Robert S. Rooth
Position: Partner
Direct Number: (504) 585-7226
Fax: (504) 544-6088
Email: rooth@chaffe.com Download VCard

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Health Care
  • Product Liability
  • Oil and Gas

Education

J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1977
B.A., Princeton University, 1971

Bar Admissions

Louisiana Federal Courts
U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court

Robert S. Rooth


Mr. Rooth received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1971 and his J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in 1977, where he served on the Board of Editors of the Law Review. His publications include an article entitled "The Real Estate Broker-Purchaser Relationship" as well as a deposition strategy outline for antitrust class-action cases. A frequent lecturer, Mr. Rooth's recent presentations include seminars entitled "The Anatomy of a Civil Fraud Case" and "Louisiana Banking Law Into the Next Millennium", and "Qui Tam Plaintiffs - Whistle Blowers or Bounty Hunters?"

Mr. Rooth practices in the fields of Corporate Law and Commercial Litigation, including antitrust, banking, deceptive trade practice, health care, oil and gas, intellectual property and securities matters. His recent activities include:

  • Representing St. Charles Pharmaceuticals, Inc. in structuring a private placement of equity securities for the development of a series of novel therapeutic drugs;
  • Representing Bank One Equity Investors, Inc. in capital formation activities under the Louisiana Capital Companies Program;
  • Prosecuting claims of trademark infringement for Pan American Laboratories, Inc., a generic drug manufacturer;
  • Defending Rhone-Poulenc Animal Nutrition in an antitrust and unfair trade practices suit brought by the Louisiana Attorney General;
  • Defending Hunt Petroleum in Louisiana severance tax litigation;
  • Defending Hibernia National Bank in jury trials of a multi-million dollar suit against the bank's Corporate Trust Department and a borrower’s $24 million claim for breach of loan commitments;
  • Defense of Aviara Energy Corporation in multidistrict litigation under the federal False Claims Act involving measurement of natural gas for royalty purposes.

Mr. Rooth has been involved in several recent acquisitions and divestures of Louisiana-based businesses, including Louisiana's largest dental referral network and a major printing company, as well as the sale of physician practices.

Mr. Rooth has represented a number of oil and gas producers, including Amoco Production Company, Placid Oil Company, Rosewood Resources, Inc., Justiss Oil Company, Hunt Petroleum Corporation, and Petro-Hunt Corporation in lawsuits in which the firm's clients recovered more than $200,000,000. He has also represented insurance companies, including The Equitable Life Assurance Society of the United States, Pacific Mutual Life Insurance Company, and Lincoln National Life Insurance Company in a variety of litigation matters, including lender liability suits.

Mr. Rooth defended Placid Refining Company in a $1 billion environmental suit filed by more than 270 residents and property owners seeking an injunction against the operation of our client's fuels refinery.

Mr. Rooth is admitted to practice in all federal courts sitting in Louisiana, as well as the U. S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and the U. S. Supreme Court. He is a Panelist of The American Arbitration Association and a certified AAA mediator. He is an Arbitrator for the National Association of Securities Dealers, as well as the National Arbitration Forum. He has served as a director of Ferruzzi Finance U.S.A., Inc., a single purpose finance company that issued $100 million of auction preferred stock, as a director of the Gulf Coast Conservation Association, and as a director of several private foundations. He is the immediate past President of the American Heart Association's New Orleans Chapter, and a charter member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Business, Health Law and Intellectual Property Law Sections of the American Bar Association and a member of the National Health Lawyers Association.