Mr. Shelton Dennis Blunt
Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Dennis Blunt is an experienced trial litigator having developed a solid reputation for guiding clients through complex legal disputes. Dennis focuses his practice on commercial litigation, including business torts, products liability, casualty litigation, lender liability and officer and director disputes. He has represented clients across a wide spectrum of industries including public utilities, education, healthcare, insurance and financial institutions. His practice has included the representation of companies in class actions and mass torts in state and federal courts. Dennis has served as lead trial counsel in national class actions including matters involving the TCPA. In addition, he has served as lead counsel in pharmaceutical company litigation. Dennis has also served as lead counsel in several complex high profile cases, assisting clients with developing successful litigation strategies while also providing advice and counsel to clients in difficult disputes that have led to the favorable resolution of “bet the company” litigation. Dennis has also represented a number of clients and matters involving various types of state and local tax disputes in both state and local jurisdictions. Dennis has significant experience in developing creative business solutions for complex client needs. Dennis has served as general counsel to clients assisting them with developing a variety of business strategies that have fostered business growth. He is very active in the philanthropic community in Baton Rouge. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF), having assisted BRAF with the development of many public-private partnerships that have fostered the revitalization of Baton Rouge. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Companion Animal Alliance (CAA), having worked to develop CAA’s current public-private partnership with the City of Baton Rouge. He currently serves as Treasurer of the Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) and as Chairman of the Board of the Capital Area Finance Authority (CAFA). In his role as the CAFA Board Chair, Dennis has been actively engaged in the development of creative public-private financing structures that have increased available housing stock in the Baton Rouge region. Dennis has an LLM in litigation, and has served as an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy for over 15 years. He has also lectured on litigation management, ethics and e-discovery.