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Robert L. Redfearn, Jr. has been practicing law at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP since 1989. He previously practiced in the trial department of Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas from 1986 to 1989; and, prior to joining Baker & Botts, he clerked for the Honorable Eugene Davis Of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit from 1985 to 1986.

Mr. Redfearn has extensive trial and appellate experience, primarily in the areas of commercial litigation and personal injury defense. He also represents clients in transactional matters, including lease negotiations and general corporate and contract matters. Mr. Redfearn is also a Certified American Arbitration Association (AAA) Arbitrator for Commercial Disputes, and he has served as an arbitrator in employment and commercial matters.

Representative Matters

  • Currently representing Huntsman International LLC and Rubicon LLC in a breach of contract case involving claims for millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented royalty owners in claims for underpayment of oil and gas royalties.
  • Represented a multi-national New York Stock Exchange company in its acquisition of a business in Louisiana.
  • Successfully defended a large oil and gas company against a claim arising out of a bankruptcy filing seeking a return of approximately $20 million.

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Texas


  • J.D., Tulane University, 1985
  • Member, Tulane Law Review
  • B.S., Louisiana State University, 1982


  • American Bar Foundation 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Mississippi State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


  • “Disclaimers in Purchase & Sale Agreements: Are They Enforceable Against Fraud Claims,” For The Defense, October 2008.
  • “Settlement Agreements: What is Important and What is Not,” DRI The Voice, October 2008.
  • “Trade Secrets,” Louisiana Law Section of DRI Compendium.
  • “Bad Faith Liability & an Insurer’s Refusal to Settle,” Insurance Journal, July 2015.
  • “Consequences at the Intersection of Insurance and Corporate Law,” Insurance Journal, March 2015.
  • “Louisiana Court Rulings in Disability Case Go from Bad to Worse for Insurer,” Insurance Journal, November 2014.
  • “Peremption for Me, But not for Thee,” Insurance Journal, July 2014.
  • “Of Forklifts, UM Coverage and Unasked Questions,” Insurance Journal, March 2014.
  • “Will Hurricane Katrina Legal Issues be Resurrected in Sandy Claims,” Insurance Journal, November 2013.
  • “Are Electronic Signatures Valid in Insurance Contracts,” Insurance Journal, July 2013.
  • “The Never Ending Snowball Fight,” Insurance Journal, April 2013.
  • “Falling Trees: Act of God or Covered Event,” Insurance Journal, November 2012.
  • “Global Warming Litigation in Favor of Insurers Vacated,” Insurance Journal, March 2012.
  • “Insurers Win First Round of Climate Change Litigation,” Insurance Journal, November 2011
  • “Global Warming Litigation Just Getting Started; Cost Will Be Significant,” Insurance Journal, March 2010
  • “Challenges to the Anti‑Concurrent Cause Clause Linger in Katrina Lawsuits,” Insurance Journal, July 2009.
  • “The Paradox of Flood Insurance Coverage,” Insurance Journal, February 2009.
  • “Successive Hurricanes: Potential Windfall for Insured?” Insurance Journal, November 2008.
  • “Cleaning Up After Hurricane Katrina: The Louisiana Supreme Court Addresses Two Critical Issues,” Insurance Journal, July 2008.
  • “Professional Services: Do You Know Them When You See Them?” Insurance Journal, April 2008.
  • “Louisiana Valued Policy Law: New Teeth for Hurricane Claims,” Insurance Journal, January 2008.
  • “Wildfires, Hurricanes, & Terrorist Attacks: Business Interruption Insurance Considerations for Regional Catastrophic Events,” Insurance Journal, October 2007.
  • “A Closer Look at Tricky Coverage Issues for Special Events,” Insurance Journal, September 2007.
  • “Claims Against Insurance Agents and Brokers: Timing Is Everything,” Insurance Journal, May 2007.
  • “Hurricane Katrina: Are the Winds of Fortune Changing for Insurers,” Insurance Journal, February 2007.
  • “Burden of Proof to Determine Insurance Coverage in ‘Slab’ Cases,” Insurance Journal, November 2006.
  • Leonard v. Nationwide: The First Post‑Katrina Insurance Decision Is a Victory for Insurers,” Insurance Journal, September 2006.
  • “Insurance Legislation and Bulletins in the Wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” Insurance Journal, August 2006.
  • “Coverage Issues at the Core of Hurricane Katrina Relate Litigation,” Insurance Journal, May 2006.
  • “What does a ‘Valued Policy’ Cover in Louisiana and Mississippi,” Insurance Journal, February 2006.
  • “Hurricanes Katrina and Rita: Exposing Settled (?) Insurance Coverage Issues,” Insurance Journal, November 2005.
  • “Oilfield Anti‑indemnity Acts and Their Impact on Insurance Coverage: A Comparative Analysis,” Insurance Journal, August 2005.
  • “My Brother’s Keeper: Duties and Liabilities of Insurance Agents and Brokers,” Insurance Journal, May 2005.

Speaking Engagements

  • “Planning for Disputes & Disaster: Arbitration & Choice of Law Provisions,” IADC ​Contracts & Risk Management Conference, Virtual, October 2020
  • “Landlord‑Tenant Law: Evictions,” Sterling Education Services, July 2015
  • “Landlord‑Tenant Law: Evictions,” Sterling Education Services, December 2014
  • “Understanding Liability Under Contracts,” NBI, January 2012
  • “Litigation of Audit Exceptions,” COPAS, February 2009

Professional Recognition

  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation 

Community Involvement

  • Adjunct Professor, Tulane Law School
  • Secretary, New Orleans Lawn Tennis Club


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