Thomas M. McNamara - Johnson Gray McNamara, LLC

Thomas M. McNamara

Listed in Best Lawyers since 1995
Phone: 337-412-6003

Selected to the 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyer list in the Environmental Litigation practice area (other years recognized: 2013, 2014, 2015)

2011 Baton Rouge Area Environmental Lawyer of the Year

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Litigation - Environmental since 1995

Practice Concentration & Experience Summary:
Since he began practicing in 1979, Mr. McNamara has handled a wide range of civil litigation in venues throughout Louisiana. Concentrating on energy litigation and dispute resolution, he is experienced in the defense of major class action suits, including serving as lead counsel for the defense in the Combustion, Inc. class action in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Other Professional Experience:
Founding Member Johnson Gray McNamara LLC, 2005-Present

Attorney and Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis, 1979 - 2005

Law Clerk to the Honorable Albert Tate, Jr., Associate Justice, Louisiana State Supreme Court, 1978 – 1979

Year Admitted to Practice:

Tulane University, Louisiana State University (B.S., 1972)

Louisiana State University (J.D., 1978)

Law School Honors: 
Order of the Coif

Associate Editor, Louisiana Law Review, 1977 – 1978

Professional, Business & Civic Affiliations: 
President, 1999 – 2000, John M. Duhé, Jr. American Inn of Court, the local chapter of the American Inns of Court

American State Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association

Lafayette Parish Bar Association

Louisiana Bench Bar Committee

Louisiana Committee on the Profession 

Articles & Speeches: 
“Professionalism in Multi-Party Litigation,” Louisiana State Bar Association, December 1, 2006

McNamara, Thomas M., Patrick W. Gray, and Amy E. Allums,Current Issues in the Scope of the Obligation to Restore Property After Oil & Gas Operations, 56 Center for American and International Law, Institute on Oil and Gas Law, pub. 640 (2005)

“Environmental Damage Claims,” Liskow & Lewis Oil & Gas Law Seminar, September 19, 2001

“Exploring a World of Civil Trial Evidence in the Electronic Age,” Seminar Chair, Louisiana State Bar Association, September 15, 2000

“Witness Preparation and Selection,” Faculty, 12th Annual Trial by Masters, Tulane Law School, December 17, 1999

“Selected Topics in Ethics and Professionalism,” CLE by the Hour, Lafayette Parish Bar Association, December 2, 1999

“Witness Preparation and Selection,” Current Practice and Problems Facing Louisiana Oil and Gas Operations, Liskow & Lewis, September 23, 1999

“Ethics:  Selected Issues in Multiple Party Representations,” Faculty, 1996 Environmental Law Institute, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, March 1, 1996

“Remediation to Conclude Litigation,” American Petroleum Institute/Gas Research Institute NORM Conference, October 18, 1995

“Are We Still Cancer Alley,” Panelist, Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Seminar, June 8, 1995

“Ethical Considerations of Joint Defense Representation,” Faculty, 1993 Environmental Law Institute, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, May 21, 1993

“Toxic Tort Update,” Faculty, Fifteenth Post-Graduate Summer School for Lawyers, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, July 16, 1992

“Unitized Production – Rights of Operators and Non-Operators,” 31 Institute on Mineral Law, March 29-30, 1984

Numerous other in-house/client seminars on litigation, toxic torts, environmental law. 

Mediator Training:
Attorney-Mediators Institute – Basic Mediator Training For Attorneys, June 4-6, 1998

Bar Admissions: 

Tulane UniversityBS 1972LSU Law SchoolJ.D. 1978

Client Comments

"Tom McNamara is a very knowledgeable and effective attorney."

"Broad thinker and successful negotiator. He is the lawyer that other lawyers in the room look to for direction. "

Office Location

200 West Congress Street, Suite 900
P.O. Box 51165
Lafayette, LA 70505
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2011 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the Baton Rouge Metro Area
Thomas M. McNamara has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2011!

Practice Areas

Litigation - Environmental