Chris O. Massenburg

Chris O. Massenburg Partner

P 504 799 0504
200 Vesey Street
25th Floor
New York, NY 10281
200 Vesey Street, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10281
One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3000
New Orleans, LA 70130
One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3000, New Orleans, LA 70130

Chris Massenburg is a partner based in MG+M’s New York and New Orleans offices. His practice primarily focuses on environmental, toxic tort, products liability, commercial trucking and transportation, premises liability, and construction defects litigation. Chris has tried cases in Louisiana, California, Texas, New York, Alabama, Illinois, Iowa, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, Delaware, Washington, Wyoming, West Virginia, and Oregon. He has defended his clients in numerous cases as lead trial counsel, and has secured multiple zero-dollar defense verdicts by successfully showing juries that his clients did not do anything wrong.

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana, New York, New Jersey, California, Pennsylvania, Texas, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Chris earned his J.D. in 2000 from Tulane University Law School, and also achieved a certification in maritime law. Chris has served on the Trial Advocacy faculty of both Tulane and LSU law schools, is a current faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), a member of ABOTA, and board certified in both Civil Law Trial and Civil Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Chris is AV® Peer and Client Review-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has been repeatedly recognized by both Super Lawyers (Louisiana and Mississippi) and Best Lawyers in America. Chris has also been recognized locally as a back-to-back winner of the New Orleans CityBusiness "Leadership in Law" Award (2019-2020).

Bar Admissions
  • New York
  • Louisiana
  • California
  • Mississippi
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • Tennessee
  • Texas
  • US Supreme Court
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US District Courts of California—Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts
  • US District Courts of Louisiana—Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
  • US District Courts of Mississippi—Northern and Southern Districts
  • US District Court, District of New Jersey
  • US District Courts of New York—Eastern, Southern, Northern and Western Districts
  • US District Courts of Pennsylvania—Eastern, Middle and Western Districts
  • Tulane University School of Law, JD, 2000
  • Loyola University New Orleans, BBA, cum laude
  • Secured a unanimous defense verdict for a talc-powder product manufacturer in the first cosmetic talc trial to proceed to verdict in Chicago. This case marks the second unanimous talc trial defense verdict for both the company and MG+M.


  • Best Lawyers In America, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions–Defendants, 2018–2023, Product Liability Litigation for Defendants, 2021
  • Thomson Reuters, Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2010–2012, Super Lawyers, 2013–2014, 2016–2023
  • New Orleans CityBusiness "Leadership in Law", 2019–2020
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer and Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell Gold Client Champion
  • Order of Barristers
  • James A. Wysocki Trial Advocacy Award (Tulane Law - for graduating number-one in the trial advocacy course)
  • Cicero C. Sessions Award (Tulane Law - awarded to the highest-rated trial advocate in the graduating class)
  • 2000 Phelps Dunbar Senior Trial Competition Champion (Tulane Law - partnered with his current law partner, Jeanette Riggins)
  • Moot Court Board - Trial Team Competition Coach (Tulane Law)

Client and Jury Comments

Representative Samples of MG+M Clients' Comments:

  • "We use lawyers from over 50 law firms—some of the best litigators across the country. The MG+M law firm stands out. Chris stands out. He is exceptional. He’s not a litigator—he’s a trial lawyer. Chris’s skillset is therefore different than 99% of the lawyers we see, because he can actually take a case to trial (and win). He’s an exceptionally gifted and talented advocate who combines high performance with high integrity and wise advice. We have and will continue to entrust Chris with our biggest and most important matters."
  • "Chris is extremely knowledgeable and thoroughly prepared. As a client I felt he explained things well and clearly and was very helpful making sure I understood what was expected of me and others. He related well to the jury who liked him and paid attention to him. He was highly effective at asking questions during cross examination and eliciting answers which resonated with the jury in a very favorable and memorable way for our case. He and his team were a pleasure to work with. I highly recommend him."
  • "Chris is a top-notch litigator that puts client service before all else. He anticipates the client's needs and consistently exceeds expectations in his results."
  • "Chris is an absolutely stellar litigator. He is practical, focused and very cost effective. I recommend him without hesitation."
  • "Chris provided excellent service and achieved a favorable resolution to the case we hired him on. I would absolutely hire him again and I can't recommend him highly enough."
  • “Chris is an extremely effective litigator and has a well-deserved reputation as one of the top asbestos defense trial attorneys in the country. I would recommend him to try a case for anyone in the asbestos field.”

