Chris O. Massenburg

Chris O. Massenburg Partner

P 504 799 0504 F 504 535 2886
One Canal Place
365 Canal Street, Suite 3000
New Orleans, LA 70130
One Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 3000, New Orleans, LA 70130
1700 South 28th Avenue, Suite D
Hattiesburg, MS 39402
1700 South 28th Avenue, Suite D, Hattiesburg, MS 39402
Overview

Chris Massenburg is a partner based in MG+M’s New Orleans office. His practice primarily focuses on environmental, toxic tort, products liability, commercial trucking and transportation, premises liability, and construction defects litigation. Chris currently serves on the National Trial Team for multiple clients, and has tried cases in Louisiana, California, Texas, Mississippi, New York, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Maryland, Delaware, Washington, Wyoming, 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.

Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
  • Mississippi
  • Texas
  • Tennessee
  • California
  • New York
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court -
    Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court -
    Central District of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals -
    5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Loyola University New Orleans, B.B.A. cum laude

Specifically in asbestos litigation, Chris has tried cases in 14 states for numerous clients and has represented a diverse set of asbestos-related liabilities nationwide, including: friction, gaskets, packing and related equipment (valves, pumps, boilers, digesters, tanks, turbines), joint compound, floor tile, A/C pipe, resin pipe, cosmetic talc, HVAC, PPE (respirators), commercial and military aircraft, electrical equipment, typecasting machines, plastics and molded materials, premises, and contractors. This work has provided Chris with a deep knowledge of the history and science available to demonstrate his clients' innocence, which he uses to innovate new ways to protect all of the companies that trust him with their defense.

Even when trial is not desired, Chris’ experience at all levels of simple and complex litigation allows him to provide his clients with a comprehensive defense for their cases. Chris has been retained by clients to reevaluate their litigation strategies; develop and defend fact, corporate, and expert witnesses in deposition and trial; negotiate the resolution of multi-million dollar risks; and to step in and try high stakes cases, even on short notice.

Licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Tennessee, California, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, Chris earned his J.D. in 2000 from Tulane University Law School, with 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), and is 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 honored as one of the Top Attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Life magazine.

Recognition

Recognition

  • New Orleans CityBusiness "Leadership in Law", 2019
  • America's Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators – Louisiana, 2018
  • America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators – Mississippi, 2018
  • Best Lawyers In America, Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for Defendants, 2018-2019
  • Super Lawyers, 2013-2019
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer and Client Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell Silver Client Champion
  • Senior Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • 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:

  • "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."

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."

Involvement

  • Tulane Law School Trial Advocacy Faculty
  • LSU Law School Trial Advocacy Faculty
  • NITA Faculty
  • Mississippi Tort Claims Board
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Senior Fellow
  • Louisiana Bar Association
  • Mississippi State Bar Association
  • Tennessee State Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • California State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania State Bar Association
  • Claims & Litigation Counsel of America Alliance
  • Journal of American Law, Premises Liability, Editorial Board
  • International Institute of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law
News & Insights

Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Perrin Conference's National Asbestos Litigation Conference, "Mock Trial Exercise- Talc on Trial: Heavyweight Litigators Battle Over Allegations of Contamination and Cosmetic Talc," San Francisco, CA, October 1-3, 2018
  • Teacher, Mastering the Art, Science and Craft of Advocacy, NITA’s Trial Advocacy Training Program, New Orleans, LA, January 27 – February 2, 2018
  • Teacher, 2017 NITA Deposition Skills Program, New Orleans, LA, April 26-28, 2017
  • Teacher, 2016 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, New Orleans, LA, January 16-22, 2016
  • Teacher, Partners HealthCare, Continuing Professional Development, "Current Concepts and Controversies in Asbestos-Related Diseases Course - Litigating Household/Domestic Exposure Cases (for defense)," Boston, MA, October 10, 2015
  • Speaker, Perrin Conference's National Asbestos Litigation Conference, "Mesothelioma Mock Trial Exercise: Voir Dire, Opening Arguments & Live Jury," San Francisco, CA, September 28-30, 2015
  • Teacher, 2015 NITA Deposition Skills Program, New Orleans, LA, April 22-24, 2015
  • Speaker, 2015 Perrin Conferences’ Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference, “Key Jurisdictional Updates in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Pennsylvania,” Beverly Hills, CA, March 16-17, 2015
  • Teacher, 2015 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, New Orleans, LA, January 24-30, 2015
  • Speaker, 2014 CLM Transportation Mini-Conference, "Advent & Acceptance of Biomechanical Engineering Experts in Low Speed Impact Accidents," Chicago, IL, July 11, 2014
  • Teacher, 2014 NITA Deposition Skills Program, New Orleans, LA, April 23-25, 2014
  • Teacher, 2014 NITA Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program, New Orleans, LA, January 25-31, 2014
  • Speaker, American Conference Institute's 15th National Advanced Forum on Asbestos Claims & Litigation, New York, NY, October, 7, 2013
  • Speaker, DRI Product Liability Conference, "The Big 2/3 Auto Bailout and Its Aftermath: Measuring the Effects on the Past, Present & Future of the Big Three," Las Vegas, NV, April 11, 2012
  • Speaker, Andrews Asbestos Litigation Conference, "Establishing Alternative Exposures from the Home: A Look at the Multitudes of Asbestos-Containing Products in Your House," New Orleans, LA, October, 29, 2010
  • Speaker, Pine Belt Chapter of the American Society of Safety Engineers (ASSE), "Should You Be Called To Testify: Preparing for the Deposition, Hearing or Trial ," Hattiesburg, MS, October 26, 2010
  • Speaker, A.M. Best Co.’s podcast on the latest developments in the Asbestos MDL (MDL 875), "MDL 875 Update and the Effects on Insurers," September, 10, 2010

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