Chaffe McCall Attorney Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers 2022

Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021 | Posted in Site Blog

Regional law firm Chaffe McCall, L.L.P. is proud to announce that E. Howell Crosby,a partner in its New Orleans office, has been named “Lawyer of the Year” on The Best Lawyers in America© 2022 list. An additional 29 Chaffe McCall attorneys are ranked as Best Lawyers for 2022, and three associates are included in Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch listing.

Only one lawyer receives the prestigious honor of “Lawyer of the Year” for each specialty and location.  Notably, Howell is recognized as a “Lawyer of the Year” for the third time in his career. He has earned a spot on the Best Lawyers list for 15 years. In the 2022 list, Chaffe McCall attorneys have merited recognition in the following practice areas:

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Katharine R. Colletta
Thomas D. Forbes
Frank A. Piccolo
Harold K. Watson
Jon Wise

Banking and Finance Law

E. Howell Crosby
Wogan Bernard

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Fernand L. Laudumiey
David J. Messina

Business Organizations
(including LLCs and Partnerships)
E. Howell Crosby
Edward N. George
William H. Langenstein
Closely Held Companies and Family Bus. Law
William H. Langenstein

Commercial Litigation
Walter F. Becker
E. Howell Crosby
Edward N. George
Douglas R. Holmes
Charles D. Marshall
John F. Olinde
Robert S. Rooth
Benjamin Slater
Brent A. Talbot
*Nicole C. Katz
*Amy McIntire

Commercial Transactions/UCC Law
E. Howell Crosby
Anthony Dunbar
William H. Langenstein

Corporate Compliance Law
Walter F. Becker


Corporate Law
E. Howell Crosby
Edward N. George
William H. Langenstein

Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Walter F. Becker

Employment Law – Management
Julie D. Livaudais
Sarah Voorhies Myers
G. Phillip Shuler
*Amy McIntire

Environmental – Litigation
Benjamin Slater

Insurance Law
Leah Nunn Engelhardt
Charles Marshall
**Caroline T. Webb

Mass Tort Litigation/ Class Actions-Defendants
John F. Olinde
Peter J. Rotolo
Benjamin Slater

Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law
G. Wogan Bernard
E. Howell Crosby

Oil and Gas Law
Katharine R. Colleta

Personal Injury Litigation
Benjamin Slater

Product Liability Litigation-Defendants
John F. Olinde
Peter J. Rotolo
Benjamin Slater
Brent A. Talbot

Project Finance Law
E. Howell Crosby

Railroad Law
Brent A. Talbot
Benjamin Slater

Real Estate Law
G. Wogan Bernard
E. Howell Crosby
Anthony Dunbar
William H. Langenstein
Sabrina C. Vickers
*Nicole Katz

Tax Law
Mandy Mendoza Gagliardi
William H. Langenstein

Transportation Law
Frank A. Piccolo Benjamin Slater
*Nicole Katz

*Ones to Watch Attorneys are at the forefront of their careers and are driving the firm’s growth.

**Denotes newly selected attorney

About Best Lawyers

Selection by Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer review. The Best Lawyers® Ones to Watch award recognizes attorneys who are earlier in their careers for outstanding professional excellence in private practice in the United States. The recipients typically have been in practice for 5-9 years. In 2022 three Chaffe McCall attorneys were awarded this honor, an increase compared to two attorneys last year.

About Chaffe McCall

At Chaffe McCall, we work with our clients regionally, nationally, and internationally to address the challenges they face in numerous areas of the law. Our attorneys are devoted to understanding our clients’ businesses and are known for successfully providing practical legal guidance consistent with their interests and goals. Our mission is to provide the highest quality of legal services in a timely and cost-effective manner. Founded in 1826, Chaffe McCall LLP is Louisiana’s oldest full-service law firm, centrally located in downtown New Orleans with additional offices in Houston, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles.   The firm can be found online at www.chaffe.com.

For more information contact our Media contact Wendy Pineda-Welch, 504-585-7269, pinedaw@chaffe.com


  • The firm is also included in the 2021 Best Lawyers® “Best Law Firms” list by U.S. News & World Report. Chaffe McCall was nationally ranked in three practice areas and regionally ranked in 31 practice areas.

Best Law Firms is a report overseen by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers. Rankings are based on an evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process.