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Lambert J. Hassinger Jr. (Joe) has devoted his practice exclusively to litigation in both state and federal courts.  Joe has tried cases in every federal district in Louisiana as well as in parishes across the State.  He has also successfully litigated cases before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has earned an “AV Preeminent” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, based on Legal Knowledge, Analytical Capabilities, Judgment, Communication Ability and Legal Experience, and he has been listed in A.M. Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Defense Attorneys.

His long-term client relationships are built on outstanding communication; proactive and focused tactics that streamline the case; forthright advice and candid case assessments; flexibility that matches his approach to his clients' needs, and the capability and skills necessary for successful mediation, arbitration or trial.

Hassinger currently serves as the President of IALDA, the International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, a non-profit association of operators, attorneys, insurance professionals, experts and others actively engaged in representing the interests of the amusement, recreation, sports & leisure industries.  He also serves on the Charter Board of Directors of the National Retail and Restaurant Defense Association (NRRDA), an organization formed to advance and protect the interests of the retail and restaurant industries by developing strategies to reduce the number and severity of claims, manage common risks and enhance the defense of litigated matters.  He is an active member of International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions(IAAPA), American Society of Testing & Materials(ASTM), F24 Committee (Amusement Rides & Devices), F08 Committee (Sports Equipment and Facilities), and the Associated Builders & Contractors(ABC), New Orleans Chapter.

Hassinger was named as a Top Lawyer for 2010 by New Orleans Magazine and selected as a 2010 Leader in Law by New Orleans CityBusiness.

Hassinger's community and civic involvement includes service in the Knights of Columbus, St. Dominic Men’s Club, Lake Terrace Property Owners Assn. (President), Lake Terrace Crime Prevention Dist., and the Governor’s Non-Flood Asset Advisory Commission.  He has been married for over 23 years and has three wonderful children.

Michael L. Amaro is one of the founding partners of Prindle, Amaro, Goetz, Hillyard, Barnes and Reinholtz LLP (previously known as Prindle, Decker & Amaro LLP) and graduated seventh in his class from Southwestern University School of Law in 1983.  During law school, he spent two years on the Law Review Staff, authoring and editing articles for the school's Law Review Journal.  After graduating from law school, he spent six years at a mid-sized insurance defense firm in Los Angeles.  Since 1983, Amaro has developed a very diverse law practice with a broad client base.

One of his practice areas is the representation of clients involved in the amusement, sports, recreation, and leisure industries.  Such clients include carnivals, water parks, family fun centers, race and go-kart tracks, bowling centers, miniature golf facilities, circuses, white water rafting companies, ice and roller skating facilities, health and fitness clubs, equestrian facilities, outfitters and guides, and concert venues.  He has also defended a number of products liability cases involving jet skis, boats, sports and exercise equipment and pyrotechnic devices. Through Amaro, the firm is a member of the Roller Skating Association, the International Association of Amusement Parks & Attractions, the World Water park Association, and the National Association of Amusement Ride Safety Officials.

Amaro is also a founding member of International Amusement and Leisure Defense Association, a group of nationwide attorneys that are extensively involved in the representation of recreation and amusement industries.  He further is on the board of directors of the National Restaurant and Retail Defense Association, serving the interests of the restaurant and and retail industries.

Amaro has a significant products liability and general casualty defense practice. He represents an impressive list of companies including Electrolux Home of Products, Frigidaire, Dometic, Origo, Lennox Home Products, Lennox Hearth Products, Danaher, Atlas Copco, Wellcraft Marine Corporation, City of Long Beach, California State University system, and County of Los Angeles, just to name a few.  A sub-specialty within the products liability arena involves the defense of fire subrogation cases.

Practical Steps to Reduce Risk, Prevent Injuries & Defend Your Business (MP3)

Author: Joe Hassinger, Michael Amaro
This session was recorded during IHRSA's 30th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in March 2011.
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