Richard Hymel
Mr. Hymel is a lawyer with Mahtook & LaFleur in Lafayette and has 22 years of legal experience. He is a seasoned, mature litigator having tried a range of cases, including those in the areas of admiralty and maritime, commercial disputes, premises liability, and workers’ compensation. Recently, Mr. Hymel represented Transocean in the investigation and litigation arising out of the BP Macondo well blowout. Mr. Hymel led the initial investigation for Transocean then served as trial counsel for Transocean in the seven week Coast Guard/MMS hearings and eight week Multi-District Litigation trial. Mr. Hymel was named "Louisiana Super Lawyer" by Law & Politics. In addition to Mr. Hymel’s impressive experience as a litigator, he is also a member of the Texas State Bar Association and passed the Certified Public Accountant exam. Mr. Hymel attended mediation training offered by Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, then ranked as the #1 dispute resolution program in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Mr. Hymel’s broad legal and professional experience give him the ability to mediate a wide variety of cases and he has successfully mediated cases in the areas of admiralty and maritime, construction disputes, premises liability, trucking and automobile accidents, employment discrimination, sales tax and workers’ compensation.  He has been a member of the Perry Dampf mediation panel since 2004.

Areas of Concentration
  • Admiralty and Maritime, including Jones Act, vessel and platform related personal injuries, and vessel collisions
  • Well Blow Outs
  • Personal Injury
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Construction
  • Premises Liability
  • Contractual Indemnity
  • Workers’ Compensation


B.A., Nicholls State University (1986)
J.D., Louisiana State University (1990)


Experienced mediator
Twenty-two years of legal experience
Completed training in “Mediating the Litigated Case” at Pepperdine University School of Law (2012)
Named "Louisiana Super Lawyer"  by Law & Politics
Admitted to practice in the United Sates Supreme Court, Louisiana Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court and the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Southern District of Texas
Member of Louisiana and Texas State Bar Associations
Member of Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Passed Certified Public Accountant exam

Contact Richard Hymel

Perry Dampf Dispute Solutions
721 Government Street
Suite 102
Baton Rouge, Louisiana  70802
Phone: 225-389-9899
Fax: 225-389-9859


Service Area

Statewide service provider in:
  • Louisiana

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