Louis Colletta

Partner

Louis Colletta has guided clients through many difficult challenges in complex and casualty litigation matters.  He brings 19 plus years of deep commercial litigation experience and practical judgment as a partner in Chaffe McCall’s New Orleans office.  His practice covers a wide range of areas including railroad and transportation law, civil litigation, and labor & employment law.

Louis has successfully defended freight rail carriers in Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA), grade crossing, trespasser, and commercial matters.  He has experience representing major port authorities and governmental clients such as the City of New Orleans and the Orleans Parish School Board as well as several fortune 200 companies.

Prior to joining Chaffe McCall, Louis served as the Executive Counsel for the Board of Commissioners of the Port of New Orleans and the New Orleans Public Belt Railroad Corporation and was involved in a series of significant matters.  During his time with the Board, he represented one of the largest deepwater seaports in the nation in various matters including the drafting of complex commercial contracts, land leases for major economic development projects, and drafting and negotiating facility operating agreements and ensuring compliance with federal and state laws.  Louis also oversaw and handled the Board’s litigation matters as well as those for the NOPB.

Louis also served as an equity partner at a Louisiana law firm serving the Gulf Coast region and later as a partner at a top 100 U.S. law firm recognized by Financial Times, where he specialized in general casualty and commercial litigation.  He has handled mass tort, class action, insurance coverage, and transportation litigation.

Louis received his Bachelor of Arts degree from McNeese State University.  He received his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 2000.  Before, during and after college, he served as an executive assistant to United States Congressman Jimmy Hayes of Louisiana’s Seventh Congressional District.  Following law school, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gene Thibodeaux, chief judge of the Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

He is licensed to practice before the United States Supreme Court, Texas Supreme Court, Louisiana Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits, the Southern, Districts of Texas and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana.

RECENT PRACTICE HIGHLIGHTS

PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing, 2004 Cumulative Supplement, co-author of Louisiana Section, Aspen Publishers.


HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Selected in the Leadership in Law class by New Orleans CityBusiness, 2017 & 2019
  • Named Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2016-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2019
  • Named as a “Top Lawyer,” in Railroad Law by New Orleans Magazine, 2015 – 2018
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT

  • H.E.L.P. (Homeless Experience Legal Protection)
  • SOLACE (Support of Lawyers/Legal Personnel All Encouraged
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board – Hearing Committee Chair – 2015 – present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association – House of Delegates 2016 – present



  • Obtained favorable outcome for major port authority recovering more than one million dollars in attorneys’ fees from an insurer
  • Worked to create and develop a short line railroad servicing the Port of Lake Charles’ City Docks.
  • Worked with State and local leaders on a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement revitalizing the former Avondale Shipyard in Jefferson Parish. A joint venture named Avondale Marine plans to put it back into commerce.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing with prejudice all but one class representative in a mass-joinder chemical release case.
  • Obtained favorable outcome on September 18, 2001 ethyl acrylate tank car release in New Orleans.

Key Matters

  • Obtained favorable outcome for major port authority recovering more than one million dollars in attorneys’ fees from an insurer
  • Worked to create and develop a short line railroad servicing the Port of Lake Charles’ City Docks.
  • Worked with State and local leaders on a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement revitalizing the former Avondale Shipyard in Jefferson Parish. A joint venture named Avondale Marine plans to put it back into commerce.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing with prejudice all but one class representative in a mass-joinder chemical release case.
  • Obtained favorable outcome on September 18, 2001 ethyl acrylate tank car release in New Orleans.