To continue with our attorney’s series, this month we are shining the spotlight on our personal injury attorney, Robert “Rob” Daigre.
Rob was born in Novato California into a military family and moved frequently throughout his early life. He has lived in Japan, and several places in the United States, and now resides in the New Orleans area. Rob received his undergraduate degree in Arts in Political Science, with a minor in French from LSU and continued his law degree at the LSU Paul M. Hebert School of Law graduating in 1994. He joined Burgos and Associates in 2012 and since has done a superb job handling the firm’s personal injury cases. His knowledge, passion and newfangled approach to all his cases are what sets him apart in this area of the law.
Check-out the interesting facts we learned in our interview with Rob
Q & A WITH OUR PERSONAL INJURY ATTORNEY ROB DAIGRE
1. Was there someone who influenced you to be an attorney??
My maternal grandfather dropped out of school when he was in the 5th or 6th grade and started working to help support his family. He moved to the New Orleans area as a young man and worked construction his entire life. I don’t recall him ever making a decision, even if it was just where to eat dinner, that wasn’t logical and considered. I don’t know that he necessarily inspired me to become a lawyer but he definitely inspired the way I approach being a lawyer.
2. What do you like most about being a Personal Injury attorney?
It’s kind of obvious and almost cliche’, but the thing I like the most is being able to help clients that have been injured by the actions of others. Just having the privilege of helping a client improve their situation is extremely gratifying.
3. What is your philosophy when representing a case?
Every case is the biggest and most important case for that client. So, every case and every client deserves my best effort.
4. What is your favorite bar in New Orleans and why?
I’ve always liked the Old Absinthe House. It’s got the feel of a dive bar in the middle of rhebFeench Quarter, and you never know what the crowd is going to be like when you walk in.
5. Do you have any hidden talents, hobbies or a fun fact?
I don’t know how hidden it is at this point, but I’ve been a soccer referee for about 11 years. I grew up playing the game and started as a referee after my playing days. I’ve worked everything from youth games with 5 and 6-year-old kids to matches with international and professional teams.
6. What’s a typical day like?
I’m not sure there is such a thing as a typical day. Every day is different just like every case is a little different. If I’m in court, it may last 30 minutes, or it may last 5 hours. A deposition could take an hour or it could take all day. One day I might have to be in 2 or 3 different courts at different times. The next day, I might be in front if my computer all day doing research and drafting pleadings.
7. What has been your most interesting or memorable case with Burgos and Associates?
That’s a really tough question. Probably the most memorable was a case we took to trial a few years ago. Our clients had been left high and dry by a contractor that performed substandard work and then abandoned the job before the home was complete. We were able to obtain a jury verdict that was almost 10 times above what the defendants offered in settlement before the trial. More importantly, we were able to put the clients in a position to rebuild the family home that had been lost as a result of Hurricane Katrina.
8. If being a lawyer wasn’t an option, what career path would you have chosen?
My mother used to always say that I should be a diplomat or some sort of foreign service officer. So, either that or renting jet skis on a beach somewhere.
9. Why should a client work with Burgos and Associates?
We have a team of lawyers and support staff that have the experience and ability to get the best possible result for each individual client. Some cases can be settled without much difficulty, some cases have to go to trial or even beyond. We have the experience to know the difference and the ability to take cases to trial when that is the way to get the right result for the client. We aren’t afraid to take a case to trial when that is what is required to get the correct result for the client.
10. Who is Rob Daigre, in five words
Smart, considerate, rational, trustworthy, resourceful
9. What is your #1 advice to someone who just had a car accident in New Orleans?
Call the police to report the accident and get a police report. The insurance companies will look for a police report when evaluating a claim. The police report gives an account of the accident at the time the accident occurred.