Wayne J. Fontana

Wayne J. Fontana

Location:
New Orleans, Louisiana
Phone:
504-566-1801
504-680-0156
Fax:
504-565-5626
Email:

Wayne Fontana has served as legal consultant to Governors Treen, Roemer, Foster and Jindal. He currently serves as the Managing Shareholder in the New Orleans office of ROEDEL PARSONS KOCH BLACHE BALHOFF & McCOLLISTER law firm. For three decades, he has drafted numerous legislative bills, testified before the Louisiana legislature on behalf of business interests and the aforementioned governor, and he has lobbied and helped pass all major business initiated tore reform and workers’ compensation reforms since 1983. Through multiple gubernatorial appointments, he has served on the Advisory Council for the Office of Workers’ Compensation for multiple terms.

Mr. Fontana is general counsel for LASIE (Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers) and teaches its nationally recognized CWCP (Certified Workers’ Compensation Professional) Program. He is a founder and member of the board of directors of Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse. Mr. Fontana has served the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce as its vice chairman, as chairman of its legislative committee and public policy committee and as a member of its board of directors, executive cabinet and Council of Governments. He is a graduate of the Metropolitan Area Committee’s Leadership Forum, and he is a 2000 graduate of the inaugural class of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI), and since completion of the NORLI curriculum, has sat on the Institute’s Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and for more than 15 years, he has served on the Foundation Board of Directors for Delgado Community College.

For over 30 years, Mr. Fontana has been committed to and very involved with the state chamber, the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (LABI), serving on its board of directors and executive committee and chaired numerous committees, councils and task forces devoted to workers’ compensation and tort reform. On liability and workers’ compensation matters, Mr. Fontana serves as one of the chief spokespersons for the business community, appearing frequently in print media and on television, radio, the internet, and as a seminar speaker. Mr. Fontana practices primarily in the areas of workers’ compensation defense, personal injury defense, casualty and insurance defense and governmental affairs.

Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Casualty Defense
  • Louisiana Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Governmental Relations
  • General Counsel for Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers
  • Legal Advisor to Four Louisiana Governors on Tort and Workers' Compensation Reform
  • Recognized Legal Expert By Various Courts in the Field of Louisiana Workers' Compensation
  • LSU, Tulane and Loyola Law School Lecturer on Workers' Compensation and Tort Reform
  • Instructor, Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employers Certified Workers' Compensation Professional Program (CWCP)

Litigation Percentage

  • 85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1976
    • Law Review: Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana, Author, 1975 - 1976
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1973

Honors and Awards

  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce Chairman's Award for Exemplary Volunteer Performance
  • American Tort Reform Association's 1988 Achievement Award, Washington D.C
  • Louisiana Association of Self-Insured Employer's President's Leadership Award
  • Archdiocese of New Orleans Order of St. Louis

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Council
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Board of Directors
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Executive Committee
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Chair of Numerous LABI Committees, Councils and Task Forces
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chamber Vice Chairman
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Executive Cabinet
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Chairman of Legislative Committee and Public Policy Committee
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Council of Governments
  • New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce, Inter-Modal Transportation Committee
  • Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers, Advisory Board Member
  • Louisiana Association of Self Insured Employers, Chair of Legislative, Education and Other LASIE Committees
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Board of Directors
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Washington Fly-In Chair
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Metro Workshop Chair
  • Metropolitan Area Committee Leadership Forum Graduate
  • Delgado Community College Foundation, Board of Directors
  • Governmental Affairs Committee, Vice-Chairman
  • Chamber of Commerce, New Orleans and the River Region, Member
  • Office of Worker's Compensation Administration, Legal Advisor
  • Labor Relations Council, Board of Directors, Member, Past Chairman
  • Liability Task Force, Chairman, 1988 - 1990
  • Metropolitan Area Committee, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Society of Law and Medicine, Member
  • Louisiana Bar Association, Member
  • Citizens Against Law Suit Abuse, Founder, Member
  • Governor's Advisory Council for the Office of Workers' Compensation
  • Citizens Against Lawsuit Abuse, Founder and Board of Directors