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Thomas J. Cortazzo

Thomas Cortazzo Attorney

Biography

Thomas Cortazzo, a native of New Orleans, earned his Bachelor of Public Administration Degree summa cum laude from Loyola University College of Business, where he attended on academic scholarship. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in 1987, where he was a member and Comment/Casenote Editor of the Loyola Law Review and a moot court teaching assistant.

Tom has been practicing law for more than 28 years. His practice consists of litigation in courts and administrative tribunals, and his experience ranges from various forms of commercial litigation to insurance matters. Tom’s practice also consists of other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation; he is a certified mediator through the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Tom is a member of various professional organizations, including the New Orleans, Louisiana, American and Federal Bar Associations. He has lectured on legal topics to lawyers, business groups and schools, as well as authored legal publications. Tom has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Commercial Litigation and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for his work in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Insurance and Gaming Law.

Tom stays active in the community, serving as a member and past-president of the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association Board. He was also a member of the Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish School Board, and is very involved with the Rotary Club of Carrollton (in New Orleans), where he led the Carrollton Rally, a fundraiser and project that placed computer labs in public elementary schools and encouraged their use. He also led in the formation of the Carrollton Rotary Children’s Foundation, a non-profit endowment supporting local children’s charitable causes.

Presentations

LSU Law Center Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence Seminar: “Insurance Law” (November 30-December 1, 2017)

BHBM 34th Annual CPA Seminar – Metairie: “Current Events: State and Federal Income Tax, Gift and Estate Tax Updates” (November 8, 2017)

Loyola / Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “Issues in Business Debt Collection and Defense” (September 29, 2017)

LSU Law Center Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence Seminar: “Insurance Law” (December 1, 2016)

Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Weekend 2016: “Bernini’s Rome” (June 4, 2016)

American Italian Cultural Center – New Orleans: “Mind & Matter: The Genius of Italian Renaissance Art” (May 12, 2016)

Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “A CLAIM! …And What To Do About It.” (May 5, 2016)

The Round Table Club: “The Genius of the Renaissance: A Survey of Italian Masters of Art & Architecture” (March 10, 2016)

LSU Law Center Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence Seminar: “Insurance Law” (December 3, 2015)

Loyola University New Orleans Alumni Weekend 2015: “The Genius of the Renaissance: A Survey of Italian Masters of Art & Architecture” (June 27, 2015)

Meritas Litigation/Labor & Employment Fall Meeting – New Orleans: “Mediation and Negotiation” (October 29, 2014)

Carrollton Rotary Club: “The Genius of the Renaissance” (January 6, 2014)

Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “Confidentiality Agreements and Non-Solicitation Agreements for Co-Employees” (September 27, 2013)

Carrollton Rotary Club: “Some Highlights of Italian Renaissance Art and Architecture” (July 8, 2013)

Association of Corporate Counsel CLE: “Protect Your Company with Non-competes and Get WILD (warranty, indemnity, limitation of liability, and damages)” (June 13, 2013)

LSU Law Center Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence Seminar: “Insurance Law” (December 7, 2012)

Insurance Coverage Law in Louisiana Seminar (1997, 1998, 2002, 2003)

Publications

Various Chapters, Manual for Insurance Coverage Law in Louisiana Seminar, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003

Environmental Law Chapter, Annual Recent Developments in Louisiana Law, 1993-2003

In the Community

Offshore Marine Service Association (OMSA)

The Risk Management Society, South Louisiana Chapter

Westbank Business & Industry Association (formerly Harvey Canal Industrial Association)
· Director at Large (2017-2018)
· Government & Environmental Committee

Athlos Academy of Jefferson Parish
· Board Member (May 2015-February 2016)

Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association Board
· President (2013-2014)
· Treasurer (2012-2013)
· Secretary (2011-2012)

Loyola University School of Business Alumni Board

Rotary Club of Carrollton
· Board of Directors (Present)
· President (2001-2002)
· President Elect (2000-2001)
· Secretary (1998-2000)

Brother Martin High School Parents Club Executive Board (2008-2009)

St. Clement of Rome Parish School Board (2003-2005)

Louisiana State Bar Association

New Orleans Bar Association

Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP)

Contact Information

Thomas J. Cortazzo

504.569.2900
504.293.5613
tcortazzo@bhbmlaw.com
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Legal Assistant: Bonnie Baudean
504.585.7567
bbaudean@bhbmlaw.com

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 1987 (all state courts)

All United States District Courts in Louisiana

United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1987
· Comment/Casenote Editor, Loyola Law Review

Loyola University College of Business, B.S. Public Administration, 1984, summa cum laude

Certifications

Certified Mediator, American Arbitration Association (AAA)

Awards



Meritas

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