Rex D. Townsley

Rex D. Townsley

Location:
Lake Charles, Louisiana
Phone:
337-377-0584
800-216-6808
Fax:
337-478-1577
Email:

Rex Townsley grew up in the piney woods at the Junction Community near Merryville, Louisiana. He was brought up and inspired by his mother, Gussie Townsley, who was a widow with five children. From an early age, Rex learned of the hardships created by the wrongful death of a loved one. This led him to an appreciation of the importance of hard work, commitment, and loyalty.

Rex earned his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Pre-Law from McNeese State University. He volunteered for military service in the U.S. Army Reserve as a Signal Corps Officer and soon achieved the rank of first Lieutenant with an honorable discharge upon completion of his military commitment. Rex was accepted into LSU Law School, where he obtained his law degree, a Doctorate in Jurisprudence in 1975.

Thus, his dream of becoming an attorney became a reality and for over 35 years, Rex has continued his commitment to fight for the rights of those in need.

He has earned a solid reputation by refusing to back down against corporations and insurance companies who seek to take advantage of those in need during times of stress and hardship, such as injury or the wrongful death of a loved one.

Rex’s legal experience with personal injury or loss, whether caused by large trucks, 18-wheelers, or the negligence of another, both on land and offshore is unparalleled. His accomplishments and reputation has earned him the respect of his fellow attorneys, achieving a peer nominated commendation attesting to his high ethical standards and professional abilities.

Rex has also received the prestigious certification of the American Society of Legal Advocates as one of the Top 100 Litigation Lawyers in the state of Louisiana. His dedication and skills have led to numerous multi-million dollar resolutions, verdicts, and settlements.

Rex proudly practices law with his nephew, Todd Townsley, and Damon Beard as well as the Associates at The Townsley Law Firm in Lake Charles, Louisiana. His litigation team includes other attorneys and staff members with an emphasis on Rex’s belief that each case is different, and every client deserves the best representation and advocacy possible.

Rex and The Townsley Law Firm are actively involved in the communities of Southwest Louisiana. They are partners-in-education for schools and proud sponsors for many non-profit organizations, such as, The Children’s Museum of Lake Charles, St. Nicholas Center for children with autism, Lake Charles Civic Ballet, McNeese Banners Cultural Series, Art and Writing Programs, and youth athletics.

When Rex is not fighting for the rights of the injured he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren at "The Old Townsley Homestead" at the Junction Community near Merryville, Louisiana.

Representative Case:

  • Plaintiff involved in an extremely contested seaman vs. workers compensation claim while working on the construction of the new Sabine River Bridge, between Louisiana and Texas on I-10 - He suffered fractures of left lower thoracic and upper lumbar
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $500,000.00
  • Maritime plaintiff on pleasure craft which capsized - He was a low wage earner that suffered lumbar and cervical injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $900,000.00
  • Maritime personal injury claim - Plaintiff was injured working on a local casino barge during construction - Cervical injuries resulted in performance of cervical discectomy and fusion
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $950,000.00
  • 18 wheeler accident - female that underwent lumbar discectomy due to injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $900,000.00
  • Seaman was on a lift boat when the lift boat fell causing back injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $500,000.00
  • Industrial Accident at a natural gas facility - Plaintiff was working for a 3rd party contractor when explosion occurred while plaintiff was cutting a pipe that had not been cleared of natural gas in the line nor was he warned natural gas was in the line before cutting the pipe - Plaintiff suffered mild traumatic brain injury and elbow surgery
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $3,850,000.00
  • Early 1990's case - Products liability case - Over 25 year old asphalt machine with no grating/guard which had been removed before accident - caused plaintiff to become an single leg amputee
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $1,500,000.00
  • Seaman case - Plaintiff was cashier at local casino boat when she slipped and fell down stairs - She suffered lumbar injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $893,000.00
  • Plaintiff was working on an inland drilling barge when a piece of pipe came loose on the drilling rig and struck him in the head - Suffered brain damage
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $14,000,000.00
  • Seaman claim - Captain on tugboat injured when relief captain struck sandbar in the Red River causing back injuries to claimant/captain
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $1,350,000.00
  • Industrial explosion accident causing lumbar/cervical strain and mild closed head injury secondary to blast
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $832,875.00
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Claim - Plaintiff fell through damaged grating on offshore platform causing brain damage
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $8,000,000.00
  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act Claim - Plaintiff herniated lumbar disk while rescuing a co-worker that fell through the grating on an offshore platform
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $2,000,000.00
  • Chemical exposure claim - Plaintiff working for a contractor at a chemical plant - Claim against chemical plant - Exposure to H2S gas
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $1,900,000.00
  • Chemical exposure claim - Plaintiff working for a contractor at a chemical plant - Claim against chemical plant - Exposure to H2S gas
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $950,000.00
  • 18 wheeler struck vehicle while on Interstate - lumbar injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $950,000.00
  • 18 wheeler struck vehicle in which plaintiff was a passenger - lumbar injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $710,000.00
  • Industrial vehicle crossed center line forcing plaintiff off the road - There was no contact between vehicles - Plaintiff lost control of vehicle and went off the road and struck a tree - No witnesses other than driver of industrial truck and the plaintiff - The defendant driver's co-worker and guest passengers claimed they did not see what occurred - Plaintiff suffered a herniated lumbar disk
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $1,500,000.00
  • 18 wheeler accident - cervical lumbar injuries
    • RECOVERY: in excess of $750,000.00

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Workers Compensation
  • Social Security

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D.
  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana
    • B.A.
    • Major: Pre-Law

Classes/Seminars

  • Taught Professionalism

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell AV preeminent Peer Rating (The highest rating in legal ability and ethical standards)
  • Top 100 Lawyers of American Society of Legal Advocates (ASLA), Member

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana Association of Justice, Board of Directors
  • American Associaton of Justice
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Coushatta Tribal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Association, Board of Governors
  • Bar Association of Fifth Federal Circuit
  • The National Trial Lawyers, Member

Past Employment Positions

  • Cox, Cox & Townsley, Partner

Pro Bono Activities

  • Louisiana State Bar Examiner

Languages

  • English