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James M. Garner

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C.
909 Poydras Street, Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: 504-299-2102
Fax: 504-299-2302
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023
Licensed in Louisiana Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Insurance Coverage, Constitutional Law, Appellate, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Defense, Class Action/Mass Torts: Plaintiff
Languages Spoken: English, French
Attorney Profile

Mr. Garner, a Member of the firm is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial, complex and class action litigation. He has been lead counsel in cases in New Mexico, California, West Virginia, Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas, involving litigation ranging from insurance coverage, asbestos exposure, benzene exposure, mass closings of big box retailers, noise pollution, commercial, banking, bankruptcy and financial litigation. He is admitted to practice before the federal courts in Arkansas and all courts in Texas and Louisiana. He serves as regional counsel for several companies.

Mr. Garner has extensive appellate argument experience by regularly arguing before the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans, the Louisiana Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. He was unanimously appointed by the Tulane Faculty to Adjunct Professor of Law in the Fall 2020 semester, and teaches Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Tulane University School of Law, along with Contemporary Issues in Legal Ethics in the Spring Semester.

While attending Tulane Law School, Mr. Garner served as a member of the Board of Editors for 1987-1988 and managing editor of the Tulane Law Review for 1988-1989. He is also a member of the Order of the Coif. As an undergraduate at Tulane, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta Sigma, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary societies.

Professional and civic activities include: American (member); Louisiana (member) and Federal (Director, Membership Chair, Recording Secretary, Treasurer, President Elect and Vice-President, President and National Council Delegate, member) Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute (member); Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (member); Louisiana Bankers Association (member); Holy Cross High School (Board Member); Our Lady of Holy Cross College (Development Board); Tulane University (Admissions Council and Externship Committee); Tulane Law Review Board of Advisory Editors; St. Catherine of Siena Cub Scout Pack 230 Den Leader.

About James M. Garner

First Admitted: 1989, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, 2006-2021; Lawdragon Legend, 2016; Lawdragon's 100 Managing Partners You Need to Know, 2014, Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyer in America, Lawdragon 500
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Honoree, 2004, 2016, Leadership in Law Honoree, New Orleans CityBusiness
  • New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2016, Top Lawyer, New Orleans Magazine
  • Chambers and Partners 2007 - 2020 USA Rankings in Litigation – Key Individuals: “Market commentators consider James Garner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC to be “phenomenally responsive” and a “strong advocate” for his clients. He has a solid trial practice with extensive experience defending clients at state and federal level.", Chambers and Partners Recognition, Chambers and Partners
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2007-2022, recognized in the New Orleans Top 50 (2013, 2015-2022), and Louisiana Top 50 (2007-2013, 2015-2022), Louisiana Super Lawyer, Super Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2006 with special designations, during 2021 or a prior year, in Appellate Practice, Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions, Medical Malpractice Law, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability Litigation, Professional Malpractice Law, 2006-2022, Best Lawyer, Best Lawyers

Representative Clients


  • Federal Bar Association of New Orleans, The Advocate, 2002

Educational Background

  • Tulane University, B. Che. Eng., Summa Cum Laude, Valedictorian, 1986

Pro bono/Community Service

  • President and National Council Delegate, Federal Bar Association of New Orleans, 2008
  • Forekids Foundation -- Charitable organization serving various children's charities in Louisiana and puts on the Zurich New Orleans Open to serve this purpose., 2011
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, Board of Trustees, 2007

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Moderator, Trying the Bad Faith Insurance Case, American Bar Association, 2009
  • Professor, The Warranties Within: A Comparative Look at the Warranties Implied in the Sale of Goods under U.S. Law with an Emphasis on European and International Influences Thereon, Tulane Law School Summer Abroad, 2008

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Chemical
  • Governmental
  • Hotel/Motel
  • Insurance
  • Oil And Gas
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Office Location for James M. Garner

909 Poydras Street
Suite 2800
New Orleans, LA 70112

Last Updated: 8/11/2022

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