Insurance Coverage Litigation
Interdictions & Conservatorships
Last Wills & Testaments
Powers of Attorney
Small Business Law
Adrian has a unique perspective and ability to develop approaches to understand and resolve issues presented in a given situation. 1984, he began his practice of law in the oil and gas industry as a "land man." He then served as an Assistant District Attorney in Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. After the birth of his first child, Adrian engaged in a full time civil law practice engaging in insurance defense; prosecuting and defending civil appeals; serving as as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the state of Louisiana; Rehabilitating and Liquidating of insurance companies for the Louisiana Commissioner of Insurance, and serving as general counsel to a state agency in administrative hearings and appeals. Adrian also served as a Traffic Hearing Officer in the 2nd Parish Court for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana.
1977 - 1981
Louisiana State University
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration Pre-Law
School of Law
All Louisiana District Courts
All Louisiana Circuit Courts of Appeal
The Louisiana Supreme Court
All Federal District Courts in Louisiana
The U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
The U.S. Supreme Court
Amato v. Office of Louisiana Commissioner of Securities
In Amato, Adrian successfully defended the Louisiana Securities Commissioner and Deputy Securities Commissioner opposing a stockbroker's suit for injunctive relief, declaratory judgment, and damages based on claims of procedural due process.
The stockbroker's suit was dismissed after trial on the merits. The Circuit Court of Appeal affirmed, finding that (1), the stockbroker's right to procedural due process was violated when informal process was used which circumvented the requirements of notice and opportunity for hearing statutorily afforded to an applicant prior to his refusal of his license with the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD); (2), the Securities Commissioner and Deputy Securities Commissioner had absolute immunity from civil liability in refusing the stockbroker's registration; and (3), the doctrine of qualified immunity shielded the Securities Commissioner and Deputy Securities Commissioner from liability.
The Louisiana Supreme Court denied certiorari and the United States Supreme Court denied the stockbroker's application for review.
Amato v. Off. of La. Com'r of Sec., 94-0082 (La. App. 4 Cir. 10/3/94), 644 So. 2d 412, writ denied, 94-3024 (La. 2/3/95), 649 So. 2d 410; 515 U.S. 1144, 115 S.Ct. 2582 (Mem), 132 L.Ed.2d 832, 63 USLW 3888, 63 USLW 3890
Professional Associations & Awards
Delegate for Jefferson Parish in the Louisiana State Bar Association
Awarded the highest attorney rating of "AV" by Martindale Hubble