Vic is experienced in administrative law, environmental counseling and litigation, and real estate development and finance. He led a 15-member legal team restructuring the Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1993
  • Mississippi, 1993

Distinctions

  • President and CEO, Bureau of Governmental Research, 1999-2000
  • National Excellence Award for Public Policy, Governmental Research Association, 2000
  • Common Cause Legislative Leadership Award, 1990
  • Volunteer of the Year for pro-bono services, Safe Harbor Women’s Shelter, 1996
  • Senator, Mississippi State Senate, 1989-1993
  • Mayor, City of Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, 1985-1989
  • Mississippi Advisory Commission on Public Trust Tidelands, 1988-1990
  • Co-Recipient, Ted Aschman Prize, American Society of Planning Officials, 1976
  • CityBusiness Leader in Law, 2016

Education & Honors

  • Loyola University, J.D., 1993
    • Loyola Law Review
    • Moot Court Board
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, M.C.P., City Planning, 1976
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, S.B., Urban Studies, 1976

Experience

  • Lead counsel for Louisiana Land Trust, a legislatively-chartered nonprofit charged with managing 10,000 Hurricane Katrina-damaged properties across South Louisiana and returning them to commerce.
  • Led 15-member legal team representing the Regional Transit Authority in New Orleans in major effort to reorganize the agency following a change in administration, and to restructure the agency following Hurricane Katrina.
  • Managed defense team defending several national clients against 21,000 plaintiffs alleging lung injury from silica dust in Mississippi litigation.
  • Lead counsel for an international water treatment company in a seven-year long class action in Louisiana over drinking water quality.
  • Executive management experience in public works construction, zoning, environmental regulation, employment and labor matters and economic development.
  • Prepared Mississippi’s coastal zone management program, including drafting legislation, wetlands permitting and waterfront industrial development regulations.
  • Martello v. City of Ferriday, 886 So.2d 645 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 2004), writ denied, 894 So.2d 1148 (La. 2005).  Represented a water treatment equipment manufacturer in a long-running class action.
  • Freeman v. Walley, 276 F. Supp. 2d 597 (S.D. Miss. 2003):  Represented an excess insurer opposing a $4 million underlying judgment in an action removed to federal court.
  • International Rivercenter v. Henry C. Beck Co., 672 So. 2d 1160 (La. App. 4 Cir.), writ denied, 675 So.2d 1083 (La. 1996); and International River Center v. Johns-Manville Sales Corporation, 861 So.2d 139 (La. 2003).  Represented the general contractor in a construction dispute over a major facility in New Orleans.
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Overview and Status Report on the New Orleans Capital Program, Bureau of Governmental Research, October 2000; examined capital budget process of City of New Orleans.
  • Privatization of Sewerage and Water Board Operations, Bureau of Governmental Research, April 2000.  A report on the options and issues involved in privatizing a major urban utility system.
  • Property Tax Exemption and Assessment Administration in Orleans Parish, Bureau of Governmental Research, December 1999; comprehensive examination of operations of seven Orleans Parish Tax Assessors.  The report was the analytic foundation for post-Katrina reforms that abolished the archaic seven-assessor system.  It won the prestigious Governmental Research Association’s National Excellence Award for Public Policy in 2000.
  • The States Ante Up: An Analysis of Casino Gaming Statutes, 38 Loy. L. Rev. 1123, 1993.
  • Chisom v. Roemer: The Elected Judiciary is Subject to Vote Dilution Claims Under the Voting Rights Act, 38 Loy. L. Rev. 211, 1992.
  • ​Frequent lecturer on zoning and land use issues at professional seminars in Mississippi and Louisiana.