James A. Brown

James A. Brown

Liskow & Lewis

Recognized since 2005

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Bet-the-Company Litigation

Commercial Litigation

Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants

Litigation - Antitrust

Litigation - Trusts and Estates

Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
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Mr. Brown heads the firm’s Commercial Litigation Section as well as its Professional Liability Practice Group. He is a member of the firm’s Board of Directors and serves as the firm’s Loss Prevention Partner. His practice focuses on complex litigation, including banking and contract disputes, professional liability litigation, legal malpractice defense, antitrust litigation, trusts and estates litigation, First Amendment litigation, and Education law.

For over two decades, Mr. Brown has successfully represented federal banking agencies and banks in complex commercial and professional liability cases. He also has defended national legal malpractice carriers and law and accounting firms. Trust and estates litigation and other types of commercial litigation are also part of his practice background. Mr. Brown has tried major cases in these areas in state and federal courts.

Widely recognized for his excellence, Mr. Brown is listed by Chambers USA America's Leading Lawyers for Business as among America's top commercial litigators. He also is named in Best Lawyers in America in the fields of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Legal Malpractice Law and Professional Malpractice Law. He is listed among Top Lawyers by New Orleans Magazine. In 2005, New Orleans City Business Magazine named him one of New Orleans’ “Leaders in Law." Mr. Brown also is listed in Louisiana's Super Lawyers.

Following law school, Mr. Brown served as law clerk to the Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, Circuit Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1984-85. Since 1992, he has served as an Adjunct Professor in Trial Advocacy at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Mr. Brown serves as the Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Professional Liability Litigation Committee, which addresses legal issues of concern to professionals, including lawyers, accountants, and corporate directors and officers around the nation.

He is the immediate past Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Program Committee of The Louisiana State Bar Association, which plans and oversees all programs of continuing legal education sponsored by the state bar.

He frequently speaks, teaches and publishes in the areas of professional liability, ethics and trial advocacy.

Contact & Links


  • Hancock Whitney Center, Suite 5000
    701 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70139


  • English


  • Ethnicity: White

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana State Bar Association


  • Louisiana State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Program Committee - Immediate Past Chair
  • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Institute - Vice President and Director
  • American Bar Association Section of Litigation - Co-Chair, Professional Liability Litigation Committee

Federal Clerkships

  • United States Court of Appeals

Liskow & Lewis
Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

77 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

8 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

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Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2022 - Litigation - Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2017 - Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates, New Orleans (2022)
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants, New Orleans (2017)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants

Special Focus

  • Appellate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Disputes
  • Complex Litigation
  • COVID-19
  • Defendants
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Professional Liability


  • Outstanding Subcommittee Chair - ABA Section of Litigation
  • Order of the Coif
  • Editor in Chief, Louisiana Law Review - 1983

See State of Louisiana, ex. rel., James D. Caldwell v. Allstate Insurance Co., et. al., 2008 U.S. App. Lexis 15275 (5th Cir. July 18, 2008).

Developed a successful legal theory for removal of state attorney general suits against industry as disguised "class" and "mass" actions subject to the Class Action Fairness Act.

Entertainment Software Association v. Foti, et. al., 451 F.Supp. 2d 823 (M.D. La. 2006).

With other attorneys, secured a federal court ruling striking down Louisiana''''s "violent video game" statute as violative of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and enjoining enforcement of the statute.

State of Louisiana, ex. rel., James D. Caldwell v. Allstate Insurance Co., et. al., No. 07-9409 (East. Dist. La. Dec. 17, 2008).

Secured dismissal of antitrust price fixing claims filed by the Louisiana Attorney General against one of the world''''''''s largest international consulting firms.

FDIC v. Maxxam, Inc., et. al., 523 F.3d 566 (5th Cir. 2008).

With other attorneys, secured a reversal and remand of an award of $72 million in sanctions against a federal banking agency. Mr. Brown and other firm attorneys were hired to handle the matter on appeal from the sanctions award.

Advocates for Arts-Based Education Corporation v. Orleans Parish School Board, 2010 U.S. Dist. Lexis 6019 (EDLA Jan. 26, 2010)

Secured a federal court judgment recognizing the non-governmental status of a Louisiana charter school operator and its right to redress under 42 U.S.C. Section 1983 for deprivation of its vested contractual rights in violation of Article 1, Section 10 of the U.S. Constitution. The judgment awards the charter school declaratory and injunctive relief, damages, attorneys'''' fees and costs. The judgment is the first of its kind and has landmark significance to the charter school movement sweeping the nation.

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