Lamothe Law Firm

400 Poydras Street
Suite 1760
New Orleans, LA 70130
504-262-0945(direct fax)
504-704-1414 (firm)
985-249-6006 (firm fax)


Read the Lawdragon Q&A with Frank Lamothe, who discusses his personal injury and business litigation practice.

Frank E. Lamothe, III is a seasoned trial lawyer with years of experience handling personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation cases. He has a stellar reputation as an extremely skilled trial attorney who conducts himself with integrity as well as an attorney who has always maintained the highest standards of professionalism. Frank Lamothe has tried and won numerous multi-million dollar cases during his career in federal and state courts throughout the country including Louisiana, Arizona, Florida and Mississippi. As a personal injury trial lawyer, Frank Lamothe has particular experience in maritime, offshore, Jones Act and oil field claims as well as industrial, trucking and motorcycle accident cases. In business law, he has had substantial success in the areas of business torts, contracts, breach of fiduciary duties, employment and LLC breakup cases. He has also tried mass tort cases, including representing numerous businesses and individuals who have suffered losses in the BP Oil Spill and is serving on the economic loss task force in the federal court litigation filed in the matter.

Frank Lamothe has earned his reputation through superior trial skills and verdicts won through diligence, hard work and experience. As one trial consultant commented: “You are a no-nonsense, business-like, precise courtroom practitioner who asks questions in a straight-forward and rapid manner. You relentlessly draw out a witness until you secure all information needed or required and you methodically pursue your agenda regardless of irritation, interruption or pressure.” Mr. Lamothe receives frequent referrals from other attorneys who appreciate his vast trial experience in personal injury and business litigation.  As one colleague said:“He is one of the finest trial lawyers in the United States. He is also a shining example of what it means to be a true professional: dedicated to helping others, unfailingly polite to fellow attorneys and members of the public, diligent in all cases he undertakes.” 

Frank Lamothe has particular experience in litigation involving sex abuse and he is known for working diligently to find justice for the victims. He was instrumental in settling a group of clergy sex abuse cases for over $5 million. He has also lectured on sex abuse in Louisiana and authored a paper entitled “Sex Abuse in Louisiana.” He has also been involved in legal education. He taught Trial Advocacy at the Tulane University School of Law, the Paul F. Hebert School of Law at Louisiana State University, and the School of Law at Loyola University in New Orleans. He has served on numerous seminar programs, and has lectured at a large number of continuing legal education programs in the areas of maritime personal injury and death claims and a variety of subjects relating to his trial practice. Among his civic activities, Frank Lamothe recently created the Lamothe Charitable Fund, which is primarily dedicated to disadvantaged children’s causes.

While Frank Lamothe is honored by such distinctions, he is most proud of being the dedicated father of three children. Outside of the home, his leisure activities include reading, travel, tennis, motorcycle touring, track riding, and, most recently, Krav Maga (martial arts) training.

Practice Areas

Personal Injury And Wrongful Death Litigation

  • Mass Torts
  • Catastrophic Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Maritime Injury and Death – Offshore
  • Jones Act
  • Oil Field Accidents
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Motorcycle Accidents
  • Aviation Accidents
  • Clergy Sexual Abuse

Business Litigation

  • Business Torts
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Fiduciary Duties
  • Fraud
  • Unfair Trade Practices
  • Employment Disputes
  • Shareholder/Partnership Disputes


  • Tulane University, B.A.
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • State of Louisiana
  • State of Colorado
  • State of Texas


  • “Negligent Infliction of Emotional Distress Under the Jones Act
  • “Fifth Circuit Redefines Standard of Care in Jones Act Cases”
  • “Recent Developments Under the Jones Act”
  • “Proving Economic Loss in Business Cases,” Louisiana Advocates
  • “Unfair Trade Practices in Louisiana”
  • “Breach of Fiduciary Duties in Louisiana”
  • “Sex Abuse in Louisiana”
  • “The Freight Then Pending Doctrine In Limitation Proceedings”
  • “Ethics and Cross Examination”
  • “Business Interruption Insurance”
  • “Effective Direct Examination of Experts”
  • “Strategy and Tactics in Settlement Negotiations”
  • “The Art of Negotiation”

Professional Activities

  • Member, Federal Bar Association; Past President, New Orleans Chapter
  • Member, American Bar Association; Member, Business Torts Committee; Member, Litigation Section; Past Chair, Business Torts Section; Past Co-Chair, Fiduciary Duties Subcommittee of the Business Torts Committee
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, Colorado State Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Covington Bar Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice; Board of Governors 2009-2010; Past Chair, Business Torts Section
  • Member, American Association of Justice; Member, Past Chair, Business Torts Section
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Invited Member, National Board Member, American Board of Trial Advocates; Past President, Louisiana Chapter and National Board of Directors
  • Invited Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Invited Member, The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • Fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Member, Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Fellow, Loyola University Institute of Politics
  • Fellow, Pound Civil Justice Institute


  • Best Lawyers in America – Personal Injury – Plaintiff (included for 30 years)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Personal Injury – Plaintiff; Business Litigation
  • Corporate Counsel Edition of Super Lawyers 2010 – Select Listing in Business Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent ranking for 35 years
  • The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law 2014, 2015
  • New Orleans Magazine – Top Lawyers