Photo of Robert J. Burvant
Member
New Orleans
201 St. Charles Ave.
45th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170
F: 504.582.1233
Education
  • Tulane University, J.D., cum laude, 1984
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., English, 1981
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • Texas, 2001
  • All Federal District Courts in Louisiana
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
  • U.S. Supreme Court

“When the client is really informed,
there should be no surprises.”

Robert J. Burvant

Bob Burvant uses his wide array of experience as a commercial litigator for over 30 years to assist clients in achieving their objectives. His primary focus is construction, banking and corporate litigation. He also has significant experience in the areas of bankruptcy litigation, shareholder and director/officer disputes, maritime commercial litigation, commercial lease and property disputes, state tax litigation and oilfield legacy litigation.

In the construction area, Bob has represented owners, general contractors and subs on a number of multi-million dollar projects, including restaurants, public buildings, vessels and hotels. He has successfully defended clients in arbitrations and civil court proceedings on construction contract disputes and lien disputes. In the banking industry, Bob has represented local banks in a variety of matters, including lender liability suits. Bob has also successfully partnered with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation to investigate and bring suits relating to a number of failed financial institutions, with litigation matters in Louisiana, Kentucky, California, Maryland, and South Carolina. Bob’s bankruptcy practice focuses on creditor claims and defending against preference actions. 

Bob considers honest and open communication to be a cornerstone of his practice. "Clients know I'll give them a true assessment of their risks,” he says, “and not when it's too late to achieve their best result."

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Successfully represented multiple clients as defendants in construction arbitrations in the past 10 years, including a counterclaim award exceeding $450,000
  • Represented the Federal Deposit Insurance Agency in failed bank litigation resulting in favorable settlements of over $20 million
  • Successfully defended a client in a state sales tax dispute, obtaining $0 judgment from the court after trial
  • Obtained judgment of dismissal on writ for mandamus for wrongfully filed construction lien
  • Successfully defended a local bank in claims based on a stockbroker’s Ponzi scheme
  • Obtained funds of several million dollars as judgment creditor through seizure and settlement under a corporate veil theory of recovery

PUBLICATION

Overview of the Revisions to AIA Owner-Contractor Construction Documents

Honors & Recognition

News & Appearances

Professional & Community Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association, Bank Counsel Section