Nicholas A. Blanda

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Lafayette, Louisiana

Anderson Blanda & Saltzman
Nicholas A. Blanda
Anderson Blanda & Saltzman

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime, Products Liability; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 2004

Education: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024 Selected to Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016
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Anderson Blanda & Saltzman

2010 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70508 Visit website


Attorney Nicholas A. Blanda is a partner with Anderson, Dozier, Blanda & Saltzman law firm in Lafayette, Louisiana. A highly accomplished trial attorney, Mr. Blanda has earned national recognition for his outstanding professionalism and legal abilities, and he provides unmatched advocacy and support to clients across the state who have serious personal injury and wrongful death claims arising from any of the following:

· Trucking accidents

· Automobile accidents

· Maritime and offshore accidents

· Defective products

· Unsafe property conditions and premises liability

· Industrial and workplace accidents

Over the course of his more than 17 years in practice, Mr. Blanda has secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for his plaintiff clients, and he has earned lifetime memberships in both the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. Among his other awards and honors, he holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and The National Trial Lawyers named him among the Top 100 and Top 40 Under 40 Trial Lawyers in the country.

Moreover, he has received designation as one of the Top Lawyers in Acadiana for admiralty and maritime law and product liability litigation, as well as designation as among America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators. He has also received other consistent top rankings and endorsements from his peers along with numerous testimonials and recommendations from those he has served.

A lifelong resident of Lafayette, Mr. Blanda graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Arts in history. He then attended Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2004. He is admitted to practice before all U.S. District Courts in Louisiana as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Blanda is a member of the Louisiana and American Associations for Justice, the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations, the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and the Duhe Inn of Court. He is also a proud supporter of the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license 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 anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Transportation/Maritime, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

Focus areas

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

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 30% Transportation/Maritime
  • 10% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 2004, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

  • Peer review rated "AV Preeminent" by Martindale Hubbell in the field of Personal Injury Litigation.  Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards., Martindale Hubbell
  • Recognized by Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in the field of personal injury litigation, 2014-2016, Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by Louisiana Super Lawyers in the field of personal injury litigation, 2017-Present, Louisiana Super Lawyers
  • 2014 - present.  National Trial Lawyers - Top 100.  Invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys from each state who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature and public profile., National Trial Lawyers
  • 2012 - present. The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 under 40.  Inclusion is by invitation only and is extended exclusively to those trial lawyers practicing civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense law. Invitees must exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership as a young lawyer under the age of 40., National Trial Lawyers
  • 2016 - Present.  America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators, America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators
  • Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollars Advocates Forum
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum – Lifetime Member, Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top Lawyers in Acadiana – Admiralty & Maritime Law, Top Lawyers in Acadiana
  • Top Lawyers in Acadiana - Product Liability, Top Lawyers in Acadiana
  • Top Lawyers in Acadiana - Personal Injury Law  , Top Lawyers in Acadiana
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Guidry v. Allstate Ins. Co., 11–517 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 12/21/11), 83 So.3d 91, writ denied, 12–225 (La. 3/30/12), 85 So.3d 121
  • Navarre v. Southwest Contractors, L.L.C., 2008 WL 4801717 (La. App. 3rd Cir., 11/5/08) 
  • Landry v. Island Operating Co. Inc., 2009 WL 3241560 (W.D. La. 2009)
  • Fruge v. Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P., 724 F.Supp.2d 631 (W.D. La. 2010)
  • Mike Hooks, Inc. v. Eskridge, 2011 WL 888117 (W.D. La. 2011)
  • Cormier v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2012 WL 394300 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • Thibeaux v. Merit Energy Co., LLC, 920 F. Supp. 2d 706 (W.D. La. 2013)
  • Domingue v. Chevron USA Inc., 2012 WL 3744669 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • Fruge v. Ulterra Drilling Technologies, L.P., 883 F.Supp.2d 692 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • Domingue v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., 2012 WL 5996999 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • Domingue v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., 2012 WL 5996989 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • Poirrier v. Baker Hughes, Inc. 2014 WL 2801328 (W.D. La. 2014)
  • Flugence v. Axis Surplus Ins. Co., 2012 WL 6726692 (W.D. La. 2012)
  • In re Flugence, 738 F.3d 126 (5th Cir. 11/22/2013)
  • King v. Ink's of Concordia Street Inc., 2014 WL 1689932 (W.D. La. 2014)
  • Dauterive v. Guilbeau Marine Logistics, 2018 WL 3435422 (W.D. La. 2018)
  • McBride v. Estis Well Service, Inc., 768 F.3d 382, 384 (5th Cir. 2014) (en banc)
  • McBride, et al v. Estis Well Service, L.L.C., 853 F.3d 777 (5th Cir. 2017)
  • Louviere v. W&T Offshore, Inc., et al, 2018 WL 1476242 (W.D. La. 2018)
  • Louviere v. W&T Offshore, Inc., et al, 2018 WL 1566864 (W.D. La. 2018)
  • Maillet v. Gulf Crane Services, Inc., et al, 2018 WL 1722969 (W.D. La. 2018)
  • Dauterive v. Guilbeau Marine Logistics, 2018 WL 3414595 (W.D. La. 2018)
  • New v. Texas Petroleum Investment Company, 2019 WL 4858325 (E.D. La. 2019)
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals  
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana
  • Duhe Inn of Court, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Lafayette Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association for Justice, Member
  • American Association for Justice, Member
Educational Background:
  • St. Thomas Moore High School 
  • Louisiana State University, Bachelor of Arts degree in History, 2000
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Tiger Athletic Foundation, Member

Office location for Nicholas A. Blanda

2010 West Pinhook Road
Lafayette, LA 70508

Phone: 337-233-3366


8 Years Super Lawyers
3 Years Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2024
  • Rising Stars: 2014 - 2016

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