Fred is a trial lawyer with 28 years of experience. He is the owner of the Olinde Firm and of counsel to Huber, Thomas and Marcelle, LLP located in New Orleans but handling cases nationwide in conjunction with local counsel and/or in cases which call for Multi District Litigation. The Olinde Firm practices in mass tort pharmaceutical litigation, medical device litigation, products liability claims and insurance claims for personal injury and property, all litigation and trial advocacy on behalf of patients and public consumers. The focus of the practice is mass torts.
He is a member of the Products Liability Section of the American Association of Justice (“AAJ”), as well as STEP which focuses on medical device products liability litigation and pharmaceutical litigation. AAJ is the leading national organization for Trial Lawyers in America.
Fred currently serves on the Plaintiff’s Executive Committee of the National Onglyza Litigation in Multi-District Litigation in Lexington, Kentucky.
He regularly attends continuing legal education on mass torts to keep abreast of the latest developments. He currently is handling or involved as co-counsel in hundreds of pharmaceutical and medical device litigation cases across the United States, including injuries resulting from use of prescription drugs: Onglya, Kombiglyze XR, Risperdal, Invega, Invokana, Zofran, Xarelto, Amdrpge;, as well as defective medical device cases, involving forced air warming blankets, neuro-stimulators, defective knee and hip implants, eye implants, transvaginal mesh, hernia mesh and other product liability cases.
The Olinde Firm currently is starting a defective earplug campaign. Thousands of US soldiers were issued defective earplugs which may have resulted in permanent hearing loss.
In addition to the mass torts cases listed above, Fred has been successful in trying and settling stand-alone products liability cases involving serious injury. He successfully prosecuted through appeal a products liability case in Kentucky where a gas range exploded, causing severe burn injuries to the victim.
He also successfully achieved two very large settlements in auto products cases involving paralyzed victims resulting from a defective seat back and a “roll over case”.
In addition to Products liability cases, Fred has also over the years handled numerous wrongful death cases, resulting from motor vehicle accidents, pedestrian accidents and other torts. He has successfully handled over 500 car wreck and automobile accident cases, including many successful judge and jury trials. He has handled dozens of 18-wheeler cases and has an unblemished jury trial record against 18-wheeler companies and their insurers.
Fred has also had substantial success litigating catastrophic personal injury cases, including a Six Million Dollar ($6,000,000.00) recovery for a client who suffered a moderate brain injury after being struck by a city bus in a motor vehicle collision.
Fred also has extensive experience and a proven track record for Hurricane Litigation and Commercial Property Claims. Following Hurricanes Katrina and Gustav and the tornados associated with these storms, he successfully handled many breach of contract cases against insurance companies that failed to pay their policy holders fairly for wind damages. Many of these cases included insurance bad-faith claims. His clients included individuals and commercial entities. He has handled over 35 property cases, including successful jury trials and settlements ranging from 10’s of thousands of dollars to over a million dollars.
Fred graduated from Tulane Law School and trained to be a trial lawyer working as a felony prosecutor in New Orleans. As a felony prosecutor, he tried over 100 jury cases to verdict, which he believes puts him in the top 1% of all trial lawyers in jury trial experience. In March 1993, Fred was awarded the honor of best felony prosecutor by the New Orleans District Attorney’s Office.
He was also cited in a United States Supreme Court opinion for a capital murder case he jury tried as a younger lawyer.
Fred’s support staff is very experienced and polite. Clients constantly are complimentary of how friendly and dedicated the staff is to clients’ needs and inquiries.
Fred has dedicated his practice to helping public consumers achieve justice against pharmaceutical companies, medical device companies, corporations, manufacturers of defective products and insurance companies. In 28 years of practice, he has never represented an insurance company against a public consumer, or a pharmaceutical company. He is the right choice for any victim who wants competent, experienced, loyal and aggressive representation.