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Dué, Guidry Piedrahita & Andrews has been named to the U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” 2013 list, with first tier rankings in Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs and Product Liability-Plaintiff. The Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm has been ranked in the first tier every year since the inception of the Best Law Firms rankings.

The U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers 2013 “Best Law Firms” rankings provide a comprehensive view of the U.S. legal profession that is unprecedented both in the range of firms represented and in the range of qualitative and quantitative data used to develop the rankings.

The third edition of these rankings features law firms given consistently impressive performance ratings by clients and peers. Achieving a high ranking is a special distinction that signals a unique combination of excellence and breadth of expertise.

We lawyers are paid to talk, and talk we do. We talk too much. We never learn anything by talking, but we are driven to it.

I saw this at a closing I attended with my wife. The closing attorney talked the whole time, interrupted my wife and everyone else in the room, and insisted on his voice being the only one heard. It made my wife mad, and she felt that he refused to answer her questions. As a lawyer, I knew he was trying to explain the process; still, his inability to listen and understand the concerns of everyone in the room irritated me, too. He knew what he was doing and was trying to educate us, but because he didn’t listen (or at least appear to) better, he did poorly.

The hardest skill to learn is listening. When I went to the FBI course on Crisis/Hostage Negotiations, they taught me not just what to say, but what to hear. Jury selection in a trial is not just asking the right questions, but actually listening to and expanding upon the answers you get. Good lawyering requires good listening at all levels, and it is the hardest thing for us lawyers to remember, frequently because we are so unused to doing it!

Writing this column today helped me to remember that. Every lawyer (including me) has done exactly what this competent real estate attorney did. I am even embarassed to recall all the talking I did today without actively listening to what others said. I guess the lesson of this week’s blog is actively listening to everyone in all we do (lawyering or not) will make us do a better job, or at least be perceived as such. After all, isn’t how people perceive you almost as important as how you really are?

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Congratulations to Baton Rouge, Louisiana trial lawyer, Scott Andrews, of the law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews, for being recognized as one of America’s top young trial lawyers. Scott Andrews has been invited to join the invitation only professional organization, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40. No more than 40 attorneys per state are asked to join and invitations are extended exclusively to those individuals who meet stringent qualifications, who demonstrate superior leadership skills, and who exert passion and personal conviction as a young trial attorney.

As of August 1, 2012, the Louisiana Supreme Court is accepting electronic or e-filing of documents from Louisiana attorneys in good standing. Attorneys interested in this voluntary program must first participate in a 30-minute online training session provided on the Louisiana Supreme Court website in order to obtain a password to begin filing documents. In addition to the regular filing fees accessed by the Court, the cost for e-filing is $100 for writ applications and $50 for other court documents such as oppositions, replies, and amicus curiae briefs. More information can be obtained by contacting the Louisiana Supreme Court Clerk of Court Office at 504.310.2300.

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury lawyers at Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews salute the Louisiana State Police Insurance Fraud Unit for cracking down on insurance fraud. Insurance fraud investigators made three arrests in July 2012 arising out of the submission of fraudulent insurance claims. The first involved a couple who allegedly set fire to their vehicle and then submitted a theft claim to State Farm; the second involved a fraudulent lost wage claim; and the the third involved the submission of false income information to obtain food stamps.

Anyone wishing to report criminal or suspicious activity to the Louisiana State Police Bureau of Investigations is urged to contact Louisiana State Police detectives at 225-925-3682.

People who are seriously injured in accidents by the fault of another person deserve fair and just compensation for their injuries. People who submit false insurance claims deserve “three hots and a cot”.
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For the sixth straight year, Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury lawyer, Paul H. Dué of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews has been rated by Louisiana Super Lawyers. “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Super Lawyers magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country. Super Lawyers magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.”

Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury lawyer, B. Scott Andrews, of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews has been recognized by Louisiana Super Lawyers 2012 in the practice area of Personal Injury-Plaintiff. “Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.”

The Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews was selected for first tier (those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest scoring firms) inclusion in the 2011-2012 rankings of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”, in the practice areas of Personal Injury Litigation Plaintiffs/Defendants and Product Liability Plaintiffs, and was selected for third tier inclusion in the practice area of Admiralty & Maritime Law.

B. Scott Andrews with the Baton Rouge, Louisiana personal injury law firm of Dué, Guidry, Piedrahita & Andrews was honored by the Baton Rouge Business Report as one of Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s 2011 Forty Under 40. Each year, the honor recognizes men and women under the age of 40 who are influencing the Capital Region. When asked how best to move Baton Rouge forward, Scott Andrews responded: “By being active in political campaigns and by voting. Baton Rouge can only move forward through the visionary leadership of our elected officials and the key people they surround themselves with.”