Gary Hebert serves a diverse group of regional, national, and international clients in a variety of sectors, ranging from manufacturers to service providers. Gary is known for being a trusted business advisor with an in-depth understanding of his clients' day-to-day operations as well as their longer-term strategies.
In his practice, Gary connects with clients to develop long-term relationships, gaining an understanding of goals, objectives, and challenges of both management and in-house counsel. This focus—on the client’s specific needs—allows Gary to address client needs in disparate areas of law. Gary draws upon the firm’s full-service capabilities to connect clients with firm lawyers who have directly relevant experience to address a spectrum of legal issues, whether related to tax disputes, intellectual property, commercial disputes, due diligence projects, or other areas. Gary has assembled teams to serve client needs across the United States, employing lawyers from the firm’s 15 offices across 10 states and the District of Columbia.
In addition to his practice, Gary is active in the alumni association for the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, recently serving as the group's president, and now serving on the school's Visiting Committee. Gary frequently lectures in the U.S. and abroad on matters related to products liability and European privacy laws.
Products liability has served as the core of Gary's practice, with a special emphasis upon the representation of global automobile manufacturers in matters across the United States. In-house counsel rely on Gary’s institutional knowledge and experience in this niche.
Currently, Gary serves as national and regional products liability counsel for global manufacturers. Over the last 25 years, Gary has handled products liability cases for auto manufacturers, and is experienced in matters relating to the defense of heavy equipment, forklifts, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, elevators, escalators, smoke detectors, power tools, and other consumer products.
Gary's experience includes single-plaintiff matters and class actions.
Cross-Disciplinary Team Experience
In addition to the core skills acquired through his decades of products liability defense work, Gary assists clients with matters in other areas. He has worked closely with the firm's White Collar/Government Investigations Group in matters relating to Electronically Stored Information (ESI), corporate investigations, FCA/FCPA matters, and bid protests.
Gary has published articles addressing the interaction between the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure and the European Privacy Laws, and has provided counsel to European clients relating to these issues.
Gary’s deployment of cross-disciplinary teams drawn from the firm’s broad base of attorneys allows him to serve his clients’ needs in numerous ways.
- While serving as relationship partner to the U.S. division of a global manufacturer in products liability matters, Gary assembled firm lawyers to assist with intellectual property issues.
- While serving as the relationship partner for another manufacturer, Gary assembled a team of firm lawyers to assist with tax issues.
- More recently, Gary assembled a team to undertake a substantial due diligence project to inform the possible divestiture of assets in the alternative energy market.
- Gary serves as panel counsel for an international conglomerate, frequently assembling lawyers or teams of lawyers from the across the firm to provide legal advice and representation across numerous practice areas.