Representative Samples of Jurors' Post-Trial Comments:

  • "He was really strong. Obviously he did his research. The more you learned about the case ... I assumed he is a specialist when it comes to these kinds of cases. He was better at cross examination than the [opposing counsel]."
  • "He’s a 10. I remember Chris. He was another fireball. Our nickname for him was Tom Cruise." 
  • "Tom Cruise is a 10. Very impressive. He basically said that his company didn’t have really anything to do with this. He was kind of like, ‘Why am I here?’ and he was actually good enough to make me ask that question: why were they?"
  • "He was great. I could connect with the way in which he explained things. I liked that he was not rude like [opposing counsel] when questioning witnesses. He got his point across and was respectful. One thing that he did, which I liked, was that he would say, 'So you’re telling me this means ...' like he was summarizing the point that he was trying to get across. I liked the way he approached questioning the witnesses."
  • "The main defense lawyer [Mr. Massenburg] was good. He was able to keep the same temperament and demeanor throughout the trial, regardless of what was said. He was the strongest."
  • “Chris Massenburg! I’ll never forget that name as long as I live... We called him 'The Ripper,' because he ripped 'em up!"
  • "He had Southern charisma and was a good talker. He seemed like he had a sarcastic, skeptical manner to him. He was very no-nonsense, but also likeable."
  • "He was ruthless, but not in a bad way. It was almost like watching TV when the two main attorneys were against each other. Mr. Massenburg never stepped down. He shocked a lot of us and was a ruthless type of attorney but it worked. He was really knowledgeable."
  • "The limelight was on Mr. Massenburg out of all of the defense attorneys. He was very impressive and knowledgeable. I give him credit for defending his client to the hilt."
  • "Chris was marvelous and his team ran like a well-oiled machine."
  • "He was affable, personable, and genuine... With my background, I appreciated that he relied heavily on the science in his presentation."
  • “He was very effective, very spot on with his arguments and defense. He was polite and respectful, and he made good points on cross-examination. He was easy to listen to, and charismatic. He has some flair in the courtroom. Some of these other lawyers drone on, and sometimes it is an effort to pay attention. I would give him a 10. He was very good.”
  • “I think Mr. Massenburg did a fantastic job. He used lots of visuals. He had a giant board he pulled out... it was effective. He was probably the strongest defense attorney... 9.5.”
  • “I really liked Massenburg... very likable and effective. 10.”
  • “Massenburg was great. We had a break, and I commented to the others; I would like to go out for a beer with this guy. He was a guy you felt you could listen to.”
  • “Massenburg was the best.”
  • “I was really impressed with Chris Massenburg . . . I would sum it up as you can tell that he takes his job very seriously and he is very good at it, but he also enjoys what he does. I think he came off as more genuine than the plaintiff attorneys I guess, and that navigating that situation where he's obviously got to be empathetic to this family that's sitting there. Well, it's a tough job, and I think he threaded that needle extremely well of enjoying what he is doing while being respectful and yet, doing his job and doing it well.”


  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC), Member
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), Associate Member
  • Tulane Law School Trial Advocacy Faculty
  • LSU Law School Trial Advocacy Faculty
  • NITA Faculty
  • Order of Veritas, Barrister
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Mississippi State Bar Association
  • Tennessee State Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Counsel of America Alliance
  • International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
  • Trial Law Institute, Member
  • Diversity Law Institute, Member
News & Insights

    Speaking Engagements

  • New York Asbestos Litigation Conference, Perrin Conferences
    December 7, 2022
  • Asbestos Litigation in the Covid Era and the Arising Ethical Considerations, Perrin Conferences' Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference
    May 6, 2021
  • Building Trial Skills: Mastering the Art, Science and Craft of Advocacy, , NITA's
    January 19, 2020
  • Update on Talc Litigation, Perrin Conferences' New York Asbestos Litigation Conference
    December 11, 2019
  • Mock Trial Exercise - Talc on Trial: Heavyweight Litigators Battle Over Allegations of Contamination and Cosmetic Talc, Perrin Conferences' National Asbestos Litigation Conference
    October 1, 2018
  • Mastering the Art, Science and Craft of Advocacy, NITA's
    January 27, 2018
  • 2017 NITA Deposition Skills Program, NITA's
    April 26, 2017
  • 2016 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, NITA's
    January 16, 2016
  • Current Concepts and Controversies in Asbestos-Related Diseases Course - Litigating Household/Domestic Exposure Cases, Partners HealthCare
    October 10, 2015
  • Mesothelioma Mock Trial Exercise: Voir Dire, Opening Arguments & Live Jury, Perrin Conferences' National Asbestos Litigation Conference
    September 28, 2015
  • Deposition Skills Program, NITA's
    April 22, 2015
  • Key Jurisdictional Updates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania, Perrin Conferences' Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference
    March 16, 2015
  • 2015 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, NITA's
    January 24, 2015
  • Advent & Acceptance of Biomechanical Engineering Experts in Low Speed Impact Accidents, 2014 CLM Transportation Mini-Conference
    July 11, 2014
  • 2014 NITA Deposition Skills Program, NITA's
    April 23, 2014
  • 2014 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, NITA's
    January 25, 2014
  • 15th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, American Conference Institute
    October 7, 2013
  • The Big 2/3 Auto Bailout and Its Aftermath: Measuring the Effects on the Past, Present & Future of the Big Three, DRI Product Liability Conference
    April 11, 2012
  • Establishing Alternative Exposures from the Home: A Look at the Multitudes of Asbestos-Containing Products in Your House, Andrews Asbestos Litigation Conference
    October 29, 2010
  • Should You Be Called To Testify: Preparing for the Deposition, Hearing or Trial, Pine Belt Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE)
    October 26, 2010
  • MDL 875 Update and the Effects on Insurers, A.M. Best Co.'s Podcast
    September 10, 2010