Bruce A. Cranner is an experienced defense trial lawyer in the firm’s Medical Malpractice and Healthcare and Products Liability Practice Areas. He is best known for his work in complex and complicated healthcare cases and professional liability cases, serving both as a litigator and as an advisor to clients ranging from physicians, hospitals and long term care facilities and as lead trial counsel in Peer Review, complex medical liability cases involving Birth Trauma, Gynecological Surgery, Cardiology, Neurosurgery and Oral Surgery. He also represents health care professionals before licensing boards. His experience also includes the defense of legal and architectural liability cases and he was involved in the defense of several New Orleans areas hospitals after Hurricane Katrina. Bruce is currently serving as national Medicare Secondary Payer compliance counsel to two Fortune 500 Healthcare companies and several major insurance carriers.
In addition to his work as a professional liability defense lawyer, Bruce is also a respected and very active product liability litigator. He often represents insured manufacturers defending products liability claims involving medical devices, sporting goods and recreational products including exercise equipment, watercraft and small vessels, motorized vehicles, hunting equipment and dietary supplements. He has served as national coordinating counsel for an OTC manufacturer of dietary supplements and defended the manufacturers of medical devices, industrial equipment and munitions. He tried, as the lead defense trial lawyer, mass products and class actions cases involving Legionnaire’s Disease (Dorman Crowe v. Winn Dixie), The Vitek Jaw Implant Litigation (including a Class Action involving of 25,000.00 claims—James and Ette v. LSU and Dr. Kent) and important single injury cases involving tear gas and “OC” Grenades (Lewis v. CTS), wakeboard vests (Puckett v. Jet Pilot) and exercise equipment (Matherne v. Bollinger). Bruce’s cases generally involve serious injuries including deaths, severe spinal injuries resulting in paralysis, brain injuries and Legionnaire’s Disease or lung damage. In addition, Bruce is often retained as special “settlement counsel” due to his training as a mediator, experience defending mass tort personal injury claims and his unique understanding of the Medicare Secondary Payer Act and regulations.
Bruce is a past Chair of the Medical Liability and Health Care Law Committee of the DRI—The Voice of the Defense Bar and is a past member of the Boards of the DRI and the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence (NFJE). He is a member of and past Chair of the DRI MSP Task Force. He is also an active member of the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), where he is a frequent lecturer and program moderator. As a leader of the Legal Task Force of the Sports and Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) he serves as the Program Chair and Moderator of the annual SFIA Litigation and Risk Management Summit. His many articles and book chapters include, most recently, portions of the “DRI Defense Practitioners’ Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Issues.”
Bannister v. SFB Companies and SYSTRA Engineering Inc., Nineteenth Judicial District Court for the Parish of East Baton Rouge/Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. Obtained dismissal of a foreign corporation on an exception of lack of personal jurisdiction on appeal. Bannister v. SFB Companies, Inc., 2019 CW 0079, 2019 CA 0367 ____So. 3d_______, (La. App. 1st Cir. 11/15/2019)
Sappington v. Southern Pain, et al, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson. Successfully defended a physician against a Medical Malpractice claim alleging medical errors in the performance of a spinal procedure. (Result: Verdict for the defense, Affirmed. Sappington v. Southern Pain, et al, 19-CA-80, 280 So. 3d. 343 (La. 5th Cir. 10/23/2019)
Faust adv. Paradigm Health, Twenty-Second Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Tammany. Successfully defended a physician against an injunction and claims for damages relating to the non-compete provisions of an employment contract. (Result: Dismissal. Non-compete un-enforceable. Affirmed. Paradigm Health v. Faust, 2016 CA 1276, 218 So.3d 2017 (La App 1st. Cir. 4/12 2017)
Sandifer v. Hoyt, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. Successfully defended the manufacturer of a compound bow. Plaintiff claimed death by head injury caused by defective design of the bow (Result: Dismissed on Defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Sandifer v. Hoyt Archery, 907 F.3d 802 (5th Cir 2018)
Stanley v. Trinchard, et al, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana. Prosecuted a claim for a bankruptcy trustee against several attorneys and an insurance carrier for legal malpractice and bad faith (Jury Trial June, 2014. Result: Settled favorably to the trustee after closing arguments and before the verdict).
