Roy C. Cheatwood - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Roy C. Cheatwood

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 504-566-5266

Roy C. Cheatwood is Managing Shareholder of the Louisiana offices, member of the Firm's Board of Directors, and member of the Firm's Strategic Planning Committee. He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, including construction, contract, banking, corporate and securities, anti-trust and unfair trade practices, trade secrets, oil and gas, energy and minerals, and legal malpractice. He has represented high profile individuals on various liability issues. Mr. Cheatwood represents local, national and international concerns in complex commercial matters before trial and appellate courts and regulatory authorities. He also represents clients in various forms of alternative dispute resolution and has been selected to arbitrate disputes for other litigants.

Publications & Speaking Engagements 

  • "TRIALS: Not a Halloween Surprise" co-chair, Louisiana State Bar Association's 2012 VooDoo Festival Seminar (October 26, 2012)
  • "Business Development and Evaluation for Recruiting Lateral Partners," National Association of Legal Search Consultants 2012 Annual Meeting (May 4, 2012)
  • "Direct Examination," Louisiana State Bar Association's Trial Masters Seminar (April 27, 2012)
  • "Legal Professionalism: Overview and Application of the Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct and Professionalism, and Their Relation to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct," with Hon. Phyllis M. Keaty and Hon. Paul N. Sens, Louisiana State Bar Association (November 21, 2011)
  • "Your Most Valuable Discovery Device," Louisiana State Bar Association CLE (November 11, 2011)
  • "TRIALS: No Tricks, Just Treats," co-chair, Louisiana State Bar Association's 2011 VooDoo Festival Seminar (October 28, 2011)
  • "Depositions Boot Camp: Beyond Basic Training," Chair, Louisiana State Bar Association CLE (November 2010)
  • "Direct Examination - Getting What's In the Brew," Louisiana State Bar Association CLE program Voodoo Fest, "Trials: Not a Halloween Surprise" (October 2010)
  • "Powerful Witness Preparation," Louisiana State Bar Association, All You Need to Know About Commercial Litigation Program (October 2009)
  • "Direct Examination by a Heavy Weight," Louisiana State Bar Association, Trials: Experts of the Bench & Bar (October 2009)
  • "Discovery Practice in Federal Court," Louisiana State Bar Association, Gain the Edge! Federal Practice (November 2008)
  • "Hot Tips for Litigators," New Orleans Bar Association (December 2007)
  • "A Summary of Effective Techniques," New Orleans Bar Association, Mediation (December 2006)
  • Litigation Thought Leadership Advisory Group, New York, New York (May 2006)
  • "21st Century Forensics: Understanding Megatrends in Metadata, Electronic Discovery & Ether-Evidence," New Orleans Bar Association, Practice in the Real World: A Litigant's Dream or Nightmare, Bench Bar Conference (March 2005)
  • "Environmental Litigation: A View from Both Sides," Louisiana State Bar Association, Summer School for Lawyers (Class Actions) (June 2004, June 2002)
  • "Titans of the Classroom and Courtroom – Issues for the New Millennium," Louisiana State Bar Association (May 2004)
  • "Nuts and Bolts of Environmental Litigation – Learn How to Win an Environmental Case," Louisiana State Bar Association (September 2003)
  • "Pushing the Expert Testimony Envelope: The Intricacies of a Daubert Hearing – A Live Demonstration," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference  (April 2003)
  • "Hot Topics from Hot Lawyers and a Hot Judge: 73 Ways to Win," Loyola University School of Law CLE (December 2001)
  • "Expert Examination and Rule 104A," New Orleans Bar Association – Masters of the Courtroom (December, 2001)
  • "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Damages But Were Afraid to Ask," American Bar Association Annual Meeting (Business Damage after Kumho Tire) (July 2000)
  • "The Care and Use of Expert Witnesses," 12th Annual Trial by Masters: Preparing Your Case for Trial or Settlement (December 1999)
  • "Professionalism," 1999 Masters of the Courtroom Seminar (December 1999)
  • "Daubert's Latest Wrinkles: Presenting and Attacking Expert Testimony," 1999 Louisiana State Bar Association Jazz Festival Seminar (April 1999)
  • "Presenting and Defending Expert Testimony," Commercial Litigation: A Step-by-Step Guide to Advancing and Defending Damage Claims for the Start-Up Business (November 1998)
  • "Evidence and Torts: New Developments Under the Code of Evidence," Emerging Issues in Tort Litigation Seminar (November 1997)
  • "Cross Examination of Expert Witnesses," Effective Use of Experts and Technology in Federal and State Courts, 9th Trial by Masters Seminar (December 1996)  
  • Co-author of Louisiana Courtroom Evidence, a treatise published in 1993 interpreting the Louisiana Code of Evidence, supplemented in 1996

University of South FloridaBA 1968Tulane Law SchoolJ.D. 1974
International Association Of Defense Counsel

Client Comments

"Roy Cheatwood and his legal team brought "A Team" expertise to our litigation needs. He acted in a thoroughly professional and seasoned manner, obtaining the results we hoped for and providing the company with great value for its legal dollars. "

-Gary Saunders
Managing Director
MBIA, Inc

"Roy Cheatwood is an "A-Team" leader, top strategist, easy to work with, and gets results."

-Gary Saunders
Managing Director
MBIA, Inc

Office Location

201 Saint Charles Avenue, Suite 3600
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the New Orleans Metro Area2015 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the New Orleans Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the New Orleans Metro Area2013 Lawyer of the Year in Bet-the-Company Litigation of the New Orleans Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Banking and Finance of the New Orleans Metro Area2011 Lawyer of the Year in Appellate Practice of the New Orleans Metro Area
Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2013!Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!Roy C. Cheatwood has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Appellate Practice
Bet-the-Company Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Securities
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants