Gerald H. Schiff - Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC

Gerald H. Schiff

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009
Phone: 337-237-0132

Jerry Schiff practices in the areas of mediation and bankruptcy/ debtor-creditor law. He joined Gordon Arata in 2006 after serving over a decade as U.S. Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. While he principally presided over cases in the Lafayette, Opelousas and Lake Charles Divisions of the Western District, he occasionally sat in the Shreveport and Alexandria Divisions, as well as the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana.  It was in the latter District where he presided over the Chapter 11 case of Cajun Electric Co-operative, Inc., which, at the time, was one of the largest reorganization cases ever filed in the United States. During the latter years of his term, and after having completed the mediation course offered by the Federal Judicial Center, Jerry began to assist other Bankruptcy Judges by acting as a Mediator. In addition to mediating cases in the Western District, his mediations included cases pending in Bankruptcy Courts in New Orleans, Houston, and New Jersey.  

Prior to his service on the bench, Jerry collected 15 years of extensive knowledge of bankruptcy law from all perspectives—debtor, creditor, trustee, and creditors’ committees — at the law firm of Sandoz, Sandoz & Schiff in Opelousas, Louisiana. It was there that he also gained experience with Chapters 7, 11, 12 and 13 of the Bankruptcy Code. He has spoken on various aspects of bankruptcy law at numerous seminars, and is a regular participant in the Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar sponsored by the Louisiana State University Center for Continuing Professional Development.

Jerry graduated from LSU Law School in January 1967 and was inducted into the Order of the Coif upon graduation. Jerry also served two years in the U.S. Army.

Honors:

  • Listed in Chambers USA 2012

Office Location

400 East Kaliste Saloom Road, Suite 4200
Lafayette, LA 70508-8517
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law of the Baton Rouge Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law of the Baton Rouge Metro Area
Gerald H. Schiff has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Gerald H. Schiff has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!

Practice Areas

Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law

Other Information

Gender: Male
Languages:
English