Partner Ryan M. McCabe is a dedicated advocate for clients in a broad range of commercial and business litigation matters. “Strategic, creative, and practical” are three words his clients have used to describe his approach to the effective protection of their interests. Ryan’s practice includes matters involving real estate, title insurance, construction, corporate, contract, banking/finance, and professional liability issues. Regardless of whether his clients are individuals or Fortune 100 companies, Ryan tirelessly works to resolve their objectives.

Ryan has successfully tried numerous cases to conclusion, handling everything from preparing and arguing dispositive and discovery motions, taking and defending fact and expert witness depositions, and preparing pleadings and briefs at the federal and state trial and appellate levels, including the United States and Louisiana Supreme Courts. His significant experience in the courtroom has led to a position as an Associate Professor of Trial Advocacy at Tulane University Law School, where he teaches litigation and trial skills to second- and third-year law students.

Professional Activities

  • Member, Louisiana State Law Institute (2014-2016)
  • Elected member, Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) House of Delegates (2011–2017)
  • Elected member, Louisiana Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (2014-2016)
  • National Chair, Federal Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee (2013-Present; Member 2010-2013)
  • Chair, LSBA Young Lawyers Division Law-Related Education Committee (2015)
  • Vice-Chair, ABA Title Insurance Litigation General Committee (2017-Present)
  • Member, LSBA Louisiana Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2009-Present)
  • Member, LSBA Practice Assistance & Improvement Committee (2011–Present)
  • Member, LSBA Ethics Advisory Opinion Subcommittee (2010–Present)
  • Member, LSBA Publications Subcommittee (2010–Present)
  • Member, LSBA Committee on the Profession (2015-Present)
  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association (2007–Present)


  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent
  • Honoree, New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law 2015
  • Super Lawyers Louisiana Rising Star—Real Estate (2014-2017), Professional Liability Defense (2013)
  • New Orleans Magazine – Top Lawyers in Real Estate Law (2014-2017)
  • Recipient, LSBA’s Hon. Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award (2013)
  • Appointed Member, Leadership LSBA Class (2012-13)
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Award of Excellence (2007)
  • Winner of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal annual writing competition (2005)
  • University at Albany, State University of New York – Graduated summa cum laude (2004)
  • Beta Gamma Sigma

Panels and Presentations

  • Featured Presenter, CLE “Conflicts of Interest,” LSBA’s Ethics School (semi-annually from 2013-2016)
  • Moderator, Professionalism CLE, New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association (July 23, 2015)
  • Co-presenter, CLE entitled “Real Estate and Title Litigation,” New Orleans Bar Association (December 19, 2013)
  • Featured Presenter, Conflicts of Interest, LSBA’s Ethics, Law Office Management and Professionalism for New Practitioners CLE seminar (April 24, 2013)
  • Presenter, CLE series entitled “Conflicts of Interest: Recent and Noteworthy Cases” for various state bar associations (September 11 and 23, November 4, December 7, 2012, and June 14, 2013)
  • Presenter, CLE entitled “Ethical Considerations in Social Networking,” New Orleans Bar Association (November 21, 2011)
  • Co-presenter, CLE entitled “Malpractice Prevention for Boutique Law Firms” (November 16, 2011)
  • Co-presenter, Maritime Law Update CLE, New Orleans Bar Association (December 16, 2008)
  • Co-panelist with Louisiana Insurance Commissioner James Donelon, CLE entitled “Wind versus Flood and Other Trivial and Mundane Matters,” LSBA Annual Meeting (June 10, 2008)


