McLaughlin Mediators

A professional arbitration and mediation firm.

“Bernard McLaughlin is considered by many to be one of the pre-eminent
mediators in the State of Louisiana and a defining presence on the fields of
mediation and arbitration. Since 1995, he has mediated approximately 3800
cases, employing a variety of mediation styles and enjoys a settlement rate
of over 90%. He has a highly versatile style designed to “close the deal”
— he is pro-active and hard-working — and renowned for his ability to
digest all of the materials (position papers, expert reports, medicals,
deposition summaries, etc) sent to him and recall those factual and legal
issues without using notes. Mr. Mclaughlin is a patient listener — he lets
the parties tell their story and then sets out to create a solution
utilizing a challenging and serious style tempered with a sense of humor and
compassion. Mr. McLaughlin’s mediations may range from 1/2 day to several
weeks in length in venues all over the United States and may involve two
parties or up to a hundred parties. He mediates disputes in over 20 areas of
the law. Mr. McLaughlin is a constantly sought-after speaker on the topics
of mediation, arbitration, professionalism and ethics in mediation. He is
AV-rated and listed in “The Best Lawyers in America” in the fields of
mediation and arbitration.”

Areas of Mediation Expertise
Personal injury, insurance, admiralty, maritime personal injury, railroad,
18-wheeler, aviation, premises liability, products liability, toxic tort,
environmental, oil and gas (contractual matters and oil well blowout damage
cases), oilfield “legacy” claims, governmental liability, Sec. 1981/1983
claims, employment, sexual/racial harrassment and discrimination, medical
malpractice, pharmaceutical, medical device, legal malpractice,
architect/engineer malpractice, agricultural, bad faith, insurance coverage,
commercial/contract disputes, unfair trade practices, misappropriation of
trade secrets, catastrophic
damage claims (hurricanes, etc), class actions

    • personal injury
    • admiralty/maritime
    • railroad
    • aviation
    • automobile
    • premises liability
    • product liability
    • governmental liability
    • medical malpractice
  • professional liability
  • pharmaceutical
  • agricultural
  • oil & gas
  • environmental/land contamination
  • toxic exposure
  • employment/sexual harassment
  • construction
  • commercial

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Bernard H. McLaughlin, Jr.


Certified mediator in Louisiana, with over 3,800 cases mediated in Louisiana, Texas, Tennessee, New Mexico, Arkansas, Alabama, Mississippi, Florida, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Currently engaged in the practice of law as a full-time mediator in Lake Charles specializing in insurance and personal injury, admiralty and maritime, 18-wheeler, railroad, premises liability, products liability, government liability, medical malpractice, architect and contractor liability, pharmaceutical and medical device, aviation, oilfield remediation, environmental, oil and gas, sexual harassment and discrimination, toxic exposure, health care and business/corporate mediation…(full bio)

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John S. Hood


John S. Hood has been a practicing attorney and judge for thirty-seven years after receiving his JD degree from the LSU school of Law In 1975. He received his Bachelor Degree in history and English, also from LSU.
After a one-year clerkship with the Judges of the Fourteenth Judicial District Court he entered private practice in a seven member law firm engaging In a general trial practice. In 1984 he was elected Judge of the Lake Charles City Court, Division B, a position he has held for now twenty-seven years. That position allows him to maintain a private law practice limited to mediations….(full bio)

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