Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest Personal Injury Lawyers With Over $150 MILLION +



AKD Personal Injury Lawyers

Using decades of experience and our client-centered approach, we investigate all facets of your case to bring you the best results possible, because that’s what you rightly deserve.

Our Experienced Personal Injury Attorneys Serving New Orleans Since 2003.

In 2003, after being dissatisfied with the quality of legal care for victims of car accidents, Roderick ‘Rico’ Alvendia sought to establish a new firm focused on providing high-quality legal services to aid injured victims and their families. J. Bart Kelly, sharing Rico’s passion for upholding justice, joined the firm later that year, and established a partnership. In 2004, Rico was called into military service for his country in Iraq, and with the assistance of J. Bart Kelly, recruited Jeanne Demarest to the firm after witnessing her commitment to high ethical standards and tenacity in the courtroom.


Top Personal Injury Attorneys
in New Orleans

We Take Personal Injury Cases On A Contingency Fee Basis, Which Means We Don’t Get Paid Until You Do.

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Hurricane Damage Claim Attorneys

$100m recovered AKD Law have recovered over $100 million on Hurricaine IDA
cases by June, 2023.
If your insurance company is delaying or denying your payment, contact us
immediately so we can help you fight back.

Inattentive Driving: Jury Verdict

$ 1.25 million

Larry Robinson, et al vs. Amtrust Insurance Co. & Diesel Driving Academy, Inc., et al

On Thursday, May 5, 2016, Plaintiffs’ counsel obtained a $1.25 million dollar jury verdict for Plaintiffs in Shreveport, LA. Plaintiff, Larry Robinson, was a disabled Vietnam Veteran who was severely injured in an automobile accident in Caddo Parish with an 18 […]

Property Insurance Claim: Settlement

$ 2 million

Apartment Complex Damage Civil District Court of New Orleans

In 2016, AKD obtained over $2 million for the owner of a large apartment complex which sustained various damages to the premises which his insurers originally refused to pay.

Products Liability: Settlement

$ 4 million

Products Liability Civil District Court of New Orleans

AKD obtained approximately $4 million dollars in a products liability case where the client’s tire caused his truck to roll over.

Excessive Force: Settlement

$ 2 million

Injury from Excessive Force Civil District Court of New Orleans

AKD obtained over $2 million dollars for a motorist who was the victim of an excessive use of force by Sheriff’s deputies who shot the man in the face during a traffic stop.

Defective Equipment and Negligence: Jury Verdict

$ 3.75 million

Kamari Phelps vs Audubon Apartment, Inc. New Orleans Municiple Court

In 2012, Rico Alvendia and his trial team won a jury verdict of $3,750,000 in East Baton Rouge, LA, for the family of a young boy who was severely burned from a defective water heater.

Negligence: Jury Verdict

$ 1.75 million

Francis Robinette vs Lafon Nursing Home New Orleans Municiple Court

In 2015, Rico Alvendia and his trial team won a jury verdict of $1,750,000 in New Orleans, LA, for the family of a elderly woman, Mrs. Francis Robinette, who died in a nursing home soon after Hurricane Katrina struck the city. The nursing home […]

Negligence: Settlement After Mediation

$ 3.25 million

Gas Line Explosion Civil District Court of New Orleans

Mr. Kelly went to trial in the Civil District Court of New Orleans and won a $3.25 million verdict for a New Orleans man who was seriously injured in a house explosion. The Firm proved at trial that the landlord of the home […]

Negligence Class Action: Settlement

$ 25 million

Elmira Preston vs Memorial Hospital Civil District Court of New Orleans

In 2011, Rico Alvendia and Jeanne Demarest along with their fellow plaintiff steering committee obtained a $25,000,000 class action settlement for hundreds of families who had loved ones, to include patients and medical staff, who were stranded for days in the horrific conditions at Memorial Hospital in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck the city. Many of the patients died due to the hospital’s parent corporation’s failure to timely evacuate them before and after Katrina passed.

