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Defended a major insurance company in a class action lawsuit alleging improper first party catastrophe claims handling.  Successfully defeated the plaintiffs' motion for class certification after an evidentiary bench trial.

Represents a commercial loan servicer in foreclosure proceedings for large commercial properties throughout southern Louisiana.

Represents a lender to enforce security interests and post-default remedies in Louisiana-based equipment.

Lead counsel for plaintiffs who successfully challenged Louisiana's constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. 

On behalf of a commercial loan servicer, prosecuted a federal court action against an insurance agent for negligence, resulting in a successful client recovery.

Represented a creditor in collection proceedings involving multiple lawsuits before Louisiana state courts in Greater New Orleans to recover six-figure judgment.

Represents a public entity in a dispute over a multi-million dollar award for the redevelopment of an office building into a luxury hotel and the subsequent lease of the property.

Represented client in obtaining a summary judgment for over $2.5 million (plus interest, attorney's fees and costs) against a debtor and guarantors in federal court.

Represented an international media company in federal trademark and copyright litigation.

Obtained dismissal of elected official in election campaign litigation.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Courson is an adjunct professor of Loyola University (New Orleans) School of Law and teaches constitutional law.  He is Co-Chair of the Civil Rights Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and is Co-Chair of the planning committee for the (inaugural) LGBT Forum of the Section of Litigation.  He has served within the Leadership of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association for the past five years. He is also a member of the Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations and a Master of the New Orleans Bar Association Inn of Court.  

Mr. Courson is a volunteer for the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and serves on the Board of Directors of the Forum for Equality Foundation.  He is the past Co-Chair of the Board of Directors of AIDSLaw of Louisiana, Inc.  Mr. Courson previously served as treasurer of the Old Algiers Main Street Corporation.  He is the past social chair of the Harvard Club of Louisiana.  Prior to attending law school, Mr. Courson was selected as a Corps Member of Teach for America and taught in the Houston public schools for two years.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Mr. Courson is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard.  He has been recognized as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans magazine.  Mr. Courson received the Louisiana State Bar Association Trailblazer Award in 2015 and its Human Rights Award in 2013 for his efforts in promoting diversity in the legal profession.  In 2012, the National LGBT Bar Association named him as one of the best LGBT Lawyers Under 40.  He was a New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law honoree in 2015 and 2012.      

News & Events

Presentations

Panel Moderator, LSBA Diversity and Inclusion Conclave, March 2016.

Speaker, "Diversity/Cultural Competency", New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, January 2016.

Speaker, "Ethics on and in Trial: Ethical Issues in The Verdict", New Orleans Bar Association, December 2015.

Speaker, "Media 101:  What to Do when a Reporter Calls."  New Orleans Bar Association, December 2014.

Speaker, "What Diversity Means to Clients – Benchmarks to Track Diversity Initiatives and Successful Workplace Practices," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation Annual Conference, April 2014.

Speaker, "Gay Rights in the Louisiana Workplace," Louisiana State University Current Developments in Labor and Employment Law seminar, March 2014.

Speaker, "Schools, Bullying and the Law," New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Program, December 2012.

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana Federal and State Courts
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 2003

  • Editorial board member, Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law

Harvard University, magna cum laude, 1998

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