Ben Grau

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Direct: (504) 569-2992
Fax: (504) 569-2999
beng@spsr-law.com
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AV RatedFor the past 17 years, Benjamin R. Grau (Ben) has maintained a diverse litigation, transactional, and insurance coverage practice extending across state and federal courts of Louisiana and Texas, as well as other jurisdictions around the country.  Ben has wide-ranging experience spanning across multiple practices areas, including defending premises liability actions, negotiating commercial contracts, and trying a multi-million construction defect and product liability class actions.

Ben is particularly adept at handling complex matters in the areas of construction law and defect litigation, general commercial litigation, insurance coverage, business interruption, premises and product liability, onshore and offshore oil and gas casualty/blowout litigation, and admiralty/maritime litigation.  He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association, where he served as a past board member for the New Orleans chapter.  Ben has also earned an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell based on evaluation by his peers.

Originally from New Orleans, Ben attended Jesuit High School and Tulane University, where he earned both his undergraduate degree and juris doctorate.  Ben began his legal career practicing primarily in New Orleans, until January 2006 when he and his family relocated to Dallas, Texas as a result of Hurricane Katrina.  While in Texas Ben continued his professional development and expanded his practice.  However, in January 2011, Ben returned to New Orleans, the city he has always called “home.”


PRACTICE AREAS:

  • Commercial Litigation / Class Actions
  • Construction Law / Construction Defect
  • Energy
  • Insurance Defense
  • Maritime & Admiralty
  • Products Liability
  • Retail & Restaurant


EDUCATION:

  • Tulane University, Paul Tulane College, B.A., Political Economics
  • Tulane University, School of Law, J.D.
  • Tulane University, School of Law, Certificate of Specialization in Admiralty Law
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Trial Skills Training


BAR ADMISSIONS:

  • State of Louisiana
  • State of Texas
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern, and Western Districts of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Federal Claims


PUBLICATIONS AND SPEECHES:

  • Workplace Safety Claims, American Builders and Contractors, 2011


PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association (Past Board Member for the New Orleans Chapter)


AWARDS:

  • Allen Smith Prize, Tulane University School of Law

 

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