Meet Our New Attorneys

MBLB is pleased to announce that Brendan Connick, Melissa Miller, Matthew Montoya and Derek O’ Connor have joined the firm as associate attorneys.

Brendan ConnickBrendan Paul Connick, Associate

Brendan’s areas of practice include trucking and transportation, insurance defense, general casualty litigation, and premises liability. Prior to joining MBLB, he worked for a New Orleans law firm where he secured favorable outcomes for his clients, focusing on asbestos litigation, defense of insurance carriers in first and third party automobile, homeowner and premises liability lawsuits, and products liability. Brendan, who is known for being meticulous in handling the details that arise when defending a claim, is tenacious in support of his clients. “My clients always know they can reach me, even after the end of the work day. I like to listen to their concerns. They trust me to always be honest with them about how to best move forward with their case and advocate on their behalf.” More>>

Melissa A. Miller AttorneyMelissa A. Miller, Associate

Melissa’s practice focuses on the defense of employers and national insurance carriers for claims arising under Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. While attending Tulane University Law School, Melissa practiced as a student attorney for the Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic, where she represented real clients, primarily in civil rights matters in federal court. This experience taught her how important it is to communicate regularly with her clients. “As matters are constantly evolving, I keep my clients informed every step of the way.” More>>

Matthew MontoyaMatthew T. Montoya, Associate

Matthew’s practice focuses on the defense of employers and national insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, War Hazards Compensation Act, and Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Act. Matthew is also well versed in insurance coverage disputes and workers’ compensation subrogation and recovery. Prior to joining MBLB, he handled claims and developed relationships in the insurance industry. This unique insight into the claims process has shaped his approach in aggressively defending claims for his clients. “Availability to my clients throughout the entire claims process is what I pride myself on. My experience allows me to address the needs of my clients while also keeping in mind the need to quickly resolve claims with positive results and limiting costs.” More>>

Derek W. O’Connor AttorneyDerek W. O’Connor, Associate

Derek’s practice areas include the defense of employers and insurance carriers for claims arising under the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act, Defense Base Act, and War Hazards Compensation Act. He has the distinction of having worked as a judicial extern for The Honorable Carl J. Barbier of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. With an undergraduate degree in business and economics, Derek understands the importance of developing cost-effective solutions for his clients’ issues. “The key to productive relationships with clients is to truly understand the industries in which they operate. I enjoy working hand in hand with my clients to ensure that our work is tailored to their specific needs.” More>>