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Thomas Louis Colletta, Jr.

601 Poydras Street
Suite 2200
New Orleans, LA 70130

Thomas Louis Colletta, Jr. "Louis" concentrates his practice on varied areas of casualty and commercial litigation. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and worked as an executive assistant to United States Congressman Jimmy Hayes of Louisiana's seventh congressional district during and after college. Following law school at Tulane School of Law, Louis served as a law clerk for the Honorable Gene Thibodeaux, Chief Judge of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal.

Upon completion of his clerkship, Louis entered private practice specializing in general casualty and commercial litigation. He later served as the Assistant General Counsel and Director of Security for the Lake Charles Harbor and Terminal District, the 11th largest Port in the United States with over 56 million tons of cargo moved annually.

Louis has represented governmental clients such as the City of New Orleans, Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, and the Orleans Parish School Board. He has also worked closely with employers to implement risk management procedures to lower the incidents of work place accidents.

Working within the railroad practice area, Louis also handles mass tort, class action, insurance, and transportation litigation for both Class I and short-line railroads. He has successfully defended freight rail carriers in a wide range of cases, including cases involving the Federal Employer's Liability Act. He handles complex commercial cases including lease and contract disputes.
Awards & Recognition
The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2018, Listed for Railroad Law
New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law 2017, Leadership in Law Honoree
Super Lawyers Magazine, 2016-2017, Listed in Louisiana for Railroad Law
New Orleans Magazine 2013, Named as a Top Lawyer in Transportation and Railroad Law
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Rated
Published Works & Lectures
2004 Cumulative Supplement, Co-author of Louisiana Section, "State-By-State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing," Aspen Publishers
Professional Memberships & Activities
Louisiana State Bar Association, House of Delegates, 41st Judicial District
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
New Orleans Bar Association
Texas Bar Association
The Association of Corporate Counsel
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, Hearing Committee Member, 2015

Thomas Louis  Colletta, Jr.

J.D., Tulane University School of Law, 2000
B.A., McNeese State University, 1994; History, Phi Alpha Theta
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