James P. Roy

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana

Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC
James P. Roy
Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime, Class Action & Mass Torts; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1976

Education: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2024

Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards LLC

556 Jefferson Street
Suite 500
Lafayette, LA 70501-6979 Visit website


James P. Roy is a senior partner and managing member of the plaintiffs' personal injury firm Domengeaux Wright Roy Edwards LLC in Lafayette, Louisiana. Focusing his practice on civil litigation, he represents plaintiffs throughout Louisiana and the Gulf coast  involving vehicular accidents, admiralty and maritime law, personal injury and wrongful death. Mr. Roy has served as co-lead class counsel for the BP Oil Spill, Deepwater Horizon multi-district federal litigation (MDL 2179). He has obtained possibly the largest individual maritime personal injury jury verdict in Louisiana (Becker v. Tidewater, WDLA).

Mr. Roy has received the highest possible recognition from his peers,  an AV-Preeminent* rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Personal Injury Law-plaintiffs, Maritime Law, as well as Mass Tort and Class Action litigation.  He has been selected  Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers three times: 2012 (Maritime Law- Baton Rouge area, which included Lafayette at that time), 2016 and 2018 (Personal Injury Plaintiffs- Laffayette area). In 2018 and again for 2019,  Superlawyers recognized him as one of the Top 10 lawyers in Louisiana.

He has been inducted as a  Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers [IATL] (limited to 500 active membersin North America under age 70), and a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).  Mr. Roy is a Past President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Now known as Louisiana Association for Justice). He is also a fellow in the LSU Foundation's 1860 Society and is a former member of the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University (Chairman, 2008-2009).

A native of Louisiana, Mr. Roy earned a Bachelor of Science from LSU in 1973. After receiving his Juris Doctor from LSU Law Center in 1976, he went on to obtain a Master of Laws from Georgetown University. Admitted to practice in Louisiana, Mr. Roy is also admitted before the all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States.


*AV-Preeminent and BV-Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

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Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Admiralty & Maritime Law, Brain Injury, Class Actions, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Railroad Accident, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 50% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 40% Transportation/Maritime
  • 10% Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1976, Louisiana

Professional Webpage: https://wrightroy.com/james-p-roy/

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 1999 - Present. Maritime Law,  and Peronal Injury-Plaintiffs.
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Lexis Nexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated (Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards)
  • Woodward White's The Best Lawyers in America
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Co-Lead Class Counsel, BP/Deepwater Horizon Blowout & oil spill litigation, MDL 2179, USDC EDLA-- Sttlements valued in excess of $12 Billion. Lead Trial Counsel, $43 million federal court jury trial verdict for a double amputee in Becker v. Tidewater, for which the National Law Journal selected him "Litigator of the Month", August 20, 2001
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Chairman of 232-HELP, Inc/211
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, LSU Board of Supervisors, 2005 - 2010
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • Past President, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, LSU Law School Alumni Board of Trustees
  • Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Chairman, LSU Board of Supervisors, 2008 - 2009
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • The National Law Journal named him Litigator of the Month in August, 2001
Educational Background:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1973
  • Georgetown University Law School, LL.M., 1977
  • Juris Doctorate, LSU Law School, 1976

Office location for James P. Roy

556 Jefferson Street
Suite 500
Lafayette, LA 70501-6979

Phone: 337-233-3033

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