Larry Frieman, an attorney with Juge, Napolitano, Guilbeau, Ruli & Frieman known for workers’ compensation defense work, is running for the open seat in District 74 on the North Shore. The seat is open for the first time since 2007. Louisiana Comp Blog spoke to Frieman about his campaign and what changes he’d like to make if elected.
Comp Blog: Tell me about your background. Are you originally from Louisiana?
Frieman: Yes, I was born and raised in New Orleans and I’ve been living in Covington for the last twelve years.
Comp Blog: Why did you decide to run for the open seat in District 74?
Frieman: I’m finishing my second term on the St. Tammany Republican Executive Committee and for two years I was the Chairman, so I’ve been involved in politics from the Republican party side for the past seven or eight years now. Basically I was working to monitor bills and working with the Republican party from behind the scenes. Once this particular seat became available, I just felt like it was time to step up and take a leadership role.
Comp Blog: How do you think your workers’ comp practice might influence what you want to do in the Legislature?
Frieman: I don’t necessarily have a particular goal in mind. Of course, I will be very cognizant of and interested in any particular bills that will affect workers’ comp. The things I would be most interested in legislatively would be a drug formulary bill – we need some relief there – and of course there’s also some issues concerning the Medical Treatment Guidelines. We need reform there I think, either some updates or possibly going to a more standardized treatment guideline like ODG. We’re trying to recreate the wheel which is totally inefficient and it is not very economically efficient either when you have ODG or ACOEM guidelines out there that are nationally recognized. That’s what they do, they update these things on a regular basis and so why are we investing time, effort and money to create a guideline that we created out of thin air?
Comp Blog: What Committee appointments would you seek if you’re elected?
Frieman: The Committees that would be in my wheelhouse would be Labor, number one. Number two, probably Civil Law or Insurance.
Comp Blog: I saw in your feature in the Advocate that because your District would span three parishes, there are particular challenges there, especially with business development. Could you elaborate on that?
Frieman: The problem we’re facing is a net loss of jobs and a net loss of population in Louisiana. Well, that’s the reason we’re having a net loss of population is because of that net loss of jobs. We’re seeing our children, grandchildren, and peers leave the state and go to Texas or bordering states to find work. I believe that even though I have three parishes with three separate types of needs and distinct qualities. I think we’re all looking for better economic development. As the saying goes, a rising tide lifts all boats.
Comp Blog: How can people find out more about your campaign?
Frieman: My Facebook page is probably the best way. And my cell number is on everything and I encourage people to call me at 985-400-4670.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.