Areas of Practice
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1981, with honors; Comment Editor, Mississippi Law Journal, 1980–1981; Phi Delta Phi; Phi Kappa Phi
  • University of Tennessee (Knoxville), B.A. in History, 1978, with honors
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana,1981
  • Mississippi,1981
Court Admissions
  • E.D. La., 1981
  • M.D. La., 1981
  • W.D. La., 1982
Elizabeth Futrell
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8260 tel
504.589.8260 fax

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Lisa Futrell has practiced law for more than 30 years and is a former member of the firm's board of directors. Since 1999, she has been a fellow in the American College of Bankruptcy. She served as past Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Advisory Commission for Bankruptcy Specialization. Ms. Futrell is the co-chair of the firm's Committee on Practice Standards. She has qualified to testify as an expert witness in federal court in the fields of bankruptcy and creditors' and debtors' rights. 

A frequent public speaker, some of Ms. Futrell’s speaking engagements include:

  • "Business Bankruptcy Legal Update," Panelist, American Bankruptcy Institute Annual Spring Meeting (2018)
  • "Individual Chapter 11 Cases: Pitfalls and Advantages," American Bankruptcy Institute New Orleans Consumer Bankruptcy Conference (2015)
  • "Why Ethical Lawyers are Good Lawyers," New Orleans Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism CLE Series (2014)
  • "Can you Really Confirm This Plan? An Analysis of Various Plan Provisions From Real Chapter 11 Cases," Panelist, Louisiana State Bar Association, Section of Bankruptcy Law (2012)
  • "From Proofs to Payment: (Almost) Everything You Want to Know About Claims," American Bar Association Section of Business Law 2010 Fall Meeting Joint Program of National Conference Of Bankruptcy Judges and the Business Bankruptcy Committee (October 2010)
  • "Individual Chapter 11 Issues: This Stuff is Pretty Hard," Panelist, 16th Annual LSU Bankruptcy Seminar (2010)
  • "Problems and Challenges When Your Client Has Distressed Collateral," Louisiana Bankers Bank Counsel Conference (2009)
  • "Increased Conversions: How to Get Paid for Post-Petition/Pre-Conversion Periods," 6th Annual Utility Bankruptcy Conference (2009)
  • "So What Makes an Ethical Lawyer a Professional One?" Louisiana State Bar Association, Section of Bankruptcy Law (2009)
  • "Distressed Real Estate Issues Under the Bankruptcy Code." Louisiana Bankers 2007 Bank Counsel Conference (2007)
  • "How That Pesky Consumer Protection Act Has Affected Business Bankruptcies: BAPCPA and Significant Recent Rulings." Louisiana State Bar Association, Section of Bankruptcy Law (2007)
  • "Chapter 11 Amendments, An Introduction to the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention & Consumer Protection Act." Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University (2005)
  • "Prepetition Waivers, Preferences, and Other Tradeoffs." Section on Bankruptcy and Consumer Law, Alabama State Bar (2003)
  • "Judgment Enforcement in Louisiana." Lorman Education Services (2001)


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 (Copyright 2018 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation - Bankruptcy (listed annually since 1995)
  • Named the Best Lawyers'® 2015 New Orleans Bankruptcy and Creditor/Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law "Lawyer of the Year"
  • Recognized in "Chambers USA – America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in the area of Bankruptcy/Restructuring (listed annually since 2007)
  • Listed in the 2018 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Bankruptcy: Business (listed annually since 2007)
  • Listed as one of the Top 25 female attorneys statewide by Louisiana Super Lawyers (listed annually since 2007)
  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as a 2013 Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine
  • 2012 Louisiana Woman of the Year, Louisiana Diversity Council
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness' 2008 Women of the Year







  • American Bankruptcy Institute
  • American College of Bankruptcy (Fellow, 1999 to date)
  • Litigation Counsel of America (Fellow)
  • Louisiana Diversity Council (Board of Directors)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Mississippi Bar