Clay Cossé brings to the firm an extensive record of success in a practice spanning products liability, trucking and transportation, premises liability, construction, toxic torts, commercial, and even admiralty and maritime litigation. Clay has even successfully defended a claim against a faithful performance bond arising out of allegations of judicial misconduct. Since graduating from Louisiana State University Law School in 2006, he has successfully defended clients in these arenas via summary judgment, mediation, motion practice, and trial. Clay has had the pleasure of counselling and advocating for clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. At Hartline, Clay focuses on products liability and catastrophic personal injury defense.
Before attending law school, Clay had the privilege of studying the classics en route to earning his Bachelor of Arts from the Program of Liberal Studies at the University of Notre Dame. There, Clay whet his appetite for one-on-one, adversarial competition by serving as president and participant in Notre Dame’s Bengal Bouts, a charity boxing tournament serving the Holy Cross Missions in Bangladesh.
Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D. 2006
University of Notre Dame, B.A. 2003
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Member, Dallas Bar Association
Member, St. Thomas More Society of the Diocese of Dallas, Texas
Panelist, December 2008 New Orleans Bar Association Seminar Maritime Law Update Panel Discussion.
Recognized as a Rising Star in the Rising Stars Edition of Texas Super Lawyers Magazine (2016)
Author, The Fraudulent Joinder and Misjoinder Doctrines’ Relevance in the Fidelity Context, Surety & Fidelity Claims Institute Newsletter, Volume 25, Number 2 (May 2013).
Author, 2008 Fifth Circuit Maritime Law Update, New Orleans Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar.
Author, The National Flood Insurance Program’s SFIP Proof of Loss Requirement: A Trap for the Unwary, Blog Posting, October 2008.
Author, United States Fifth Circuit Holds that Willful Concealment of a Prior Medical Condition from a Jones Act Employer May Constitute Contributory Negligence, Blog Posting, November 2008.