Distinguished Attorney

2006 Distinguished Attorney

Wayne J. Lee

Wayne J. Lee

Wayne J. Lee is a member of Stone Pigman's Management Committee and chairs the firm's Commercial Litigation practice group. For the last 12 years, his practice has included a concentration in insurance and class action lawsuits. Mr. Lee has extensive experience in handling coverage issues, bad faith claims, regulatory issues and class actions involving a myriad of substantive issues.

Mr. Lee received his law degree in 1974 from Tulane University School of Law, where he was chosen to the Order of the Coif and was a member of the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors, 1972-74. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane in 1971.

Mr. Lee is a past president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA). Throughout his career, he has held numerous other positions within the LSBA including membership in the House of Delegates, 1997-2003; the Board of Governors, 1993-96; vice-chair of the Standing Committee on Diversity in the Profession, 2006-07; chair of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee, 1997-99; chair of the Continuing Legal Education Program Committee, 1991-93; and an ad hoc member of the Mandatory Continuing Legal Education Committee. He received two President's Awards, first in 1993 for his work as chair of the Continuing Legal Education Program Committee, and again in 1998 for his work as co-chair of the Practice Assistance and Improvement Committee. He served as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, 2003-05 and is a member of the American Bar Association Commission on Racial and Ethnic Diversity in the Profession.

In addition to his involvement with the bar associations, Mr. Lee is on the Board of Administrators of the Tulane Educational Fund and a member of the Dean's Advisory Board of the Tulane University School of Law. Mr. Lee was a member of the Louisiana Indigent Defense Assistance Board and served as chair of the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Group. He was appointed to the Louisiana Board of Regents for Higher Education, 1989-94; served as president of the board of Kingsley House, 1998-2000; served as chairman of the board of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, 2001-03; and is the immediate past chairman of the board of the Audubon Nature Institute. He currently is a member of the board of directors for Attorneys' Liability Assurance Society, Ltd., a member of the Tulane University Inn of Court and a member of the Advisory Board of Editors of the Tulane Law Review. He is also the current chairman of the board of the New Orleans Community Support Foundation. Mr. Lee is a member of the American, National, Louisiana, New Orleans and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations and a member of the Louis A. Martinet Society. He is a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Lee is a frequent speaker at legal seminars and has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the field of business litigation.

2005 Distinguished Attorney

H. Alston Johnson III

H. Alston Johnson III

H. Alston Johnson III is a managing partner of Phelps Dunbar's Baton Rouge office. Mr. Johnson graduated cum laude in 1967 from Georgetown University. He received his J.D. in 1970 from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was a senior associate editor of the Law Review . Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar in 1984, he was a full-time member of the law faculty at LSU for twelve years. He continues to teach as an adjunct member of that faculty, teaching primarily conflict of laws, federal courts and insurance.

His practice concentrates primarily in litigation, particularly at the appellate level and with particular emphasis in the areas of tort, insurance coverage, and administrative law. He has extensive experience in legislative, regulatory and governmental matters and has represented numerous public entities in both counseling and litigation capacities.

Mr. Johnson served on the LSBA Board of Governors from 1975 to 1976. He is a member of the LSBA, the American Bar Association, and the American Law Institute and a former member of the council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. He is a past president of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and in 1988 he served as chair of the Governor's Advisory Committee on Tort, Workers' Compensation and Insurance Reform. From 1973 to 1984, he served as consultant for the LSBA Law Reform Committee. Mr. Johnson also received the 2005 LBF Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award for his long-standing devotion to excellence in trial practice and for upholding the standards of ethics and consideration for the courts, litigants and all counsel in his practice of the law.

He is the author or co-author of three treatises on Louisiana law published by Thomson/West Publishing Company: Louisiana Workers' Compensation (4th ed.), Louisiana Insurance Law (3rd ed. in manuscript) and Louisiana Civil Jury Instructions (2nd ed.).

