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Gus A. Fritchie III




Gus is a seasoned trial attorney with an active trial and appellate practice both in federal and state courts. His practice concentrates on defending a wide range of professional liability claims asserted against lawyers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate agents and brokers, accountants, and other professionals. He has a diverse insurance defense practice defending personal injury as well as, property damage and product liability claims asserted against public entities, businesses, and their insurers including claims based on alleged civil rights violations and employment practices. Gus also has litigated a wide variety of insurance coverage issues arising out of the various areas of his insurance practice.


Representative Matters / Experience

  • First chair for over 100 bench and jury trials in state and federal court
  • Argued before all Louisiana District and Federal Courts as well as the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Panel Counsel for numerous professional liability and general liability insurers including the Louisiana Bar Association's Lawyers Professional Liability Insurance Program


  • Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2012, 2018, 2021)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants (2020)
  • Best Lawyers in America: Insurance Law, Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants (2011-2022)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, New Orleans Best Lawyer: Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants 2012 Lawyer of the Year
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers: Insurance Law and Legal Malpractice Law
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2009
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell rating


  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Bar Association of the Federal Fifth Circuit


  • J.D.,cum laude, Tulane University School of Law (1981)
  • B.A.,cum laude, Washington and Lee (1978)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel's Trial Academy, University of Colorado Law School (1986)


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

Publications and Presentations

  • Faculty: International Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy
    Stanford Law School 2015
  • A Comprehensive Review of the Litigation Arising out of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster
    Insuralex December 2014
  • Ethics and Legal Malpractice
    New Orleans Bar Association November 27, 2012
  • Keeping a Lid on Damages at Trial
    International Association of Defense Counsel November 14, 2012
  • Practical Legal Ethics in Louisiana: Issues & Answers
    National Business Institute June 27, 2002