Who We Are...

We are committed to our family of clients.
“Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.”
-Mother Teresa

This is our firm’s guiding philosophy. We give each client the attention they deserve. We have no billboards, no TV advertisements, and no catch phrases, because we focus on our clients instead of ourselves.

If you are injured, please contact us to talk about becoming part of the family. We have five attorneys who are here to help one person at a time.

Meet Our Attorneys:

Sam N. Gregorio

Sam Gregorio was born in Shreveport, LA and has practiced personal injury law in his own firm since 1976. Sam graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. degree in 1973 from Loyola University in New Orleans. He received his J.D. degree in 1976 from Louisiana State University graduating Order of the Coif. Academic honors while attending Louisiana State University Law School include Omicron Delta Kappa and Louisiana State University Law School Hall of Fame.

In 1976, Sam was admitted to the State Bar of Louisiana and the U. S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in 1978, to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 1983, to the Court of Federal Claims in Washington D.C. in 1990, to the U.S. Supreme Court in 1995, to the State Bar of Texas in 2001, to the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in 2011 and to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas in 2012.

Sam has achieved an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest ranking attainable by an attorney based on evaluations by other attorneys for the highest level of professional excellence and ethics in the practice of law. Sam was named to the edition of Best Lawyers®, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession for 2016, 2017, and 2018. Sam was selected for Plaintiff Personal Injury Law.

Currently, Sam is a Commissioner on the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission (2011-2018) and served as President of the Caddo-Bossier Port Commission in 2017. Sam is the Chair of the Shreveport Bar Association Mentoring Committee for the Transition into Practice Pilot Program, a collaborative effort of the Louisiana Supreme Court and the Louisiana State Bar Association to formally mentor newly appointed lawyers. The Louisiana State Bar Association appointed Sam to serve on the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee for 2016-2017. Sam was recently chosen to serve as a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Northwest Community Partnership Panel. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana State University Foundation (2007-2013), the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of the Blind, Montessori School for Shreveport, Stoner Arts Council, Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, Robinson Film Center and the Legal Section Chair for the United Way fund drive.

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Scott J. Chafin, Jr.

Scott J. Chafin, Jr. was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana. Scott graduated magna cum laude from McNeese State University in 2001 with a B.A. in English Literature. He received his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans in 2005. At Loyola, he was a member of the Moot Court Appellate Board, and a member of the Mock Trial Team. Scott began his career as a prosecutor for the Caddo Parish District Attorney’s Office where he obtained extensive trial experience. In 2014, Scott became the Managing Partner for the firm and his practice is dedicated exclusively to plaintiffs’ personal injury law. As part of his work, Scott is actively involved with the AAJ, the national organization dedicated to training plaintiffs’ lawyers. He has attended the AAJ National Trial Academy at Harvard University, the AAJ Trial Skills Course in New Orleans, LA and the AAJ Advanced Depositions College in New Orleans, LA. He is currently a member of the AAJ Neuropersuasion and Jury Bias groups. Scott is also a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louisiana Association For Justice.

Scott has been featured in Forbes Magazine for his successful jury verdict in a complex wrongful death lawsuit. The compensation he has obtained for his clients has earned him membership in the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Scott has achieved an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest ranking attainable by an attorney based on evaluations by other attorneys for the highest level of professional excellence and ethics in the practice of law.

Scott serves as the Fundraising Chair for the Federal Bar Association. Since 2013, his efforts have raised over $45,000.00 for local organizations and in 2017 his fundraising efforts allowed $10,000.00 to be donated to Operation Bright Holiday at Barksdale AFB. Scott is married to Emily Chafin. Together they have three children and Scott enjoys coaching their youth sports teams.

“My greatest satisfaction comes from helping injured people have the resources to care for themselves and protect their family, long after their case is over.”

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Julie Payne Johnson

Julie Payne Johnson was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and has been practicing law since 2004. An alumna of Caddo Magnet High School, Julie received her bachelor degree in History and Journalism with honors from The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. In 2004, she received her J.D. from Tulane Law School in New Orleans, graduating magna cum laude.

While attending Tulane Law School, she served as managing editor of the Tulane Law Review. She was the recipient of the Wiener Weiss & Madison Law Firm Scholarship and the Robert E. Friedman Award for the best comment published in the law review in 2004. While attending the University of Texas, she participated in the Senior Fellows Honors Program for the College of Communication and the Normandy Scholar Program. She was the recipient of Texas Student Publications’ Julia Jeffress Excellence Award as associate managing editor of The Daily Texan student newspaper. She also received the A.W. Belo Corporation Scholarship and the Jesse H. Jones Centennial Scholarship from the College of Communication.

