meet Tad

Tad Bartlett

Tad Bartlett practices in the fields of complex commercial litigation, land damage and property rights litigation, and appellate advocacy.

Since joining Jones Swanson in 2009, Tad has handled complex partnership disputes, Federal RICO and state racketeering claims, unfair trade practices claims and preferential rights disputes. He also directs Jones Swanson’s appellate-related matters for both the commercial and environmental litigation groups, and worked on behalf of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East to hold oil and gas companies accountable for their role in coastal land loss.

Tad began his practice as a judicial clerk for the Hon. James L. Dennis of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He then practiced in the environmental law group at the law firm of Liskow & Lewis, in the surety litigation firm of Krebs, Farley & Pelleteri, and as a solo appellate practitioner, before joining Jones Swanson.

In 2007, Tad received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association for his distinguished pro bono work helping families return to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.


  • University of New Orleans, 2015, M.F.A., summa cum laude
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA, 2000, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • Spring Hill College, Mobile, AL, 1994, B.A., magna cum laude


  • Louisiana, State Courts of Louisiana
  • 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


  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Co-Chair, Appellate Practice Committee, New Orleans Bar Association
  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Tulane Law School (teaching a course in law and coastal wetlands loss) 


  • Named in Best Lawyers® peer-review publication for Environmental Law, 2020
  • Named a “Louisiana Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, 2020
  • Named the Best Lawyers® 2019 Environmental Law “Lawyer of the Year” in New Orleans
  • Named in Best Lawyers® peer-review publication for Environmental Law, 2018
  • Named a New Orleans CityBusiness "Leader in the Law," 2017
  • Named a “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, Louisiana State Bar Association, 2007
  • Distinguished Service Award, Pro Bono Project, 2006, 2007
  • Appointed research assistant to Hon. Ruth Bader Ginsburg, U.S. Supreme Court, and Hon. James L. Dennis, U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, Tulane Law School Abroad Program, 1998


  • “Judge Clark Concludes Act 544 is Unconstitutional,” Louisiana Bar Journal, February/March 2015
  • “Ethics and Professionalism: Social Media Traps for Lawyers,” 2014 Ethics & Professionalism CLE, New Orleans Bar Association, January 30, 2014
  • “Information Overload, Learning to Lawyer,” Loyola Law School CLE Programs, New Orleans, LA, November 5, 2008
  • “Recent Developments: Court to Decide Crucial Coastal Restoration Issues,” Louisiana Bar Journal, August 2004
  • “Determining Whether a Title VII Plaintiff Class’ ‘Aim is True’: The Legacy of Allison v. Citgo Petroleum Corp. for Employment Discrimination Class Certification Under FRCP 23(b)(2),” 74 Tulane Law Review 2163, 2000
  • “Is NEPA Substantive Review Extinct, or Merely Hibernating? Resurrecting NEPA Section 102(1),” 13 Tulane Environmental Law Journal 411, 2000
  • “‘The Swamp’s a Hell of a Place to Die, Ain’t It?’: How Objective Reasonableness Has Stagnated the Flow of Fourth Amendment Deadly Force Law at Its Juncture with the Qualified Immunity Defense,” 74 Tulane Law Review 301, 1999


In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”
Active Solutions et al. v. Dell, Inc., et al.
BCR Safeguard Holding, LLC, et al. v. Morgan Stanley Real Estate Advisor, Inc., et al.
Conwill v. Greenberg Traurig, LLP, et al.
Peaker Energy Group, LLC, et al. v. Cargill Inc., et al. 


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