2004 Distinguished Attorney

Louis D. Curet

Louis D. Curet, a native of New Roads, is a graduate of LSU and of Paul M. Hebert Law Center. While at LSU, Curet served as Justice on Honor Court; Student Council; President of College of Arts & Sciences; President of Omicron Delta Kappa, National Leadership Fraternity; listed in Who's Who among Students in American Colleges and Universities; a Distinguished Military Graduate, LSU ROTC. He served two years active duty with Judge Advocate General's Department, United States Air Force. Curet began his law practice in 1950. He is admitted to practice before all courts in Louisiana and US Supreme Court. He is a member of D'Amico & Curet law firm. He is a former Fellow in American College of Trust and Estate Counsel; served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1972-1973; former member Board of Directors of Baton Rouge Speech and Hearing Foundation; and a former member Board of Directors of Bocage Racquet club. He is a member of the Supreme Court of Louisiana Historical Society; member and former Director of Baton Rouge Foundation for Historical Louisiana; member of the Board of Directors of Our Lady of the Lake Foundation; and member of the Board of Directors of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation; Curet served as Co-Chair of the 2004 Capital Campaign Drive for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center which raised over 2 million dollars. He has the distinction of being the first President of Friends of French Studies at LSU and now serves as Treasurer. He was inducted into LSU Alumni Hall of Distinction in 2002. He is a member of Sigma Chi Alumni Association; City Club of Baton Rouge; Baton Rouge Country Club; Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity; downtown Kiwanis Club; and a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. He was married to Jean Harvey Curet for 48 years, she passed away on 05/25/2000. He has one daughter, Jeanne Marie Curet James and four grand children.

Julian R. Murray, Jr.

Julian R. Murray, Jr. received his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane Law School in 1964. He is admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Louisiana and is a member of the bar of the United States Supreme Court and the 5th, 6th and 11th U.S. Courts of Appeals. He was an Assistant District Attorney for the Parish of Orleans from 1966 to 1968 and was supervisor of the Fraud Section. He was then appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, was promoted to Chief of the Criminal division and served for two years as the First Assistant U.S. Attorney. He also served as the Chief Prosecutor of the Organized Crime Unit in the Louisiana State Attorney General's Office.

He is engaged in all types of litigation including white collar criminal defense work, business litigation and personal injury cases. Mr. Murray also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Tulane Law School, and for the last 22 years has been the Director of Tulane's Trial Advocacy Program. He is the recipient of the Monte M. Lemann Distinguished Teaching Award for outstanding service to the law school. Mr. Murray serves on the White Collar Crime Committee of the ABA and is past president of the N.O. Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. He was also the founder and first president of the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. Mr. Murray co-authored the text books "Louisiana Criminal Trial Practice" and "Louisiana Criminal Law Formulary".

He was awarded fellowship in the International Society of Barristers and the American Board of Criminal Lawyers, and is listed in Who's Who in American Law and the Best Lawyers in America. Mr. Murray is a member of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, the Irish Cultural Society, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. He also serves as a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society. He was on the cover of New Orleans Magazine, January 1999, which featured an article on New Orleans lawyers. In 2003 he was selected by the readers of Gambit as one of the top three attorneys in the metropolitan area.

2003-1986 Distinguished Attorney Award


  • 2003 David J. Utter

  • 2002 Camille F. Gravel, Jr.*

  • 2001 Judy Perry Martinez

  • 2000 Howard B. Gist, Jr.*

  • 1999 Gene W. Lafitte

  • 1998 Sam J. D'Amico*

  • 1997 John B. Scofield

  • 1996 Jack C. Benjamin, Sr., Robert E. Leake, Jr.

  • 1995 Frank Voelker, Jr.*

  • 1994 Jack E. Caldwell

  • 1993 Thomas Haller Jackson, Jr.

  • 1992 Carlos G. Spaht*

  • 1991 Dermot S. McGlinchey*

  • 1990 Robert G. Pugh*

  • 1989 Eldon E. Fallon, LeDoux R. Provosty, Jr.*

  • 1988 Samuel C. Gainsburgh*, Edgar H. Lancaster, Jr.*

  • 1987 Thomas O. Collins, Jr.

  • 1986 M. Truman Woodward, Jr.*



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