Areas of Practice
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law
    JD, 2002
  • Loyola University Institute of Politics
    Fellow, 1995
  • Loyola University
    BBA, 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
Court Admissions
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Richard Cortizas
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8372 tel
504.589.8372 fax

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Richard Cortizas is a partner in the Corporate Practice Group. He focuses on transactional matters, representing clients in complex land use and zoning matters, public finance, and economic development projects.

Richard has extensive experience representing corporate clients, developers and individuals before local planning commissions, boards of zoning adjustments, and governing authorities of political subdivisions throughout the state. Richard also represents clients before local and state regulatory bodies on a wide range of governmental matters.

Richard is chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, the mission of which is threefold: to increase awareness of the importance of diversity within the firm, to foster mutual respect and appreciation for different perspectives and experiences, and to develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain, and advance lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds. 

Prior to returning to Jones Walker in 2013, Richard served as executive counsel to New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2011 and as city attorney for the City of New Orleans for three years. As city attorney, Richard was responsible for directing and supervising legal affairs for the City of New Orleans and was part of the team that negotiated the New Orleans Police Department consent decree. Prior to his public service, he practiced law with Jones Walker for six years.

Before practicing law, Richard served as regional director for United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu. 



  • The Development Approval Process (Louisiana Land Use & Zoning), 2007


  • New Orleans Tricentennial NOLA Foundation, Chairman
  • French Market Corporation (Board of Directors)
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc. (Board of Directors)
  • Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Louisiana (Past President, Board of Directors
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Lusher Charter School (Board of Directors)
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation (Board of Directors)
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (Class of 2010)
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans (Government Affairs Committee)
  • WWOZ Radio New Orleans (Board of Directors)
  • WYES-New Orleans Public Broadcasting (Board of Directors)
  • 2003 NCAA Final Four Committee
  • 2002 Super Bowl Host Committee 


  • Spanish