Dyanne Lewis, et al. v. The City of Jackson, et al., Circuit Court for the First Judicial District of Hinds County, Mississippi. Defended a Tear Gas and Pepper spray manufacturer in a products liability trial. Plaintiff claimed death caused by exposure to defendant’s products. (Trial January, 2010. Result: Settled before appeal).
Dillon v. Paul Hubbell, III, M.C. and Southern Pain & Anesthesia Consultants, LLP. Twenty-fourth Judicial District Court, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana. Medical malpractice claims in which plaintiff claimed nerve damage associated with the performance of a cervical discogram. (Trial June, 2007. Result: Judgment for the defense).
Garcia-Rivera v. Memorial Medical Center, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Louisiana. Medical malpractice claims in which the heirs of a deceased 34-year-old woman who died of PPH claimed medication error on the part of the hospital. (Tried January, 2007. Result: jury verdict for the defense).
James & Ette v. LSU, No. 529-480, Twenty-Fourth Judicial District Court, Parish of Jefferson, State of Louisiana. Lead trial counsel in a national class action involving VITEK dental implants. (June, 2004. Certification denied and dismissed. Aggregate litigation dismissed).
Zamanian v. Christian Health Ministry, No. 93-11083, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, successfully defended and hospital, four physicians and a nurse against claims of defamation, unfair trade practices and breach of contract arising from peer review activities. (Trial June, July 2000. Result: After a three-week jury trial and a $6 million verdict for plaintiff, a JNOV was granted for the defense dismissing all claims 9/21/00).
Nicoll v. Lococo, No. 97-CA-00083 (5th Cir. 10/28/97); 701 So. 2d 1062, successfully defended an orthopedic surgeon in an alleged malpractice and spoliation of evidence case. (Result: Judgment for the defense).
Cassanova v. Marullo, et al, No. 94-0376, USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana. Defended eight sitting Judges of the Criminal District Court for the Parish of Orleans in a wrongful discharge suit under State and Federal law. (Resolved favorably to the defense during jury selection).
Knight v. PCF, No. 93-1619 (La. App. 3rd Cir. 1994), 638 So. 2d 678. Successfully represented the Louisiana Patients’ Compensation Fund in defense of a medical benefits case testing the reasonableness of the denial of a claim by the Louisiana Patients’ Compensation Fund.
Byers v. State of Louisiana, No. 94-1374, USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana. Defended the State of Louisiana, through the Hammond Area Technical Institute, in a suit for employment discrimination under the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Settled favorably to the defense).
Presentations & Publications
LADC Winter Seminar “Louisiana Medical Malpractice Update”, presented in January, 2020
“5 Best Practices for MSP Compliance” LADC/La. Judicial College Joint Program, presented in December, 2019
“Medicare Endgame—Applying Predictive Settlement Strategies to Navigate MSP Exposure”, DRI webcast presented Dec. 2019
“Applying Predictive Settlement Strategies to Mitigate Medicare Secondary Payer Exposure (Part 1)” DRI For the Defense, October, 2019
LADC Winter Seminar “5 Best Practices for Defense Counsel,” presented in January, 2019
‘DRI Medicare Best Practices,” webcast presented Sept. 2018
“DRI Medicare Best Practices,” webcast presented June 2017
“MEDMARC—Ethics and MSP/Best Practices, presentation in June, 2016
Cattie, et al, DRI Defense Practitioners Guide to Medicare Secondary Payer Issues 3d. (DRI 2015) [Co-Author and Contributing Editor]
“The MSP and The False Claims Act, The Government’s Most Potent Recovery Tool, DRI, In House Defense Quarterly, Spring, 2015.”
“Medical Malpractice: A Risky Proposition” Author and Presenter, AICP, New Orleans, 2015
“PLAC Conference, Program Co-Chair and Moderator. Dallas, 2015” Presenter “MSP UPDATES: Fast Fire”
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Defense Practitioners,” DRI Webcast, 2015
“PLAC Conference, Program Co-Chair and Moderator. San Diego, 2015”
“The Ethics of MSP: A Conversation About Compliance,” author and presenter, DRI webcast, 2014
“A Conversation About Lawyer Ethics and MSP Compliance, DRI For the Defense, July, 2014.
