Lawrence E. Abbott

Larry Abbott


650 Poydras Street

Suite 2810

New Orleans, LA 70130

504-568-9393 (Main)

504-524-1933 (Fax)


l abbottLawrence E. Abbott is Of Counsel in Cotten Schmidt & Abbott with an emphasis on trial practice.

Notably, Mr. Abbott has tried in excess of 157 cases in the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Alabama, and Montana. The predominant focus of those trials has been in the diverse areas delineated above.

TX-Compliant-Badge_2013 (2)Without being exclusive, certain of those trials have involved (a) claims of individuals of exposure to allegedly toxic chemicals, (b) multiple, simultaneous deaths offshore in the Gulf of Mexico, (c) a maritime casualty involving eleven deaths and three burn survivors aboard a vessel, (d) alleged destruction of thousands of acres of pecan orchards as the result of exposure to a fungicide, (e) a commercial litigation case in which plaintiffs alleged that our client breached a contract for the sale of nitrogen oxide emission reduction credits, (f) a challenge by a homebuilders’ association to the constitutionality of two construction ordinances that had been promulgated and put into effect by our client, and (g) a matter involving platform damage and down-hole reserve losses sustained by two clients as the result of faulty work performed by a contractor.

Certain of Mr. Abbott’s representative clients include E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company, The Dow Chemical Company, Union Carbide Corporation, Tyco International LLP, FMC Technologies, Inc., The City of Slidell, Louisiana, Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, The Louisiana Medical Center and Heart Hospital, New Orleans Cold Storage & Warehouse Company, Ltd., and El Paso Corporation.


  • B.A., St. Edward’s University, 1967
  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 1972


  • DuPont’s “Leader’s Circle Award”
  • New Orleans City Business Leadership and Law Class of 2009
  • Sager Award for the Southwest Region of the United States in 2008, given annually by the Minority Corporate Counsel Association to firms who excel in the development and promotion of females and people of color within the legal industry
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (where he has been an Assistant Examiner, Committee on State Bar Administrations, since 1994)
  • American Bar Association


Banking Law
Business and Transactional Law
Class Actions
Commercial Litigation
Employment and Labor
Environmental Litigation
Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA)
Insurance Defense, Coverage, Subrogation & Casualty
Mass Torts/Toxic Tort Litigation
Medical Malpractice
Personal Injury
Planning and Zoning




  • National Guard, 1969-1975


  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • State Bar of Texas
  • District of Columbia
  • United States District Court, Eastern, Middle, & Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • United States Supreme Court


  • Featured in article on October 16, 2000, in “Texas Lawyer.”
  • Featured in article in July/August, 2003, in “Diversity & the Bar.”
  • Featured in article in February, 2007, in “The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel.”
  • Featured in article in January, 2008, in “Louisiana Super Lawyers.”
  • Featured in article in March, 2009, in “New Orleans CityBusiness” having been selected to “CityBusinesses Leadership in Law.”
  • Featured in article in January, 2011, in “Louisiana Super Lawyers.”

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