Charles A. Cerise , Jr. - Adams and Reese LLP

Charles A. Cerise , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012

Charlie Cerise joined Adams and Reese in 1999 and has been practicing in the areas of maritime, toxic tort, environmental contamination, contracts, casualty, insurance and products liability litigation since 1983. Charlie also litigates offshore energy cases, including complex limitation of liability actions, and handles environmental contamination and exposure cases in both single and multi-party settings.


In addition to his seasoned litigation skills, Charlie is actively involved in firm management. He currently serves as one of the firm’s four litigation practice group leaders, with responsibility for litigation administration and practice management in all offices of the firm. He previously has served as liaison partner to the firm associates and as a partner-in-charge of the New Orleans office. He was named by New Orleans CityBusiness as a "Leadership in Law" recipient in 2006.


Charlie’s experience includes:

  • Personal injury and property damage litigation from single to multi-party cases, including Jones Act, longshore, third-party asset damage, collision, complex limitation of liability matters, toxic tort, products liability, and casualty.
  • Significant death, injury and property damage litigation.
  • Insurance, redhibition, and contract litigation.
  • Complex, multi-party and class action litigation involving naturally occurring radioactive materials and environmental and personal injury damage alleged to be caused by industrial contamination.
  • Practical business management and knowledge. 

Charlie graduated third in his law school class and has served as co-author of the admiralty section of the Fifth Circuit Symposium of the Loyola Law Review (1989 and 1996). Charlie is actively involved in the Firm’s HUGS Program and currently serves on the Board of Trustees for the United Way of Southeast Louisiana. When he’s not in the office, he’s often found spending time with his family and being involved in the community.

University of New OrleansBS Loyola University New Orleans College of LawJ.D.
Defense Research InstituteLouisiana Association of Defense Counsel Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter Maritime Law Association of the United StatesLouisiana State Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions


  • Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court
  • 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

Office Location

One Shell Square, Suite 4500
701 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70139
United States

Practice Areas

Admiralty and Maritime Law
Commercial Litigation
Litigation - Environmental
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants