Douglas R. Holmes
Position: Partner
Direct Number: (504) 585-7263
Fax: (504) 544-6063
Email: holmes@chaffe.com Download VCard

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation
  • Railroad

Education

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

Professional Memberships

New Orleans Association of Defense Council
International Association of Defense Counsel
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel

Bar Admissions

Louisiana
Texas
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 Commerical Litigation sections of Chaffe McCall, Mr. Holmes focuses his practice on products and premises-liability actions, environmental litigation, railroad litigation, insurance defense, and business litigation. As a trial lawyer, he has successfully defended product manufacturers and premises owners in jury trials in both Louisiana and Texas.

In addition to his memberships in the Louisiana and Texas State Bar Associations, Mr. Holmes 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.

RECENT PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS:

  • 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.

HONORS AND AWARDS:

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as a Top Lawyer in Insurance and Railroad Law in New Orleans Magazine (2012 and 2013)
  • Fellow - Louisiana Bar Foundation

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT:

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