Joseph F. Gaar, Jr.

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Lafayette, LA

The Gaar Law Firm
 | 617 South Buchanan Street, PO Drawer 2069
Lafayette, LA 70501
Phone: 337-366-0982
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (90%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Founder of the firm Gaar Law Firm, attorney Joseph F. Gaar Jr., practices exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He has negotiated settlements and litigated trials for bodily injury and wrongful death claims of various kinds and complexity, including truck accident and auto collision injuries; defective products/service injuries; electrocution/burn injuries; brain injuries; and offshore injuries. His firm is located in Lafayette, Louisiana.

Mr. Gaar has represented literally thousands of injured persons seeking compensation for legitimate injuries. He provides personal attention and professional advocacy for individuals who have been injured or families who have suffered wrongful death due to the carelessness or negligence of others. Mr. Gaar's accomplishments in court have earned him a lifetime membership in the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He is admitted to practice within the states of Louisiana and Texas, the U.S. District Courts of Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, and the U.S. District Courts of Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas.

A personal note from Joseph F. Gaar Jr.:

I am a personal injury lawyer because I like to help people who have been wronged. I think I ended up focusing on personal injury for a couple of reasons. My father and brother are both doctors. I didn't want to be a doctor, but I found the medicine fascinating. Being a personal injury lawyer gives me an opportunity to reference all of the medical information I have been surrounded with. From years of deposing and consulting with medical experts, I can't claim to know as much as my father or brother, but I surely know how to find the medical information I need to prove my client's case. The other reason I like being a Louisiana trial lawyer is because it gives me the opportunity to do something for the working men and women of Louisiana. While I was growing up in Shreveport, Louisiana, my father made us work for our spending money. I chose to work offshore, in a refinery, and in construction. I liked the people I worked with then and I still do. During my first job as an associate in a large maritime and admiralty firm, I tried my first case. It wasn't an admiralty case. It was a case where I represented my sister against her automobile insurer. I thought she had been treated unfairly by the insurer. I lost the case, but won the appeal. The case created law in Louisiana. Gaar v. Sowards, 573 So.2d 499, 501 (La. Ct. App. 1 Cir.), writ denied, 569 So.2d 990 (La. 1990) (selection of higher limits of liability insurance).During the process of trying and appealing that case, I left my job at the large defense-oriented maritime and admiralty law firm and established my own personal injury practice in Lafayette, Louisiana. I've never looked back.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (90%)

Personal Injury - Products (10%)


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Super Lawyers: 2009 - 2018

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About Joseph Gaar, Jr.

Admitted: 1985, Louisiana

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Honors and Awards:

  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2008
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum, 2008
  • The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers (Louisiana). 2009, 2010, 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating by Martindale Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Louisiana State Bar (1985); Texas State Bar (1995)

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Texas, 1996
  • Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Member, The National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, St. Landry Parish Bar Association
  • Member, Lafayette Parish Bar Association
  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice
  • Member, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Life Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • $4.2M, Willie Caldwell v. Gulf States Utilities, et. al.(1997): $2.8M, Robert Thibodeaux v. J.M. Huber Corp, et. al.(2006); $1.3M, Rebecca Duncan v. Venture Transport, Inc.(2005); $1.2M, Clay Mouton v. Willis Provost Transportation, et. al(2007); $1.0M, Joey Guidroz v. Guy's Towing Service, et. al.(2004);$950K, Donnie Sanders v. Contractors, Inc., et. al.(2008).

Representative Clients:

  • Wit Denied, 569 So.2d 990 (La.), 1990
  • Gaar v. Sowards, 573 So.2d 499, 501 (La. Ct. App. 1 Cir.)

Other Outstanding Achievements:

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana State University and A&M College, B.S., 1981
Office Location for Joseph F. Gaar, Jr.

617 South Buchanan Street
PO Drawer 2069
Lafayette, LA 70501

Phone: 337-366-0982


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Last Updated: 12/17/2014

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