Negligence: Settlement After Mediation

$ 17 million

Schreiber vs JCC Civil District Court of New Orleans

AKD went to trial in the case of Schreiber vs JCC, and won a $17,000,000 jury verdict in the Civil District Court of New Orleans. The case involved a local athletic club, wherein the Firm’s client, Mr. Schreiber, sustained serious spinal injuries in an accident during a basketball game. His injuries caused incomplete quadriplegia and rendered the healthy young athlete confined to a wheelchair. The Firm was able to prove to the jury at trial that the athletic club was negligent in the maintenance and operations of its facility, which caused Mr. Schreiber’s life changing accident. The award included a sizable loss of income and earning capacity.

Faulty Vehicle Repair: Settlement

$ 10 million

Faulty Vehicle Repair Civil District Court of New Orleans

Faulty Vehicle Repair: Settlement Settlement

In 2015, AKD obtained more than $10 million dollars for a couple when their truck crushed the wife after a faulty vehicle repair.

Property Insurance Claim : Settlement After Mediation

$ 1.9 million

Medical Clinic Group Settlement Civil District Court of New Orleans

Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a $1.9 million dollar settlement for a group of New Orleans medical clinics which incurred severe business losses after Hurricane Katrina. The medical clinics fought with their own insurance company for years until Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest got involved, prepared the case for trial, and successfully obtained the lost funds for their property damage and lost revenues.

Property Insurance Claim: Settlement

$ 2 million

Property Damages from Hurricane Civil District Court of New Orleans

AKD obtained a $2 million dollar settlement for a famous local New Orleans restaurant and catering business which was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. The business was unsuccessful in making its own insurance company claim for months until Alvendia, Kelly & Demarest was hired.

Car Insurance Claim : Settlement After Mediation


Spinal Injury Civil District Court of New Orleans

AKD obtained a multi-million dollar settlement for a Jefferson Parish physician who was rear ended in a traffic accident. The auto accident resulted in a complex spinal surgery, which ended the man’s lucrative professional career. The Firm was able to settle the case for an amount that took into consideration their client’s injuries and his lost wages and loss of significant future earning capacity.

Negligence:Settlement After Mediation

$ 1.7 million

Chemical Exposure Civil District Court of New Orleans

Mr. Kelly and Mr. Alvendia obtained a $1.7 million settlement for a New Orleans police officer who was exposed to chemicals that leaked from an 18 wheeler as it was transporting the chemicals across the country. The Firm showed that the transporter’s negligence resulted in serious inhalation injuries to the Firm’s client, as well as a significant loss of income and earning capacity.

Why AKD Law

Why AKD Law?

  • A Accuracy

    We are committed to discovering all critical evidence essential to securing a settlement or judgment in your favor.

  • K Knowledge

    With a collective total of over eighty years of trial experience, our team of attorneys will extend their expertise to help achieve the best possible result in your case. We are proud of our success rates, and our case results reflect the depth of quality representation our attorneys provide.

  • D Determination

    We leave no stone unturned and work tirelessly to achieve the best possible results for our clients. Let us use our years of experience to help you during this difficult time.


Our firm’s partners have focused their years of legal practice on accident injuries, bodily injuries, and traumatic brain injuries. We will help you and your loved ones obtain the compensation you deserve, so you can move on with your life.

Roderick “Rico” Alvendia

Rico was born in 1970 in New Orleans, LA. Although he was born and raised primarily in New Orleans, Rico traveled internationally as he was growing up while his Father, Ernesto M. Alvendia, served as a Diplomat for the Philippines. In fact, he attended Jesuit High School in the Philippines from 1984 to 1987, where he also witnessed firsthand the historic Filipino Peaceful Revolution in 1987.

In 1994 Rico graduated with high honors from Loyola University, New Orleans, with a Bachelors Degree in Political Science. At the same time, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army Reserves. In 1994, he was awarded an academic scholarship to Loyola University Law School in New Orleans. As a student at Loyola Law School, he excelled in the Moot Court Program and earned a spot as a member of Loyola’s renowned National Moot Court Team. He earned his law degree from Loyola in 1998 and immediately passed the Louisiana Bar exam. He, with his partners, started the Law Firm of Alvendia, Kelly, and Demarest, LLC in 2003.

