O'Bannon, Ernest L.

1010 Common Street22nd FloorNew Orleans, LA 70112- 2455

Updated: 11/24/2015


Office Info

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Special Counsel


  • English

Practice Areas

  • Property Insurance Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Defense of Personal Injury
  • Miscellaneous Civil


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1960
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1962
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1962
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1962
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1981
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1970

Other Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1960 - Present (Member)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, 1994 - 1995 (Board of Directors)
  • Louisiana State Committee on Bar Admission, 1983 - 1993 (Past Member, Secretary & Chair)
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation, 1984 - Present (Fellow)
  • New Orleans Bar Association, 1970 (Member, Past Executive Committee)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • Bar Association of the 5th Circuit (Member)
  • Federation Of Defense & Corporate Counsel (Member)
  • Defense Research Institute (Member)
  • American Judicature Society (Member)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel , 1968 - Present (Member)
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, 1968 - Present (Member, Past President)
  • American College of Trial lawyers, 1990 - Present (Fellow, Past State Chair)
  • New Orleans Opera Association , 2005 - Present (Director, Chair Legal Committee)


  • Louisiana State Bar Association - President's Award, 1996
  • New Orleans Bar Association Geo. Arceneaux Award, 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1999 - Present

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, 6 Legal Environment of Ins., CPCU, CPCU, 1970 - 1980
  • Lecturer, CLE for Sundry Organizations, 1978 - 2004

Pro Bono Activities

  • Legal Aid Bureau, New Orleans, LA - Board of Directors, 1970 - Present
  • Southern Baptist Hospital, New Orleans, LA - Board of Directors, 1990 - 1993
  • Director, Christian Health Ministries Foundation, 1993 - Present
  • Past Director, Tulane Associates
  • Past Director, Baylor University Alumni Association
  • Past Director, Goodwill Industries, Inc. (New Orleans)
  • Past Director, Tulane Law School Deans Council
  • Active in other civic, religious and charitable organizations

Past Positions

  • Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Law Clerk, 1960 - 1961
  • Milling Saal Saunders Benson & Woodwood, Associate, 1961 - 1963


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1960
    Honors: Moot Court Board
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas, 1955
    Honors: cum laude
    Major: Philosophy and English Literature

Fraternities and Sororities

  • Phi Alpha Delta

Office Information


1010 Common Street22nd FloorNew Orleans, LA 70112- 2455


  • 504-310-1501


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