Lance Ostendorf

Top rated General Litigation attorney in New Orleans, Louisiana

Ostendorf Tate Barnett, LLP
Lance Ostendorf
Ostendorf Tate Barnett, LLP

Practice Areas: General Litigation, Personal Injury, Transportation & Maritime; view more

Licensed in Louisiana since: 1980

Education: Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2015, 2020 - 2024
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Ostendorf Tate Barnett, LLP

650 Poydras Street
Suite 1460
New Orleans, LA 70130 Visit website


Mr.  Lance S. Ostendorf is a founder of Ostendorf, Tate, Barnett LLP . Mr. Ostendorf has a general litigation and civil law practice including personal injury law , transportation law , Hotel and Motel Liability law , Retail and Merchant law , entertainment law, intellectual property, and general civil litigation .

Mr. Ostendorf has more than 35 years of experience. Over the course of his career, he has successfully represented a diverse range of clients including individuals and businesses. Additionally  he has authored law review articles appearing in various law reviews and publications.

In recognition of his contributions to the legal profession, Mr. Ostendorf has received various honors and awards and developed a reputation as a respected attorney. The peer review organization of Martindale-Hubbell awarded him an AV Preeminent* Lawyer rating consistently over the years and Martindale Hubbell has awarded him the life time achievement award this year and has listed him as a Who's Who in American Law and Who's Who In America . 

Mr. Ostendorf is active in his legal community and has contributed  to several organizations including the New Orleans Bar Association, the Jefferson Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He engages in pro bono work for several people . 

He graduated the top in his class ,summa cum laude,  from Loyola University  his undergraduate degree , Mr. Ostendorf earned his law degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law and attended Tulane Law School. He received his license to practice law in 1980 and is qualified to appear before the  U.S Supreme Court  all Louisiana state courts,and  the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

*AV Rating with Martindale Hubbell®, AV Martindale Preeminent Lawyer ®, 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

General Litigation, Personal Injury - General: Defense, Transportation/Maritime, Elder Law, Entertainment & Sports, Insurance Coverage

Focus areas

Insurance Defense, Litigation, Personal Injury - Defense, Transportation Law, Trucking Accidents

  • 30% General Litigation
  • 20% Personal Injury - General: Defense
  • 20% Transportation/Maritime
  • 10% Elder Law
  • 10% Entertainment & Sports
  • 10% Insurance Coverage

First Admitted: 1980, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:

Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Assisting the elderly in Elder Abuse Cases
  • Assist the homeless on the West Coast to re-establish themselves in getting back in the work force.
  • Assisted in establishing a 501c3 company to create no kill facilities. He offers his time to help pet rescue organizations save companion animals from being placed in kill shelters., 2015
  • American Institute of Average Adjusters
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Member, Venice Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Pacific Council on International Policy, 2016
  • Member, International Association of Defense Counsel
  • River Bank Board of Directors, 2017
  • Member, Defense Research Institute, 1982
  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association, 1980
  • Member, American Bar Association, 1980
  • Member, Association in Transportation Law, Logistics and Policy
  • United States Supreme Court, 1980
  • Member, International Bar Association, 1983
  • Member, Maritime Law Association of the United States, 1983
  • Member, Federal Bar Association, 1983
  • Member, American Institute of Average Adjusters
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, 1980
  • Member, Jefferson Bar Association
Representative Clients:
  • Campo vs. Electo-Coal Transfer Co., 955 F.2d 10 (5th Cir.), 1990
  • Pizzitolo vs. National Union Fire Ins. Co., 812 F.2d 977 (5th Cir. 987)
  • Ponthier vs. INA, 522 So.2d 188 (La. App. 5th Cir.), 1988
  • Rivere vs. Offshore Painting Contractors, 872 F.2d 1187 (5th Cir.), 1989
  • Rice vs. Flour Constructors, Inc., 577 So.2d 1054 (La App. 4th Cir.), 1991
  • Quave vs. Progress Marine, 918 F.2d 33 (5th Cir.), 1990
  • Villanveua vs. CNA Ins. Co., 868 F.2d 684 (5th Cir.), 1989
  • Dehart vs. Betty Breaux Personnel, 535 So.2d 456 (La. App. 4th Cir.), 1989
Educational Background:
  • Loyola University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, B.B.A. with an emphasis in Finance and Accounting, summa cum laude, 1976
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Summers vs. Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and Marriott, No. 14-CA-800, La. 5th Cir., 2015
  • AV Preeminent Lawyer. Highest Possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. AV Preeminent Rating is the pinnacle of professional excellence earned through a strenuous Peer Review Rating process that is managed and monitored by the world's most trusted legal resource., AV Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
  • Highest Possible Rating in Both Legal Ability & Ethical Standards, Reflecting the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and Judiciary, AV Preeminent : Judicial Edition, Martindale-Hubbell, 2016
  • AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Voted into Who's Who in the World
  • AM Best Approved
  • Voted into Who's Who in America
  • Voted into Who's Who in Finance and Industry
  • Voted into Marquis Who's Who in American Law
  • Loyola Law Review, Index; Editor; Member; Appointed, Loyola Law School, 1978
  • Blue Key Honor Society, Member, Loyola Law School, 1976
  • Phi Alpha Delta
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • This seminar was presented to Marriott Claims Services, Inc. regarding slip and fall liability, liability for crimes of violence on business premises, damage control and post accident investigation, surveillance and evidentiary., Speaker/ Moderator, Premises Liability, Hotels, Motels, Retailers, Restaurants, Offshore Oil Companies And Other Premise Owners And Their Insurers, 2018
  • Member, Loyola Law Review, 1978 - 1980
Industry Groups:
  • Automobile
  • Casinos
  • Construction
  • General Liability
  • Hotels
  • Insurance
  • Motels
  • Premises Retail
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Workers Comp

Office location for Lance Ostendorf

650 Poydras Street
Suite 1460
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-343-8989


10 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2015, 2020 - 2024

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