James J. Reeves II

Partner with Melchiode Marks King.

Reported Decisions/Slip Opinions:


Reeves Prevails in ~$1M Trial of Alfred Conhagen, Inc. of Louisiana v. Ruhrpumpen, Inc. et al.

James Reeves and Jerry Melchiode prevailed in the trial of the Alfred Conhagen, Inc. of Louisiana v. Ruhrpumpen, Inc. et al. matter pending before Judge Piper Griffin in Orleans Parish Civil District Court. Reeves and Melchiode represented Alfred Conhagen, Inc. against Ruhrpumpen Inc. in a negligent subcontractor bid case. In particular, Ruhrpumpen quoted Conhagen a price for a mechanical pump and appurtenant parts, but grossly erred in the price calculation. The error was not discovered by Ruhrpumpen until after Conhagen submitted a binding bid integrating the pump price, and after it was discovered, Ruhrpumpen then attempted to conceal the error. It ultimately cost Conhagen almost a million dollars to purchase a replacement pump in order to complete the contract.

Conhagen argued that they were entitled to recovery from Ruhrpumpen based upon theories of negligence and detrimental reliance.  The Court agreed and awarded Conhagen the full amount of the amount Conhagen had to spend to buy a replacement pump.


James Reeves Becomes an MMK Partner Effective 1/1/2018:

MMK is pleased to announce that James “J.J.” Reeves II becomes a partner of the firm, effective January 1, 2018, along with Olivia Truong and Scott Huete.

“All three are exceptional attorneys and have been instrumental to the firm’s development,” said firm member, Kevin Marks.  Mr. Marks added that, “they have worked diligently to achieve success that is not only personal but enjoyed by the firm.  Their selection into firm membership is well-deserved.”


Reeves Prevails on Motion for Summary Judgment in Apartment Complex Fire:

James Reeves and Rich King of Melchiode Marks King prevailed on a motion for summary judgment and were awarded fees and costs after they successfully defended the Shelby Apartments against a suit brought by the complex's tenants. Although the fire appeared to be an accident, the plaintiffs spent several years of discovery attempting to portray the fire as a result of faulty and negligent wiring in the complex. After discovery closed, Reeves and King moved for summary judgment, which motion was continued twice due to plaintiffs' representations that their expert would corroborate their theory of the case in an untimely report. This never occurred, and thus, summary judgment was rendered and the defendant was awarded fees for the time wasted in the prior hearings.


Reeves Admitted to the Florida Bar:

James Reeves is admitted to practice law in Florida after successfully passing the Florida Bar Exam, the Multistate Bar Exam, and the MPRE Ethics Exam. Reeves' Florida Bar number is 1002812.


Reeves Named Rising Star by SuperLawyers Magazine for Second Year in a Row:

Reeves was named to the 2018 Louisiana Rising Stars list, which is, according to SuperLawyers Magazine, "an honor reserved for those lawyers who exhibit excellence in practice. Only 2.5% of attorneys in Louisiana receive this distinction."

The award will appear in Louisiana Super Lawyers Magazine, Louisiana Life, St. Charles Avenue, and the online attorney directory on SuperLawyers.com


Reeves Prevails in Construction Arbitration:

Reeves prevailed in an American Arbitration Association Construction Industry Tribunal in the matter of Roof Technologies, Inc. v. Metairie Shopping Center, LLC. Client, Roof Technologies, exercised the arbitration provision in a contract that respondent asserted was invalid. The arbitration provision was upheld, and the matter went to arbitration. At arbitration, respondent argued that the contract was rescinded with cause due to alleged faulty workmanship, however, this was deemed either not credible or not relevant by the arbitrator, who awarded the client with anticipated profit, overhead, and judicial interest.


James Reeves Named a "Rising Star" and "Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorney" for 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine.

James Reeves was named by Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Magazine as a "Rising Star" for 2017, and one of the "Top Rated Insurance Coverage Attorneys" in New Orleans.

This award comes after Reeves was named two years in a row as one of the top insurance lawyers in New Orleans by New Orleans Magazine for 2015 and 2016. 

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. This selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. 

