Meet Our New Attorneys

MBLB is pleased to announce that Pierce C. Azuma, Julie M. Lafargue and Lindsay F. Louapre have joined the firm as attorneys.

Pierce AzumaPierce C. Azuma, Associate

Pierce’s practice focuses on the defense of international and national companies and insurance carriers in claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, Jones Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Pierce served a two-year federal clerkship with the Honorable Clement J. Kennington, U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Administrative Law Judges, assisting with the adjudication of the types of claims he now works on for the defense. “Through this experience, I am able to bring a unique perspective about how a judge would look at a claim and evaluate the issues.” More>>

Julie M. Lafargue, Member

Julie has more than 30 years of experience in transportation and automobile defense, general casualty and insurance defense, premises liability, products liability, and municipal litigation. She has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. As supported by the peer honors she has received, including Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating, Julie has developed a reputation as a highly skilled trial attorney in civil and insurance defense litigation. She enjoys working with her clients to identify the most efficient path to a successful outcome. “From the inception of a claim, I identify a specific result and work with the client to reach that result. I manage litigation with a roadmap and plan, and everything I do is directed toward accomplishing the desired result.” More>>

Lindsay F. Louapre, Member

Lindsay’s practice focuses on defending employers and insurance carriers against claims arising under the Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Concentrating her practice on one area has allowed Lindsay to gain extensive expertise and knowledge, which she uses to ardently defend her clients. Her experience extends through all phases of litigation, including appellate advocacy. Lindsay understands the importance of communication and working closely with her clients to devise a litigation strategy for each claim. “Every claim is different and each requires a unique strategy to ensure the client’s needs are met.” More>>