Chaffe McCall Attorney Jonathan C. McCall

Jonathan C. McCall

Partner Emeritus

Jonathan McCall retired from the partnership and transitioned to Partner Emeritus, where he was a member of Chaffe McCall’s Appellate Section. His practice concentrates on briefing and arguing appeals and writ applications in a wide variety of civil cases in state and federal courts, including admiralty and maritime law, commercial litigation, insurance, employment law, railroad law, and products-liability actions.  In addition to his appellate work, McCall works closely with trial counsel in district-court and arbitration proceedings to formulate strategies, file pre-trial and dispositive motions, and preserve issues for interlocutory and final appellate review.


  • Founding Co-Chair of the Appellate Practice Committee of the New Orleans Bar Association (2010-12).
  • Co-author, “Appeals: A District Court’s Reasons for Judgment,” New Orleans Bar Association’s Briefly Speaking (Fall 2012).
  • Co-author, “When Does the Time Period for an Appeal or Supervisory Writ Application Begin?” New Orleans Bar Association’s Briefly Speaking (Summer 2011).


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • One of “New Orleans’ Top Lawyers” by New Orleans CityBusiness (2005)
  • Named as a Top Lawyer (New Orleans Magazine 2009, 2012 and 2013) – Appellate Practice and Insurance.
  • Click here to see the feature article about Jonathan in the November 2012 issue.
  • Selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2007 -2010: One of four appellate lawyers named


  • Greater New Orleans Educational Television Foundation (WYES-TV), Chairman of the board
  • Friends of The Stables in Audubon Park, member
  • Friends of Music in Audubon Park, member
  • American Red Cross (Southeast Louisiana Chapter), former board member
  • Tulane University Medical Center, former board member
  •  Tulane University Hospital, served as chairman of the board



Key Matters

Bradley Kafka is a shareholder and leads the firm’s St. Louis Labor & Employment practice group.  He represents management in a wide variety of industries including construction, manufacturing, consumer goods, banking, and retail services. Mr. Kafka is experienced in all aspects of labor and employment law including:

  • Federal and state court litigation
  • Collective bargaining negotiations
  • Defense of union organizing campaigns
  • Discrimination claims
  • Non-competition and non-solicitation disputes
  • ERISA litigation and multi-employer pension and welfare plans
  • Restrictive covenants including non-competition, non-solicitation, and nondisclosure agreements
  • Drafting employee handbooks and employment policies

Mr. Kakfa successfully negotiated a collective bargaining agreement with the United Steel Workers, the Teamsters, and the Oil and Chemical workers, for separate manufacturing employers in which employees were required, for the first time, to make substantial contributions towards health care premiums. He has also defended publicly traded companies in disputes over funding deficiencies and withdrawal liability with multi-employer pension plans. He has defended employers in federal and state court cases involving claims under Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and ERISA.

Mr. Kafka is a frequent lecturer on labor, employment, and ERISA topics before business groups and trade associations.