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Congrats to Aaron, Gianna and Mason

September 8, 2017

  SUPER LAWYERS Aaron & Gianna, PLC salutes William D. Aaron, Jr., Dominic J. Gianna and Omar K. Mason upon their selection for inclusion in Super Lawyers - 2018.  This is the eleventh straight year than Dom has been  selected,  the tenth straight year that Bill has been selected, and the third straight year that Omar has been selected..   Dom has been selected in the area of Civil Litigation and Bill and Omar have been selected in the area of Bu…

Dominic J. Gianna

Dominic J. Gianna

international society of barristers

Position

Shareholder, Vice President, Director

Contact information

Tel: 504.569.1805

Fax: 504.569.1801

dgianna@aarongianna.com

 

Career Overview

Dominic  is a Shareholder and Member of the Board of Directors of Aaron & Gianna, PLC  A Professional Law Corporation.   He chairs the firm's Civil Litigation Practice.  He has been recognized by his colleagues as one of America’s great trial lawyers and for 36 years has tried cases from both the plaintiff and the defense side throughout the United States. Dominic is also recognized as one of America’s most dynamic and inspired teachers of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques. He was honored as a recipient of the Robert Keeton award as the best teacher of advocacy in America by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the American Bar Association’s teaching arm.

For 25 years, Dominic has served as a member of NITA’s National Faculty, NITA Program Director and has led interactive NITA training programs throughout the English-speaking world, including every one of the 50 states, Canada, Mexico, England, Scotland and Wales. As Principal Faculty for The Professional Education Group, Inc. (PEG, Inc.), he has delivered and led over 400 lectures and seminars throughout the world. His "Reel Justice," "Winning Before Trial," "A Day on Trial" (with Professor Thomas A. Mauet), and currently, "Advocacy for the Ages and Sexes: Persuading Genders and Generations" (with his seminar partner, Lisa A. Marcy), have been presented throughout the world to extraordinary acclaim.

Dominic is the author of numerous publications on advocacy and persuasion, including Thomson West’s Opening Statements 2d, Winning in the Beginning by Winning the Beginning (along with Lisa A. Marcy), Advocacy for the Ages (The Professional Education Group, Inc., along with Lisa A. Marcy), and numerous publications in legal journals. As a motivational speaker and seminar leader, he has trained thousands of lawyers of all ages and experience in the arts of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques. His techniques have changed the careers of thousands of trial lawyers of all ages and experience throughout his 25 years of teaching advocacy.

Dominic is a frequent commentator on Court TV, has made numerous television appearances on related matters and has been selected by professional groups from both sides of the courtroom to lead programs for them. He was recently selected, along with his partners Professor Thomas A. Mauet and Lisa A. Marcy, to be the Blockbuster Speaker at the Defense Research Institute’s (DRI), annual meeting, along with President Bill Clinton and Justice Scalia. Dominic chaired the American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Annual Meeting in 2001, and acted as Program Chair in 1992 and 1994. He serves as Director of Trial Advocacy at LSU School of Law, is Principal Faculty of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, and has taught at numerous law schools throughout America.

As a trial lawyer, Dominic has tried over 150 cases in both state and federal courts throughout the United States in areas such as complex commercial litigation, product liability, toxic tort, employment law, medical malpractice, major construction disputes, anti-trust matters, medical malpractice and complex toxic tort cases.  Dominic has served as District Judge pro tem by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and has been selected by both state and federal courts to serve as Special Master in complex matters. His client list includes Fortune 500 companies, medium-sized national business and small local organizations.

Dominic has been a trial lawyer for 36 years. Prior to that, he worked as an organic chemist, professional athlete and professional actor. He received his B.S. degree from Manhattan College, New York, his M.A. degree in Chemistry from the State University of New York, and his law degree from Loyola University School of Law, where he was elected Editor-in-Chief of the Loyola Law Review.   Dominic is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been listed in Super Lawyers in the area of Civil Litigation from 2008 to the present.  .

  

Education

Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1974

Elected Editor-in-Chief, Loyola Law Review

State University of New York at Buffalo, 1971, M.A. Degree, Organic Chemistry

Manhattan College, New York, New York, B.S. Degree, Chemistry

 

Admissions to Practice

Louisiana State Bar

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  

United States District Court for the  Northern District of Texas

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Court of Appeals for theTenth Circuit

Supreme Court of the United States

 

Areas of Practice

Industrial Catastrophe Litigation

Insurance defense

Employment Litigation

Toxic Tort Litigation

Construction Litigation

Class Actions

Product Liability Defense

Medical Malpractice Defense

Health Care

ERISA

 

Previous Positions Held

Founding Partner, Middleberg Riddle & Gianna

 

Judicial Appointments

 District Judge pro tem by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana – 1986-87; 1990-1991

Special Master by appointment of the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana – Patrick J. Turner v. Murphy Oil, Inc. (Judge Eldon Fallon)

Special Master by appointment of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans – Norplant Class Action Litigation – 1996-present

Special Master by appointment of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans – Scott v. American Tobacco Company – 1996-present

Special Master by appointment of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans – Nicholas Hingle v. ExxonMobil Corporation – 2002

Referee by appointment of the Honorable Lloyd J. Medley, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Save our Park v. Audubon Institute – 2005

Member, Supreme Court of Louisiana Civil Bench Book Committee – 1992

Arbitrator, National Arbitration Forum – 2001-present 

 

Professional Memberships/Activities

New Orleans Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association 

International Society of Barristers

 

Honors and Achievements

 

National Faculty and Program Director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA)

Founder and Program Director, Louisiana State University Trial Advocacy Training Program

Principal Faculty, Professional Education Group, Inc 

Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers (2008 to Present)

 

Publications

Author (with Lisa A. Marcy)

        Opening Statements: Winning in the Beginning by Winning the Beginning

         (Thomson/Reuters, 2011).

Author

        Opening Statements 2d (West Publishing Company, 2004)

Author (with Lisa A. Marcy)

        Winning in the Beginning, "The Brief", American Bar Association Tort, Trial and Insurance

        practice Section (Vol. 39, No. 3, Spring 2010)

Author (with Lisa A. Marcy)

         Advocacy for the Ages (Professional Education Group, Inc., 2009)

Author

         Winning Before Trial (Professional Education Group, Inc., 2005)

Author

         Reel Justice! (Professional Education Group, Inc., 1995)

Author (with Prof. Thomas A. Mauet)

         "A Day on Trial" (Professional Education Group, Inc.)

Blockbuster Presentation, Defense Research Institute (DRI) National Meeting 2012 (with Prof. Thomas A. Mauet, Lisa A. Marcy), "Advocacy for the Generations – Days of Future. . .Past" (with President Bill Clinton and Justice Scalia)