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Dave Scalia has been fighting for the rights of injured plantiffs since 1992. In 1994 Dave joined one of New Orleans' most prestigious plaintiff litigation firms to work on the groundbreaking national cigarette class action Castano v. The American Tobacco Company. That case, eventually pursued as Gloria Scott v. The American Tobacco Company, went to trial in 2004 resulting in a jury verdict of over half a billion dollars. In 2005 Dave was named a Trial Lawyer of the Year Finalist by the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for his work on the Scott Tobacco case.

Since 1994 Dave's practice has focused on complex litigation, federal wage and hour violations, products liability, occupational lung disease (silicosis/asbestosis), and personal injury. In January 2010 Dave formed the general civil litigation firm---Scalia Law Firm.

Dave is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State courts, the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western District's of Louisiana, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, and the United States Supreme Court.

In addition to trial work, Dave's practice also emphasizes post trial review at both the trial court and appellate level. He has authored briefs to the United States Supreme Court, and has briefed and argued matters before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and Louisiana's First, Fourth, and Fifth Circuit Court's of Appeal.


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  1. Litigation: 50%
    23 years
  2. General Practice: 25%
    23 years
  3. Car Accidents: 25%
    23 years



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  • Todd Joseph Bialous

    I endorse this attorney. In my experience with David he has demonstrated not only competence in his fields of practice but also a dedication to professionalism. I believe his work represents an asset to our local community.


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Contact info

855 Baronne Street
PO Box 750349
New Orleans, LA, 70175-0349


LAEligible to practice law199211/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Trial Lawyer of the Year FinalistTrial Lawyers for Public Justice2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerScalia Law Firm2010 - Present
AssociateBruno & Bruno1994 - 2009
AssociateSchoemann & Associates1992 - 1994
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Orleans Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Federal Bar Association (New Orleans chapter)Member2009 - Present
Louisiana Association for JusticeBoard of Governors1995 - 2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Florida State UniversityN/ABachelor of Science1987