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Richard G. Passler
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Richard G. Passler

Partner - New Orleans

Richard G. Passler is an AV® rated partner in the New Orleans office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson. For the past 30 years, his practice has focused on complex commercial litigation with extensive experience in health-care related litigation, admiralty/maritime matters, and governmental ethics issues. He has represented for profit and non-profit entities, individuals, and governmental entities.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Mr. Passler primarily handles complex commercial litigation in all types of business related matters, whether disputes between businesses or the owners of a business. The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Breaches of contract and related torts

  • Dissolution of business (including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, and closely-held businesses)

  • Breaches of fiduciary duties

  • Anti-competitive claims including antitrust

  • Unfair trade practices

  • Intellectual property

The litigation often involves intensive discovery, sophisticated motion practice, writ application practice, presentation of trials, and appellate practice. Mr. Passler has extensive experience in the federal district courts, state district courts, and state appellate courts throughout the state of Louisiana. This experience is partially reflected in his over 50 reported state court decisions and over 56 reported federal court decisions.


Mr. Passler represents both individual healthcare providers (e.g., doctors and nurses) and healthcare facilities (e.g., hospitals, and long term care and senior living facilities). The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Business litigation, including breaches of contract and related torts

  • Liability disputes

  • False Claims Act (qui tam) 

  • Director's and officer's liability

  • Both prosecuting and defending HCQIA (peer review) actions


Mr. Passler represents various types of maritime clients in a wide array of matters. The specific areas of advice and litigation include:

  • Business and commercial disputes

  • Pilotage issues

  • Collisions and allisions of vessels, including related property damage claims 

Governmental Ethics

Mr. Passler represents both governmental entities and those doing business with them in connection with providing advice in navigating Louisiana’s myriad of governmental ethics rules. The specific areas of advice include:

  • Prohibited payments from nonpublic sources

  • Prohibited participation in transactions involving governmental entities

  • Prohibited contractual arrangements and available exceptions

  • Limitations on providing/accepting food and drink

  • Prohibitions after termination of public office

  • Financial disclosure requirements


Tulane University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1991

  • Tulane Law Review, Notes and Comments Editor
  • Dean Rufus C. Harris Law Review Award

University of Texas, B.B.A. (Finance), 1988




Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

Professional Associations

New Orleans Bar Association, Complex Litigation Committee

Louisiana State Bar Association

Texas State Bar Association

Bar Association for the Fifth Federal Circuit

Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, Admiralty Law Committee

American Bar Association

Special Attorney General, State of Louisiana (1995-2005)

Hearing Committee Member, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board

Maritime Law Association of the United States - Associate Lawyer

Honors and Awards

Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Since 2016)

Named “Top Lawyers of New Orleans" in the area of Commercial Litigation by New Orleans Magazine (Since 2014)

Named “Top Lawyers of New Orleans" in the area of Governmental Relations (Ethics) by New Orleans Magazine (Since 2015)

AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell (Since 2001)

Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Business Litigation (Since 2018)

BTI Consulting Group’s list of 2022 Client Service All-Stars


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Judicial Clerkship

  • Judicial Clerk for Judge Charles Schwartz, Jr., United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana (1991-1992)