Robert E. Couhig, Jr.
During his career, Mr. Couhig has been the responsible attorney on thousands of contested matters in 20 states. He has served as trial counsel in over 200 trials, including 100 jury trials. He is a member of the Louisiana, Texas, Colorado, and District of Columbia Bars and has also been admitted to Federal Courts to handle matters in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Pennsylvania and California.
Mr. Couhig has extensive appellate experience. He has argued in every Louisiana appellate court, four United States Court of Appeals, and both the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Supreme Court. He has served as national counsel in commercial interests and as lead counsel in commercial class actions in five states. Mr. Couhig has also been responsible for setting the law in several areas through judicial decisions. Although Mr. Couhig is a true generalist, he has a great deal of experience handling personal injuries, commercial disputes, class actions, products liability cases, maritime law and contested property matters. In addition, Mr. Couhig has served pro bono on several capital cases.
Rob Couhig graduated with a Bachelor of Science in International Economic Affairs from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 1971. He went on to receive his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University in 1975. He began his legal career with Adams and Reese in 1975. At that time, the firm had 18 lawyers and concentrated its practice on insurance related matters. When he left, the firm had grown to a full-service law firm with more than 200 lawyers in six cities. In addition to growing his own law practice, Rob served as the firm’s first marketing partner, as a section leader, and on the firm’s management committee.
In September 2003, he left the firm and founded Couhig Partners with one other lawyer. The firm has grown to sixteen attorneys with a primary focus on business development and litigation. The firm has been honored with the trust of many other lawyers and law firms in representing those lawyers, their firms, and jointly representing referring counsels’ clients in significant legal matters.
Mr. Couhig has testified as an expert on legal issues in state and federal court, as well as Bermuda, on insurance policy interpretation. He has consulted with members of the state legislature, members of Congress, and members of Parliament on various issues important to their constituents.
In addition to his 45 years in the legal practice, Rob is an experienced businessman and entrepreneur. In 1988, he bought out his partners in a small pest control company located in Metairie, Louisiana. When he sold Couhig Environmental Services of New Orleans in 2001, it was one of Louisiana's largest private pest control companies.
In 1993, he was responsible for moving baseball's Triple A Zephyrs to New Orleans. In 1995, he led a group of local investors in the acquisition of the team from its Denver-based owner and created the public-private partnership that built the new baseball park. From the time of the opening of the ballpark until Rob sold the controlling interest in 2002, the organization was one of the most successful in baseball. He served as President of the organization from 1993 – 2002.
He has successfully invested in the production of local theater including “Earl Long in Purgatory”, “All My Sons”, and a reading of “Confederacy of Dunces”. He was also the owner of City Art, a privately financed art studio housing nearly 20 commercially viable artists between 2003 and 2005.
He and his wife own a successful bookstore (www.conundrumbooks.com) in St. Francisville, La.
He has successful investments in oil and gas production in Louisiana and Texas.
With his law partners, he has also successfully invested in and advised startup companies in diverse fields that include real estate, film, disaster recovery, logistics, and pharmaceuticals. Some of the current investments include:
Most recently, Rob and his partners purchased the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club (www.wycombewanderers.co.uk) which plays in League One of the English Football League. In 2020, it was promoted to the Championship. Rob is the Chairman of the Board and CEO.
Rob has been honored to be selected as a Role Model by the Young Leadership Counsel of New Orleans and appeared as the cover story in both “New Orleans Magazine” and “Biz New Orleans”. “New Orleans Magazine” selected him as one of the People to Watch in 1997, and in 1998, he was selected as New Orleanian of the Year by “Gambit Magazine”.
Rob has extensive experience in Louisiana politics having served as the campaign manager for successful congressional campaigns, state representative campaigns, and mayoral campaigns. He has also been a candidate for Congress and Mayor of the City of New Orleans.
Over the years, his work as a lawyer, businessman, and in civic activities has been featured in numerous other newspaper and magazine articles and several books.