Douglas R. Holmes
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Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Railroad


J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 1993
B.S., Economics, Tulane University, 1990

Professional Memberships

Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
New Orleans Association of Defense Council
International Association of Defense Counsel
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Douglas R. Holmes

As a partner working in the Civil and Commercial Litigation sections of Chaffe McCall, Douglas Holmes' practice primarily involves the defense of clents in matters involving:

  • Products and premises-liability actions
  • Environmental litigation
  • Railroad litigation
  • Insurance coverage and defense
  • Business litigation

In addition, he has successfully defended product manufacturers and premises owners in jury trials in both Louisiana and Texas.

Doug sits on the board of the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, and the New Orleans Bar Association. He is a past director of the New Orleans Center for Nonprofit Resources. In 2005, he was elected as a Fellow in the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and he has served as a judge for Tulane Law School’s Moot Court competition.  Doug is a member of the Louisiana and Texas State Bar Associations.


  • Obtained successful defense verdict at trial for condominium association over association’s governance of premises.
  • Obtained summary judgment for homebuilder in construction defect case.
  • Obtained summary judgment for premises owner in trip and fall case.
    Bolton v. Sea-Mar Warehousing and Logistics, 2010-0286 (La. App. 4 Cir. 11/10/10), 51 So. 3d 836 - Successfully obtained a defense verdict for a warehousing company that had allegedly improperly loaded lumber onto an 18-Wheeler.  The trial court found no fault on the defendant, and the Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court's ruling.
  • Sevin v. Parish of Jefferson and Redflex Traffic Systems, 621 F. Supp. 2d 372 (E.D. La. 2009) - Obtained a summary dismissal of a traffic camera operator. The district court found no violations of due process or other federal laws and dismissed plaintiff's claims with prejudice. 


  • Named as a New Orleans City Business 2016 "Leadership in Law Honoree"  
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in Commercial Litigation, 2015-2017
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell 
  • Named as a "Top Lawyer" in Insurance and Railroad Law in New Orleans Magazine,  2012 -2014
  • Fellow - Louisiana Bar Foundation


  • Board Member of the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • Board Member of Girls on the Run
  • Former Board Member - New Orleans Track Club