David Bienvenu has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, representing clients in general casualty, insurance and commercial litigation. In addition to maintaining an active litigation practice, David serves as a mediator, having completed formal mediation training at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law.
An active bar leader throughout his career, David has served as president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), the Louisiana Bar Foundation and The Historical Society of the Louisiana Supreme Court. He has dedicated his efforts to addressing the legal needs of the poor, establishing the LSBA’s Access to Justice Program, serving as Chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and on the boards of the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, Legal Aid Bureau and Louisiana Civil Justice Center. In 2011, the LSBA presented him with the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment, outstanding service and dedication to Louisiana’s indigent.
David currently serves as a Delegate at Large in the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates and as Chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service. He recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Governors, where he served on the Finance, Public Service and Diversity, Investments, and Governance Committees and as Liaison to the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Section of Litigation and the Forum on Construction Law. Previously, he served on various ABA committees and as a member of its House of Delegates, serving nine years as Louisiana State Delegate, a member of the Conference of State Delegates and the Nominating Committee. David is also a former Chair of the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, a former member of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services.
While in law school, David was a member of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the Milton Sheen Award in recognition of his leadership and service to the law and community. Upon graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Judge Patrick E. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is a recipient of the Gillis Long Public Service Award and a past Chair and Emeritus Member of the College of Law Visiting Committee.
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit
- J.D., Loyola University, 1980
- B.A., Louisiana State University, 1975
- Member, Legal Services Corporation Disaster Task Force
- Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
- Member, Louisiana Law Institute
- Member, Defense Research Institute (DRI)
- AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
- Best Lawyers in America in Commercial, Casualty and Insurance Litigation
- Louisiana Super Lawyers in Civil Litigation Defense