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David M. Melancon




David is an experienced litigator in a wide variety of personal injury and property damage claims in the areas of products liability, environmental, and asbestos, silica, benzene and other toxic tort exposures. In addition to serving as trial counsel, David manages a significant docket of multi-party cases involving complex issues related to occupational disease and manufacturer, supplier and premises liability. In this role, he employs a disciplined methodology, including the strategic planning and execution of the defense of a large docket of toxic tort cases, to achieve the best result for clients. This includes prioritizing and executing the defense of cases in a fast-moving, high-pressure and high stakes environment while managing a large team of attorneys and support staff.


Representative Matters / Experience

  • Asbestos Litigation: Louisiana Coordinating and Trial Counsel
  • Welding Rod Litigation: Louisiana Trial Counsel
  • Wood Destroying Organisms: Regional Counsel
  • Insecticides: Louisiana Trial Counsel
  • Termiticides: Louisiana Trial Counsel


  • Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law, Product Liability Litigation-Defense (2020-2022)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Products: Defense
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2013
  • Certified Litigation Management Professional, Litigation Management Institute
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell rating


  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute, Medicare Secondary Payer Task Force
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Texas Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Jefferson Parish Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys


  • J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center (1994)
  • B.A., Louisiana State University (1990)


  • Louisiana and Texas state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

Military Service

  • Louisiana Army National Guard, 1986-1992


  • Habitat For Humanity
  • Trustee, Estate of Thomy Lafon
  • Catholic Charities

Publications and Presentations