J. Bart Kelly, III

Native of New Orleans, LA. A graduate of Jesuit High School, Magna Cum laude, 1988. National Merit Finalist Scholar at The George Washington University, BA Economics 1992. President of Students for Solidarity and Democracy in Eastern Europe, 1989-1992. U.S. Delegate to the International Pro-Democracy Student Congress in Warsaw, Poland, 1990. Scholarship Chairman and Founding Member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity, Delta Alpha Chapter, 1989-1992. Tulane Law School, Juris Doctor, 1996. Judicial Extern to Honorable Miriam Waltzer, LA Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. Assistant District Attorney, New Orleans, 1997-98. Associate attorney, Hailey McNamara Hall Larmann, & Papale, 1998-2001. Plaintiff trial attorney, 2001-present. Admitted to practice in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of Louisiana. Active Member of the Louisiana Association for Justice.

Mr. Kelly has 23 years of litigation experience, including more than 30 jury trials. He has handled the successful prosecution of numerous multi-million dollar civil cases, to include obtaining a $17 million verdict in the landmark Louisiana case of Schreiber v. JCC and a $3.25 million verdict in Hampton v. Nix, both personal injury claims in Civil District Court in New Orleans. (See list of recent cases)

Jeanne Demarest

Jeanne was born on April 9, 1969 in Big Spring, Texas while her father was in pilot training for the U. S. Air Force. At the age of five, she moved with her family back to New Orleans, Louisiana.

She graduated from St. Mary’s Dominican High School in 1987 and went on to Louisiana State University. She graduated from LSU in 1991 with a Bachelors degree in Journalism. While at LSU, she was a member and officer of Delta Gamma Fraternity.

AKD in the

AKD Law is more than just a law firm.

We are a part of our New Orleans community. Our firm is proud serve our friends, neighbors and fellow community members beyond just helping with legal needs. We are routinely involved in local initiatives focusing on a wide range of causes and goals.


What Our Clients Are Saying

D. Stevenson

My experience with Mrs. Jeanne Demarest and Brittany was exceptional they went beyond and above to assist in a time of adversity that was transpiring in the environment I live. They actually go to the root cause of the issue and have a lot of expertise. They was really trying to get the most money from me for my homeowners claim!

B. Marzett

I’ve had the pleasure of working with Attorney Jennifer Kuechmann at AKD Legal Team. She represents her (me) client with the highest professionalism, with the utmost respect for my health, and overall a “Big Win.” I would recommend her.

A. Alfortish

I want to thank the whole team for all your help and persistence with my settlement. I truly appreciate.

W. Young

Great experiences every time I need you guys. I always recommend your firm.

C. Perez

Bart and his team were wonderful to work with. It was clear that their vision and determination to fight for our case, is why we were able to reach a settlement, where my previous attorney was not.

N. Gex

Bart Kelly and his legal team reevaluated my case after another attorney backed away from a legal challenge, I just want to say Thank You to mr kelly and his team for the hard work and dedication to my case to make it successful . Thank You

S. Spears

Attorney Kelly is an impeccable attorney. He has represented me extremely well. I was very, very, very pleased with the outcome of my settlement. He’s highly recommended … to give assistance to anyone. I thank him for his services and I’m super elated over the way he handled the case. He is a phenomenal lawyer.

T. Gibson-Warren

They helped me with every need possible. The back issues I had could have been much worse if they didn’t step in and help me. Bart, Megan, and all the people that work for this legal team are amazing. I would recommend them to anyone. Thank you all for helping me each step of the way. I can’t thank these people enough.

Joseph Selano

I’ve learned the importance of having good coverage insurance, thanks to Mr. Kelly explaining everything to me. We do not hope or wait for accidents, but rest assured that I will call Mr. Kelly again if I need his services. Thank you.

Ann Zimmer

I received excellent service and care from both Bart Kelly and Meg. I was kept informed, comfortable, and felt at ease knowing that I was in good hands. Bart and Meg are extremely attentive and professional. Thank you both.