“Medicare, Medicaid and Medicare Advantage Plan Secondary Payer: 2014 Update,” author and presenter, PLAC Spring Conference 2014
“Affordable Care Act/Medicare Secondary Payer,” presenter, PLAC Fall Conference, 2013, Las Vegas
“Section 111 Reporting,” presenter, Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers Medicare Set-Asides (LASIE) Workshop, June 6, 2013, Baton Rouge
PLAC Conference, Program Chair, Colorado Springs, Spring 2013 and Las Vegas, Fall 2013
“Disasters and Catastrophes: What are the Duties and Consequences?” author and presenter, DRI Nursing Home/ALF Litigation Seminar, 2013, Scottsdale
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Litigation Counsel,” author and presenter, MAPS, March 2013, New Orleans
“Mass Torts: Change Your Thinking,” author and presenter, DRI webcast, 2013
SFIA Annual Litigation & Risk Management Summit, Program Chair and moderator, 2007- 2014
“Screws, plates, joints, drugs and the good doctor - Whodunit?” author and presenter, LSAA Medical Liability Seminar, 2012
“Medicare Secondary Payer: Best Practices for Defense Counsel,” author and presenter, DRI webcast 2012
“Hospital Emergencies,” author and presenter, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Seminar, 2012, New Orleans
“MMSEA - RM Write-Off and Reporting Responsibilities,” author and presenter, NCASHRM Spring Program Presentation, 2011
“MSP and MMSEA Compliance for Defense Counsel,” author and presenter, DRI Products Liability Seminar, Las Vegas, 2010
“Compliance” Moderator, FDCC Corporate Counsel Symposium,” 2010, Philadelphia
“Best Practices for MMSEA Reimbursement,” PLAC Spring Seminar, 2010, San Antonio
“The Medicare Claimant’s Case: Best Practices for Resolution Since the Reimbursement Revolution,” author and presenter, DRI Products Liability Conference, 2010, Las Vegas
“How the Jury Assesses Post Sale Behavior,” presenter, PLAC Spring conference, 2004, Montreal
“Leading the Admitted Liability Case to a Defense Verdict,” author and lecturer, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar, 2004, Las Vegas
“Doctors Misbehaving,” moderator, DRI Medical Liability and Healthcare Law Seminar, San Francisco, 2003
Advanced Issues in Louisiana Medical Malpractice, author and lecturer, NBI, 2001
LSBA “CLE by the Hour” Seminar Medical Malpractice “Update” co-lecturer, 2000
“Advanced issues in Louisiana Medical Malpractice,” author and lecturer, NBI, 2000
LSBA Seminar, “Medical Malpractice” Panelist, 1998
“Medical Malpractice,” author and lecturer, NBI, 1997
“LADC Attorney/Client Seminar,” lecturer on “When to Appeal” 1996
“Settling Insurance Claims,” author and panelist, PESI, 1995
“Settling Insurance Claims,” author and panelist, PESI, 1994
“Medicine Made Easy for Lawyers,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1994
“Trial Preparation for Procrastinators: Surviving the Last Two Weeks,” author and lecturer, Tulane CLE by the hour, 1993
“Recent Tort Law Developments,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Use of Paralegals, Legal Assistants and Temporary Attorneys and Associated Ethical Considerations,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Trends in Bad Faith Litigation,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1992
“Videos, Graphics and Charts for Plaintiff’s Attorneys,” author and lecturer, PESI, 1990
“Video Tape Reconstruction of Accidents by Computer,” author and lecturer, LTLA, Aspen, 1990
“Third Trial by the Masters – Trial Preparation: The Last 100 Days,” author and panelist, Tulane Law School, 1990
“Demonstrative Evidence,” author and lecturer, LTLA, Aspen, 1989
- Medical Liability
- Products Liability
- Insurance Defense and Coverage
- Commercial Litigation
- Medicare Secondary Payer Compliance
- B.A. (1980) Tulane University
- J.D. (1983) Tulane University Law School
- Louisiana Superlawyer
- Who’s Who: Product Defense
- AAA Certified Mediator
- Work: (985) 624-5010
- Work: (504) 957-5364
- B.A. (1980) Tulane University
- J.D. (1983) Tulane University Law School
- Work: (985) 624-5010
- Work: (504) 957-5364