Michael R. Allweiss has a diverse litigation practice. His experience includes several multi week trials and arbitrations involving a wide range of complex factual and legal issues requiring multilayered analyses and thinking. Mr. Allweiss began his practice in 1976 and since 1980 has been AV peer review rated, Martindale Hubbell’s highest peer recognition for ethical standards and legal ability.
Mr. Allweiss has served as lead or co-lead trial counsel in a wide variety of lawsuits and arbitration proceedings, including disputes which have at their core concerns centered on securities fraud, insurance coverage, constitutional and civil rights, professional liability of accountants, attorneys and physicians, employment disputes and complex commercial cases involving cutting edge technologies in areas such as refrigerated transport and voice over internet protocol. Many of Mr. Allweiss’ cases require a highly imaginative and detailed approach to achieve successful resolution of the controversy.
For almost 20 years, Mr. Allweiss has devoted significant energies to representation of students, faculty, and staff who find themselves in conflict with the educational institution at which they are enrolled or by which they are employed. Through litigation or negotiation, he has had many significant successes including in the areas of accused student rights, unlawful discrimination, and resistance to tenure termination.
A number of the cases which Mr. Allweiss has tried in state or federal court or through arbitration involved multi-national and Fortune 500 corporations, national law firms and financial institutions. He has represented such entities, as well as interests adverse to such entities. He has also represented and been adverse to corporate directors, officers, and law enforcement, and other public officials. He has been engaged by a public body to investigate misuse of public funds, and has represented a former Louisiana State Governor.
At the same time as Mr. Allweiss has carried on his practice, he has been active in community and professional events. Mr. Allweiss has spoken at the annual Louisiana State Bar Association Convention and to groups of CPA’s and valuation analysts on questions surrounding complex damage calculations in various commercial contexts. He has presented as a speaker for the Louisiana Masters of the Courtroom Series. Mr. Allweiss was an instructor of trial advocacy at Tulane University for approximately twenty (20) years.
Mr. Allweiss has been honored by the Louisiana State Bar Association with the Crystal Gavel Award for his work promoting adult literacy and his engagement as the Chair of the Board NOLA 180° which operates the Langston Hughes Academy, a New Orleans based Charter School formed after Hurricane Katrina. He is also a co-founder of the Tour de Lis, a growing bicycling based fund raiser focused on the ongoing fight against cancer and honoring its survivors. Mr. Allweiss is listed in the Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers.