James W. Hailey III

Partner

  • location icon New Orleans, LA
    400 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70130

James W. Hailey III is a partner in the New Orleans office of Lewis Brisbois and a member of the Insurance Coverage Practice. He is a fifth generation New Orleanian. For over the past two decades Mr. Hailey has assisted his insurance and corporate clients in detecting, deterring and defeating fraud in construction, premises, transportation and general litigation matters, including coverage. 

Mr. Hailey has made numerous presentations to clients’ special investigation units (SIU) and to industry personnel, including the Insurance Services Offices (ISO), National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU) Chapters nationwide. He is very active in local claims organizations serving as president (2013 and 2014, 2016-2018) of the New Orleans Claims Association (NOCA), Board member of the Southeast Louisiana Chapter of the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS), past president of the Blue Goose claims organization, founding Secretary and presently Board Events Coordinator (2013 and 2014, 2016-2018) of the Louisiana Chapter of the Claims and Litigation Management organization (CLM), Louisiana Claims Association, and many others. He has been honored as a “Top Lawyer” by New Orleans magazine. 

He is an avid sports fan and enjoys time on the Gulf Coast. 

Publications

  • “Insurance Law-Choose Your Friends Wisely: Social Media Ethics in Claims Management and Investigations”, West, 2012 
  • “What to Expect When Catastrophes Strike”, Claims Management Magazine, 2013 
  • “Inside the Minds – Defending Against Insurance Fraud Claims”, West, 2011 

Professional Presentations

  • “Preparing Claims Adjusters and Representatives for Depositions and Trial Testimony in a Fraud Case”, CLM Fraud Conference, Atlanta, GA, November 2017 
  • “To Defend or Not to Defend: the Dilemma for Carriers, Subcontractors and Their Counsel in Construction Defect Cases”, CLM & Business Insurance Construction Conference, San Diego, CA, October 2017
  • “Surviving the Swamp”, updates and overview of Louisiana claims and statutes presented to several clients, Spring and Summer, 2017 
  • “Preparing Claims Adjusters and Client Representatives for Depositions and Trial Testimony”, New Orleans Claims Association Chapter Meeting - 1 hr CEU; Louisiana Claims Association; September 22, 2016. 
  • “Catastrophic Loss: Hurricanes/Energy 101: Hurricanes, Floods and Storms – Catastrophic Loss Perspectives from the Lawyers and the Experts”; DRI Construction Law Seminar; June 1, 2016. 
  • “The Emergency Response to Catastrophic Accidents”, CLM Southeast Louisiana Chapter Education and Networking Event; June 23, 2016. 
  • “Email and Electronic Etiquette”, New Orleans Claims Association, 2014 
  • “Instagram, Twitter and Everything in Between: A Course on How to Effectively and Ethically Use Social Media in Defending Personal Injury Lawsuits”, LCA Education Conference, 2014 
  • Preparing Experts for Depositions and Trial Testimony 
  • Preparing Claims Adjusters and Client Representatives for Depositions and Trial Testimony 
  • Catastrophic Loss: Hurricanes/Energy 101
  • The Emergency Response to Catastrophic Accidents 
  • Preparing Claims Adjusters and Representatives for Potential Ethical Issues During Depositions and Trials 
  • First Party Claims Management 
  • Fraud Claim Management: Getting to, Through, and Beyond the EUO 
  • Aspects of Claims Handling in Louisiana 
  • Premises & Trucking Liability Fraud 
  • Understanding the New Defense and Indemnity and Escrow Statutes 
  • Louisiana: A Tricky Jurisdiction 
  • Good Faith Claims Handling 
  • Departmental/Practical Area Strategic Session 
  • Aspects of Claims Handling in Louisiana and Mississippi 
  • Claims and Litigation Management 
  • First Party Claim Management: SIU and Legal Relations 
  • Preparing Claims Adjusters and Claims Representatives for Deposition and Trial Testimony 
  • Preparing Claims Adjusters and Claims Representatives for Potential Ethical Issues During Depositions and Trials 
  • Email and Electronic Etiquette 
  • lnstagram. Twitter and Everything in Between: A Course on How to Effectively and Ethically Use Social Media in Defending Personal Injury Lawsuits 
  • Ethically Investigating and Evaluating Claims in Louisiana and Mississippi 
  • Ethically Investigating and Evaluating Claims - General Claims Handling. Catastrophe Claims Handling, Email & Electronic Etiquette 
  • Ethically Investigating First Party Claims 
  • First Party Fraud Claim Management: Getting To, Through and Beyond the EUO 
  • How to Evaluate and Litigate Fraud Claims from Katrina, Isaac and 2000 Era New Orleans/Gulf Coast Catastrophes 
  • Tales from Post-Katrina and Isaac Gulf Coast: Evaluating and Litigating Fraud Claims in the Wake of a Major Catastrophic Event 
  • Good Faith Dealings in First Party Claims 
  • Ethically Investigating and Evaluating Claims 
  • Emerging Issues in Fraud Litigation Management 
  • Detecting and Defeating Insurance Fraud 
  • Aspects of Insurance Fraud in Louisiana 
  • Recent Developments in Fraud Litigation for 2010
  • Aspects of Insurance Fraud in Louisiana: The Latest Trends of Fraud in Louisiana

Admissions

Louisiana

All Courts in the State of Louisiana

The United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Louisiana

The United States District Courts for the Middle District of Louisiana

The United States District Courts for the Western District of Louisiana

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

Associations

  • American Association for Justice (AAJ)
    • Student Trial Advocacy Competition, Judge 
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • National Student Trial Advocacy Competition Judge 
  • Blue Goose - Claims Adjusters Organization, President 2002-2004
    • Selected as the delegate to represent the Louisiana Pond at the 2018 Blue Goose National Convention 
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
    • Southeast Louisiana Chapter, Founding Member/Secretary 
    • Board Events Coordinator, 2013 and 2014, 2016 and 2017 
    • Insurance Fraud Committee 
    • Adjuster Training, Chairman 
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Lawyers’ Professionalism and Ethics Committee 
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 
  • International Association of Insurance Professionals 
  • International Association of Special Investigation Units (IASIU)
    • Legal Advocate 
  • Jefferson Bar Association 
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Louisiana Claims Association 
  • Louisiana Professional Brokers and Associates, Founding Member 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Torts Bar Examinations “Super Grader” 
    • High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge 
    • Public Access and Consumer Protection (Illegal Practice of Law) Committee 
    • Insurance, Tort, Civil Law and Litigation Sections 
  • Louisiana State Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA)
    • Planning committee member for the 2018 national convention 
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Insurance Law Committee 
  • New Orleans Bar Association Inn Of Court 
  • New Orleans Claims Association
    • Board of Directors 
    • President, 2013 and 2014, 2016-2018 
  • Risk and Insurance Management Society (R.I.M.S.)
    • South Louisiana Chapter, Board Member 2014-present 
  • St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association 
  • Transportation Lawyers Association 

Awards & Honors

  • "Best Lawyers" in America as voted by his peers
  • "Top Lawyers" List Member, published by New Orleans Magazine 
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of AV Preeminent 

Education

Loyola University of New Orleans

Juris Doctor

  • Member, Thomas More Inn of Court (13 selected) 
  • Student Practitioner, Law Clinic - Tax Litigation 
  • Participant, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) 
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity 

Loyola University of New Orleans

Bachelor of Science, Economics 

Jesuit High School

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