Since rejoining Gordon Arata in 2002, Marcel Garsaud’s practice has focused on commercial litigation and mediation and arbitration.
Marcel first came to the Firm in 1982 as a commercial litigator and successfully represented clients in state and local tax matters, commercial lease disputes, and fiduciary obligations issues. He practiced in this capacity until 1993 when he returned to Loyola University Law School as the interim Dean and full-time faculty teaching courses in Constitutional Law, First Amendment, Torts, and the Legal Profession. He had previously served as the Dean of the Law School from 1970-1982 upon earning his masters in law degree from Yale University Law School. While serving as Dean in 1978, Marcel was appointed as Judge Pro Tempore to the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Marcel graduated from Loyola in 1959 where he was a member of the Law Review and the National Moot Court team. Upon graduation, he practiced law in New York in the tax department Standard Oil Company (now Exxon Mobil) where he handled executive compensation matters on the international, national, and state level. He also handled legal issues surrounding the company's various employee benefit plans.
Marcel has a deeply rooted history in civic and community service. He serves on the Board of Directors for Ochsner Health Foundation, and was formerly a member and Chairman of the New Orleans City Civil Service Commission and President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is also a former member of the ABA House of Delegates and a Fellow of the American Bar Association. He has served a number of times as a member of the Board of Governors of the Louisiana Bar Association.
- Louisiana Bar Foundation Distinguished Professor Award
- Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Loyola University Law School