Best Lawyers in America in dispute resolution

• Conducted over 3,000 successful mediations

• Offers jury focus groups and mock trials

• Serves as a court-appointed special master

• Umpires insurance disputes


A full-time neutral since 1993, Tom Foutz has mediated and arbitrated over 3,000 matters covering a wide range of cases, including personal injury, maritime, product liability, business and commercial disputes, employment matters, and hurricane claims. Mr. Foutz also conducts jury focus groups and mock trials, umpires insurance disputes, serves as a court-appointed special master, and has testified as an expert in the areas of legal malpractice, settlement evaluation, negotiation, and mediation.  Mr. Foutz recently served as a Deepwater Horizon administrative appeals judge (appointed by Judge Carl J. Barbier, Eastern District of Louisiana), authoring over 1,000 opinions.

Mr. Foutz began his legal career in law school as a clerk for Judge Lansing L. Mitchell, Eastern District of Louisiana. Following graduation, Mr. Foutz specialized in litigation, first at Jones Walker and later with Jack Martzell and Wendell Gauthier.

Mr. Foutz is an active speaker and trainer at ADR seminars and workshops. A former teacher and college administrator, he has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School (Mediation and Arbitration) and Tulane University School of Law (Trial Advocacy).

An AV-rated attorney, Mr. Foutz was selected by fellow attorneys and mediators for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America in dispute resolution. He is past chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s ADR Section and the New Orleans Bar Association’s ADR Committee. Mr. Foutz also served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association House of Delegates.

Mr. Foutz graduated from Tulane University School of Law in 1980, where he was a member of the Tulane Law Review. He was a recipient of the Rittenberg-Weinstein Law Review Award, presented to the member with the most published material of high quality.

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