Areas of Practice
- Primary areas of practice include casualty litigation (including class action and toxic tort litigation maritime injury and death, products liability, construction defect, premises liability, railroad and transportation litigation)
- Insurance coverage disputes
- Contract disputes
- Tulane Law School, Juris Doctorate, 1972
- Tulane University of Louisiana, Bachelor of Arts, 1969
- Licensed to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana as well as the United States Supreme Court
In a recent tragic multiparty trucking accident, Mr. Roniger tried a jury case on behalf of an excess insurer in a Louisiana federal court after admitting liability. Mr. Roniger participated in obtaining a verdict well below the client’s level of insurance, resulting in a savings of millions of dollars to the excess insurer.
Mr. Roniger defended a railroad in a personal-injury toxic-tort class-action lawsuit involving approximately 25,000 claimants, which arose out of an explosion and chemical release from a chemical plant. Mr. Roniger was lead railroad trial counsel and obtained a zero verdict in the first trial of representative plaintiffs, enabling the railroad to enter into a favorable settlement with the remaining plaintiffs.
Mr. Roniger worked with solicitors in London to recover the proceeds of the 26 November 1983 armed robbery of the Brinks warehouse at Heathrow Airport, where $42 million of gold bouillon was stolen. The robbers, and others acting on their behalf, brought a significant portion of the proceeds of this robbery into the United States, and Mr. Roniger participated in bringing civil RICO claims to effect the recovery of a part of the proceeds of the robbery.
Mr. Roniger represented one of several hundred defendants in CERCLA litigation brought by over 9000 plaintiffs, arising out of the storage of toxic waste in Louisiana.