Thomas J. Cortazzo

Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, LLC

Lafayette, Louisiana 70501


Business, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Corporate, Insurance, Partnership Disputes, Personal Injury, Professional Liability, Shareholder Disputes, Unfair Competition

Thomas Cortazzo, a native of New Orleans, earned his Bachelor of Public Administration Degree summa cum laude from Loyola University College of Business, where he attended on academic scholarship. He received his Juris Doctor from Loyola University School of Law in 1987, where he was a member and Comment/Casenote Editor of the Loyola Law Review and a moot court teaching assistant.

Tom has been practicing law for more than 24 years. His practice consists of litigation in courts and administrative tribunals, and his experience ranges from various forms of commercial litigation to insurance matters. Tom’s practice also consists of other forms of dispute resolution such as arbitration and mediation; he is a certified mediator through the American Arbitration Association (AAA). Tom currently serves on the firm’s Executive Committee and is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana State, American and Federal Bar Associations and various professional organizations. He has lectured on legal topics to lawyers, business groups and schools, as well as authored legal publications. Tom has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in Commercial Litigation and by New Orleans Magazine as one of their “Top Lawyers of New Orleans” for his work in Commercial Litigation and Gaming Law in 2013 and 2014; he was recognized in 2009 for Insurance and Construction Law. 

Tom stays active in the community, serving as a member and president of the Loyola University School of Law Alumni Association Board, and member of the Brother Martin High School Parents Club Executive Board and the St. Clement of Rome School Board. He is also very involved with the Rotary Club of Carrollton (in New Orleans), where he led the Carrollton Rally, a fundraiser and project that placed computer labs in public elementary schools and encouraged their use. He also led in the formation of the Carrollton Rotary Children’s Foundation, a non-profit endowment supporting local children’s charitable causes. 


Certified Mediator, American Arbitration Association (AAA)


Louisiana, 1987 (all state courts)

All United States District Courts in Louisiana

United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1987
· Comment/Casenote Editor, Loyola Law Review

Loyola University College of Business, B.S. Public Administration, 1984, summa cum laude


Baldwin Haspel Burke and Mayer
Energy Centre – Suite 3600
1100 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70163

Phone: 504.569.2900
Fax:     504.569.2099
Email: [email protected]