David J. Krebs

David J. Krebs

Krebs Farley

Recognized since 2007

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

Litigation - Construction

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Construction
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David is the managing partner of the firm and located in the New Orleans office. David entered Tulane Law School after earning an MA in History and Economics at the Karl Eberhards Universität in Tübingen, Germany. While at Tulane, David was a member of Tulane Law Review, and graduated magna cum laude in 1982, at which point he started as an associate at Phelps Dunbar, where he remained until 1991, having become a partner in the interim. In 1991, he started his own firm, and has practiced in that capacity ever since. David’s practice has focused on commercial litigation with a strong emphasis on trial work. He has tried approximately 100 cases in his career, many of them jury trials, which he prefers. Most of these cases were complex, high-dollar and long, and distributed roughly evenly between state and federal court. David’s trial experience includes proceedings in Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and California. On a substantive level, David is recognized as an expert on construction law, with a heavy emphasis on surety law. He has been listed by Chambers and Partners every year since 2011 in the “first band” of construction lawyers in Louisiana. He also has deep experience in fidelity law, including crime policies and financial institution bonds, and in complex insurance coverage. On a transactional level, David specializes in the resurrection of defaulted construction projects across the entire Southeast United States. Active in the community, David served as the Chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono project in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina devastated the City of New Orleans, and the following year. As Chair, he led the Project during a time of massive effort to address the extraordinary legal needs of the displaced poor of New Orleans. He also personally led the legal team that created the framework for the Qatar Treme Project to finance the restoration of 100 residences in the historic Treme neighborhood to stabilize that traditionally African-American neighborhood, which has been a center of culture and music in New Orleans for 200 years. David currently serves on the Board of Directors of Covenant House, a refuge for homeless youth in New Orleans and elsewhere. When not working, David likes to travel, read, cook, and spend time with his family and friends.

Contact & Links
  • 400 Poydras Street, Suite 2500
    New Orleans, LA 70130
  • English
  • German
  • Tulane University, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, graduated 1982
  • Tulane University, graduated 1976
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1982
  • Texas, 2007
  • American Bar Association, Forum Committee on Construction Law -
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Section and Fidelity and Surety Law Committee - (Section Chair, 2009-2010)
  • Federal Bar Association -
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel -
  • Louisiana State Bar Association -
Court Admissions
  • Federal Court of Claims
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Western Districts of Texas

Krebs Farley
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

3 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

2 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2014 - Litigation - Construction
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
  • Litigation - Construction, New Orleans (2014)
Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Construction
Special Focus:
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Business Disputes
  • Civil Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction
  • Construction Disputes
  • Contract Review and Negotiation
  • Design
  • Fidelity
  • Government Contracts
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Surety
  • Martin J. Andrews Award for Lifetime Achievement in Fidelity and Surety Law from Fidelity and Surety Law Committee (2020)
  • Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award from American Bar Association (2017)
  • Distinguished Service Award for The Pro Bono Project (2002 and 2004)
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Construction Law

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