Richard G. Passler

Richard G. Passler

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.

Recognized since 2016

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation

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Richard G. Passler is an AV® rated partner in the New Orleans office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson. For the past 25 years, his practice has focused on complex commercial litigation with extensive experience in health-care related litigation, admiralty/maritime matters, and governmental ethics issues. He has represented for profit and non-profit entities, individuals, and governmental entities.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Passler primarily handles complex commercial litigation in all types of business related matters, whether disputes between businesses or the owners of a business. The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Breaches of contract and related torts
  • Dissolution of business (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely-held businesses)
  • Breaches of fiduciary duties
  • Anti-competitive claims including antitrust
  • Unfair trade practices
  • Intellectual property

The litigation often involves intensive discovery, sophisticated motion practice, writ application practice, presentation of trials, and appellate practice. Mr. Passler has extensive experience in the federal district courts, state district courts, and state appellate courts throughout the State of Louisiana. This experience is partially reflected in his over 50 reported state court decisions and over 56 reported federal court decisions.


Mr. Passler represents both individual healthcare providers (e.g., doctors and nurses) and healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, and long term care and senior living facilities). The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Business litigation, including breaches of contract and related torts
  • Liability disputes
  • False Claims Act (qui tam) Actions
  • Director's and officer's liability
  • Both prosecuting and defending HCQIA (peer review) actions


Mr. Passler represents various types of maritime clients in a wide array of matters. The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Business and commercial disputes
  • Pilotage issues
  • Collisions and allisions of vessels, including related property damage claims

Governmental Ethics

Mr. Passler represents both governmental entities and those doing business with them in connection with providing advice in navigating Louisiana’s myriad of governmental ethics rules. The specific areas of advice include:

  • Prohibited payments from nonpublic sources
  • Prohibited participation in transactions involving governmental entities
  • Prohibited contractual arrangements and available exceptions
  • Limitations on providing/accepting food and drink
  • Prohibitions after termination of public office
  • Financial disclosure requirements

Contact & Links


  • First Bank & Trust Tower, Suite 1500
    909 Poydras Street
    New Orleans, LA 70112-4004


  • Tulane University, J.D., graduated 1991

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, Louisiana, 1991
  • United States, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1996
  • United States, United State Supreme Court, 1998
  • Texas, Texas, 2006


  • New Orleans Bar Association - Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Member
  • Texas State Bar Association - Member
  • Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit - Member
  • Federal Bar Association - Member
  • American Bar Association - Member
  • State of Louisiana - Special Attorney General (1995-2005)
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board - Hearing Committee Member
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States - Associate Lawyer

Federal Clerkships

  • United States District Court

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

  • Commercial Litigation


  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation, 2018
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019
  • Named “Top Lawyers of New Orleans" in the area of Commercial Litgation by by New Orleans Magazine in 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Named “Top Lawyers of New Orleans" in the area of Governmental Relations (Ethics) by New Orleans Magazine in 2015, 2016, 2017

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