Areas of Practice
  • University of Virginia School of Law, J.D., 1973
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. in Government, 1970
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1973
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 1973
  • E.D. La., 1973
  • M.D. La., 1973
F. McMains, Jr.
Special Counsel
Four United Plaza
8555 United Plaza Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
225.248.2114 tel
225.248.3114 fax

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Chuck McMains is a member of the firm's Government Relations Practice Group. Prior to joining Jones Walker, he had a distinguished career as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. During his final years in the House, he served as chairman of the House Committee on Civil Law & Procedure and as floor leader for Governor M.J. Foster. In those capacities, he authored significant tort reform legislation, including the repeal of punitive damages and strict liability, the repeal of joint and several liability, wholesale revision of the articles on class actions, and summary judgment and reinstitution of the "business judgment" rule in actions against officers and directors. Mr. McMains also passed numerous bills in the medical malpractice area, measures dealing with local and state governmental liability, and was responsible for the legislative package of the Louisiana Law Institute, where he served as a member of the Executive Committee.

Prior to his public service, Mr. McMains practiced law with a Baton Rouge firm and spent more than 13 years in various executive roles with Union National Life Insurance Company of Baton Rouge until its sale to a Teledyne subsidiary in 1989.

He has served as chairman of the Greater Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce, president of the Baton Rouge Symphony and of Public Radio of Baton Rouge, as well as in leadership roles in numerous other community activities. He is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, a past member of the Alumni Council of the University of Virginia School of Law, a member of the Association of Life Insurance Counsel, and has chaired the Laws & Legislation Committees of the Life Insurers Conference and the Louisiana Insurers Conference, as well as serving several terms as state vice president of the American Council of Life Insurance.


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Government Relations Practice (listed annually since 2015)






  • American Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Congressman Richard Baker (Past Campaign Chair)
  • Congressman David Vitter (Past Member, Finance Committee)
  • Federal Issues Committee of the Life Insurers Council (LOMA, 2003–2004)
  • LABI Civil Justice Reform Committee (Chair, 2003–2004)
  • Louisiana Republican Party (Past Chairman)
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Louisiana Republican Presidential Trust (Past Chair during Dole Campaign)
  • Republican Renewal (Chairman)
  • Steering Committee Member for both Former President George Bush and President George W. Bush