Julie was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2004 and the State Bar of Louisiana in 2007. She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Shreveport Bar Association, the American Association For Justice and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Mrs. Johnson has been named a 2016, 2017, and 2018 Louisiana Rising Star for Plaintiff Personal Injury Law. Louisiana Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

PUBLICATIONS
“In Lawrence v. Texas, An Eloquent and Overdue Vindication of Civil Rights Inadvertently Reveals What Is Wrong with the Way the Rehnquist Court Discusses Stare Decisis,” 78 Tulane Law Review 969, 2004.

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Daniel J. Poolson, Jr.

Daniel “Danny” J. Poolson, Jr. has one main goal as an attorney: to lead his clients from difficult situations to successful outcomes so they can move forward with their lives.

Danny is a native of New Orleans and is a 1999 graduate of Jesuit High School. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and a minor in English from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 2003. Danny returned to New Orleans to attend Loyola University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 2006. In law school, Danny was a member of both Moot Court and the Trial Advocacy Program, serving as President of Trial Ad in his third year (2005-2006).

Following law school, Danny was honored to serve as a judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Marilyn Castle, Chief Judge of the 15th Judicial District Court in Lafayette, Louisiana. As a State Court Law Clerk, he worked on complex litigation gaining valuable experience in several practice areas, including personal injury cases and insurance claim disputes. After practicing law for several years in Lafayette, Danny returned to New Orleans to practice law and contribute to the rebuilding of the city. Danny is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

Professionally, Danny has achieved an “AV” rating with Martindale-Hubbell which is the highest ranking attainable by an attorney based on evaluations by other attorneys and judges for the highest level of professional excellence and ethics in the practice of law. Danny has recently been invited into the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum because of the compensation he has obtained for his clients. Danny has also been named a Top 40 under 40 in the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Danny is married to Amy D. Poolson of Opelousas, LA, and they are the proud parents of twins. When he is not working hard on his cases, Danny enjoys spending time with his family and traveling to see the LSU Tigers play.

Contact  Daniel J. Poolson, Jr.

Charles E. Tabor

Charles Tabor was born in Homer, Louisiana. Charles graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana State University in Shreveport in 2005 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Marketing. In 2008, Charles graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he received his J.D. and B.C.L. Degrees. At LSU, Charles served as the Senior Editor of the Law Review from 2006 – 2008 and was a member of the Order of the Coif. Charles has presented at numerous continuing education seminars and was invited to guest lecture at Mississippi College’s Law School.

Charles was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 2008. He started his law career as a litigator in New Orleans where he obtained extensive trial experience. In 2011 Charles brought his family back to Shreveport and continued honing his trial skills. In April of 2017, Charlie joined us at Gregorio, Chafin, Johnson & Poolson becoming its fifth member. Since then he has worked extensively on various personal injury cases and assisted the firm in maintaining our commitment to excellence.

Charles is married to Heather Tabor. They have four children. Charles is also an avid sailor and oil painter. www.charlestabor.com

Contact  Charles E. Tabor

We are committed to our community.
“One person can make a difference, and everyone should try.”
-John F. Kennedy

We believe in going beyond the practice of law, to make a difference in our communities. This is why Scott has started the “Louisiana Heroes’ Scholarship Fund”. The fund provides vocational school and college tuition to children of our State’s teachers, coaches, law enforcement officers, and first responders.

To apply for the Louisiana Heroes’ Scholarship Fund, or for more information about contributing to the fund, please email Scott Chafin at schafin@gcj-law.com, or call
(318) 865-8680 or (504) 475-7100.

Louisiana Heroes' Scholarship Fund

Our Community

$23,500,000.00+

Jury verdict in oilfield personal injury

$5,000,000.00

Jury verdict in wrongful death of a pedestrian

$4,750,000.00

Settlement of wrongful death automobile collision

$4,000,000.00+

Bench trial verdict in motorcycle collision

$4,000,000.00+

Jury verdict in action regarding falling luggage from overhead airplane compartment

$3,700,000.00

Jury verdict in single car hydroplaning crash

$3,000,000.00

Settlement of oilfield personal injury

$2,900,000.00+

Jury verdict in automobile collision personal injury

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