Chaffe McCall Attorney E. Howell Crosby

E. Howell Crosby


During his tenure as Managing Partner of Chaffe McCall from 2014 through 2019, E. Howell Crosby helped guide the firm through strategic growth while enhancing the service the firm provides in a way that remains focused on its clients.  With over thirty-nine years of experience representing clients nationally and locally, he approaches each client’s need to identify practical resolutions to complicated legal issues. Chambers USA describes Howell as an “expert in his field” and “notable figure in the Louisiana real estate Bar,” who is “able to convert legalese to everyday language.”  Howell frequently represents developers and lenders on a wide range of real estate matters across retail, housing, and commercial sectors.

His practice concentrates in the areas of:

  • Banking and finance
  • Business law
  • Commercial transactions
  • Forestry
  • Real estate

Howell has also developed an extensive network with City and State officials in the areas of planning, zoning, subdivision, and permitting. He is admitted to practice law in Louisiana and Mississippi.  He has represented clients with the acquisition, divestiture, development, leasing, and financing of automobile dealerships, shopping centers, office buildings, apartments, industrial sites, timberland, condominiums, timeshare, assisted and independent living facilities, low-income housing, restaurant, and hotel developments. He has represented numerous companies and individuals in connection with a wide spectrum of commercial transactions, including:

  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Business development
  • Capital structuring



  • Contributing Author to Warren, Gorham & Lamont, Inc.’s Banking and Lending Institution Forms, Fourth Edition
  • Co-Author, “Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel – Specialized Approaches to Insourcing Legal Work” (2015 Thomson Reuters)


  • Awarded the prestigious American College of Morgage Attorneys (ACMA) Lifetime Fellow Award for exceptional contributions to the College, the legal community, and the public, 2023
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Project Finance Law, by Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading attorney in Louisiana for real estate, 2005-2023; and banking & finance, 2022-2023
  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, by Best Lawyers in America, 2022, “Lawyer of the Year” for Project Finance Law, 2021, “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLC and Partnerships), 2020
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Banking and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, and Corporate Law, 2007- present
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2007 – present
    • Ranked among New Orleans Top 50 attorneys, 2011, 2021 & 2022
    • Ranked among Louisiana Super Lawyers List Top 50, 2021 and 2022
  • Named as a Top Lawyer in Real Estate Law, by New Orleans Magazine, 2023
  • Named as a “Louisiana Super Lawyer” by Law & Politics, selected as one of the Top 10 Lawyers in the State of Louisiana, 2009
  • Included in the International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers (which identifies private practice lawyers with a proven track record in providing advice to clients – including tenants, investors, and developers – on all aspects of buying, selling, leasing, developing, and managing real estate) since 2009
  • Recipient of the inaugural New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award, which recognized 50 New Orleans attorneys for their success in law and contributions to the community based upon professional achievements and community service in 2005 and 2019.


  • Past President and a Lifetime Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • Member of Finance Council for The Archdiocese of New Orleans
  • Board Member and Treasurer, Methodist Health System Foundation, Inc. (MHSF)
  • Board Member, Notre Dame Health System
  • Former Member of the New Orleans Industrial Development Board
  • Former Member of the Human Relations Commission for the City of New Orleans
  • Served as the Vice-Chairman and a member of the New Orleans Alcohol Beverage Control Board
  • Former Board Member and President, Market Umbrella (Crescent City Farmers Markets)
  • Former Member of the Board of Directors of Young Leadership Council
  • Former Member of Board of Directors of the Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Former Member of the Board of Trustees of the New Orleans Museum of Art
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the City Park Improvement Association
  • Former Secretary and member of the Board of Trustees of the Crosby Arboretum
  • Former Vice-Chairman of the Board of Directors of Fidelity Bank
  • During 1999 and 2000, Crosby was appointed and served as the Interim New Orleans City Council Member for District A


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