major oil company in class actions involving refinery operations
  • Successfully represented a major international energy company in defending claims for cancer caused by exposure to asbestos
  • Lead counsel to more than 10 petrochemical premises owners in thousands of cases
  • Representation of a pesticide manufacturer in  a state-wide class action lawsuit involving the alleged contamination of aquaculture facilities

Education

Gary earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University in 1976.  He earned his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1979.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1979

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American (Litigation Section) Bar Associations; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • The Art of Examination, Tulane Law School Trial by Masters, 1992.
  • The Effect of a Suspension Appeal on the Non-Appealing Party, 38 Louisiana Bar Journal 253.
  • Asbestos Litigation, Andrews Continuing Legal Education program, 2002.
  • Daubert in Louisiana, American Chemistry Council, Houston, Texas, 2001.
  • Strategies in Jury Selection, DRI Toxic Torts Seminar, San Diego, 2003.
  • Cross Examination of Epidemiologist in Benzene Cases, DRI Toxic Torts Seminar, New Orleans, 2005.
  • Defending the Executive Officer in Benzene Cases, Harris Martin Benzene Litigation Conference, New Orleans, 2005.

Community Service

  • Board of Trustees, LSU Law Center
  • Charter Member, Board of Directors, Past President, Sunrise Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • Graduate, Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce Leadership Class of 1995
  • President, Battered Women's Shelter
  • President, Treasurer, Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Chair, Community Fund for the Arts Campaign

Education

J.D., LSU Law Center, 1979

B.A., Louisiana State University, 1976

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Louisiana, 1979

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Baton Rouge Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

American Bar Association
Litigation Section

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rated

Chambers USA

Best Lawyers