Bar and Court Admissions
- United State Supreme Court
- Louisiana Federal and State Courts
University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1971
- Order of the Coif
- Member, Virginia Law Review, 1969-71
Louisiana State University, 1968
Michael R. FonthamMember
- New Orleans
- T: 504.593.0810
- 546 Carondelet Street
- F: 504.596.0810
- New Orleans, LA 70130-3588
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Mr. Fontham joined the firm in 1971 and is a member of the firm. He chairs the firm's Regulatory Practice Group.
Represents the Louisiana Public Service Commission in proceedings before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the U. S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit regarding cost allocations among operating companies of Entergy Corp. and other Louisiana electric utilities.
Represents the Louisiana Public Service Commission in various dockets concerning requests for rate increases, development of formula rate plans and certification of new generating units for various electric utilities in Louisiana.
Represents a preferred provider health organization in litigation involving the constitutionality and applicability of certain Louisiana statutory penalty provisions to PPO discounts.
Represented the Commission in the United States Supreme Court in Entergy Louisiana, Inc. v. Louisiana Public Service Comm'n, a case involving cost allocations in the Entergy System, and in Louisiana Public Service Comm'n v. FCC, a case involving the preemptive effect of FCC prescribed depreciation rates.
Represented a plaintiff in an equal employment suit in the United States Supreme Court, United Steelworkers v. Weber.
Represented City of Plaquemines, Louisiana in state district and appellate court in a suit for construction deficiencies that made a sewage treatment tank unusable. Also represented the City in a contractual dispute relating to a power supply agreement with a major industrial customer.
Represented a manufacturing firm in state court in a dispute concerning the performance of an agreement by which a Joint Venture with another company was dissolved.
Represented a manufacturing firm in a dispute concerning the cost of construction of piping and related equipment in the installation of a nitric acid facility.
Professional and Civic Activities
Mr. Fontham is an active teacher, author and lecturer. He was a visiting professor at the University of Virginia School of Law, 1982-83. He currently teaches as an adjunct professor of law at the Tulane University Law School and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, and he has three times received the Monte Lemann Award at Tulane for distinguished teaching. Mr. Fontham is an instructor in the Trial Advocacy Institute at the University of Virginia and has been an instructor in the Trial Clinical Program at Tulane, skills courses at Loyola University School of Law, and the LSU Bar Review.
Mr. Fontham is the author of Trial Technique and Evidence (2d ed., Lexis‑Nexis, 2002) (3d ed., NITA, 2008) and is the lead author of Persuasive Written and Oral Advocacy: In Trial and Appellate Courts (Aspen, 2007), an extensive revision and expansion of his Written and Oral Advocacy (Wiley, 1985). He has written a number of articles and delivered numerous lectures on trial and appellate advocacy, evidence, utility regulation and civil rights issues.
Honors & Awards
Mr. Fontham has been named to The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of appellate law and energy law, Chambers U.S.A. America's Leading Lawyers for Business in the field of public utility law and Louisiana Super Lawyers. He has also been recognized as a Top Lawyer by New Orleans magazine.
- May 26, 2017
- December 26, 2016
- November 1, 2016
- August 15, 2016
- May 27, 2016
- Thirty-Three Lawyers Named 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Wayne Lee Featured on the CoverDecember 24, 2015
- November 2, 2015
- August 17, 2015
- May 19, 2015
- Thirty-One Lawyers Named 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Phil Wittmann Ranked Number One for Second Year in a RowDecember 24, 2014
- November 1, 2014
- August 18, 2014
- May 23, 2014
- Twenty-Seven Lawyers Named 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars; Phil Wittmann Ranked Number OneDecember 30, 2013
- October 29, 2013
- August 15, 2013
- May 30, 2013
- December 28, 2012
- November 1, 2012
- September 11, 2012
- October 4, 2011
- November 25, 2009
- December 27, 2006
- December 15, 2010
- May 22, 2005