Charles L. Stern, Jr.

Top rated business litigation attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana

Steeg Law Firm, LLC
Charles L. Stern, Jr.
Steeg Law Firm, LLC

Practice Areas: Business litigation, Insurance coverage, Construction litigation

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1978

Education: Yale Law School

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Steeg Law Firm, LLC

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 3201
New Orleans, LA 70170 Phone: 504-582-1199 Email: Charles L. Stern, Jr. Visit website


Charles L. Stern, Jr., a partner at Steeg Law and the head of the litigation section, has nearly 40 years of experience handling commercial and business litigation for clients in a variety of industries, including title insurance, commercial real estate, and banking. Mr. Stern is known as an extremely skilled litigation attorney, who maintains the highest standards of professionalism, qualities that have attributed to him being widely recognized by his peers as one of the best in the industry. He was named Best Lawyers® New Orleans Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year” for 2021, 2018 and 2015. He has also been consistently included in Best Lawyers in America, Super LawyersNew Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers, and New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law.

In the combative world of litigation Mr. Stern has a reputation for coming up with practical solutions that accomplish what the client is trying to accomplish without spending money unnecessarily. As he says, “I am highly aware of my client’s needs and interests. I also learned a long time ago that litigation is a means to an end. So, from the beginning I am looking for ways to resolve the dispute on terms that make sense for my client.”

Mr. Stern has tried numerous cases to conclusion successfully during his career in federal, state, and bankruptcy court. As appellate counsel, he has argued before the United States Supreme Court, as well as the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and several Louisiana state appellate courts. His appearance before the Supreme Court was part of the successful defense of a large mixed-use development in New Orleans against a $5 million mortgage claim.

He is well known for his vast experience in title disputes and title insurance coverage. Mr. Stern’s other areas of practice include: construction and development disputes; bankruptcy and workouts (creditor representation) with a concentration on disputes affecting or involving commercial real estate; and litigation involving disputes among shareholders of closely-held corporations.

First Admitted: 1978, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

  • , Super Lawyers Business Litigation (2007-2021); feature article, Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers’ 2021 New Orleans Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers of America, 2021
  • Best Lawyers’ 2018 New Orleans Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers, 2018
  • Best Lawyers’ 2015 New Orleans Litigation – Real Estate “Lawyer of the Year”, Best Lawyers, 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America - Litigation - Real Estate; Litigation - Bankruptcy; Commercial Litigation; Bet-the-Company Litigation (2012-2022), Best Lawyers
  • Top Lawyers in Litigation, New Orleans Magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent
  • Leadership in Law (2011, 2020), New Orleans CityBusiness
Representative Clients:
  • First American Title Insurance Co., Fidelity National Title Insurance Co., AECOM, Inc., Prudential Insurance Co. of America, Greater Lakeside Corp., Fountainbleau Storage Associates, Filmore Parc Apartments, LLC
  • Rivet, et al. v. Regions Bank, et al., 522 U.S. 470, 118 S. Ct. 921, 139 L. Ed. 2d 912 (1998) Plaquemines Parish Government v. Schenck, 2015-0127 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/9/15), 182 So. 3d 1122, writ denied, 2016-0045 (La. 2/26/16), 187 So. 3d 1004; Sid-Mar's Restaurant & Lounge, Inc. v. State, 14-52 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/21/14), 142 So. 3d 188, writ denied, 2014-1292 (La. 9/26/14), 149 So. 3d 267 Mid-South Plumbing, LLC v. Dev. Consortium-Shelly Arms, LLC, 2012-1731 (La. App. 4 Cir. 10/23/13), 2013 WL 5757915 FMC Enterprises, L.L.C. v. Prytania-St. Mary Condominiums Ass’n, Inc., 2012-1634 (La. App. 4 Cir. 5/15/13), 117 So. 3d 217 Feil v. Greater Lakeside Corp., 11-92 (La. App. 5 Cir. 12/13/11), 81 So. 3d 178, writ denied, 2012-0122 (La. 3/23/12), 85 So. 3d 91 Feil v. Greater Lakeside Corp., 09-441 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1/26/10), 31 So. 3d 520, writ denied, 2010-0434 (LA/ 4/30/10), 34 So. 3d 298 First Am. Bank v. First Am. Transp. Title Ins. Co., 585 F. 3d 833 (5th Cir. 2009) Deutsche Bank Trust Co. Americas v. Dudek, 2009-0129 (La. App. 4 Cir. 8/12/09), 19 So. 3d 20, writ denied, 2009-1995 (La. 11/20/09), 25 So. 3d 799
  • Sid-Mar’s Restaurant & Lounge, Inc. v. State, 14-52 (La. App. 5 Cir. 5/21/14); 142 So. 3d 188, writ denied, 2014-1292 (La. 9/26/14), 149 So. 3d 267, 2014
  • Plaquemines Parish Government v. Schenck, 2015-0127 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/9/15); 182 So. 3d 1122, writ denied, 2016-0045 (La. 2/26/16), 187 So. 3d 1004 and 2016-0046 (La. 2/26/16), 187 So. 3d 1004, 2016
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, ABA Section of Torts and Insurance Practice, Title Insurance Litigation Committee
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association, Louisiana Chapter
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar, American Bar, Federal Bar and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • Member, ABA Section of Antitrust, Litigation, and Torts and Insurance Practice Sections
Educational Background:
  • Yale Law School, J.D., 1978
  • Harvard College, A.B. in Mathematics, magna cum laude, 1975
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • The Welcoming Project, Member, 2019
  • New Orleans Pro Bono Project
  • Lower Ninth Ward Homeowners Association, Board Member 
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Governor John Bel Edwards has signed three measures passed during the recently ended sessions of the Louisiana Legislature that shield businesses, individuals, and government bodies from civil liability for COVID-19 exposure. In combination, these new acts will make it extremely difficult for anyone to recover damages for exposure to COVID-19, even if that exposure results in death or serious injury., Louisiana Legislature Passes Three Laws As Shield Against COVID-19 Liability Arising From Business Operations, Steeg Law website, Convention, Hospitality, Restaurant, 2020
  • Title insurance is ubiquitous in the American real estate market. Lenders generally require mortgagee’s title insurance as a condition before closing on a loan secured by immovable property. Many owners, including most commercial real estate investors and developers, purchase owner’s title insurance to protect their investments. Title insurance in Louisiana, as in most states, is typically issued using forms drafted by the American Land Title Association (ALTA). While in our experience, most title policy holders have a reasonably good sense of the types of title matters that are covered under a standard ALTA policy, they often understand far less about the measure of compensable loss to which they are entitled in the event of a title defect that cannot be cured.  , The Measure of Compensable Loss Under a Standard Title Insurance Policy, 2017
  • Louisiana has strict requirements governing the form of certain types of legal documents, such as donations and wills. Failure to comply with those formalities, while they may seem meaningless to non-lawyers, in fact can lead to serious problems. A recent decision by the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal illustrates the point., Execution of Legal Documents in Louisiana—Formalities Matter, 2014
Industry Groups:
  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Title Insurance

Office location for Charles L. Stern, Jr.

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 3201
New Orleans, LA 70170


17 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

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