Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.
Partner - Baton Rouge
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Claude F. Reynaud, Jr. is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. He has been a partner since 1981. Mr. Reynaud is a member of the firm's Management Committee.
As a member of the firm, Mr. Reynaud serves as Chief General Counsel to the Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association since 1998 and General Counsel for Baton Rouge New Car Dealers Association. Mr. Reynaud represents several General Motor’s Local Marketing Associations (LMA’s). Claude represents dealers in disputes with manufacturers, consumers and class actions and has also represented multiple dealers in the GM and Chrysler bankruptcies.
His principal areas of practice include litigation involving: antitrust; intellectual property; RICO; unfair competition; fiduciary duties of corporate officers, directors, and trustees; securities; contracts; automobile franchise law; lender liability; and health care. Mr. Reynaud has experience particularly in complex commercial litigation with its attendant discovery issues and motion practice. Mr. Reynaud also assists clients in the areas of antitrust, corporate governance, and prosecutes trademark and copyright applications.
Protecting businesses from unfair competition
- Unfair trade practices
- Trade secrets, trademarks and copyright
- Business defamation
- Fiduciary duty litigation
- Disputes involving shareholder or operating agreements
- Corporate control disputes
- Derivative suits
- Corporate governance issues.
- Business torts
- Breaches of contract
- Breaches of fiduciary duty
- Securities litigation
- Lender liability
- Representing healthcare providers in managed care suits
- Opioid litigation
- Disputes between manufacturers and dealers
- Disputes between co-owners of dealerships
- Trade association issues (antitrust)
- Representing large groups of dealers in common issues with manufacturers
Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 1977
Louisiana State University, B.S., Corporate Finance, 1974
Louisiana Supreme Court, 1977
U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 1977
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1978
U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1981
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, 1981
Sixth Circuit Court of Appeal, 1994
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal, 1981
U.S. Supreme Court, 1989
Various Federal district courts on an ad hoc basis in New York, West Virginia, Texas, Ohio and Mississippi.
Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
Louisiana Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section
American Bar Association, Business and Antitrust Section, Intellectual Property Section
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Member, National Association of Dealer Counsel
Past FINRA Arbitrator, and has served as Chairperson of numerous arbitration panels
General Counsel, Louisiana Automobile Dealers Association
General Counsel, Baton Rouge New Car Dealers Association
General Counsel, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
Member of the Executive Committee and Board of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
Current Member of the Board of Visit Baton Rouge and Chairman of the Board of Visit Baton Rouge, 2010 and 2011, 2018
Former Board Member, Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), 1995-2001; Present member, BRAF Civic Initiatives Committee
Past Co-Chair, Plan Baton Rouge Steering Committee to revitalize downtown Baton Rouge
Past President, Board of Volunteer Baton Rouge
Graduate of 1989 Leadership Baton Rouge Graduate of 2002 CABL Louisiana Leadership
Past Chairman, Board of Prevent Child Abuse Louisiana
Honors and Awards
Ranked by Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers for Louisiana in the area of Litigation: General Commercial
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of Commercial Litigation; Litigation; Antitrust Litigation; and Intellectual Property (listed annually since 2001)
Selected Lawyer of the Year, in Litigation - Intellectual Property in Baton Rouge by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated.
Named Super Lawyer
American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
Mr. Reynaud has experience in representing pharmaceutical distributors in opioid litigation brought by municipalities and counties and antitrust litigation brought by the AG in Louisiana.
Mr. Reynaud represented the City of Alexandria (City) in litigation against Cleco for alleged overcharges to the City’s Utility resulting in a 50.7 million dollar settlement for the City.
Mr. Reynaud represented the City in negotiations with MISO that involved the City becoming a member of MISO.
Mr. Reynaud represented the Louisiana Public Service Commission in its consideration of the application by Entergy, Inc. to merge with Florida Power and Light Company (Docket No. U-25354).
Mr. Reynaud has represented financial institutions in lender liability cases where the total exposure has exceeded $100 million.
Mr. Reynaud has represented defendants in antitrust cases where the total exposure has exceeded over $1 billion.
Mr. Reynaud has represented clients in adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts where the total amount of the estate is over $1.65 billion.
Mr. Reynaud has appeared as lead counsel in litigation in all district courts in the State of Louisiana, Federal District Courts in Jackson, Mississippi; Texas; Columbus, Ohio; Cleveland, Ohio; Charleston, West Virginia; and the Southern District of New York.