As a litigator, I treat my clients’ money as if it were my own, and I also put myself in the shoes of an investor or shareholder when considering the best economic strategy to pursue. I always use my business knowledge to carefully weigh whether it’s in the client’s best interests to dispense with a matter quickly or to litigate it in court. In some cases it does make sense to go to the mat and fight back hard in a trial, and clients know I have the backbone, skills and reputation to mount a very rigorous and aggressive defense. That tends to help reduce settlement values.
Chris D’Amour defends insurance companies in casualty, coverage, products liability, class action, commercial, real estate, construction and worker’s compensation litigation, handling matters out of every office in the firm footprint. A significant part of his practice stems from the large Lloyd’s of London insurance market.
Instrumental in growing the firm’s insurance practice in the post-Katrina era, Chris has tried many cases in the courtroom, often serving as lead counsel. He litigates and mediates matters relating to several industries, including construction, entertainment, insurance, real estate and manufacturing.
Clients appreciate Chris’s availability, responsiveness and ability to quickly make an honest evaluation of a matter and wrap it up quickly if warranted, sometimes even with one phone call. His track record and experience allow him to prognosticate the likely outcome of litigating a claim or case within the framework of its particular jurisdiction. With a solid understanding of likely ramifications, clients can make an informed decision about whether or not they should pursue an early resolution.
Chris has led a small team of minority attorneys to develop business, diversify the firm and recruit other minority attorneys. As a mentor, Chris shows young litigation associates the ropes.
Chris has a long history of pro bono work and community involvement. In his first year of practice he started a program to give children who are wards of the state private counsel. He founded When the Bell Rings, a nonprofit organization aimed at improving New Orleans public schools, and in the aftermath of Katrina started a charter school for inner city kids. Chris currently serves as the Board Chair of the Urban League of Greater New Orleans. He previously served as the Board President of The Priestly Charter School for Architecture Reconstruction and on the Boys Hope/Girls Hope Board of Directors.
“ I admire professionals who are successful in their industry and dedicated to helping the community while balancing those achievements with spending time with their families. ”
- Louisiana State University, B.S., 1994
- Loyola University, J.D., 1999
- United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
Areas of Practice
Professional Affiliations & Memberships
- Urban League of Greater New Orleans, Board Chair
- Boys Hope/Girls Hope
- National Institute of Trial Academy
- Order of Barristers
- Young Leadership Council