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, 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 twelve attorneys with a primary focus on business development and litigation.
In addition to his nearly 45 years in the legal practice, Rob has been a long-time businessman and entrepreneur. In 1988, he bought out his partners in a small pest control company located in Metairie, Louisiana. He then succeeded in developing the company so that 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 2000, the organization was one of the most successful in baseball. He served as President of the organization from 1993 – 2000.
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.
Most recently, Rob and his partners began the process of purchasing the Wycombe Wanderers Football Club which plays in League One of the English Football League.
Rob has been honored to be selected as a Role Model by the Young Leadership Counsel of New Orleans, which 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".