Charles M. “Chuck” Kreamer, a partner in the Lafayette office of Allen & Gooch, works in the firm’s Professional Liability and Business Litigation Practice Groups. Chuck’s extensive experience in federal and state court throughout Louisiana allows him to specialize in two main areas: (1) the defense of attorneys and other professionals in malpractice claims, and (2) complex commercial litigation arising from laws governing unfair and deceptive trade practices, trade secrets, contracts, fraud, corporations, fiduciary duties, non-competition agreements, intellectual property, sales, joint-ventures, partnerships, limited liability companies, confidentiality, defamation and oil and gas mineral rights.
Recent cases in which Chuck’s professional clients were dismissed as a result of his efforts include Molaison v. Lukinovich, 142 So.3d 342 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2014) (multi-million dollar legal malpractice claim dismissed on basis of witness immunity); Castle v. Castle, 123 So.3d 1267 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2013) (legal malpractice claim dismissed for failure to state a cause of action); Walton v. ES&H, Inc. 2013 WL 3865103 (E.D. La. 2013) (insurance agent case dismissed as perempted) and Carriere v. Bodenheimer, Jones, Szwak & Winchell, LLP: 120 So.3d 281 (La. App. 2nd Cir. 2012) (legal malpractice claim dismissed as perempted): Argonaut Great Central Ins. Co. v. Hammet, et al, 1st JDC Parish of Caddo, Docket 449,814 (baseball arbitration where the resolution proposed for Chuck’s client was chosen); Rogers v. Gauthier, No. CW 15-00390, 15-01141, 2016, unpublished (trial court’s order commanding plaintiff to post a $5,000 bond for costs and denial of her ex parte motion for protective order was not abuse of discretion). Representative cases where Chuck’s commercial plaintiff clients were awarded sizeable verdicts, received favorable settlements or pretrial rulings include AIM Business Capital, LLC v. Reach Out Disposal, 2014 WL 1401526 (W.D. La. 2014) ($1.44 million treble damage award in an unfair trade practice case); In re Marshall Museum & Library, 2008 WL 2192803 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2008) (favorable settlement in a defamation case against attorneys representing Anna Nicole Smith) and Grex, Inc. et al v. Robert Leonards, et al, La. App. 3rd Cir. No: CW 14-01275, unpublished (plaintiff authorized to obtain extensive electronic discovery from defendants’ computers); Lopez v. Thibodeaux, 28 So.3d 1215 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2010) ($315,000 verdict on a note affirmed on appeal).
Chuck joined Allen & Gooch in 1994 after graduating from Loyola Law School in New Orleans, magna cum laude, where he served on the Loyola Law Review and published two articles, one of which was a finalist for the prestigious SCRIBES (The American Society of Legal Writers) award and since has been cited favorably by other authors on numerous occasions.