Gill-Jefferson Joins Firm
August 1, 2018
Aaron & Gianna, PLC is pleased to announce that Judge Carolyn Gill-Jefferson (ret.) has joined the firm as Of Counsel. Judge Gill-Jefferson is a retired judge of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. During her tenure on the court she served as Chief Judge. Subsequent to her service on the bench, Judge Gill-Jefferson served as a Visiting Professor of Civil Law at the Mississippi College School of Law. She remains a member of that Law School’s Adjunct …
Lee M. Rudin
Lee M. Rudin represents local and international clients of all sizes, from individuals and small businesses to multi-national corporations, as both plaintiffs and defendants. Lee has gained a wealth of knowledge and experience in his years of practice, taking matters from their infancy to resolution, including appeals. He practices in state and federal court at the trial and appellate levels. Lee received his trial and deposition training through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and works closely with senior shareholder and mentor Dominic Gianna, and managing shareholder, Bill Aaron
Lee practices predominantly in the areas of Business and Commercial Litigation, Corporate and Insurance (Casualty and Property) Defense, Employment Litigation, Product Liability Defense, and Toxic Tort Litigation.
Among his career accomplishments, Lee played a major role in the firm’s successful defense of the attack on Louisiana's quarter-billion dollar smoking cessation program by the four major tobacco companies. He shared trial responsibilities on behalf of a national, Louisiana-based excess insurer in a multi-million dollar premium tax dispute against the Louisiana Department of Insurance. Lee has defended products liability suits brought against a global consumer goods manufacturer; assisted a prominent neurosurgeon in protecting confidential patient and financial information from litigation discovery; and negotiated with a national medical service provider for equal pay on behalf of a psychiatrist. In addition, Lee resolved a suit without protracted litigation for a New Orleans family whose property was damaged by large developers and contractors, and has assisted the firm’s senior partners in obtaining and securing settlements in maritime and other personal injury litigation, including obtaining fair recompense for an executive following her wrongful termination.
Presently, Lee’s work includes representing a multi-billion dollar, international fitness company and its affiliate against a personal injury suit. He serves as second-chair in the prosecution of a seven-figure intellectual property infringement litigation on behalf of a casino software developer. Lee is also defending local businesses engaged in heavy industry along the Mississippi River, and their insurer, in high-value trucking suits; opposing a breach of contract suit brought by a former employee against a national chemical corporation specializing in industrial water treatment; and leading a construction dispute on behalf of French Quarter condominium owners against a condo association, developers and their contractor.
Originally from central New Jersey, Lee moved to New Orleans in 2005 to attend Tulane University, where he received his undergraduate (2009) and law (2012) degrees. At Tulane Law, Lee competed on the Jessup International Law Appellate Moot Court and National Civil Rights Mock Trial teams, and was also a managing editor for the Sports Lawyers Journal. Lee is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He serves on the NITA Gulf Coast Deposition Skills Program faculty, and has served on the faculty of the Louisiana State University Vinson-Elkins Trial Advocacy Program, and American Bar Association Critical Trial Skills for Legal Services Attorneys Program.
Lee lives in uptown New Orleans with his wife, Skylar.
Juris Doctor with a Certificate in Sports Law, May 2012, Tulane University Law School
Bachelor of Arts in History, cum laude, May 2009, Tulane University
Admissions to practice
Louisiana State Bar
United States 5th Circuit Court of Appeals
United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
Areas of Practice
Insurance (Defense, Coverage, Products and Self Insured Claims)
Product Liability Defense
Toxic Tort Litigation
Previous Positions held
Associate Attorney at Middleberg Riddle & Gianna
Defense Research Institute
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Louisiana State Bar Association
Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
American Bar Association
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