Patrick D. DeRouen

Patrick D. DeRouen

Managing Partner
New Orleans, Louisiana

Patrick DeRouen founded DeRouen Law Firm in 2009 after amassing decades of invaluable experience in law and business.  Mr. DeRouen earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School in 1990 and his MBA from Loyola University in 1990.  His practice covers a broad spectrum of complex dispute resolution through negotiations, mediation, arbitration and trial in state and federal courts. 

Mr. DeRouen concentrates his practice in insurance defense, insurance coverage, bad faith litigation, trucking/transportation law, SIU (insurance fraud) construction law and governmental relations.   

Among other honors, Mr. DeRouen has been recognized with an AV Preeminent rating under Martindale-Hubbell's peer review system.  He has been selected as one of New Orleans' Top Attorney's in New Orleans Magazine and has been selected for inclusion in Louisiana Super Lawyers in 2008 and 2013.  Mr. DeRouen is also an in demand speaker and presenter on evolving aspects of insurance litigation and trucking/transportation law.


Areas of Practice

  • Insurance Defense/Insurance Coverage/ SIU (Insurance Fraud)/Bad Faith
  • Trucking/Transportation Law
  • Construction Law/Commercial Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2004


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. cum laude - 1990
    • Honors: Moot Court Honor Board
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • M.B.A. - 1990
    • Honors: With Honors
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.B.A. - 1985


  • “Cell Phones, GPS, and Other Telltale Methods of Uncovering Fraud in Trucking Cases- How the Use of Technology Can Uncover Fraud and Win the Battle of Credibility at Trial”, Defense Research Institute Annual Meeting, October 26th 2012
  • “Dealing with Disasters – Emergency Management For Your Company and Law Firm - Considerations for Medium and Small Law Firms and Businesses", Transportation MegaConference IX, CLE Conference, March 5-6th 2009
  • “Water Under and Over the Bridge: Litigating Property Cases in the Wake of Hurricane Katrina”, Southeastern Claims Executive Association Annual Meeting, April 24th 2006, Hutchinson Island, Florida
  • “Is it Covered? Recent Developments in Automobile Insurance Coverage”, Insurance Law: Ethical Handling of Automobile Lawsuits Louisiana State Bar Associations sponsored CLE conference, November 5th 2004
  • “Better Understanding Your Client and The Trucking Industry”, Transportation Megaconference VI CLE Conference, April 17-18th 2003
  • “Automobile Insurance Coverage Issues”, Destination Disney/LSBA Multi-Topic CLE Seminar CLE Conference, March 3-5th 2003
  • “21st Century Challenges Which Face the Trucking Industry and its Lawyers”, Transportation Megaconference V CLE Conference, March 15th 2001
  • “Automobile Insurance” The Who’s, What’s, Where’s and When’s of Coverage”, Insurance Law: Those Continuing and Never Ending Changes CLE Conference, October 2, 1998
  • Annual Presentations to various clients on multiple topics including Insurance Coverage, Extra-Contractual issues, SIU issues, Katrina and Catastrophe Litigation, Business Interruption Claims, and Recent Developments in Louisiana Law.

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Trucking Industry Defense Association
  • American Bar Association - TIPS - Commercial Transportation Committee
  • DRI Transportation/Trucking sub-committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys, 2004 - 2008

Pro Bono Activities

  • Non-Flood Protection Asset Management Authority (Non Flood Portion of former Orleans Levee District), 2011 - Present
  • Ducks Unlimited - Area Chairman/Jefferson Parish, Louisiana, 1998 - 2007
  • Committee for a Better New Orleans, Member of Sub-Committee, City Government & Finance, 2000 - 2004
  • St. Pius X Men's Club, 1998 - Present
  • Lakeshore Property Owners Association, 2000 - 2004
  • Acorn Adoption Agency Board of Directors, 1995 - 2000
  • Loyola University College of Business Administration Executive Advisory Board, 1986 - 1993
  • Loyola University Alumni Board of Directors Young Alumni Representative, 1989 - 1991

Ancillary Businesses

  • Lobbying and Governmental Relations