Edward F. Stauss III

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Partner
701 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

M 225 383 3796

F 225 343 9612

Ed Stauss is a senior defense litigator and subrogation recovery specialist with more than 25 years of experience handling, premises liability and workers’ compensation claims in Louisiana's state and federal courts. During the course of his career, he has formed beneficial relationships with other practitioners, the judiciary and numerous consulting professionals in this field. His clients are primarily businesses, their insurance carriers and third-party administrators involved in Louisiana-litigated claims.  Ed has extensive experience with the petrochemical, manufacturing, retail, contracting, insurance and other industry sectors.He has:
  • Defended litigated premises liability and workers’ compensation claims throughout the state
  • Obtained unqualified and complete dismissals of claims at both the trial and appellate levels on multiple different grounds, including fraud, no defect, no disability and no "accident"
  • Negotiated numerous “zero new dollar” full and final settlements on behalf of clients
  • Utilized medical records and client representatives – co-employees, supervisors and others who know a claimant – to get the facts and analyses that have lead to outright dismissal or nominal settlements of fraudulent workers' compensation claims.
Clients rely on him to be accessible and responsive, and to foster open and frequent communication throughout the course of a matter.  Most importantly, Ed strives to maintain a high quality work product with a view toward timely, cost-effective closure of the claim. Nevertheless, if it is in the client’s best interest, Ed will not hesitate to carry the matter through trial and any necessary appeal. When he is not practicing law, Ed enjoys spending time with his family. In addition, Ed regularly competes in area running events such as the Fat Boy 5K, the Crescent City Classic 10K, the Baton Rouge Beach Half Marathon and the Louisiana Marathon. Additional practices:
  • Workers’ compensation insurance
  • Commercial general liability insurance
  • Automobile liability insurance
  • Workers’ compensation self-insurance fund
  • Subrogation

Representative Experience

Classes/Seminars presented:
  • Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in La., NBI, 2000
  • Advanced Workers Compensation in La., NBI, 2001
  • Advanced Workers Compensation in La., NBI, 2002
  • Workers Compensation Hearings in La. : Techniques & Strategies, NBI, 2004
  • Annual Texas Department of Insurance (TDI) accredited continuing education courses presented on Louisiana Worker’s Compensation Law from 2000 to 2014.
The following TDI courses are currently accredited:
  • Louisiana Worker’s Compensation Legislative & Jurisprudential Update (TDI cert. 12/2013 to 12/2015)
  • Louisiana Workers Compensation Case Law Update (TDI cert. 5/2014 to 5/2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Baton Rouge Bar Association.
  • The Baton Rouge Bar Association Worker’s Compensation section

Honors Awards

  • Member, Louisiana State University Law Center Moot Court Board (1984 – 1986)
  • Recipient, American Jurisprudence Award in Evidence (1985)
  • Tulane University Dean's List, Fall 1980 & 1982, Spring 1981 & 1982

Community Involvement

  • Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, Board of Trustees, Member (2013 to present)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church of Baton Rouge, Usher (1998 to present)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church of Baton Rouge, Lay Eucharistic Minister (2001 to present)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church of Baton Rouge, Vestry Nominations Committee, Member (2013 to present)
  • St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen (2001 to present)
  • Baton Rouge Federation of Churches Holy Grill Soup Kitchen (2001 to present)
  • Trinity Episcopal Day School of Baton Rouge, Board of Trustees, Member (2008-2011)
  • Trinity Episcopal Day School of Baton Rouge, Board of Trustees, Chair (2009-2011)
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Office of the Disciplinary Counsel, Attorney Probation Monitor (2009-2010)

Education

  • J.D., Louisiana State University, 1986
  • B.A., Tulane University, 1983
    – History

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 1986
  • Louisiana, 1986

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