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  • Phone: 504-830-3838

    Fax: 504-836-9540

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My Story

Chip applies his more than three decades of civil trial litigation experience to the most complex and difficult cases of medical malpractice and products liability nowadays. While based in the New Orleans area, his multi-state practice takes him to many other states including Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, and Texas. Chip brings together meticulous preparation with passionate courtroom advocacy on behalf of both his individual and corporate clients.

Chip’s preeminent professional achievements have been recognized by his peers and various legal and professional organizations including Super Lawyers, the American Board of Trial Advocates, and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He is a Life Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has received Martindale’s highest (AV) rating for lawyers for more than 25 years. In January, 2015, he was lead counsel in a medical malpractice wrongful death case in New Orleans that resulted in a multi-million dollar jury award; the highest damage award to a single medical malpractice victim in Louisiana history.  Chip handles medical malpractice cases all over Louisiana and southern Mississippi.

Chip also represents local, national and international manufacturers in products liability litigation claims involving the defense of personal injury, property damage and business interruption claims.  Chip has been a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, an invitation-only organization of preeminent defense attorneys and regularly represents Fortune 500 clients in these cases.

Chip has taught trial advocacy to hundreds of lawyers over the years with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and to law students at Tulane and LSU law schools in Louisiana. He is presently an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University’s College of Law where he teaches Medical Malpractice law.  He is also an award winning writer of historical fiction, having two published novels, An American in Vienna and The Carpathian Assignment, and the producer and narrator of the podcast series Killing Time, about military history.
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Admission Details
  • Louisiana 1979
  • Texas 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit, 1980
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 11thCircuit, 1980
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1981