  • Cause of Action Against School District for Injuries to Student Resulting from Bullying by Another Student, Thomson-West’s CAUSES OF ACTION 2d 59 C.O.A. 2d 307 (2013)
  • Everyday Ethics, THE FEDERAL LAWYER (August 2012) (with Hon. Sean E. Brearcliffe)
  • Cause of Action to Set Aside or Recover for Fraudulent Transfer or Obligation Under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act, Thompson-West’s CAUSES OF ACTION 2D, 55 C.O.A. 2d 467 (2012)
  • Cause of Action for Interference with Attorney-Client Relationship, CAUSES OF ACTION 2D, 52 C.O.A. 2d 549 (2012)
  • Social Networking Ethics, Primerus (2011)
  • Cause of Action Against Insurance Agent or Broker for Failure to Procure Insurance, Thompson-West’s CAUSES OF ACTION 2D, 49 C.O.A. 2d 1 (2011)
  • Quantum Survey, 31 TUL. MAR. L.J. 697 (2007) (with Arjya B. Majumdar)
  • Collision Survey, 31 TUL. MAR. L.J. 727 (2007) (with Arjya B. Majumdar)
  • Forum Selection Clause Survey, 31 TUL. MAR. L.J. 745 (2007) (with Arjya B. Majumdar)
  • Stricti Juris in Motion: The Third Circuit Declines to Extend Maritime Liens to Replacement Vessels in PNC Bank Delaware v. F/V Miss Laura, 30 TUL. MAR. L. J. 427 (2006)
  • A Statutory Frolic of Its Own? A Divided Fourth Circuit Calms the Seas of the Suits in Admiralty Act Discretionary Function Exception Circuit Split, 30 TUL. MAR. L. J. 457 (2006)

Civic and Community

  • Board Member, Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education (2015-present)
  • Member, Legal Affairs, Government Relations and Building Committees, Louisiana SPCA (2016-Present)
  • Secretary, Irish Channel Neighborhood Association (2012-2016)

Special Experience

  • Associate Professor of Trial Advocacy, Tulane University Law School (2013–Present)
  • Assistant Examiner of the Louisiana State Bar exam (2017-Present)
  • Faculty member and featured panelist at Tulane University Law School’s “Civil Litigation Boot Camp” (2012–2014)
  • Editor in Chief, Tulane Maritime Law Journal (Volume 31)

Representative Reported Cases

  • Latter & Blum, Inc. v. Ditta, 2017-0116 (La. App. 4 Cir. 06/22/17), 2017 La. App. LEXIS 1159
  • New Jax Condos. Ass’n v. Vanderbilt New Orleans, LLC, 16-0643 (La. App. 4 Cir 04/26/17), 2017 La. App. LEXIS 735
  • Colonial Freight Sys., Inc. v. Adams and Reese, LLP, No. 11-1755, 2012 WL 1570103 (E.D. La. May 3, 2012), aff’d, 524 Fed. App’x 142 (5th Cir. 2013)
  • Morad v. Aviz, No. 12-2190, 2013 WL 1403298 (E.D. La. Apr. 5, 2013)
  • Gibbens v. Champion Indus., Inc., No. 11-868, 2013 WL 1176238 (E.D. La. Mar. 20, 2013)
  • LSREF2 Barron, LLC v. Tauch, No. 10-3388, 2013 WL 968104 (E.D. La. Mar. 12, 2013)
  • Louisiana Crawfish Producers Ass’n—West v. Amerada Hess Corp., No. 10-0348, 2013 WL 297976 (W.D. La. Jan. 18, 2013)
  • Alexander v. Myers Law Group, LLP, No. 12-1746, 2012 WL 6569762 (E.D. La. Dec. 17, 2012)
  • Conwill v. Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P., No. 11-0938, 2012 WL 4482937 (E.D. La. Sept. 28, 2012)
  • Read v. Willwoods Cmty., 11-222 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2/14/12), 88 So. 3d 534, writ denied, 2012-0616 (La. 4/27/12), 86 So. 3d 629
  • Conwill v. Greenberg Traurig, L.L.P., No. 09-4365, 2011 WL 1103728 (E.D. La. Mar. 22, 2011)
  • Schulingkamp v. Carter, 2008-0948 (La. 9/26/08), 992 So. 2d 973
  • Reed v. Biomet Orthopedics, Inc., No. 06-0544, 2008 WL 1735162 (W.D. La. Mar. 6, 2008)

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