Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1972; Order of the Coif; Tulane Law Review
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1971
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1972
David Edwards
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8184 tel
504.589.8184 fax

Print PDF  | vCard

An attorney with Jones Walker for more than 40 years, David Edwards is a member of the Tax & Estates Practice Group. He advises individual clients on wealth transfer at minimum tax cost, in addition to traditional estate planning areas of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. He also advises clients on marriage contracts and other aspects of property obligations stemming from marriage. Furthermore, Mr. Edwards' practice includes the administration of decedents' estates and settlement of trusts, as well as charitable planning. He is a Board-Certified Estate Planning and Administration Specialist as certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.

Mr. Edwards has been an active participant in bar activities and associations, including the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, in which he has been an active Fellow for more than 25 years. He has served as State Chair, Regent, and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a member of the American Bar Association's Sections on Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Taxation, as well as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Sections on Trust, Estate, Probate and Immovable Law.

In the community, Mr. Edwards is a member of the Tulane University Board of Administrators, a former member and Chair of the Board of Governors of the Tulane Medical School, a former member and Chair of the Tulane University President's Council, a member of the Board of Advisory Editors of the Tulane Law Review, and a member of the Planning Committee of the Tulane Tax Institute. Mr. Edwards is also a member of the Graduate Education Advancement Board of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a Trustee of the Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation and the Greater New Orleans Foundation. Mr. Edwards is the former Chair of the New Orleans Botanical Gardens Foundation and a former Director of A Studio in the Woods.


  • Recognized in "Chambers High Net Worth Guide" in the area of Private Wealth Law (2017)
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (Fellow, 1986 to date; State Chair, 1999–2004; Regent, 2005–2011)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Litigation - Trusts and Estates and Trusts and Estates (listed annually since 1991)
  • Named "New Orleans Best Lawyers'® Trusts & Estates Law Lawyer of the Year" 2013
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Estate & Probate (listed annually since 2007)
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell




  • American Bar Association (Member, Sections of Real Property, Probate and Trust Law and Taxation)
  • Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation (Trustee, 2001 to date)
  • Greater New Orleans Foundation (Trustee, 2013 to date)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member, Sections of Trust, Estate, Probate and Immovable Law)
  • Louisiana State Law Institute (Member, Successions and Donations Committee, 2000 to date)
  • Tulane University Board of Administrators (2011 to date)
  • Tulane University President's Council (Member, 2006 to 2011; Chair, 2010–2011)
  • New Orleans Museum of Art (Trustee, 2014 to date; Member, Executive Committee, 2002–2008, 2009–2010, and 2012; Chair, Planned Giving Committee, 2002–2010; Secretary and Chair, Legal Committee, 2003–2004, 2007–2008, 2009 to date; Vice President, 2005–2006; President, 2013–2014)
  • A Studio in the Woods (Director, 2008 to 2012)
  • New Orleans Estate Planning Council
  • Tulane University Health Sciences Center, Medical School (Member, Board of Governors, 2002 to 2012; Chair, 2009–2012;  Secretary, 2004–2006; Vice Chair, 2007–2009; Member, Development and Legislative Affairs Committees, 2002–2009; Chair, Development Committee, 2004–2007)
  • Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine (Advisory Board Member, 2009 to date)
  • Tulane Law Review (Member, Board of Advisory Editors, 1992 to date; Board of Student Editors, 1970–1972; Articles Editor, 1971–1972)
  • Tulane Tax Institute (Member, Planning Committee, 1995 to date)
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Member, Graduate Education Advancement Board, 2005 to date)
  • U.S. District Judge Herbert W. Christenberry, Eastern District of Louisiana (Law Clerk, 1972–1973)