Our Team

New Orleans Personal Injury Lawyers

Our Team

Richard P. Voorhies III

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney & Owner

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Though born on a U.S. Air Force base overseas, Richard was raised from an early age in Southern Louisiana. He earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. During his tenure at ULL, he was awarded the faculty's Crisler-Levine award for the outstanding paper in the political science department.

Thereafter, he received his Juris Doctor from Loyola School of Law, graduating with honors, Cum Laude. While in law school, Richard excelled in Loyola's Moot Court Program. He competed nationally as an oralist and brief writer and, in his senior year, sat on the Moot Court Board.

Following law school, Richard served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Dee D. Drell, United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. As a federal law clerk, he worked on complex litigation, gaining valuable experience in several practice areas, including personal injury law cases and insurance dispute claims.

Immediately after his clerkship, Richard returned to New Orleans to practice law and contribute to the city's rebuilding process.

Professionally, Richard is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association and is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

James was born in Chicago, IL, on September 25, 1981. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. At Macalester, he graduated Magna Cum Laude, was inducted into the Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society, and was awarded the Case Prize in Western American History.

After college, James founded a property management company and worked for several years in the field of residential construction. James worked as a contractor in St. Paul, Minnesota, Baltimore, Maryland, and eventually moved to New Orleans to help rebuild the city following Hurricane Katrina.

James then attended law school graduating with honors, Cum Laude, from Tulane University Law School in 2011. At Tulane, James served as a Senior Fellow to the Legal Research and Writing first year course. In addition, James was elected as a Senior Board member for his journal, and participated in the Tulane Civil Litigation Clinic. While studying at Tulane, James also worked for several New Orleans defense firms, gaining experience primarily in insurance litigation.


Jennifer R. Rust

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney

jenniferJennifer was born and raised just outside of New Orleans in Chalmette, Louisiana. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Louisiana State University, specializing in International Relations. After college, Jennifer obtained her teaching certification and taught English and American History to middle school students in her hometown.

Thereafter, she received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. During law school, Jennifer served as a Teaching Assistant to first-year law students in the Legal Research and Writing Program. In addition, she earned a position on the Loyola Law Review and was later elected to serve on the Editorial Board as Case Note and Comment Editor. While studying at Loyola, Jennifer interned at the Recovery School District, where she participated in the development of district-wide special education policies. Jennifer has worked for both plaintiff and defense firms, gaining experience in personal injury law and insurance litigation.


John Mark Fezio

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John Mark was born and raised in Lexington, South Carolina. After graduating summa cum laude from Clemson University in 2002 with a B.S. in Marketing, he moved to New Orleans to attend law school. In 2005, he graduated from Tulane Law School, magna cum laude. He finished in the top ten law students in his class and was elected to the Order of the Coif. While in law school, John Mark served as a managing editor of the Tulane Law Review. He also founded and served as the president of the Tulane Christian Legal Society.

Following law school, John Mark worked with a New Orleans firm for twelve years in the litigation division, concentrating on trust and estates and commercial fraud litigation. He handled a broad spectrum of complex suits for both plaintiffs and defendants, and earned a partnership with that firm. He appeared in state and federal district courts, as well as appellate courts, throughout Louisiana. John Mark is active in the New Orleans Bar Association, serving as a co-chair of the Business Law Committee. He is also the treasurer of the New Orleans Christian Legal Society, having served in that position since 2011.


Phyllis M. Hugg


A native of Kentucky, Phyllis began her legal career in administrative work with a university grants and contracts office, and then as an assistant in a judicial Friend of the Court office. When she and her husband moved to Louisiana over thirty years ago, she began what became a twenty-five year tenure with two attorneys whose firm grew into a mid-sized firm with 40 employees. While there, she performed a range of duties, from paralegal and administrative to accounting and human resources. Attending classes at night, Phyllis earned her degree from Tulane University in 1991 with a major in Paralegal Studies, and then turned her attention to the handling of all aspects of case work, from client contact through trial. She is happy to be working with the Voorhies Law Firm to provide personal attention to our personal injury clients in their various cases.


Brandi Russell


Brandi was born in New Orleans and grew up in Yscloskey, Louisiana. She and her husband currently reside in Meraux. Brandi attended college at Nunez Community College and the University of New Orleans, where she earned her degree in Paralegal Studies. She began her legal career in a local court, and thereafter moved into private practice, where she became a file management and client contact specialist. She is now branching into litigation, and will be handling all aspects of trial practice paralegal work. Brandi brings her prior experience and eagerness to learn to the Voorhies Law Firm.


David Saltaformaggio

Experienced Personal Injury Attorney


David is a New Orleans native and graduate of Jesuit High School. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Risk Management and Insurance. David moved back home and began working in the insurance industry as a commercial underwriter before deciding to attend law school at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

As a student of Loyola's four-year evening division, David worked full-time as the Claims Manager for a local marine underwriter where he handled both maritime personal injury and property damage claims. He managed the investigation, adjustment, and resolution of marine hull & machinery and protection & indemnity claims and acted as a liaison between insurers and their policyholders.

After graduating from law school, David began practicing maritime law at a prominent New Orleans defense firm. David represented maritime employers, vessel owners, and insurers in a wide variety of matters with a focus on personal injury and insurance coverage litigation. He was selected by his former firm for secondment to a Lloyd's of London syndicate where he worked as in-house counsel providing U.S. litigation advice to the London insurance market. David practiced as a defense lawyer for seven years before joining The Voorhies Law Firm.

David is a member of both the Louisiana State Bar and the Federal Bar Associations and is licensed to practice in all Louisiana state courts. He also is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.


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