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What Our Clients Say

"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
GHW Verdicts and Settlements

We are trial lawyers who handle cases involving serious business and personal injury claims.

GHW Verdicts and Settlements

$246 billion
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.

$346 million
Business Litigation/Breach of Contract - profits lost in failure to transfer computer software rights.

$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.

$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.

$75 million
Insurance Litigation - insurance recoveries for individual victims of Hurricane Katrina.

$57 million
Commercial Property Damage/Loss of Business - fire destroys the historic New Orleans Fair Grounds.

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

$13.5 million
Commercial property damage/loss of business - settlement of property damage claims for high rise buildings in Houston following Hurricane Ike.

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

$12 million
Commercial Property Damage - groundwater contamination caused by radioactive material.

9.25 million
Breach of Contract - joint venture arising out of a clients ownership interest in a power plant in El Salvador.

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

$7 million
Industrial Negligence - recovery for a worker severely injured in an industrial explosion.

$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.

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

$4.7 million
Wrongful Death - drunk driver's negligence

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

$2.3 million
Judgment rendered in a serious automobile accident.

$1.4 million
Personal Injury/Uninsured Motorist - judgment in Intersectional collision case resulting in brain injuries to passenger.

 
1981 MGM Fire
$170 million recovered for families of 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.
1982 Pan Am Flight 759
$13 million recovered for 3 families whose loved ones were killed when a Pan Am jet crashed into a New Orleans neighborhood.
1987 Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire
The Gauthier firm recovered $220 million in a class action lawsuit filed by the families of 96 victims who died in a fire at the San Juan Dupont Plaza Hotel in Puerto Rico.
1997 New Orleans Fair Grounds Fire
$57 million settlement after fire destroys the historic New Orleans Fair Grounds
1997 Catalyst Technologies v. Electec, Inc.
$346 million verdict in this breach of contract, lost profits case involving a failure to transfer computer software rights.
1997 New Orleans Train Car Fire
$3.365 billion verdict after a 1987 tank car explodes in New Orleans neighborhood.
2001 Castano Tobacco
$246 billion settlement. Groundbreaking litigation filed against several tobacco companies. Wendell Gauthier discovered documents exposing a corporate coverup of nicotine’s addictive potential. It paved the way for the landmark $246 billion settlement with the states in 1998.
2003 Intracoastal Tubular Company
$12 million for ground contamination
2004 $4.7 Auto Accident
$4.7 million recovered in auto accident when drunk driver’s negligence resulted in the death of four family members.
2004 Wrongful Death
$7 million recovered for a client severely injured in an industrial explosion.
2006 Products liability
$1.1 million products liability case. A small child severely injured his reproductive organs while riding a bicycle in which the brakes failed.
2006 Products Liability / Medical Malpractice
A products liability/medical malpractice case involving the product Intergel, a surgical adhesive which was later learned to cause severe tumors and cysts in females.
2007 Katrina Commercial Property
$75 million in settlements. The firm represented individual Katrina victims and numerous commercial settlements including $26.2 million in insurance proceeds for a Metairie high-rise Plaza) and $7.4 million for an office building in downtown New Orleans.
2007 18-Wheeler Fatal Accident
$900,000 recovered for the family of a 55 year old man who was burned to death when an 18 wheeler collided with his vehicle.
2008 Catastrophic Personal Injury
$1 million recovery for a 17 year-old boy who sustained paralyzing injuries during a high school football game.
2008 Katrina Commercial Property
$4 million jury verdict for a retail center in St. Bernard Parish which was damaged during Katrina.
2009 Personal Injury
$2.3 million judgment in a serious automobile accident.
1981 MGM Grand Hotel Fire
$170 million
1982 Pan Am Flight 759
$13 million
1987 Dupont Plaza Hotel Fire
$220 million
1997 New Orleans Fair Grounds Fire
$57 million
1997 Catalyst Technologies v. Electec, Inc.
$346 million
1997 New Orleans Train Car Leakage Fire
$3.356 billion
2001 Castano Tobacco
$246 billion
2003 Intracoastal Tubular Company
$12 million
2004 Wrongful Death
$4.7 million
2004 Industrial Explosion
$7 million
2006 Products Liability
$1.1 million
2006 Intergel
2007 Katrina Commercial Property
$75 million
2007 18-Wheeler Fatal Accident
$900,000
2008 Catastrophic Personal Injury
$1 million
2008 Katrina Commercial Property
$4 million
2009 Personal Injury
$2.3 million