Charles M. Pisano





Charles ("Chuck") Pisano has an extensive litigation practice in the firm's New Orleans office. For more than twenty years he has prosecuted and defended mass tort and class action matters. Examples include serving as lead defense counsel on the successful appeal to the Louisiana Supreme Court of a decision certifying a toxic tort class action in Alexander v. Norfolk Southern Corp., 82 So.3d 1234 (La. 2012). In Cole v. General Motors, No. 01-0123, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Chuck was approved as class counsel for plaintiffs in a nationwide class action and argued class certification issues before the United State Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit. Chuck has been recognized for his work in the The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of "Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants." Representative cases include:

  • Cadillac Deville side airbag litigation
  • May 7, 2000 ethyl acrylate tank car release in New Orleans
  • September 18, 2001 ethyl acrylate tank car release in New Orleans
  • December 6, 2004 Di-n-Propylamine release in Gretna
  • Friloux v. Campbell Wells ("Grand Bois" litigation)
  • In re Chemical Release at Bogalusa
  • In re Bayou Sorrel
  • Asbestos exposure litigation
  • Benzene exposure litigation

Areas of Practice

  • Class Action
  • Construction
  • Corporate Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Tort

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1988
  • Colorado, 1994
  • 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


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1988
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
    • Honors: Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S. - 1984
    • Major: Finance

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State University Law Center Alumni Board of Trustees
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association