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Record-setting litigation of catastrophic events, complex commercial transactions and class-action lawsuits. 

From natural disaster, serious business, and personal injury claims, we are passionate about helping people get justice.


$246 billion
Class Action/Tobacco Litigation - Wendell Gauthier led a coalition of 100 law firms which paved the way for the landmark settlement with the states in 1998

$3.365 billion
Environmental Class Action - 1987 tank car fire contaminates a New Orleans neighborhood (Wendell Gauthier)

$346 million
Business Litigation/Breach of Contract - profits lost in failure to transfer computer software rights (Ed Downing)

$220 million
Class Action/Wrongful Death - lawsuit filed by the families of 96 victims who died in a fire at the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico (Wendell Gauthier)

$170 million
Wrongful Death - 85 people killed in a fire at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas, the second largest loss-of-life fire in U.S. history (Wendell Gauthier)

$100 million
Insurance Litigation - insurance recoveries for individual victims of Hurricane Katrina (John Houghtaling/Ed Downing)

$92.5 million
Insurance Litigation - insurance recoveries for individual victims of Superstorm Sandy (John Houghtaling)

$75 million
Insurance Litigation - insurance recoveries for individual victims of Hurricane IKE (John Houghtaling)

$57 million
Commercial Property Damage/Loss of Business - fire destroys the historic New Orleans Fair Grounds ( Wendell Gauthier)

$45 million
Personal Injury/Automobile Accident - recovery for victim of an automobile accident involving a commercial vehicle (James Williams/John Houghtaling)  

$26.2 million
Commercial Property Damage/Loss of Business - Hurricane Katrina commercial property settlement for a Metairie high-rise (John Houghtaling)

$20 million
Jury verdict involving brain injuries caused by collision between a truck and a train (Ed Downing)

$17 million
Breach of Contract-  Settlement for breach of a fuel sale agreement (John Houghtaling/Ed Downing)

$13.5 million
Commercial property damage/loss of business - settlement of property damage claims for high rise buildings in Houston following Hurricane Ike (John Houghtaling/Ed Downing)

$13 million
Wrongful Death - three families whose loved ones were killed when a Pan Am jet crashed into a New Orleans neighborhood (Wendell Gauthier)

$12 million
Commercial Property Damage - groundwater contamination caused by radioactive material (John Houghtaling)

$9.25 million
Breach of Contract - joint venture arising out of a clients ownership interest in a power plant in El Salvador (John Houghtaling/Ed Downing)

$7.4 million
Commercial Property Damage/Loss of Business - Hurricane Katrina commercial property settlement for an office building in downtown New Orleans (John Houghtaling)

$7 million
Industrial Negligence/Wrongful Death - recovery for a worker severely injured in an industrial explosion (John Houghtaling)

$6 million
Product Liability - burn injuries to a 2-year old caused by defective product (Ed Downing)

$5.7 million
Jury Verdict - six-week trial involving a business dispute on behalf of a closely held insurance agency doing business in Puerto Rico (James Williams)

$5 million
Product Liability - verdict in case involving 95% third degree burns resulting from ignition of flammable vapors by a gas fired water heater (Ed Downing)

$4.7 million
Wrongful Death - drunk driver's negligence (John Houghtaling)

$4 million
Jury verdict for a retail center in St. Bernard Parish which was damaged during Katrina (James Wiliams)

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Lead by John W. Houghtaling, II, the attorneys at GH Law are dedicated to seeking justice for our clients through persistence and tenacity. Learn more about our team...

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Going the extra mile for our clients.

"I wish to thank you for your excellent representation of me in my recent court appearance, your efforts were extremely professional in all regards and the outcome was highly favorable. Your preparation was thorough and your powerful pleading of my case was well received by the court. It was a brilliant presentation put on before the jury. I truly appreciate the time, energy and passion you demonstrated representing me recently. As you know this was a difficult situation for me, however your confidence and professionalism was very comforting. I cannot tell you enough how grateful I am to have had you representing me. Also please relay my gratitude to your staff; they have always been helpful when ever needed. Your name was highly recommended to me and I would confidently recommend it to others."

"All too often one hears negatives about lawyers and law firms. However, that is certainly not the case when it comes to John Houghtaling and the law firm of Gauthier, Houghtaling & Williams. We are forever grateful to Mr. Houghtaling and his talented and dedicated staff, including attorney Fred Bradley and Jeffrey Majors from Canopy Claims. Thank you very, very much for an outstanding effort on behalf of my company Henry Repeating Arms. "

Anthony Imperato
President, Henry Repeating Arms


"Younan Properties has been represented by some of the finest law firms in the country... John Houghtaling and his team are smart, experienced, thorough, aggressive and conscientious. They worked extremely hard to deliver results that exceeded our expectations."

Zaya S. Younan
CEO Younan Properties


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