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Harrece Gassery, or Rece (pronounced “Reese”), is from the Greater New Orleans area and is a graduate of Morehouse College and the Paul M. Hebert (LSU) Law Center. Shortly after graduating from Morehouse, he accepted a commission in the United States Marine Corps.

He has represented people throughout Louisiana. He began as a solo practitioner, practicing in various areas of the law, including representing Insureds against their insurers in First-Party Property and Bad Faith matters. He is transitioning from his most recent role as the “Reentry”/Civil Attorney at the Orleans Public Defenders office. In that role, he helped clients who were returning from incarceration and address their civil legal needs to reduce their probability of recidivism. He is dedicated to helping his clients receive just and equitable results and is glad to be joining Merlin Law Group.

In June, we noted in Louisiana Appellate Court Finds Coverage For Covid Business Losses, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal opinion1 reversing a trial court’s judgment against an insured business affected by COVID-19. The case, Cajun Conti LLC, Cajun Cuisine 1 LLC, and Cajun Cuisine LLC d/b/a Oceana Grill v. Certain Underwriters at Lloyd’s, London and Governor John B. Edwards in his official capacity as Governor of the State of Louisiana, and the State of Louisiana, involves a popular New Orleans restaurant, known as Oceana Grill, which requested the trial court declare Business Interruption coverage existed under their policy. This type of request is referred to as a “Petition for Declaratory Relief,” as opposed to a request that a court compels another party to pay for losses that were caused by that party (referred to as a “Petition for Damages”).
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