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Michael E. Botnick

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 4000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170-4000

504.679.9814 (direct line)
504.582.1121 (fax)

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Tulane University, J.D., 1975
University of New Orleans, 1972, Law School Admission
Bar Admissions
Louisiana (1975)
U.S. Supreme Court (2007)
Practice Areas

Michael Botnick is a member with more than 40 years of experience in commercial litigation and construction matters.  He is a certified mediator and is admitted to the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators for his extensive experience in handling commercial transactions and construction matters. He is also a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation only organization.  His practice encompasses transactions, real estate, contracts, and corporate law, as well as trusts and estates. In the last 28 years, Michael has dedicated a hefty portion of his time practicing construction law and handling litigation cases involving disputes, an area in which he has been recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business. Chambers USA states that Michael is noted for his construction litigation strengths on behalf of clients in the public and private sectors. Peers praise his pragmatic approach to disputes and his focus on reaching the best solution for clients, whether by a negotiated settlement or litigation. The publication further states that he is "very good at breaking it down, anticipating issues before they happen and coming up with practical solutions that avoid wasting time and money." Michael is listed in the A.M. Best's Directory of Insurance Professionals.

From 1994-2003, Michael served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. In that capacity, he was responsible for the negotiation, drafting and preparation of all public bid, professional, and personal service contracts for the City. He also assisted all City departments in the drafting of contracts and served in an advisory capacity to these departments. During this time, he also chaired the committee responsible for reviewing all contracts, leases, capital projects, professional and personal service contracts for compliance with policy and legal requirements before submission for the Mayor's consideration and signature. From 1993-1994, Michael served as Director of Economic Development for the City of New Orleans and as the City's Lead Counsel for the 1988 Republican National Convention, the Pope John Paul II visit, the Harrah's Casino project, and in various complex and high-profile state and federal litigation. 

Representative Reported Cases:

  • Gootee Construction, Inc. v. Atkins, 2015-0376 (La. App. 4 Cir. 12/21/16), 207 So.3d 485, writ denied, 2017-0138 (La. 3/31/17).
  • J. Caldarera & Company, Inc. v. St. James Parish Hospital Service District, No. 09-CA-166 (11/24/09) 
  • Haspel & Davis Milling v. Board of Levee Commissioners, 493 F.3d 570 (5th Cir. 2007)
  • Civil Service Commission of The City of New Orleans v. The City of New Orleans, No. 02-C-1912 c/w 02-C-1815 (La. 9/9/03)
  • Times Picayune Publishing Corporation v. The City of New Orleans, 760 So.2d 375 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2/23/00)
  • Louisiana Landmark Society, Inc. v. The City of New Orleans, 85 F.3d 1119 (5th Cir. 1996)
  • Missouri Pacific Railroad Company v. City of New Orleans, 46 F.3d 487 (5th Cir. 1995)
Published Works & Presentations:
  • Co-Presenter of International Arbitration- What matters? (2018 Primerus International Convocation, May 2018)
  • Co-Presenter of Legislative Update:  How Boudin is Made in Baton Rouge (Gordon Arata Annual Duck Lunch & Seminar, October 2015)
Professional Affiliations:
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Academy of Trial Attorneys
Community Involvement:
  • Anti-Defamation League - Honorary Life Member of the National Commission, Past Chair and Honorary Board Member of the Southcentral Region
  • Jewish Children Regional Service Endowment - Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Honorary Board Member
  • Diversity Law Institute's "Diversity Award" (2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Construction Law (2017)
  • Chamber USA - Construction Law (Since 2010)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Construction Litigation (Since 2013)
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyers" - Construction Law (2013, 2014 and 2018)  
  • Martindale-Hubbell - AV Preeminent Rating
  • Listed in the A.M. Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys


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