Gary J. Rouse
Gary J. Rouse received his legal education at Louisiana State University, graduating with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1970. Subsequent to graduating, Mr. Rouse served as Senior Law Clerk to Honorable Nauman F. Scott, United States District Court, Western District of Louisiana. Mr. Rouse has focused his professional efforts in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Fidelity and Surety Defense, Director and Officer Liability Defense, Real Estate Development, and Appellate Practice.
In his nearly 50 years of practicing commercial and construction related law, he has represented owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, surety companies, banks, savings and loan institutions, and various insurance companies. He has prepared documentation for real estate development and construction projects, including financing packages, and other project related documents for real estate development projects having a cumulative value of well in excess of $200 million.
Mr. Rouse has handled construction documentation issues and/or litigation in Louisiana, Nevada, Texas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, and Georgia. He has extensive experience in handling matters under the Federal Miller Act, the Louisiana Private Works Statutes, and the Louisiana Public Works Act. He has litigated many different aspects of construction related problems, covering asphalt paving projects for airport runways, commercial parking facilities, foundation subsidence issues, high rise curtainwall installation, glass and glazing issues involving water intrusion, wastewater treatment plant construction, drinking water delivery systems, and window and wall system failures with related moisture and mold issues. His experience in construction matters covers a wide range of offsite and onsite improvements for a wide range of public and private construction projects.
Mr. Rouse has also practiced extensively in the area of director and officer liability and financial institution and fidelity bond coverage. He is the author of "Emerging Theories of Lender Liability, The Decision to Defend and Payment of Defense Costs Under the 1986 Form 24 Financial Institution Bond," American Bar Association. He is the contributing author of "Annotated Financial Institution Bond, Second Supplement" and "Bond Default Manual, Extra-Contractual Damage Considerations," American Bar Association.
Memberships / Affiliations
Mr. Rouse is admitted to practice in all state courts of Louisiana, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of the State of Louisiana, and the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. He is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State, United States Fifth Circuit, and American Bar Associations. He holds membership in the Professionals, Officers, and Directors Liability Law Committee and has served as a Vice-Chairman of the Fidelity and Surety Law Committee of the American Bar Association, Section on Tort and Insurance Practice. He is also a member of the American Bar Association Section on Business Law. He is presently listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" for construction law and holds an AV peer review rating with Martindale Hubbell.
Over the past 30 years, he has served on numerous committees for the local YMCA and has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans YMCA. He presently serves the Greater New Orleans YMCA in the capacity as a Trustee.