Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.

Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.: Attorney with Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. AV stamp icon
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Biography

Claude F. Reynaud, Jr. is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. He has been a partner since 1981. Mr. Reynaud is a member of the firm's Management Committee.

As a member of the firm, Mr. Reynaud serves as Chief General Counsel to the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association since 1998 and General Counsel for Baton Rouge New Car Dealers Association. Mr. Reynaud represents several General Motor’s Local Marketing Associations (LMA’s). Claude represents dealers in disputes with manufacturers, consumers and class actions and has also represented multiple dealers in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.

His principal areas of practice include litigation involving: antitrust; intellectual property; RICO; unfair competition; fiduciary duties of corporate officers, directors, and trustees; securities; contracts; automobile franchise law; lender liability; and health care. Mr. Reynaud has experience particularly in complex commercial litigation with its attendant discovery issues and motion practice. Mr. Reynaud also assists clients in the areas of antitrust, corporate governance, and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications.

Protecting businesses from unfair competition

•Antitrust
•Unfair trade practices
•Trade secrets, trademarks and copyright
•Business defamation Shareholder and member disputes in closely-held companies
•Fiduciary duty litigation
•Disputes involving shareholder or operating agreements
•Corporate control disputes
•Derivative suits
•Corporate governance issues. Commercial Litigation
•Business torts
•Breaches of contract
•Breaches of fiduciary duty
•Securities litigation
•Lender liability
•Representing healthcare providers in managed care suits
•Opioid litigation Enforcing manufacturers’ compliance with state franchise law
•Disputes between manufacturers and dealers
•Disputes between co-owners of dealerships
•Trade association issues (antitrust)
•Representing large groups of dealers in common issues with manufacturers

Community Involvement

Member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce

Current Member of the Board of Visit Baton Rouge and Chairman of the Board of Visit Baton Rouge, 2010 and 2011, 2018

Former Board Member, Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), 1995-2001; Present member, BRAF Civic Initiatives Committee

Past Co-Chair, Plan Baton Rouge Steering Committee to revitalize downtown Baton Rouge

Past President, Board of Volunteer Baton Rouge

Graduate of 1989 Leadership Baton Rouge Graduate of 2002 CABL Louisiana Leadership

Past Chairman, Board of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana

Honors and Awards

Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Louisiana in the area of Litigation: General Commercial

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation; Litigation; Antitrust Litigation; and Intellectual Property (listed annually since 2001)

Selected Lawyer of the Year, in Litigation - Intellectual Property in Baton Rouge by The Best Lawyers in America 2017

AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated.

Named Super Lawyer

American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow

Fellow: Fellow: Member:

Professional Associations

Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)

Louisiana Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section, Member of Committee to revise the Louisiana State Anti-trust laws

American Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

NASD Arbitrator, and has served as Chairperson of numerous arbitration panels

General Counsel, Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association, 1998

General Counsel, Baton Rouge New Car Dealers Association

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Intellectual Property
  • Securities Litigation
  • Class Action, Mass Tort & Multi-District Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Automotive
  • Healthcare

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
225.381.8012  Phone
225.381.8029  Fax
www.bswllp.com/claude-f-reynaud-jr
Mailing Address:
PO Box 3197, Baton Rouge, LA 70802
University Attended:
Louisiana State University, B.S., Corporate Finance, 1974
Law School Attended:
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Year of First Admission:
1977
Admission:
1981, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal; 1977, U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; 1994, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal; various district courts on an ad hoc basis; 1981, Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal; 1981, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana; 1978, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; 1977, Louisiana Supreme Court; 1977, Louisiana; 1989, U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:

Professional Associations

Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)

Louisiana Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section

American Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section

Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Member, National Association of Dealer Counsel

Past FINRA Arbitrator, and has served as Chairperson of numerous arbitration panels

General Counsel, Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association

General Counsel, Baton Rouge New Car Dealers Association

General Counsel, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce

Birth Information:
Baton Rouge, Louisiana, August 21, 1952
Reported Cases:
Representative Matters: Mr. Reynaud has experience in representing pharmaceutical distributors in opioid litigation brought by municipalities and counties and antitrust litigation brought by the AG in Louisiana.; Mr. Reynaud represented the City of Alexandria (City) in litigation against Cleco for alleged overcharges to the City's Utility resulting in a 50.7 million dollar settlement for the City.; Mr. Reynaud represented the City in negotiations with MISO that involved the City becoming a member of MISO.; Mr. Reynaud represented the Louisiana Public Service Commission in its consideration of the application by Entergy, Inc. to merge with Florida Power and Light Company (Docket No. U-25354).; Mr. Reynaud has represented financial institutions in lender liability cases where the total exposure has exceeded $100 million.; Mr. Reynaud has represented defendants in antitrust cases where the total exposure has exceeded over $1 billion.; Mr. Reynaud has represented clients in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts where the total amount of the estate is over $1.65 billion.; Mr. Reynaud has appeared as lead counsel in litigation in all district courts in the State of Louisiana, Federal District Courts in Jackson, Mississippi; Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; and the Southern District of New York.
ISLN:
902186185

Peer Reviews

5.0/5.0
A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

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