Extremely well prepared, even to the anticipation of any and all arguments from the opposing counsel.
He could give an immediate and well planned response. The opposing side did not even contest the verdict, the argument in our favor had been so overwhelmingly proven.
Lance McCardle is a dogged, diligent advocate for his clients-evidenced by the number of thank you notes sent from clients who are ever grateful for his work in recovering their investment losses. His clients appreciate his honest assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their case and the on-going advice he shares as their case progresses.
- Securities arbitration, litigation, environmental law, and general commercial litigation
- Represents investors (individuals and institutions) in claims against their brokers, investment advisors, and/or investment banks in court or in arbitration proceedings administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (“FINRA”)
- Represents several landowners in claims against oil and gas companies for damage and land loss caused by oil and gas operations
- J.D., magna cum laude, Loyola University College of Law 2005
- M.B.A. Loyola University 2005
- B.S. Finance, cum laude, Louisiana State University 1999
- The Best Lawyers in America 2017 edition (securities)
- Super Lawyer (securities litigation) in Super Lawyer 2017
- Rising Star in Super Lawyers (2012-2015)
- Top Lawyer New Orleans Magazine (2012, 2013, 2015)
- Future Star in Benchmark (2009)
- Member of the ABA Securities Law Committee
- Serves on the Securities Arbitration Subcommittee
- Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation
- Member of Louisiana State, Federal, America, and Public Investor Arbitration Bar Associations
- Editorial board of the PIABA Bar Journal
- Taught Litigation skills classes at Loyola University Division of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
- Member of St.Thomas More Inn of Court
- Former Director of the Younger Lawyers Division of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association
- Lance C. McCardle, Despite Congress’s GOOD intentions, the DMCA produces a BAD Result: A Means to Create Monopolies, 50 Loy. L Rev. 997 (2004)
- James R. Swanson & Lance C. McCardle, Why Might A Broker Prefer To Be in Court, Not Arbitration in HANDLING A SECURITIES CASE: FROM INVESTIGATION TO TRIAL AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN, Practicing Law Institute ed., 2012 (Handbook Series No.B-1950).
Jason W. Burge
A walking supercomputer-he’s a very strong writer with a very good sense of the whole case. A top-notch emerging lawyer.
Chambers USA, 2013
Jason W. Burge
Jason has the ability to quickly digest mountains of information and remember the smallest details of a case. With a background in economics, Jason’s practice centers on litigation involving complicated financial transactions from municipal bonds to derivatives to other investment or debt vehicles. He understands the intricacies of the transactions and simplifies them as he presents effectively to judge, arbitrators, and jurors.
- Partner in Fishman Haygood Litigation group
- Securities Arbitration and Litigation, Lender Liability, Commercial Litigation
- Securities: represents investors (both individuals and institutions) in claims against their brokers, investment advisors, and/or investment banks in court or in arbitration proceedings administered by the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) or the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”)
- Lender liability: regularly represents borrowers in disputes with their lenders or swap counter parties alleging breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, misrepresentation and/or fraud.
- Commercial litigation: regularly represents clients in a wide variety of litigation or arbitration matters.
- J.D., magna cum laude, New York University School of Law 2006
- B.M. Music Composition, summa cum laude, Loyola University of New Orleans 2003
- B.A. Political Science, magna cum laude, Ohio State University 2000
- Ranked in Chambers USA Associate to Watch (2013)
- Listed in Super Lawyers Rising Star (since 2012)
- Member of the Louisiana State, Federal, American and Public Investor Arbitration Bar Associations.
- Presented at the National Business Law Scholars Conference
- Represents defendants on a pro bono basis
- Jason Burge and Lara K. Richards, Crafting an Argument that Statues of Limitations Do Not Apply in Arbitration, 20 No.1 PIABA B.J. 31 (2015)
- Jason W. Burge & Lara K. Richards, A Compelling Case for Streamlining Venue of Actions to Enjoin Arbitration, 88 Tul.L. Rev.773,775 (2014)
- Lara K. Richards & Jason W. Burge, Analyzing the Application of Limitations in Arbitration, 49 Gonz. L. Rev.214 (2014)
- Jason W. Burge & Lara K. Richards, Defining “Customer”: A Survey of Who Can Demand FINRA Arbitration, 74. L. Rev. 173 (2013)
- “Rethinking Fees and Taxes in Light of the New York City Health Care Security Act.” NYU Ann. Surv. Am.Law., Vol. 61:4
- Clerk to the Honorable Jerry E. Smith of the United Staes Court of Appeals of the Fifth Circuit, 2006-2007
Benjamin D. Reichard
Benjamin D. Reichard
Ben Reichard excels on the firm’s most challenging cases by immersing himself in the facts of the case and then following every lead that might help his client’s cause. He practices primarily in the fields of investor fraud, class action, and environmental litigation, areas where his determination and creativity are on full display. He has represented a range of clients—from individual investors to hedge funds to banks—in proceedings against prime brokers, auditors, clearing brokers, broker-dealers, and financial advisors. He also has extensive experience in complex ERISA and antitrust litigation.
- J.D., high honors, from Chicago-Kent College of Law, 2008
- Order of the Coif
- B.A. in Classics, magna cum laude, from Amherst College, 2001
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Texas State Bar Association
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- The Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East in a highly-publicized coastal land loss case against dozens of oil and gas production and development corporations and in a related challenge to a recently-enacted Louisiana statute.
- A proposed class of over 17,000 investors against five banks in a lawsuit alleging the banks’ aiding and abetting of the $7 billion Ponzi scheme perpetrated by R. Allen Stanford.
- Individual landowners in claims involving large scale environmental damage caused by oil and gas operations on their property.
- An energy-transport startup company against Cargill, Inc. and Cargill’s local affiliate, asserting breach of contract and tortious interference with contract following collapse of a transportation facilities project valued at $1 billion.