Irving Oberman Award | Harvard Defenders, President| Board of Student Advisors, Legal Research and Writing Chairman|
Rick Stanley represents clients throughout Louisiana and the surrounding region in complex commercial litigation and in the representation of lawyers and law firms in connection with issues of ethics and professional liability.
Mr. Stanley handles cases in both state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. His clients include two of Louisiana’s largest electric utilities (Entergy and Cleco), as well as numerous out-of-state clients with litigation in Louisiana. He has been recognized as Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers in America in multiple categories, including Bet-The-Company Litigation (2019), Real Estate Litigation (2020), Legal Malpractice Law – Defense (2014, 2016, 2018) and Antitrust (2012, 2015). As an appellate lawyer, Mr. Stanley serves as Chair of the LSBA Appellate Section and as Chair of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization’s Appellate Practice Advisory Commission.
Mr. Stanley graduated from Louisiana State University summa cum laude and received the University Medal for academic achievement. He graduated cum laude from Harvard Law School, where he received the Oberman Award for legal writing. After graduation, he served as law clerk to the late Honorable Albert Tate, Jr. on the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Since 1985, Mr. Stanley has taught on a part-time basis on the adjunct faculty of Tulane Law School. As an adjunct Professor of Law, his courses have included Criminal Process and Practice, Trial Advocacy, Legal Ethics, and Professional Responsibility. He currently teaches an upper-class seminar on Professional Responsibility.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
Professor of Law, Adjunct Faculty, Tulane Law School (1985 – present)
Special Master, In Re: Pool Products Antitrust Litigation, MDL 2328 (E.D. La.)
Chairman, Magistrate Merit Selection Panel, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (2018)
Chairman, LSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2004 – present)
Chairman, LSBA Committee on Codes of Lawyer and Judicial Conduct (2002 – 2004)
Member, Louisiana Appellate Practice Advisory Commission (2017 – present)
Member, LSBA Ethics 2000 Committee
Member, Louisiana Supreme Court Class Action Committee
Member, Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules Regarding Financial Assistance to Clients
Member, Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Advertising Rules
Chairman, Board of Directors, Metairie Bank & Trust Co.
Session, Metairie Ridge Presbyterian Church
PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS
Age Restrictions in Housing; The Denial of the Family’s Right to Its Integrity, 19 HARV.C.R. – C.L. REV. 61 (1984).
Albert Tate, Jr.; Judge, Jurist and the Barber in Ville Platt, 47 LA. L. REV. 1011 (1987).
Antitrust Law: Fifth Circuit Symposium, 35 LOYOLA L. REV. 687 (1989).
Antitrust Law: Fifth Circuit Symposium, 36 LOYOLA L. REV. 665 (1990).
Constitutional Law: Fifth Circuit Symposium, 37 LOYOLA L. REV. 631 (1991).
Constitutional Law: Fifth Circuit Symposium, 42 LOYOLA L. REV. 491 (1996).
A Professional Model of Ethics, 47 LOYOLA L. REV. 773 (2001).
Representative Appellate Matters
Representative Trial Court Matters
Stanley, Reuter, Ross, Thornton & Alford, L.L.C. (1997 – present)
Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson (1984 – 1997)
Law Clerk, Honorable Albert Tate, Jr., U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1983-1984)
MDL 417 Marine Construction Antitrust Litigation (plaintiff)
MDL 863 Taxable Municipal Bond Securities Litigation (defense)
MDL 1098 Masonite Corp. Hardboard Siding Products Liability Litigation (defense)
MDL 1657 Vioxx Products Liability Litigation (defense)
MDL 2047 Chinese Manufactured Drywall Products Liability Litigation (defense)
MDL 2179 Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon” (counsel for the Economic Settlement Claims Administrator)
MDL 2328 Pool Products Antitrust Litigation (Special Master)
Tulane Law School, Professor of Law, Adjunct Faculty (1985 – present)
Seminar Speaker on Ethics and Professionalism topics for the:
Admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts and federal courts
Admitted to practice in the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court
Member, New Orleans Bar Association
Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
Member, American Bar Association
Best Lawyers in America 2021 for:
Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year Recognition (New Orleans) for:
Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers (2020 – 2021)
New Orleans Bar Association, Arceneaux Professionalism Award (2018)
LSBA President’s Award (2005, 2010)
LSBA Distinguished Service to the Profession Award (2009)
New Orleans Magazine’s 2020 Top Lawyers
Harvard Law School Irving Oberman Award (1983)
Board of Student Advisors; Chairman of Harvard’s Legal Research Training Program (1981-1982)
In the News
New Orleans Magazine’s 2022 Top LawyersCongratulations to Eva Dosser, Kathryn Munson, Tom Owen, Bryan Reuter, Rick Stanley, and Jennifer Thornton for being recognized as New Orleans Magazine's 2022 Top Lawyers! READ MORE
Firm Successfully Defends Constitutionality of Louisiana State Bar AssociationOn August 8, 2022, the Honorable Lance M. Africk of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana issued a ruling dismissing the… READ MORE
Rick Stanley Recognized by Who’s Who LegalRick Stanley has been recognized by Who's Who Legal in the WWL: Product Liability Defence 2021 Edition in the area of Product Liability. Rick is 1 of… READ MORE
11 Attorneys Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America 2022 Edition; 4 Attorneys Named “Lawyer of the Year”W. RALEY ALFORD, III Best Lawyers 2022 Administrative/Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" in New Orleans Administrative/Regulatory Law Commercial Litigation Consumer Law Energy Law Energy Regulatory… READ MORE
Rick Stanley and Kathryn Munson Co-Present Ethics CLEOn November 6, 2020, Rick Stanley and Kathryn Munson co-presented a continuing legal education course on “Challenging Ethics Issues Associated with Complex Litigation” with Chuck… READ MORE