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With more than 40 years of legal experience, John Landis concentrates his commercial litigation practice primarily on bankruptcy, construction, land use and antitrust disputes.  As co-chair of the firm’s Bankruptcy Practice Group, John regularly assists clients in a multitude of Chapter 11 and bankruptcy matters, including reorganizations and foreclosures.

Among his successes, John served as lead debtor’s counsel in the successful reorganization of a national construction company that resolved over $2 billion of claims and preserved a tax credit of over $100 million.

Representative Matters

  • Successfully represented a pipeline operator in defeating expropriation of a servitude by another pipeline operator based on the trial court's findings that the expropriation lacked a public purpose and that it would impair competition between the two operators.
  • Obtained substantial arbitration award in favor of hotel owner against contractor of previous owner for construction defects.
  • Successfully defended former CEO of a public company against claims asserted in its Chapter 11 case and successfully opposed confirmation of the company’s plan of reorganization.
  • Regularly represents a CMBS special servicer in real estate foreclosure and bankruptcy cases.
  • Achieved a pre-trial settlement for a large building owner in a construction defect case that permitted the owner to completely replace the building’s waterproofing and replace its brick façade.
  • Obtained a $2 million arbitration award against a national computer software company for a customer damaged by a failed implementation of ERP software.
  • Served as lead debtor’s counsel in the successful reorganization of a national construction company that resolved over $2 billion of claims and preserved a tax credit of over $100 million.
  • Enforced a national lender’s rights to $60 million of equipment lease payments in its borrower’s Chapter 11 case; and subsequently assisted the client in collecting payments through litigation and arbitration.
  • Lead counsel in the successful jury-trial defense of bad faith claims against a national property insurer.
  • Represented the plaintiff in the landmark antitrust  tying arrangement case,  Jefferson Parish Hospital District No. 2 v. Hyde, 466 U.S. 2 (1984).
  • Regularly counsels construction and other clients on antitrust issues.
  • Representing a lender in asserting vessel title insurance claims arising from the bankruptcy of an offshore casino operator.
  • Ongoing pro bono representation of a juvenile offender in state and federal post-conviction proceedings.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates member.
  • American Bankruptcy Institute member.
  • The Bar Association of The Fifth Federal Circuit member.
  • New Orleans Bar Association member.
  • The Sports Lawyers Association member

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

  • Benchmark Litigation 2020 "Local Litigation Star."
  • Best Lawyers in America 2006 – 2024.
  • Chambers and Partners 2007 – 2018.
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2009 – 2020 and 2022 – 2024.
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer" 2012 – 2023.

News & Events

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

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


Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1976

  • Order of the Coif
  • Elected to the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors, 1974-75
  • Associate Editor, Tulane Law Review, 1975-76

Washington & Lee University, 1972


  • Law clerk to the Honorable Morey L. Sear, U.S. District Court, 1976-77.
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