Perry Dampf


Richard Hymel

Mr. Hymel is a lawyer with Mahtook & LaFleur in Lafayette and has 30 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, well blowouts, trucking accidents, commercial disputes, premises liability, and workers’ compensation. 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’s peers selected him to hold an AV Preeminent peer review rating on Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. Mr. Hymel was named "Louisiana Super Lawyer" by Thomson Reuters and “Top Lawyer” by Acadiana Profile Magazine. 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. In connection with his representation of Transocean in the BP Macondo well blowout, Mr. Hymel attended IADC WellCap Supervisor Well Control School. 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, trucking and automobile accidents, premises liability, environmental contamination, insurance coverage, contractual indemnity, construction disputes, 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 Blowouts

Trucking Accidents

Commercial Disputes

Premises Liability

Contractual Indemnity


B.A. in Accounting, Nicholls State University (1986)

J.D., Louisiana State University (1990)


“I wanted to say thanks and great job once again.  My client is extremely pleased with the results of the mediation conference... It all starts with your hard work and perseverance... .”

“I found him to be very effective. There had been much acrimony between the lawyers and the parties, and Richard was able to quickly cut through all of that.”

“His quick study grasp of the case and its dynamics and his obvious experience in dealing with these types of cases as a litigant and mediator were evident, and yielded a resolution that was satisfactory to all of the parties.”

"[T]hank you for a great job.  ... and I were both impressed and will keep you in mind for future mediations."

"It was a pleasant day with a good result … you did a great job … Thanks for your help in getting this matter resolved."