Litigation Practice

“Fishman Haygood LLP possesses a strong litigation group noted for its versatile civil disputes practice. Its expertise includes defending clients in disputes relating to bankruptcy and breaches of fiduciary duty, among others. The firm has further expertise in bringing high value recovery actions against broker-dealers and investment advisers. The team also handle disputes connected to Ponzi schemes as well as representing government bodies seeking recovery of taxes. The firm is also noted for its significant First Amendment capabilities. It is expert in working with clients from the construction, media and real estate sectors, among others. It offers first class and extensive experience in the representation of plaintiffs.” —Chambers and Partners USA (2024)

Our lawyers handle all types of complex litigation at home, across the nation, and around the globe. We pride ourselves in taking the hard cases and representing our clients with integrity and unrivaled tenacity. The firm’s litigators approach cases by balancing creative solutions with managed risk, and they never back down from a challenge.

Clients and peers have consistently recognized our firm and its lawyers for their experience, professionalism, and innovation. In the 2024 edition of Best Law Firms®, Best Lawyers® recognized the firm with a “First-Tier Ranking” in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Right/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Bet-the-Company, Commercial Litigation, Environmental Law, Litigation – Bankruptcy, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – First Amendment, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation – Securities, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions – Defendants, and Securities Regulation. Chambers & Partners USA ranked the firm Band 1 in Louisiana for Bankruptcy/Restructuring, Litigation: General Commercial, Litigation: Mainly Plaintiffs, and Litigation: Securities, as well as Band 3 in Environment, for 2024.

Additionally, Chambers has recognized our partners as top practitioners in their fields, and many of our attorneys are listed annually in The Best Lawyers in America®, the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®, Louisiana Super Lawyers®, and Super Lawyers® Louisiana Rising Stars.

Our practice areas include:

Appellate Group

We handle appeals for both plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation across many subject matters. Learn more

Bankruptcy and Restructuring

The firm's Restructuring and Bankruptcy team provides innovative solutions to enhance value and minimize costs and risks for our clients. Learn more

Class Actions/Mass Actions/MDLs

We represent both plaintiffs and defendants in class action and/or mass action litigation. Learn more


Our practice includes all aspects of construction litigation. Learn more


We regularly represent clients and offer advice in employment and labor matters. Learn more


We represent landowners, corporations, and individuals in a wide array of environmental matters. Learn more

Fraudulent Transfer and Specialized Bankruptcy Litigation

We regularly represent clients and offer advice in fraudulent transfers and other specialized bankruptcy matters. Learn more

Governmental Securities Litigation

We often represent governmental and municipal entities in complex commercial litigation. Learn more

Insurance Coverage

We regularly represent policyholders in insurance coverage disputes against their insurers. Learn more

International Arbitration

The firm has built upon its decades of experience representing claimants in domestic commercial arbitration to expand our practice into international arbitration. Learn more

Lender Liability

Fishman Haygood represents borrowers and other financial counterparties in litigation against financial institutions. Learn more

Media/First Amendment

We maintain a vibrant First Amendment and media practice. Learn more

Ponzi/Banking Schemes

We regularly represent individuals who have unknowingly invested in what turns out to be Ponzi schemes. Learn more

Real Estate Litigation

We have handled a variety of matters relating to real estate development, investment, leasing, zoning, and land use. Learn more

Securities and Antitrust

We have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for investors and issuers in litigation and arbitrations across the nation. Learn more


We represent the State of Louisiana in corporate income and franchise tax matters. Learn more