Joseph F. Gaar, Jr. was born in Shreveport, Louisiana on December 2, 1958. Mr. Gaar grew up in South Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, where he graduated with honors in 1981 from Louisiana State University. Mr. Gaar graduated in the top of his class and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Since his admission to the Louisiana Bar in 1985, Mr. Gaar has been involved in personal injury and wrongful death litigation cases with emphasis on offshore/maritime, aviation, products liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, industrial, trucking and automobile accident claims. Mr. Gaar tried his first personal injury jury trial within the first year of solo practice, and obtained his first six figure personal injury jury verdict by the end of his third year of solo practice. In 1996, Mr. Gaar obtained a $4.2 million dollar jury verdict in Assumption Parish, which at the time was the largest jury verdict for that parish and one of the largest jury verdicts in the State of Louisiana for that year. Mr. Gaar has also obtained other multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts since that decision. His areas of practice include: Oil Field Liability, Offshore Construction Liability, Products Liability Law, Maritime Personal Injury Law, Jones Act Law, Aviation Litigation, Trucking and Auto Accident Litigation and General Personal Injury Law.
Mr. Gaar is an "AV" rated attorney by Martindale-Hubbell (highest rating possible). In 2009, Mr. Gaar was also selected to Super Lawyers for Louisiana as one of the top trial lawyers for plaintiff personal injury cases. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process is multi-phased and includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Additionally, in 2009 and every year since, his peers have selected Mr. Gaar into The National Trial Lawyers Association’s – “The Top 100 Trial Lawyers” for Louisiana. Mr. Gaar is also a member of the Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Million Dollar Advocates Forum.
Joe Gaar practices exclusively in the area of personal injury and wrongful death claims. He has negotiated settlements and litigated trials for bodily injury and wrongful death claims of various kinds and complexity, including car, trucking and auto collision accidents, defective product accidents, electrocution/burn injuries, brain injuries, amputations, medical negligence, legal malpractice, industrial accidents, oil field accidents, maritime accidents, as well as crew boat, and offshore accidents. He has represented thousands of injured persons and their families seeking reasonable compensation for legitimate injuries. At The Gaar Law Firm, Mr. Gaar and his attorneys’ provide personal attention and professional advocacy for individuals who have been injured or suffered wrongful death due to the carelessness or negligence of others. Mr. Gaar strives for legal excellence and maximum recovery for each and every client, as we believe that word of mouth referrals based on client satisfaction is, and always will be, the best advertisement of professional success. The Gaar Law Firm provides references upon request.
Admiralty & Maritime Law
Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
Products Liability Law
Workers' Compensation Law
Wrongful Death Law