Defended major oil and gas producing company in multimillion dollar gas royalty and tort case tried in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana.
Represented a group of investors asserting securities law claims to recover losses incurred due to accounting fraud at Cendant Corp.
Represented a national insurance company in antitrust action alleging violations of the Louisiana Monopolies Act relating to claims asserted on behalf of policyholders. Louisiana ex rel. Caldwell v. Allstate Ins. Co., 536 F.3d 418 (5th Cir. 2008).
Represented Albemarle Corporation in a multimillion dollar arbitration over a chemical distribution agreement.
Represented a trading company in an international arbitration against German and Israeli entities resulting in an award in the client's favor for the full amount claimed, plus interest, costs and attorney fees.
Represented a major North American salvage auto auction company in multiple matters, including securing a unanimous Louisiana Supreme Court opinion holding that there is no tort cause of action for negligent spoliation of evidence. Reynolds v. Bordelon, 2014-2362 (La. 6/30/15), 172 So. 3d 589. Private Connection Property, Inc. v. Fox Cars, LLC, 2008-1129 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/10/09), 6 So. 3d 866.
Represented a former state contractor asserting claims against the State government for wrongful termination of a contract awarded following a competitive procurement process. Client Network Services, Inc. v. State, 2013-2118R (La. App. 1 Cir. 4/29/15).
Litigated a products liability claim in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio on behalf of a business that experienced a chemical spill due to an equipment failure.
Represented an animal feed manufacturer defending a products liability claim based on animal deaths in central Florida.
Represented independent agents of a financial services company in defending breach of lease and defamation claims brought by their former landlord.
Represented a state contractor in obtaining cancellation of a procurement under the Louisiana Procurement Code based on irregularities in the scoring of the proposals by the procuring agency.
Defended legacy oilfield site lawsuits for major and independent oil and gas companies.
Represented claimants and respondents in arbitrations and litigation concerning claims of breach of fiduciary duty and violations of the federal and state securities laws by brokers and investment advisors.
Successfully advocated on behalf of several clients in matters involving issues under the Federal Arbitration Act and the Louisiana Binding Arbitration Law, including motions to stay proceedings and/or compel arbitration and motions to modify or vacate arbitration awards. Rain CII Carbon, LLC v. ConocoPhillips Co., 2012-0203 (La. App. 4 Cir. 10/24/12), 105 So. 3d 757; Hannie Development, Inc. v. Colonial Oaks Assisted Living Lafayette, LLC, 2019 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 130648.
Professional & Civic Activities
Professional and Civic Activities
Mr. Lemaire is a member of the American, Louisiana State, New Orleans and Federal Bar Associations and the Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit. He is a board member for the Carrollton Boosters youth sports organization, serving as Commissioner of Baseball.
Honors & Awards
Honors & Awards
Mr. Lemaire has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Louisiana Super Lawyers magazine and as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine. He is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard.
- Thirty-Three Lawyers Named 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Wayne Lee Featured on the Cover12.24.2015
- Thirty-One Lawyers Named 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Phil Wittmann Ranked Number One for Second Year in a Row12.24.2014
- Twenty-Seven Lawyers Named 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Phil Wittmann Ranked Number One12.30.2013
News & Events
In the News
Speaker, "Suits Against the State for Breach of Contract," Louisiana State Bar Association Historic Charleston CLE seminar, February 26, 2018.
Speaker, "Maximizing Arbitration: Advance Planning, Key Issues and Effective Presentation," Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter CLE presentation, October 26, 2017.
Co-Author with Andrew D. Mendez, "Is a Cause of Action Against a Product Manufacturer for Negligent Training Barred by the LPLA?", 54 LA. B.J. 182 (Oct./Nov. 2006)
Author, "Can Witnesses Be Excluded from Depositions of Other Witnesses?", Article for ABA Section of Litigation, Products Liability Committee Website "Products Liability Practice Tips" Section (2006)
Note, "Unmixing a Jurisprudential Cocktail", 79 N.D. L. Rev. 1613 (2004)
- United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
- Louisiana State and Federal Courts
University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
- Executive Editor, Notre Dame Law Review
University of Louisiana at Lafayette, summa cum laude, B.A. in History, 2002
- Debate Team
- Phi Kappa Phi
- University Honors Program