WALTER J. LEGER, JR. of New Orleans and St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana is well known as a lawyer, businessman, and civic leader.
Leger is a partner in the law firm of Leger & Shaw, Vice-President and former President of the New Orleans Zephyrs Triple A Professional Baseball Team, and is President of ECL Barge Company.
Leger was an honor graduate of Chalmette High School and graduated from Louisiana State University and Tulane School of Law with numerous honors. Among these honors Leger served as Managing Editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal and received the American Admiralty Institute Award. .As an attorney Leger has been notable for his expertise in maritime litigation, complex litigation, class actions and toxic substance and environmental litigation. He is known for his representation of businesses and local governments in the DEEPWATER HORIZON Oil Spill litigation and as A Co-Lead Counsel in the BRIGHT FIELD/New Orleans Riverwalk Disaster. He has represented businesses and persons in numerous other major maritime and nationally significant cases.
As a frequent lecturer and speaker at legal and business seminars, Leger has spoken widely on legal issues at Harvard Law School, Tulane, LSU, Loyola and others. Leger was a finalist for the ANational Lawyer of the Year@ Award, has been named to Louisiana Superlawyers and CityBusiness newspaper’s Leaders in Law Hall of Fame. He received the President’s Award for leadership and public service from the New Orleans Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Justice. He has served as Special Counsel to Louisiana’s Attorney General in civil prosecution of the tobacco industry.
After Hurricane Katrina Leger was appointed by Governor Kathleen Blanco and reappointed by Governor Bobby Jindal to the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) and the Louisiana Land Trust (LLT). He serves as Chairman of the LLT and served as Vice-Chairman of the LRA. He also chaired the Housing and Redevelopment Task Force, and was a member of the Levees and Coastal Protection, Long Term Planning, and Economic Development Task Forces. He was also Co-Chair of the St. Bernard Parish Citizens Recovery Committee. Leger became well known as the co host with Garland Robinette of a weekly WWL radio show on hurricane recovery issues.
Leger has served as Chairman of the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce and has served as Chairman of the St. Bernard Chamber and as Co-Chairman of the MetroVision Economic Development Partnership. He has received a number of civic and public honors including St. Bernard Parish’s Citizen of the Year, has been named to Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and has been named by New Orleans Magazine as one of the People to Watch in 1982, 2000, and in 2006. In April 2001, Kingfish Magazine featured Leger as Kingfish of the Month. In 1999 the Southeast Louisiana Boy Scouts of America named its AClass of Young Americans@ after him. He was named a Role Model by the Young Leadership Council of New Orleans.