J. Michael Fussell, Jr.

Mike Fussell is an experienced litigator at both the trial and appellate court levels with first chair trial experience. He has handled a diverse array of matters including commercial disputes, products liability, and oil and gas issues. Mike has also practiced extensively in the areas of health care and medical malpractice law.

Mike earned his J.D. and Bachelor of Civil Law Studies from Louisiana State University Law School in 2005, and received his B.S. cum laude from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2001. Mike is an "AV-Preeminent" rated attorney by the venerable Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings for both ethical standards and legal ability. AV-Preeminent is the highest rating possible.

Mike was also named by Super Lawyers to the Louisiana Rising Star list. Super Lawyers is a rating service of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a rigorous multi-phased process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. No more than 2.5% of the lawyers in Louisiana are named to the Rising Star list.

Acadiana Profile Magazine named Mike as a top lawyer in the Acadiana area. Voting to determine the top attorneys for Acadiana Profile Magazine was open to all licensed attorneys in the Acadiana, Louisiana market area. Each attorney was asked which attorney, other than himself or herself, he or she would recommend in a given practice area. Mike was selected as a top lawyer in multiple practice areas.

Mike is active in the community having won the prestigious Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana "Big Brother of the Year Award" in 2007. He also served as a Board Member for Children's Shelters of Acadiana Youth, Inc.

Mike currently serves as a board member for the American Petroleum Institute's Acadiana Chapter.

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Published Works & Presentations:

Presenter and co-author of The CPA as a Necessary Expert for Complex Oil & Gas Litigation (Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants Seminar, December 2017)

Co-Presenter of the "Multi-State Case Law Update" (HAPL 48th Annual Technical Workshop, April 2017)

Presenter and Co-Author of the "Oil & Gas Update" (Louisiana State University 63rd Annual Mineral Law Institute, March 2017)

Co-Presenter of the "Recent Developments in Louisiana Oil and Gas Law" (Gordon Arata Seminar, August 2016)

Co-Presenter of the "Recent Developments in Louisiana Oil and Gas Law" (Gordon Arata Seminar, June 2016)

Co-Presenter of the "Recent Developments in Louisiana Oil and Gas Law" (Association of Corporate Counsel Seminar, May 2016)

Speaker at the American Petroleum Institute panel discussion luncheon (API, Acadiana Chapter, May 2016)

Presenter and co-author of The Challenge of Change (National Association of Royalty Owners Louisiana Chapter, April 2015)

Co-Presenter of The 411 on Land, Lease and Title Issues: What Every Landman Should Know (Gordon Arata Annual Duck Lunch & Seminar, October 2014)

Presenter and co-author of Handling Disputes Between Surface and Servitude Owners & Recent Developments (Lorman Education Services' "Oil and Gas Rights in Louisiana" Seminar, September 2014)

The Louisiana Public Records Doctrine: A Recent Review by the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, Gordon Arata "Drill Deeper" Blog, May 2014

Presenter and co-author of Two States Separated by a Common Law: A Comparison of Select Topics in Texas and Louisiana Oil & Gas Law (Gordon Arata Duck Lunch & Seminar, 2012)

Presenter and author of Medical Malpractice 101 (Continuing Legal Education, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, 2009)

Professional Affiliations:

American Association of Professional Landmen (AAPL)

American Petroleum Institute, Acadiana Chapter - Board of Directors

Houston Association of Professional Landmen

Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen

Lafayette Parish Bar Association

Lafayette Young Lawyers Association - Board Member, 2009-2010

Louisiana State Bar Association

Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation

Community Involvement:

Children's Shelters of Acadiana Youth, Inc. - Board Member, 2011-2014

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana - Mentor, 2007


AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star - Energy and Natural Resources (2015)

Acadiana Profile Magazine's "Top Lawyers" List - Appellate Practice; Commercial Litigation; Employee Benefits Law (2015 and 2016)

"Big Brother of the Year Award," Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana (2007)

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