Chaffe McCall Attorney E. Howell Crosby

E. Howell Crosby

Firm Managing Partner

As the Managing Partner of Chaffe McCall, L.L.P.,  E. Howell Crosby is helping 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 years of experience representing clients nationally and locally he approaches each client need to identify practical resolutions to complicated legal issues. Chambers USA describes Howell as an “extremely accomplished” and “notable figure in the Louisiana real estate Bar,” who frequently represents developers and lenders on a wide range of real estate matters across retail, housing and commercial sectors.

His practice concentrates on the areas of:

  • Commercial transactions
  • Banking and finance
  • Business law
  • 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 shopping centers, office buildings, apartments, industrial sites, 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)


  • Named “Lawyer of the Year” for Business Organizations (including LLC and Partnerships) by Best Lawyers in America, 2020
  • Ranked by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Business Lawyers as a leading attorney in Louisiana for real estate, 2005-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® for Bank and Finance Law, Real Estate Law, and Corporate Law, 2007- present
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers,2007 – present,  and ranked among New Orleans Top 50 attorneys, 2011
  • Named by New Orleans Magazine as one of the “Top Lawyers” in Real Estate Law, 2007- present
  • 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 Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers
  • President, Market Umbrella, 2016-2018
  • Served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the MetroVision Partnership Foundation
  • Former member of the Industrial Development Board and 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 member of the Board of Directors of Young Leadership Council and the Louisiana Children’s Museum
  • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the New Orleans Museum of Art and the City Park Improvement Association
  • 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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