Areas of Practice
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2002
  • Loyola University Institute of Politics, Fellow, 1995
  • Loyola University, B.B.A., 1993
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 2004
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 firm's Business & Commercial Transactions Practice Group and practices from the firm's New Orleans office. His practice focuses on transactional matters, where he represents clients in complex land use and zoning matters, public finance, and economic development projects.

Mr. Cortizas served as City Attorney for the City of New Orleans for three years, where he 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 decrees. He served as Executive Counsel to Mayor Mitch Landrieu from 2010 to 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Cortizas practiced law with Jones Walker for six years.

Before practicing law, Mr. Cortizas was the Regional Director for U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu. He acted as the liaison between the Senator and state and local officials, and was the Senator's local community representative. 



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


  • Spanish