the essential The lawyer for Total during the AZF trial, Maître Daniel Soulez Larivière, died this Friday, September 30 at the age of 80. He specialized in the defense of companies involved in numerous claims and disasters. His face was familiar to Toulouse residents during the many years of investigation and then trial of the AZF disaster in Toulouse, September 21, 2001. Daniel Soulez Larivière, lawyer for Total owner of the AZF factory, died this Friday 30 September, in Paris, at the age of 80, tells us Le Monde. Born on March 19, 1942 in Angers (Maine-et-Loire) and member of the Paris Bar, he specialized in the treatment of major claims, from Furiani to aeronautical accidents (Concorde, Mont-Saint-Odile) via the sinking of the Erika or the fire at the Barbotan thermal baths in the Gers, up to the defense of Total in the AZF disaster. In 1985, he was also commissioned by the French state to defend himself as well as that of his two agents in New Zealand in the Rainbow Warrior case, against Greepeace. Crisis and disaster management “Daniel Soulez Larivière is renowned for his crisis and disaster management, and has handled many major cases with an international dimension”, explains his biography on the website of his law firm. In 1992, he was a member of the Vedel commission on the reform of the Constitution, and in 2002, a member of the Avril commission to create a new penal statute for the head of state. In 2003, he was knighted in the National Order of the Legion of Honor, then in 2016 promoted to officer. Daniel Soulez Larivière has also published numerous books and around a hundred articles on criminal justice.