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Craig Isenberg



  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Chief Judge, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals


Tulane University Law School, J.D., Summa Cum Laude, 1996

Amherst College, B.A., Cum Laude, 1992


Benchmark Appellate, Fifth Circuit Litigation Star, 2013

Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Star or Future Star, since 2011

Best Lawyers, 2018 and 2019

Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012 - 2017

Lexology Client Choice Award, 2019

New Orleans CityBusiness, Leading Lawyer

New Orleans CityBusiness, 
Leadership in Law Award, 2013

New Orleans Magazine, Top Lawyers

Order of the Coif

Tulane Law Review, Member and Editor

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • Louisiana
  • New York

Craig Isenberg has extensive trial experience in high-stakes, complex matters.  His trial work includes defending a corporation in the first-ever civil penalty action brought by the Department of Justice under the Oil Pollution Act, defending manufacturers as trial counsel in national multidistrict litigation and serving as lead trial counsel in multiple toxic tort suits. He focuses his practice principally in the areas of toxic torts, environmental litigation and product liability, and also handles a wide spectrum of commercial matters. He also has substantial experience in mass tort, class action and multi-district litigation. Craig has been recognized as a leading attorney by Benchmark Litigation, Benchmark Appellate, New Orleans MagazineNew Orleans CityBusiness and Best Lawyers

Best Lawyers Award Badge   Benchmark Litigation 2020 - Litigation Star
Notable Representations
  • Trial counsel for major refining company against United States in first-ever trial for civil penalties under the Oil Pollution Act amendments to the Clean Water Act.
  • Trial counsel for major refining company defending over 1000 personal injury, property damage and business interruption claims arising out of oil spill.
  • Representing major oil and gas companies in oil field litigation. 
  • Defense of welding rod manufacturers in multi-district product liability litigation in Cleveland, Ohio and state court proceedings, resulting in five complete defense verdicts in jury trials.
  • Representing major pipeline company in oil spill litigation related to homeowner property claims in Utah.
  • Defense of drug manufacturer in state court proceeding regarding drug pricing claims brought by State of Louisiana.
  • Representing accounting firm in $100 million lawsuit brought by statewide retirement funds.
  • Representing industrial gas company in multi-million dollar breach-of-contract suit.
Professional and Civic Activities

Craig also is actively involved in professional and civic activities. He is on the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and he previously served as chair of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Committee on Environmental Law and Toxic Torts. Craig has taught Trial Advocacy at Tulane University Law School and at the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel’s Trial Academy. 

Publications and Presentations


  • “Calculating Economic Benefit Under the Oil Pollution Act Amendments to the Clean Water Act,” DRI In-House Defense Quarterly (Fall 2011) (co-author with Andrea Mahady Price and Adam J. Swensek)

  • “The Inevitable Disclosure Doctrine: Why Knowing Trade Secrets May Limit an Employee's Career Options,” ABA Commercial & Business Litigation Journal (Spring 2006)


Craig also speaks frequently at CLE seminars, including:

  • "Recent Trends in Louisiana Chemical Exposure Cases," Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter Environmental CLE (September 2016)
  • “Fear of Future Injury (Damages) in NORM litigation and other Toxic Tort Cases,” New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Program (December 2013) (co-presented with Glen M. Pilie, Adams & Reese)
  • “Game Changer: Arabie v. Citgo and How the Louisiana Supreme Court is Changing Tort Law,” American Conference Institute’s 4th National Forum on Chemical Products Liability & Environmental Litigation (April 2013)
  • “Punitive Damages, Choice of Law and the Escape Mechanism of Civil Code Article 3547,” Louisiana State Bar Association 23rd Annual Summer School Revisited (December 2011)
  • “Cross Exam – Exposing Dr. Jekyll or Mr. Hyde,” Louisiana State Bar Association VooDoo Fest CLE (October 2011)
  • “Punitive Damages and Choice of Law,” Louisiana State University Litigation & Liability in the Workplace CLE (September 2011)
Past Experience
  • Mayer Brown, Washington, D.C.
  • Sullivan & Cromwell, London, England