Joseph F. Gaar, Jr. was born in Shreveport,, Louisiana on December 2, 1958. Mr. Gaar grew up in South Louisiana and received a Bachelor of Arts in General Studies, where he graduated with honors in 1981 from Louisiana State University. Mr. Gaar graduated in the top of his class and received his Juris Doctor degree in 1985 from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. Since his admission to the Louisiana Bar in 1985, Mr. Gaar has been involved in personal injury and wrongful death litigation cases with emphasis on offshore/maritime, aviation, products liability, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, industrial, trucking and automobile accident claims. Mr. Gaar tried his first personal injury jury trial within the first year of solo practice, and obtained his first six figure personal injury jury verdict by the end of his third year of solo practice. In 1996, Mr. Gaar obtained a $4.2 million dollar jury verdict in Assumption Parish, which at the time was the largest jury verdict for that parish and one of the largest jury verdicts in the State of Louisiana for that year. Mr. Gaar has also obtained other multimillion dollar settlements and verdicts since that decision. His areas of practice include: Oil Field Liability, Offshore Construction Liability, Products Liability Law, Maritime Personal Injury Law, Jones Act Law, Aviation Litigation, Trucking and Auto Accident Litigation and General Personal Injury Law.