David V. Batt (Retired)


David Batt was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from Tulane University (B.A., cum laude, 1974; J.D., 1977). He is a former criminal prosecutor and practices in the areas of commercial litigation, insurance defense, trial practice, products liability and RICO litigation. He is a frequent lecturer on insurance law, commercial law and fraud investigation.

Mr. Batt is an experienced litigator concentrating his practice on the representation of insurers and diverse, commercial, business entities. His insurance practice is varied and extensive and is concentrated on the representation of insurers in insurance coverage matters, bad faith litigation, environmental claims and insurance fraud claims. He has represented national insurers and their insureds (individual and commercial) in claims related to insurance coverage, first party property damage and personal injury, third party property damage and personal injury. His casualty practice emphasizes serious and catastrophic injury cases He has extensive experience handling commercial disputes and complex RICO litigation. His commercial practice includes the defense of discrimination claims, in federal jury trials, under a broad-spectrum of statutes, including the ADEA, ADA, AND TITLE VII. His commercial litigation experience includes representation in matters concerning contracts, trusts, commercial and residential real estate.

Mr. Batt has received the highest Martindale-Hubbell ratings from his peers.

Mr. Batt has authored articles for various legal publications, including the magazine For the Defense. He has functioned as guest speaker at multiple seminars, including National Business Institute seminars and training conferences. He practices extensively in both Federal and State Courts in Louisiana.

In March 2006, Mr. Batt accepted a position with the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA). ABOTA is an invitation-only organization. Prospective members must have at least five years of active experience as trial lawyers, have tried at least 10 civil jury trials to conclusion and possess additional litigation experience.

Mr. Batt is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association, the New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance Counsel, the International Association of Defense Counsel and the Defense Research Institute.

In his leisure time, Mr. Batt enjoys saltwater fishing with his friends and sons.



  • Commercial Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Trial Practice
  • Products Liability
  • RICO Litigation