Arsenault, Richard J.

With a diverse career spanning nearly 30 years, Richard J. Arsenault’s experience as a trial lawyer, author, speaker, mediator, expert witness, and teacher has provided a unique foundation for navigating complex litigation.  His full curriculum vitae is available here.


BusinessWeek has referred to Arsenault as “a dean of the Louisiana tort bar.” • The New York Times has referred to Arsenault as one of the “big players” in the legal community. • The Wall Street Journal featured Arsenault for his role in the Toyota Litigation, referring to him as having “national notoriety” and as a “big gun” amongst attorneys who were in competition for leadership roles. • USA Today featured Arsenault as a member of the “Legal Elite,” a diverse grouping of America’s leading attorneys. • The National Law Journal has recognized Arsenault as having one of the nation’s largest personal injury verdicts. • The New Orleans Times Picayune has referred to Arsenault as “an authority on class actions.” • Arsenault has been appointed to steering committees with recoveries exceeding five billion dollars and has personally negotiated over one billion dollars in settlements in just the last 5 years. • In the Genetically Modified Rice MDL Litigation, where Arsenault serves as Chair of the Executive Committee, seven trials produced verdicts exceeding $200 million dollars and the litigation has now been partially resolved for $750 million dollars. • For over 20 years, Arsenault has had Martindale Hubbell’s highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He is also listed in other peer reviewed publications including the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and “Best of United States” and he has appeared in the “Best Lawyers in America” publication for almost 20 consecutive years. • Arsenault serves as a faculty member for LSU Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program; a faculty composed of Federal and State Court Judges, professors and prominent attorneys. He has been a part of that program since its inception over 20 years ago.

Complex Litigation

At a recent class action fairness hearing, Harvard Law Professor Arthur Miller testified that Arsenault is one of the “leaders in the area of complex litigation.” Likewise, Professor Edward Sherman, former dean of Tulane Law School and author of the Complex Litigation treatise, has described Arsenault as one of the “experts” in class actions.

Legal Excellence & Professionalism

The commitment to legal excellence is reflected in years of service which has included teaching at law schools, publishing law review articles, lecturing at Judicial Colleges and assuming leadership roles in both local, as well as national bar associations. Through an appointment by the President of the Louisiana Bar Association, Arsenault joined the Professional Assessment Committee composed of a distinguished panel including Federal and State Court Judges along with members of the Bar. He also coordinates an annual tort law presentation by several United States District Judges and the former Dean of the University of Tennessee College of Law, Thomas C. Galligan, Jr.  Other examples include service as:

  • President of the Alexandria Bar Association;
  • President of the American Inns of Court’s Crossroads Chapter. (U.S. District Judge F.A. Little and Arsenault worked together to create the Alexandria Chapter)
  • Chair of American Trial Lawyers Association Admiralty Section;
  • Chair of both the Louisiana Bar Association’s Annual Admiralty Symposium and Annual Class Action Symposium since their inception;
  • Speaker and guest lecturer at a variety of symposiums, including those sponsored by Tulane Law School, LSU Law School, the Louisiana Judicial College and the U.S. Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference;
  • Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal’s Recent Developments for the Section on Insurance, Negligence, Worker’s Compensation and Admiralty;
  • Tulane Law School’s Continuing Legal Education Committee;
  • Chair of the Louisiana Bar Association’s Section on Insurance, Negligence, Worker’s Compensation and Admiralty.

Nationwide Networking

Arsenault has moderated national complex litigation programs with speakers that have included former President Bill Clinton, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., Eliot Spitzer, Harvard Professor Alan Dershowitz, Morris Dees, Arianna Huffington, Al Franken, Bob Woodward, Al Sharpton and Paul Begala. He has chaired dozens of symposiums with guests ranging from Ken Starr to Jan Schlichtman (lawyer portrayed by John Travolta in “A Civil Action”). Arsenault has organized numerous counsel meetings and conferences, comprising hundreds of law firms in venues across the country. These have been designed to facilitate consensus for leadership roles, consider organizational structures and promote coordinated litigation efforts. Consequently, he understands and functions well in the national complex litigation landscape.


B.A. 1977 - State University of New York J.D. 1980 - Louisiana State University Law Center

Bar Admissions

Louisiana; Texas; Colorado; Washington, D.C. United States Supreme Court United States Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and Eleventh Circuit United States District Courts of Louisiana: Middle District, Eastern District and Western District United States District Courts of Texas: Eastern District, Southern District and Northern District United States District Court of Colorado

Law Firm: Neblett, Beard & Arsenault, Attorneys at Law
Practice Area:
Address: 2220 Bonaventure Court
City / State / ZIP: Alexandria Louisiana 71399
Website: https://www.nbalawfirm.com
Email: rarsenault@nbalawfirm.com
Phone: (800) 256-1050
ASLA Membership State: Louisiana
Law School: LSU