Arthur A. Lemann III

Arthur "Buddy" Lemann is a graduate of Loyola Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of Law Review, and George Washington University Law School, where he received a Master of Laws. He has served in the House of Delegates and on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He was also President of the Louisiana Criminal Defense Lawyers Association.

A former law professor and magistrate judge, Buddy's criminal law practice spans over forty years. During that time, he has represented some of the most colorful and high-profile clients in the state's history, including Dr. Joseph Beasley, the dean of Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine; reputed Mafia Don Carlos Marcello; Father Dino Cinel, the notorious priest accused of trafficking in child pornography; Senator B.B. "Sixty" Rayburn, the longest serving member of the Louisiana Legislature; Robert Guidry, the millionaire card-playing crony of Edwin Edwards and arch foe of Al Copeland; Mose Jefferson, the brother of former Congressman Bill Jefferson; Lee Lambert, a BP employee on the Deepwater rig at the time of the explosion, who became the subject of a federal grand jury investigation; more recently, Dominick Fazzio, the CFO of River Birch and the lead defendant in a federal case that the Justice Department dismissed with prejudice on the heels of the resignation of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, his first assistant and two other top level assistants in that office; and currently a court-appointed counsel in the federal death penalty case of Telly Hankton, labeled by the mayor as "Public Enemy Number One."

In 1998, Buddy's memoir was published under the title of Hail to the Dragon Slayer. The novelist Sheila Bosworth has written that "If Huck Finn had grown up to be a criminal defense attorney, he'd sound a lot like Arthur Lemann III." Buddy has been named by his peers as a "Lion of the Bar" and is certified as a "learned counsel" for purposes of federal death penalty cases.


  • 1963, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Easter, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana;
  • 1968, U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit;
  • 1976, U.S. Supreme Court;
  • 1982, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth and Eleventh Circuits.

Member of:

  • Louisiana State (Member: House of Delegates, 1981-1983, 1987; Board of Governors, 1973-1975), Federal and American Bar Associations;
  • American Trial Lawyers Association;
  • Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (Member, President’s Advisory Counsel);
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America;
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Member, President, 1994);
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers;
  • Court Practice Institute;
  • Institute of Judicial Administration;
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy;
  • Director, Loyola Law School Clinic, 1971-1979;
  • Adjunct Professor, Professor, 1977-1979, Associate Professor, 1973-1977, Loyola University School of Law;
  • Magistrate, Criminal District Court, Parish of Orleans, 1979.

Author of:

  • Editor-in-Chief, 1966-1967, Loyola Law Review;
  • Book, Hail to the Dragon Slayer, Pontalba Press, 1998;
  • Book, Trial Manual for Louisiana Prosecutors, 1981;
  • Note, 12 Loyola Law Review 142, 1965-l966;
  • "Law Schools Find Their Way to court and Sometimes Win," XX Louisiana Bar Journal, 215, 1972.

Arthur Lemann IV

Arthur Lemann IV is a lifelong resident of New Orleans and a graduate of Jesuit High School and Tulane University. Since 1994, he has practiced criminal and civil law extensively in the United States Eastern District Court, Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, the 24th Judicial District Court and the 22nd Judicial District Court. He has handled criminal cases ranging from misdemeanors to serious felonies, including murder, aggravated rape, carjacking, armed robbery, kidnapping, burglary, home invasion, bank robbery, child pornography, contractor fraud, drug trafficking, mail fraud, and sex abuse. He is a member of the Criminal Justice Act panel and accepts appointments to handle many federal criminal defense cases. His civil experience includes work for both plaintiffs and defendants on cases involving personal injury, commercial litigation, environmental claims, family law, fraud and misrepresentation, defamation, civil rights, sexual harassment, trespass, successions and wills, contractor fraud, product liability, medical malpractice, intentional torts and other tort derived lawsuits.

Additionally, he has substantial appellate experience and has argued many times in the Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Areas of Practice: Criminal Law; Environmental Law; Personal Injury; Civil Business Litigation; Automobile Accidents and Injuries; Medical Malpractice; Family Law; Employment Law; Civil Law
Admitted: 1994, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana; U.S. Courts of Appeal, Fifth Circuit
Law School: Tulane University, J.D.; cum laude; Class Rank: Top One Third; American Jurisprudence Prize Award
Member: Louisiana State Bar Association; Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; New Orleans Bar Association
New Orleans Magazine November, 2009: Top Lawyer, Criminal Law