Lance Ostendorf

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Ostendorf, Tate, Barnett LLP
 | 650 Poydras Street, Suite 1460
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-343-8989
Fax: 504-208-3447
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2015
Licensed Since: 1980
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (40%),
  • Personal Injury - General: Defense (20%),
  • Entertainment & Sports (20%),
  • Intellectual Property (10%),
  • Family Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Lance S. Ostendorf is a founder of Ostendorf, Tate, Barnett LLP in New Orleans, Louisiana. Mr. Ostendorf has a general litigation practice involving entertainment law, family law, intellectual property, personal injury and sports law. He serves clients throughout the New Orleans region.

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. In addition to running his practice, he has authored 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 .

Mr. Ostendorf is active in his legal community and belongs to 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 with the Association of Average Adjusters of the United States and Canada.

He graduated the top in his class ,summa cum laude,  from Loyola University  with a degree in finance and accounting, 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

General Litigation (40%)

Personal Injury - General (20%): Personal Injury - Defense

Entertainment & Sports (20%)

Intellectual Property (10%): Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law

Family Law (10%)

Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Defense, Patents, Trademarks, Intellectual Property Law


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Super Lawyers: 2011 - 2015

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About Lance Ostendorf

Admitted: 1980, Louisiana


  • 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

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

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

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, Offshore Oil Companies And Other Premise Owners And Their Insurers, Restaurants, Retailers, 2018
  • Member, Loyola Law Review, 1978 - 1980


  • Summers vs. Ritz-Carlton New Orleans and Marriott, No. 14-CA-800, La. 5th Cir., 2015

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

Industry Groups

  • Animal Law
  • Arbitration
  • Auto Trucking
  • Automobile
  • CGL
  • Civil Rights
  • Construction
  • CONTRACTS Hotel Casino Motel
  • Copyright
  • Coverage
  • Elder Law
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance
  • IP
  • Litigation
  • Logistics Marine Offshore Admiralty General Liability Workers Comp Lonshire and DBA INDEMNITY
  • Mediation
  • Merchant
  • Premises Retail
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Trucking
  • Workers Compensation
Office Location for Lance Ostendorf

650 Poydras Street
Suite 1460
New Orleans, LA 70130

Phone: 504-343-8989

Fax: 504-208-3447

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Last Updated: 4/11/2019

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