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F. Charles Marionneaux
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Since he was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1987, Chip Marionneaux’s practice has focused on civil and criminal litigation. During his career, he has been lead counsel and co-counsel in state and federal litigation representing clients ranging from Fortune 50 companies to local businesses, governmental agencies, and individuals.  His practice areas include toxic torts, mass torts, class action defense, business litigation, complex litigation, property disputes, wrongful termination, corporate and individual criminal defense (white collar and heavy felony), wrongful death, civil and criminal appeals, and state and federal grand jury matters. 

Before joining Bienvenu Bonnecaze, Chip was a partner at Marionneaux & Marionneaux, APLC, in his hometown of Plaquemine, LA.  He has always been active within the 18th JDC (comprised of Iberville, Pointe Coupee and West Baton Rouge Parishes) and was a long time president of the 18th Judicial District Bar Association.

In 2014, Chip agreed to become in-house litigation counsel for one of his longtime clients, Axiall Corporation (an international chemical manufacturer). His responsibilities included crafting litigation strategy and managing cases across the United States and Canada, as well as directly representing the company and its subsidiaries in federal and state civil and administrative matters.

After three years as in-house counsel, Chip decided it was time to get back into the courtroom. He chose Bienvenu Bonnecaze because of our firm’s philosophy of treating clients as partners and our innovative approach to litigation.

LITIGATION EXPERIENCE:
  • Sanchez v. Shintech Louisiana, LLC – Lead counsel for international chemical manufacturer in action based on death of contract worker during construction of manufacturing facility (2013 WL 1296526 (M.D. La. March 27, 2013), denying motion to remand action to state court)
  • Sims v. American Ins. Co. – Lead counsel for insurers in occupational exposure brain cancer case (101 So.3d 1 (La. 2012), reversing appellate court and reinstating district court ruling dismissing claim as prescribed, holding that earlier, voluntarily dismissed federal court suit could not interrupt prescription on estate's subsequent survival claims)
  • Spanish Lake Wildlife Refuge & Botanical Gardens, Inc. v. Parish of Ascension ex rel. Martinez – Counsel for Iberville Parish in action for injunction and damages allegedly resulting from Parish’s opening Alligator Bayou floodgate (2012 WL 1580760 (La. Ct.App. 1 Cir. 5/4/2012) affirming partial summary judgment in favor of Iberville Parish)
  • Guidry v. Georgia Gulf Lake Charles, LLC – Co-lead counsel for chemical manufacture in mass tort litigation arising from facility fire (2011 WL 6169418 (W.D. La., Lake Charles Div. 6/16/2011) adopting Magistrate Judge’s recommendation that summary judgment be granted in favor of chemical manufacturer)
  • Martinez v. Caldwell – Lead counsel in federal habeas corpus proceeding brought on behalf of state criminal defendant accused of second degree murder (2010 WL 1385024 (M.D. La. 3/29/2010), district court ruling granting writ of habeas corpus on grounds of double jeopardy and rejecting recommendation of Magistrate Judge)
  • Distefano v. Tunica-Biloxi Indian Tribe of Louisiana – Lead counsel for plaintiff in wrongful death action against Indian tribe (2009 WL 2777164 (W.D. La., Alexandria Div. 8/28/2009) district court decision granting plaintiff’s motion to remand)
  • Crafton v. River West Medical Center – Co-counsel for hospital sued after revoking physician’s privileges (2008 WL 4764337 (La. Ct.App. 1 Cir. 10/31/2008) (affirming summary judgment in favor of hospital)
  • Francois v. Georgia Gulf Lake Charles, LLC, - Co-Lead counsel for chemical manufacturer sued in class and mass actions brought by community members arising from facility fire (2007 WL 5208856 (W.D. La., Lake Charles Div., 11/30/2007), district court decision adopting Magistrate Judge’s recommendation that motion to remand be denied)
  • Molden v. Georgia Gulf Corp., - Co-Lead counsel for chemical manufacturer sued by more than 5,000 community members on account of fire in phenol unit (465 F.Supp.2d 606 (M.D. La. 11/14/2006), granting summary judgment in favor of chemical company and dismissing plaintiffs’ claims)
  • Sanchez v. Georgia Gulf Corp., - Lead counsel for chemical manufacture sued for wrongful termination based on employee’s failed drug test (860 So.2d 277 (La. Ct.App. 1 Cir. 11/12/2003) reversing summary judgment granted in favor of employee and rendering summary judgment in favor of employer, holding that drug-testing statute did not prohibit employer from discharging at-will employee, even though employer failed to comply with statutory procedures for conducting a drug test) writ denied, 869 So.2d 877 (La. 2004))
  • Greene v. Syngenta Crop Protection, Inc., - Lead counsel for chemical manufacture sued by former employee seeking continuation of disability benefits (207 F.Supp.2d 537 (M.D. La. 6/7/2002), decision granting summary judgment in favor of company.
  • Keller v. City of Plaquemine - Co-Lead counsel for sheriff’s deputy injured during traffic stop (700 So.2d 1285 (La. Ct.App. 1 Cir. 9/23/1997), affirming trial court judgment in favor of deputy and against police officer and employing municipality), writ denied, 706 So.2d 977 (La. 1998)
 BACKGROUND:
  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, LA – Juris Doctor: July 1987
  • Partner – Marionneaux & Marionneaux, APLC (1992 – 2014)
  • Senior In-House Counsel – Axiall Corporation and Westlake Chemical Corporation (2014 – 2017)
  • Bar Admissions:
    • Louisiana - all state courts
    • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court

OTHER CURRENT POSITION:

President and Chairman of the Board of Directors – LUBA Workers’ Comp, Baton Rouge, LA (1998 – Present [President and Chairman since 2006])
 
 
ASSOCIATIONS:
  • Bar Association of the 18th Judicial District (Past President)
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Lifetime Member)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Bar Association
 
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:
  • Coach of Mock Trial Team – Episcopal School of Baton Rouge
  • Presenter – The Peoples’ Court (Criminal Law Section) in Iberville Parish, LA
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • St. Aloysius Church
  • Baton Rouge Assembly
 
RECENT PRESENTATIONS:
  • Defending Against Today’s Most Significant Trial Threat: “Toxic Soup” – Panel Presentation at DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar, New Orleans, LA (March 23, 2017)
  • IN-HOUSE PERSPECTIVES: Managing the Continuing Evolution Towards the Virtual Law Firm in Complex Litigation – Panel Presentation at the 5th Annual Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation, Chicago, IL (April 29, 2014)

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