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Attorneys Matthew william pryor Timothy earle pujol

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Our three attorneys – Timothy Earle Pujol, Matthew William Pryor, and Barbara L. Irwin -- With over 50 years of combined legal experience, litigating at the highest levels of our judicial systems and being precedent setting litigators, our three attorneys meet, if not surpass all of the large Baton Rouge and New Orleans firms, but with unparalleled service to the client.  Our accomplishments are a testimony to our hard work and diligence.

 

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Matthew William Pryor (Managing Partner)

Matthew W. Pryor is the Managing Partner at Pujol, Pryor & Irwin. Born on July 18, 1969, to a naval officer, Matthew spent his childhood traveling around the world from one duty port to another. The vastness of his experience, and coming from a family to whom service to our country was paramount (grandfather a WWI veteran, father a 40-year Naval officer, and brother a 20-year Air Force office-holder), has shaped Matthew’s career to service his clients and the community.

 

Graduating from High School in 1988 in New Orleans, Matthew received a Bachelor’s of Criminal Justice from LSU in 1992. In 1995, Matthew was awarded a Juris Doctor from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU.

 

He immediately began practicing law. His career since has focused exclusively on litigation. Matthew has thousands of hours in the courtroom and has tried hundreds of cases. He has successfully represented his clients in the state and federal district courts of Louisiana, the Louisiana appellate courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.

 

In addition to practicing law, Matthew has given numerous seminars on substantive law and litigation techniques. He has taught legal courses at Baton Rouge Community College and River Parish Community College and has donated his time to helping high school students with mock trial competitions.

 

His accomplishments have been so great that in 2010, he was appointed a Judge Pro Temp of the Ascension Parish Court. That year, he was also named one of the People of Ascension by Eatel.

 

He has successfully handled cases that have been reported on in the New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and national media. He is often called on by out-of-state clients looking for representation in Louisiana because of his accomplishments.

 

Matthew is married to the former Alison Bexley and they have two children.

 

Education

  • Louisiana State University - Bachelor of Criminal Justice, 1992

  • Paul M. Hebert Law Center - Juris Doctor, 1995

 

Bar admission

  • Louisiana State Bar Association – 1995

  • United States Circuit Court of Appeal 5th Circuit – 1995

  • United States District Court – Eastern District of Louisiana – 1995

  • United States District Court – Middle District of Louisiana – 1995

  • United Stated District Court – Western District of Louisiana – 1995

 

Noteworthy cases

Louisiana Supreme Court

  • Hill v. Shelter Mutual Insurance Company, 953 So.2d 691 (La. 2006). Precedent setting

 

Louisiana courts of appeal

  • Gilton v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 839 So.2d 157 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2003)

  • Alexander v. Ford, 866 So.2d 890 (La. App. 5th Cir, 2004)

  • Costly v. Batiste, 802 So.2d 752 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2001)

  • Becnal v. Stein, 726 So.2d 468 (La. App. 5th Cir. 1999)

  • Westerman v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 834 So.2d 445 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2002). Precedent setting

  • Young v. Martinez, 772 So.2d 1143 (La. App. 1st Cir. 1998)

  • Rideau v. State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co., 970 So.2d 564 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2007). Reported in Baton Rouge media

  • Gillmer v. Parish Sterling Stuckey, 30 So.3d. 782 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2009). Precedent setting

  • Matassa v. Jasmine, 42 So.3d. 1157 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2010). Precedent setting. Reported in New Orleans and Baton Rouge media

  • Shear v. Champagne, 22 So.3d. 942 (La. App. 1st. Cir. 2009)

  • Quality Design and Const. v. Tuff Coat Mfg. Inc., 939 So.2d 429 (La. App. 1st. Cir 2006). Report in Baton Rouge media

  • Miller v. Tauzin, 174 So.3d 1175 (La. App. 1st Cir. 2015)

  • Vince v. Koontz, — So.3d – (La. App. 5th Cir. 2015)

 

Service

  • Ascension Parish Planning and Zoning Commissioner, 2014 – present

  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce – Board Member. Chairman of the board, 2014 – present, Government and Community Development Chair, 2013. Leadership Ascension Chair 2010-2012

  • Rotary Club of East Ascension – President 2007-2008, President-elect 2006-2007, Vice President 2005-2006, Mardi Gras Ball Chair 2008-2013, Board of Directors 2005-2009. Rotarian of the year 2009-2010

  • Child Advocacy Service – Board member

  • Theresa of Avila Catholic School Finance Subcommittee — Committee set the annual budget for the East Ascension / East Iberville Catholic School partnership and reviews all financial issues to make recommendations to the pastoral advisory board

  • Gonzales Soccer Club – Vice President of Youth – Responsible for all disciplinary issues in the club, including parent / coach, parent-coach / referee, and coach / player. All responsible for team formation and all tryouts. Referee 2013-Present

  • John the Evangelist Catholic Church – Capital Campaign Committee

  • Volunteer Ascension – Board Member. President 2007

  • American Heart Association Ascension Board. Board Member

  • Gonzales Lions Club

  • Leadership Louisiana – Class of 2011

  • Eatel 75th Anniversary – People of Ascension

  • Dancing for a Cause – Local event to raise money for COEA-The Arc of East Ascension. Two-time contestant, judge, and emcee

  • Ascension Idol – Local event to raise money for the Ascension Fund. Emcee for all four years of the event

  • Volunteer of the Year Awards – Emcee from 2009-2011

  • Theresa of Avila Catholic School Basketball Coach. 5th grade boys, 7th grade boys, 8th grade boys, and 7th grade girls

  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce – Host for political forum over the past two election cycles

  • St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church – Eucharist minister and lector

  • 2002 Kona Marathon – Completed marathon to raise money for the American Stroke Association

  • Leadership Ascension Class of 1998

Timothy Earle Pujol (Senior Partner)

Timothy E. Pujol is the Senior Partner at Pujol, Pryor & Irwin. He was born in Bunkie, LA in 1959, but has resided in Ascension Parish, on the outskirts of Baton Rouge, since 1982. He has been married since 1983, has two children, and five grandchildren. He received his undergraduate degree from LSU and his law degree from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU. His primary areas of practice are personal injury, litigation, business, commercial and construction litigation, criminal litigation, and generally all other forms of litigation, excluding family practice.

