Supreme Court Expert

Some lawyers go their entire career without arguing a case before the U.S. Supreme Court, but a Gulf Coast attorney has done it twice in the past six months. Attorney Jimmy Heidelberg says only about 50 or 60 cases are heard annually by the Supreme Court.

Heidelberg has defended two companies in appeals to the nation's highest court this year. In the first case, Heidelberg represented Outboard Marine Corporation against a man who lost his leg when his personal watercraft crashed into the back of a boat. The man claimed the boat's manufacturer should have included a propeller guard. The Supreme Court upheld a ruling in favor of Outboard Marine from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans.

In the second case, Heidelberg is representing Dole Incorporated in a lawsuit brought by foreign banana workers who say they were harmed by pesticides with which they worked. The case has been heard by the Supreme Court. The court should decide by the end of the year. The 5th Circuit had ruled for Dole.