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Hesser & Flynn, L.L.P.
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David Cleveland Hesser

David Cleveland Hesser

Managing Partner
Location:
Alexandria, Louisiana
Phone:
318-542-4102
Fax:
(318) 442-4105
Email:

David is both Board Certified as a Family Law Specialist and has a Masters in Admiralty Law. He was honored to be selected to Louisiana Super Lawyers 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. These qualifications combined with his experience allow him to provide the finest representation for families, offshore workers and injured persons. He worked for families and injured offshore workers for years at large and mid-sized law firms. His experience allows him to provide quality representation careful attention to detail with customer attention. He has handled hundreds of divorces, custody cases, military retirement divisions, property divisions, spousal support case and child support cases. He has also handled hundreds of offshore accidents (Admiralty Law) including Jones Act, Unseaworthiness, Death on High Seas Act and Maintenance and Cure claims. He has helped clients recover millions of dollars in claims for admiralty, injuries and contractual disputes. He is known as a tough litigator who also looks for cost effective ways to resolve cases through dispute resolution. He has taught other attorneys at continuing legal education seminars on the topics of the Jones Act and Admiralty Law. Martindale-Hubbell recognized David Hesser with a "BV" Peer Review Rating, an indication of an exemplary reputation and well-established practice. . . high professional standing." He is a member of the Southeast Admiralty Law Institute and has been listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys. In 2013 the National Business Institute selected him to write and present regarding the topic of "Ethical Considerations for the Plaintiff's Attorney" at their seminar "Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish.

"David has the financial designation of Certified Divorce Financial Analyst by the Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts. He received his law degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he was honored with the American Jurisprudence Award & Top Paper Award. He is a litigator who has represented hundreds of families going through divorces, custody and child support disputes. He has handled multi-million dollar community property partitions. While he is known as a litigator, he has also resolved many cases through mediation and collaborative divorce. He has taught other attorneys, mental health professionals and financial professionals at continuing education seminars for family law and dispute resolution at LSU Law Center, LSU-S, ULM and Southern University. In 2012 he was the speaker at the National Business Institute for the topic of Basics of Civil Practice and Procedure. Co-author: "Forensic Accounting in Matrimonial Divorce" R.T. Edwards Publishing, 2005, Chapter 2, "Ethical Limitations on Future Services for Neutral Financial Professionals Following a Collaborative Divorce." Author: Team Mediation: An Interdisciplinary Model Balancing Mediation in the "Matrix," 7:1 Pepp. Disp. Resol. L.J. 113 (2007). Speaker, "Team Mediation," International Academy of Collaborative Professionals Forum, 2005. Filed Louisiana's first successful Collaborative Divorce. Co-Chairman of the Permanent Review Board, which reviews sexual abuse allegations for the Catholic Diocese of Alexandria. David was a member of the Downtown Rotary Club in Alexandria. David practiced at the prestigious law firms: Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell; Breaud & Lemoine, PLC; and Randy J. Ungar & Associates before forming his own firm. David completed high school at Caddo Magnet Parish High School in Shreveport, Louisiana and lived in Bossier City Louisiana during college before settling down in Alexandria-Pineville, Louisiana following Law school.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Child Custody
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Community Property Law
  • Military Divorce
  • Maritime Injuries
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Family Law
  • Collaborative Law
  • Jet ski accidents
  • Cruise Ship Accidents
  • Divorce
  • Wrongful death
  • Domestic Relations
  • Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Criminal Law

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Family Law Specialist, Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Texas, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • William H. Bowen School of Law, Little Rock, Arkansas
    • J.D. - 1994
    • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Civil Procedure
    • Honors: Top Paper Award for First Amendment Seminar
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Master of Laws in Admiralty - 1998
  • Centenary College, Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
    • B.A. - 1991
    • Major: Economics

Representative Cases

  • Bhati v. Bhati, 103 So. 3d 1290 (La.App. 3 Cir. 05/12/12)
  • D.R.S. v. L. E. K., 33 So.3d 428, 2009-1274 (La. App. 3 Cir. 3/10/10) Writ Denied (La. 4/30/10)
  • Lea v. Sanders, 890 So.2d 764, 2004-762 (La. App. 3 Cir. 12/22/04)
  • Walk Haydel and Assoc., Inc., v. Coastal Power Prod. Co., 934 F. Supp. 209 (E.D. La. 1996)
  • Pulver v. 1st Lake Properties, Inc., 96-248 (La. App. 5th Cir. 9/18/96), 681 So.2d 965
  • Arnette v. NPC Services, Inc., (La. App. 1st Cir. 9/28/01) 809 So. 2d 384
  • Latin Am. Energy Dev. Inc., v. Vague, 1996 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8120 (E.D. La. 1996)
  • Walk Haydel and Assoc., Inc. v. Coastal Power Production Co., 98-CA-0193 (La. App. 4th Cir. 9/30/98) 720 So.2d 372
  • Bush v. Diamond Offshore Co., 1999 WL 33236363 (E.D. La. 1999)
  • Cass v. Cass, 52 So. 3d 215 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2010)
  • D.R.S. v. L.E.K., 33 So. 3d 428 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2010)
  • Politz v. Politz, 31 So. 3d 552 (La.App. 2 Cir. 2010)
  • Schaefer v. Paretti Imps., Inc., 997 So. 2d 619 (La.App. 5 Cir. 2008)
  • Davis v. Green, 5 So. 3d 291 (La.App. 2 Cir. 2009)
  • Jones v. Willis, 996 So. 2d 364 (La.App. 2 Cir. 2008)
  • Laurence v. Laurence, 957 So. 2d 931 (La.App. 3 Cir. 2007)
  • Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues & Rundell v. Granger, 947 So. 2d 835 (La.App. 3 Cir. Dec. 29, 2006)
  • W.R.M. v. H.C.V., 923 So. 2d 916 (La.App. 3 Cir. Mar. 1, 2006)
  • W.R.M. v. H.C.V., 923 So. 2d 911 (La.App. 3 Cir. Mar. 1, 2006)
  • Thompson v. Thompson, 2011 La. App. Unpub. LEXIS 452 (La.App. 3 Cir. July 27, 2011)
  • Downey v. Downey, 57 So. 3d 609 (La.App. 1 Cir. 2011)

Honors and Awards

  • “BV” Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2010 - 2014

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Alexandria Bar Association, Member
  • Federal Bar Association, Member
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute, Member
  • Crossroads-American Inn of Court of Alexandria-Pineville, Member
  • Shreveport Bar Association, Member
  • Collaborative Professional Group of Louisiana, Member
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, Member

Fraternities/Sororities

  • Delta Theta Phi

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