Douglas L. Grundmeyer
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Areas of Practice

  • Appellate


J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 1976
M.A., University of New Orleans, 1974
B.A., Tulane University, 1970

Professional Memberships

Louisiana Bar Foundation
Bar Association of The Fifth Federal Circuit
New Orleans Bar Association
Defense Research Institute
Scribes (The American Society of Legal Writers)
Member of the Appellate Practice Advisory Commission of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. First, Third, Fifth, and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals
Supreme Court of the United States

Douglas L. Grundmeyer

Douglas Grundmeyer heads Chaffe McCall's Appellate Section, where he concentrates on briefing and arguing appeals and writ applications in a wide variety of civil cases in state and federal courts, including:

  • Admiralty and maritime law
  • Commercial litigation
  • Insurance
  • Employment law
  • Railroad law
  • Products-liability actions

Before joining Chaffe McCall, he served as the Senior Law Clerk to the Chief Judge of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal and was an editor for a national legal publisher.

In addition to his appellate work, Doug works closely with trial counsel in district court and arbitration proceedings to plan strategies, file pre-trial and dispositive motions, and preserve issues for interlocutory and final appellate review.


  • Smith v. American Life Assurance Co. of Columbus, 584 F.3d 212 (5th Cir. 2009) - successfully appealed a ruling on cross-motions for summary judgment interpreting an accident insurance policy and secured the dismissal of an action claiming benefits in excess of those already properly paid.
  • Brookshire Bros. Holding, Inc. v. Dayco Products, Inc., 554 F.3d 595 (5th Cir. 2009), cert. denied, 172 L. Ed. 2d 578 (2009) - successfully appealed a discretionary-remand order, enjoined plaintiffs' attempt to litigate in state court, and opposed plaintiffs' certiorari application in the U.S. Supreme Court.
  • Founding Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association (2010-14).


  • "Settlement During Appeal: No Wagers Allowed," Co-author, New Orleans Bar Assocation's Briefly Speaking (Fall 2014).
  • "Appeals: Making the Record," Co-author, New Orleans Bar Association's Briefly Speaking (Spring 2013). 
  • "Appeals: A District Court's Reasons for Judgment," Co-author,New Orleans Bar Association's Briefly Speaking (Fall 2012).
  • "When Does the Time Period for an Appeal or Supervisory Writ Application Begin?,"Co-author, New Orleans Bar Association's Briefly Speaking (Summer 2011).


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2013 -2016
  • Named as a "Top Lawyer," in Appellate Practice by New Orleans Magazine, 2012 - 2015
  • Listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law


  • Advisory Board Member of the New Olreans Opera Association
  • Member of The Pirate's Alley Faulkner Society
  • Member of the Laussat Society of the Historic New Orleans Collection
  • Member of the College of Music and Fine Arts Visiting Committee of Loyola University
  • Former Board member and Secretary of Southern Rep Theatre