 

He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell®, the highest peer review rating available to lawyers for ability and ethics. He has been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Acadiana by The Acadiana Profile and is a recipient of the Air Products Trial Truck Award.

 

He has been a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates for the last 20 years and has sat on the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Governors as a liaison to the House of Delegates. He's a member of the 23rd, 21st, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations, having been the past President of the 23rd JDC Bar Association. He's known by his peers for his tenacity, determination, and success rate.

 

Areas of practice

 

Personal injury litigation, business, commercial and construction litigation, big truck wrecks, car accidents, slip and falls, premises liability, criminal litigation, Maritime, mass tort / toxic tort and EEOC / employment discrimination.

 

Bar admissions

  • Admitted to the Louisiana State Bar in 1988

  • Admitted to the United States Middle District, the United States Eastern District, and the United States Western District for the State of Louisiana in 1988

  • Admitted to the United States Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • Admitted to the Federal Claims Court in Washington, D.C.

 

Represented clients

  • Acadian Commercial Contractors

  • Amko Fence & Steel, Inc.

  • American Pump and Maintenance, Inc.

  • Ascension Properties, LLC

  • Cajun Mat, LLC

  • Excel Contractors Inc.

  • Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company

  • Gulf Coast Pharmaceuticals

  • Livingston Intergovernmental Commission

  • Pelican Point, Properties, LLC

  • SkidMarks, LLC

  • Village of French Settlement

  • Village of Port Vincent

  • Zurich Insurance Company

 

References

  • Investar Bank

  • EATEL

  • Whitney Bank

 

Classes / seminars taught

  • Settling Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Claims, NBI, 2007

  • Trial Techniques, 23rd JDC, 1999

  • Ethics, 23rd JDC, 2001

 

Honors and awards

  • Air Products Trial Truck Award, 2002

  • Acadiana Top 100 Lawyers

 

Associations and memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1988 – present

  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, 1988 – present

  • 23rd JDC Bar Association, 1991 – present

  • 21st JDC Bar Association, 2001 – present

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

  • Past President, 23rd JDC Bar Association

  • Elected Member, Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates, 1994 – present

  • Elected to Louisiana State Board of Governors as Liaison to the House of Delegates

 

Civic

  • Gonzales Rotary Club, Past President

  • Ascension Community Theater, Board Member

  • Ascension Fund, Board Member

  • Ascension Chamber of Commerce

  • Holy Rosary Catholic Church

Barbara L. Irwin (Partner)

Born and raised in Louisiana, Ms. Irwin has been practicing law since graduating from LSU’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2002. Her practice has focused on litigation, construction law, personal injury work, and has developed to include wills and succession. She has vast experience trying both bench and jury trials and consistently obtains favorable results for her clients. Her practice has also included extensive work before the courts of appeal.

 

Areas of practice

 

Business and commercial litigation, wills and successions, personal injury, slip and fall / premises liability, construction law, and litigation and employment discrimination.

 

Bar admissions

  • Louisiana, 2002

  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2002

  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2002

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 2002

  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 2002

 

Education

Louisiana State University Law Center

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2002 – B.C.L.

 

Louisiana State University Law Center

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2002 – J.D.

 

University of Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky, 1999 – B.A.

Honors: Cum Laude

Major: Political Science

 

Professional associations and memberships

  • Sustaining Member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge

  • 2012 Graduate of Leadership Ascension

  • Secretary and Board Member of the Leadership Ascension Foundation

  • Associate Vestry Member, St. James Episcopal Church 2010-2013

  • St. James Episcopal Day School, School Board of Trustees, 2014 – present

 

Fraternities / sororities

  • Chi Omega

 

Representative cases

  • Serou v. Tureau Infirmary, 2012-0089 (La. App. 4 Cir. 4/24/13), 115 So. 3d 688

  • D & J Fill v. State of Louisiana, through the Department of Environmental Quality, 2014 WL 3555790, 2013-0762 (La. App. 1 Cir. 4/24/14)

  • Riverside Recycling, LLC v. BWI Companies, Inc. of Texas, 2012-0588 (La. App. 1 Cir. 12/28/12), 112 So. 3d 869

  • Cline v. Cheema, 2011-1029 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/22/12), 85 So. 3d 260

  • MIE Properties-LA, LLC v. Victory Physical Therapy, LLC, 2011-0835 (La. App. 1 Cir. 12/21/11) 2011 WL 6742534

  • Matassa v. Jasmine, 2010-1298 (La. App. 1 Cir. 7/22/10), 42 So. 3d 1157

  • Baumann v. D & J Fill, Inc. 2007-1480 (La. App. 1 Cir. 2/8/08), 2008 WL 426276

  • Louisiana Municipal Assoc. v. State, 893 So. 2d 809, 2004-0227 (La. 1/19/05)

  • Bibbins v. City Court of Baton Rouge, 489 F. Supp. 2d 562 (M.D. La. 2001)

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