See more here: http://profiles.superlawyers.com/louisiana/new-orleans/lawyer/james-j-jj-reeves-ii/1b26bae9-de49-44a1-8dd7-7633b09a1d2b.html


James Reeves Named One of New Orleans' Top Insurance Lawyers for the Second Year in a Row:

New Orleans Magazine (http://www.myneworleans.com/) released its annual list of the top lawyers in New Orleans, and James Reeves was named as one of New Orleans' best insurance lawyers for the second consecutive year. Several other MMK lawyers were also named as the best lawyers in their fields as well.


Reeves Prevails on Coverage Summary Judgment in Mississippi Under Total Pollution Exclusion:

In a case of first impression, the Southern District of Mississippi granted Reeves' summary judgment brief on the duty to defend and indemnify under the Total Pollution Exclusion in a Declaratory Judgment Action, Colony Insurance Company v. Jatinder Singh et al. (See S.D. Miss. 3:15-cv-00925-DPJ-FKB Document 39).  In Singh, Colony, represented by Reeves and MMK partner Rich King, brought suit against the insured, a truck stop, and the estate of the deceased plaintiff in the underlying liability suit against the truck stop.  The underlying case alleges that the decedent was washing a truck out while working at the truck stop, when he opened the tanker and was overcome by toxic gasses from rotting chicken livers.  Raising the total pollution exclusion, Reeves, on behalf of Colony, successfully defeated coverage.  The case was of relative first impression, and, in a fifteen page, Erie guess opinion, the Court found no duty to defend or indemnify.


Reeves Prevails on Coverage Summary Judgment in Baton Rouge:

On July 25, 2016, Reeves prevailed on a Motion for Summary Judgment on Coverage raised by his client, Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport, Inc. ("H&A") against AmTrust Financial Services, Inc., as claims administrator of Tower Insurance Company. Tower disclaimed coverage for a fire that started in H&A's truck overnight, raising several coverage defenses. Reeves successfully overcame Tower's coverage defenses and brought his client's claim within coverage.  (AmTrust Financial Services, Inc. v. Hansen & Adkins Auto Transport, Inc. et al., 19th JDC of East Baton Rouge, Case No. 639142). 


Reeves Prevails in Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal in D&D Drilling & Exploration, Inc. v. XTO Energy, Inc. et al.

Subject to a successful writ application whereby Reeves' client, James River's, Louisiana Supreme Court writ was granted and remanded to the Third Circuit, the Third Circuit held oral argument on the propriety of venue for this matter. After oral argument and briefing, James River and its co-defendants prevailed, and James River's exception of improper venue was granted by the court of appeal, thereby transferring the case filed by the plaintiff from the plaintiff's home parish to James River's insured's home parish.


Reeves Prevails on Motion to Dismiss and Motion to Remand in Alfred Conhagen, Inc. v. Ruhrpumpen, Inc.

On July 23, 2015, Plaintiff Alfred Conhagen, Inc. sued defendants Ruhrpumpen, Inc. and Waldemar S. Nelson and Co. in Orleans Parish Civil District Court, alleging violations of Louisiana law. 

In April 2014, Healtheon, Inc. began developing a design team to bid on a NASA project, which involved installing a pump at an industrial water plant. Healtheon hired defendant Nelson, to provide design services. Healtheon wanted plaintiff Conhagen to supply and install the pump.

Nelson proposed using a pump manufactured by defendant Ruhrpumpen for the NASA project. Ruhrpumpen quoted a price for the pump for the bid, and, after the bid was accepted, then revised its quote, increasing the price more than $1 million higher than its original quote.

Instead of paying Ruhrpumpen's higher price for the pump it needed for the NASA project, Conhagen purchased a replacement pump from another supplier. This replacement pump still cost more than the price Ruhrpumpen originally quoted, causing Conhagen to suffer substantial monetary damages.

Ruhrpumpen removed the suit to federal court, arguing that that Nelson is an improperly joined defendant because "Conhagen's allegations totally fail to state a claim against Nelson," and moved to dismiss Nelson and remand the case.

Reeves, representing Conhagen, argued that Nelson was partially or completely at fault for the erroneous quote. The Court agreed, holding that "Conhagen has plausibly alleged state-law causes of action against Nelson. Therefore, Nelson is a properly joined defendant, and this Court lacks jurisdiction to adjudicate Conhagen's state-law claims." The motion to remand and motion to dismiss were denied.

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