John P. Wolff, III

Top rated civil litigation attorney in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Keogh Cox
John P. Wolff, III
Keogh Cox

Practice Areas: Civil litigation, Appellate, Business litigation; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1984

Education: Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

Keogh Cox

701 Main St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Visit website


Attorney John P. Wolff, III, is a senior partner at Keogh Cox in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. For over 35 years, Mr. Wolff has handled complex matters involving business, civil and environmental litigation, professional liability, mass torts and class action lawsuits. He has substantial litigation experience at the trial and appellate levels, serving clients throughout Louisiana.

Over his years in practice, Mr. Wolff has been involved in many significant cases, representing clients in a wide variety of industries. He provides strong and dedicated representation and is highly knowledgeable with all stages of the litigation process. He holds an AV Preeminent* peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell and is the recipient of various awards for his accomplishments.

Active in the Louisiana State Bar Association, Mr. Wolff participates in the Environmental Law Section, the Bench and Bar Section ad hoc judiciary committee and the Transition into Practice Mentoring Program. He is also a member of the East Baton Rouge Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.

Serving his local community, Mr. Wolff sits on the board of the Baton Rouge Epicurean Society. Additionally, he was the human resources chairman of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge and a former board member of the organization.

Mr. Wolff graduated cum laude from the University of Southwestern Louisiana, now known as the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He received his law degree from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is licensed to practice law before the Louisiana and Texas state courts, several federal district courts, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Civil litigation: defense, Appellate, Business litigation, Class action/mass torts: plaintiff, Environmental litigation, Professional liability: defense

Focus areas

Appeals, Trade secret, Non-compete agreements, Class actions, Asbestos, Toxic torts, Legal malpractice, Professional malpractice - other

First Admitted: 1984, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

  • Obtained U.S. appellate court ruling, upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court that found FERC preemption of state law claims for the hydropower industry. Simmons v. Sabine River Authority of Louisiana, 2012 WL 1458088 (W.D. La. 2012), 732 F.3d 469 (5th Cir.2013) cert. denied, 134 S.Ct. 1876, 188 L.Ed.2d 912 (U.S.2014); Secured a permanent injunction, upheld by the Louisiana Supreme Court, prohibiting CRNAs from expanding their scope of practice to include interventional pain procedures; Toni Spillman, et al. v. Dominos Pizza, LLC, et al., Case No. 10-349 (M.D. La.) - Co-Lead Counsel - putative class action for unsolicited advertisements under the TCPA; Hetherington v. Omaha Steaks--Co-Lead Counsel-putative class action for unsolicited advertisements under the TCPA (2016); Jury Verdict (defense) Guillory v. Outback Steakhouse 19th JDC (2014); Baine v. Walgreen Company, Case No. 10-4364 (E.D. La.) - class action - defended pharmacy against nationwide class action by customers for improper substitution of medical food products; Williams v. Hard Rock Constr. Co., et al., Case No. 04-17250, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans - class action and mass tort - successfully defended constructions companies and their insurer for damages alleged by residents for exposure to natural gas; Lucia, et al. v. Lard Oil Company, Case No. 102-131, 34th Judicial District Court, Parish of St. Bernard – class action and mass tort – defended oil company for personal injury and exposure damages from benzene fumes claimed by residents hear train/truck collision; Russell v Amneal Pharmaceuticals ED La Civ no 11-1275 (2012) secured dismissal of all design claim for generic drug manufacturer
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Former Board Member, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Human Resource Chairman, Boys & Girls Club of Greater Baton Rouge
  • Board of Directors/Executive Board--Baton Rouge Epicurian Society., 2006
  • Top Lawyers in Louisiana, American Lawyer Media – 2013
  • Peace Maker Award, Brown & Brown , 2007
  • AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2011
  • Judicial Edition, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell – “Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Reflecting the Confidential Opinions of Members of the Bar and Judiciary” - 2015; Top Lawyers in Louisiana, American Lawyer Media – 2013, AV Preeminent Attorney, Martindale, 2107
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Guest Speaker
  • The Duty to Defend Continues to Evolve in Louisiana
  • The Louisiana Supreme Court rules that amount billed by healthcare providers beyond what has been paid by a Workers Compensation insurer is NOT a collateral source that is recoverable against tort defendants
  • An Insurer’s Duty: To Defend or Not To Defend
  • La. Supreme Court Rules 10-year Contract Prescription Applies to 1st Party Claims Against Insurer
  • Louisiana Appeal Courts Prohibit Direct Negligence Claims Against Employer; US District Court Uses Rule to Limit Discovery
  • Dean Henry George McMahon Inn of Court Panel Presentation: “Professionalism in Discovery – Responding to Discovery Abuse”
  • Dean Henry George McMahon Inn of Court Panel Presentation: “What is ‘over the line’ and what is not in discovery and settlement negotiations”
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Environmental Section, Member Bench and Bar Section's, Ad Hoc Judiciary Committee Transition into Practice Program (1st to complete program with Mentee)
  • Member, All State And Federal Courts In Louisiana
  • Member, U. S. District Court, Fifth Circuit, Bar Association
  • Member, Defense Research Institute
  • Member, East Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, East Baton Rouge Parish
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1984
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2013
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2014
  • Texas, 1995
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • McMahon Inns of Court Member (Master)
Representative Clients:
  • Mulitple lines of a number of Inrsuance Companies: Chubb Group of Insurance Companies; CNA Insurance; Companies; Nautilus Insurance Co. Nationwide/Scottsdale; Gray Insurance Co./ Albertsons; Bloomin Brands; and Circle K Stores, Inc.
Industry Groups:
  • Architects
  • Attorneys
  • Construction
  • Engineers
  • Insurance
  • Life Science
  • Oil And Gas

Office location for John P. Wolff, III

701 Main St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: 225-383-3796


2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022 - 2023

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