Nathaniel Bonney

Being represented by Mr. Kelly and his legal team was a very awesome experience. They were very patient and they worked really hard in resolving my case. I would most definitely refer them to all my friends and associates. Thank you very much.

Glac Mantuso

I am very grateful for Mr. Bart’s assistance. He was very professional and fair. I never felt like a client with him. I always felt like a close friend. Also, I would like to thank everyone in the office for being friendly, kind, and for helping me.

Jessica Quinn

Just want to say thanks a lot because I received way more than I expected. You guys did a wonderful job of getting the max for myself and my family. Everyone I met or spoke to on the phone was really professional and nice. Once again, thanks a lot.

Teri Haas

J. Bart Kelly is the best attorney I have ever met. He is intelligent, caring, understanding, and knows how to protect his clients. I love his strong take-charge attitude to fight for what is right.

James Barber

My lawyer took the time to explain everything in a clear and concise manner. I’ve been treated fairly and with the utmost respect. I am very appreciative of all of the staff at AKD for their services.

Darryl Hill

I am grateful for the way that my case was handled. Thanks.

Claudine Hope

Thanks to Bart and Meg. Fantastic group of people and team. Love you guys.

Karen Bourgeois

I was involved in a terrible accident and had a lot of serious injuries. I was so happy that Bart (and his team, including his nurse paralegal) was my attorney. The results were much more than expected as far as the settlement. Thanks.

Florina T. Franckes

AKD did a great job for my daughter Maya. It was not a long drawn out case. The firm kept me up to speed on Maya’s case, and everything went smoothly.

Lisa Dyle Rudolph

From the moment of the initial encounter with Bart Kelly and the AKD legal team, I felt comfort. Going through the trials and tribulations of my case was very difficult. However, I felt at ease and confident with this team behind me. They did outstanding work and went above and beyond. I am very thankful that I had Bart Kelly with me through this process.

Pam M Jr.

My experience with Mr. Kelly and Meg was wonderful. Their knowledge, professionalism, and experience ensured a great outcome. I am pleased with the end result and would highly recommend them to family and friends.

Sheeka Lewis

I was very happy with my case. You are wonderful people. God bless y’all.

Michael Touteaberg

I was satisfied with the settlement and am very happy with the outcome.

Janniel Stevens

Excellent services, very concerned, and very helpful.

Artty Stet Jr.

The service was very good, and the people were always polite. Meg is my favorite. Exceptional job. Well done. Would recommend to anyone.

Daniel Sure

I couldn’t ask for a better outcome. I was just looking to recoup my losses, and they gave me a check that changed my life.

Loetta Runions

I can’t express my gratitude enough for how well you all handled my case. I came to the firm injured on a hope and prayer, and you came through for me. Very professionally handled, and I want to say thanks so much. I will recommend anyone I can to use you.

James Ramsey

I was happy with my settlement.

J. Hutt

Y’all are amazing! I would recommend y’all to everyone. I consider y’all family!

Marita L. Page

The services I received from Mr. Bart Kelly and his team were excellent. They answered all my questions without hesitation and explained everything fully to me. Ms. Megan was always very professional and polite. I would highly recommend them to my family and friends.

Leticia L. Scott

An experience that I am thankful was handled by Mr. Kelly and his team. God forbid anything else ever occurs, but I’d definitely call again.

Lan Jeffers

It was great having them as lawyers. They really got the job done. Thank y’all for all your help.

Lasen Sandy

I recommend AKD legal team. Very perfect, accurate, and on time. Great service. Stayed in touched. Answered all questions. I’m very satisfied with them.

Bret Line

I was pleased with the services that were provided throughout my case.

C. J. Harp

Mr. Kelly and Meg are a dynamic and professional team. Thank you, Mr. Kelly for fighting so hard for my mom. Thank you, Meg for always being so amazing and helpful! You both are the best!

Kay Green

I am very pleased and grateful for the legal services provided by attorney J. Bart Kelly and the AKD legal team!

Melissa Sanchez

I received exceptional service from the law office of Bart Kelly. He is a great attorney who cares about what you are going through, and I am very pleased with the outcome.


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