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Christopher RiviereYear admitted to practice: 

Nicholls State University(B.S., Economics, 1978)
Tulane University Law School (J.D., 1981)
Bar admissions: 
The Supreme Court of the United States
All State and Appellate Courts of the State of Louisiana
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
                                The United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
                                The United States District Courts
                                (Eastern, Western, Middle districts of Louisiana)

A native of Thibodaux, La., Christopher Riviere has been practicing law for the last thirty years. He obtained his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School in New Orleans. He began his career with the law firm of Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson, handling a variety of insurance defense and maritime cases. Mr. Riviere became a partner in that firm in 1986. In 1988, he became a partner in the Thibodaux firm of Pugh, Lanier & Riviere where his focus was insurance defense and business litigation before moving on to establish his own firm in 1994.

Chris has successfully represented a wide array of individual, business and industry clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small businesses. His practice areas include commercial, maritime, agricultural, and construction litigation. Mr. Riviere also has experience in oil and gas litigation. As well, he is an experienced mediator having received his certification from the Attorney Mediators Institute in 1997. 

In 2014 Mr. Riviere was selected for inclusion in Acadiana Profile Magazine's Top Lawyers in commercial litigation.  He was recently selecter as a Louisiana Super Lawyer for 2016.

Mr. Riviere presents extensively at continuing legal education seminars and taught as an adjunct lecturer in law at Nicholls State University for nine years. In 2003, he was appointed to the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board by the Louisiana Supreme Court, serving as that board's chairman in 2006. He is also a past president of the Lafourche Parish Bar Association and a past member of the House of Delegates for the Louisiana State Bar Association. Currently Mr. Riviere serves as a member of the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute and on it's committee on Civil Procedure.

A volunteer firefighter and first responder, he is frequently recognized for his involvement in numerous community service and civic organizations, including the Nicholls State University Foundation Board of Directors, the Houma-Thibodaux Diocese Cemeteries Trust Fund, and the St. Vincent DePaul Society. Chris served the Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department as an assistant fire chief, a board president and as a Grand Marshal of the department in 2000.

Chris has spent much of his life hunting and fishing in South Louisiana. A self-taught artist, his works are greatly inspired by his pursuit of big game, fish and waterfowl, which have brought him occasionally to Canada, Argentina, the Bahamas, Florida Keys and Mexico.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
    34 years
  2. Commercial: 15%
    28 years
  3. Admiralty & Maritime: 15%
    34 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    28 years
  5. Arbitration: 5%

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Contact info

103 West Third Street
P.O. 670
Thibodaux, LA, 70301


LAEligible to practice law198111/03/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Louisiana Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2016
Acadiana Profile Top Lawyers-Commercial LitigationAcadiana Profile\Professional Research Services2014
Service Recognition, Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary BoardLouisiana Supreme Court2008
Distinguished Graduate AwardNational Catholic Education Association2003
State of Louisiana Outstanding Young Firefighter AwardLouisiana Jaycees1990
City of Thibodaux Outstanding Young Firefighter AwardThibodaux Jaycees1990
BV RatingMartindale Hubble1984
Outstanding Graduate - EconomicsNSU College of Business1978
Outstanding Volunteer Activist AwardMacDonnel United Methodist Children's ServicesN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerChristopher H. Riviere, a.p.l.c.1994 - Present
PartnerPugh, Lanier & Riviere1988 - 1994
PartnerPorteous, Hainkle, Johnson & Sarpy1986 - 1988
Adjunct ProfessorNicholls State University1985 - 1993
AssociatePorteous, Hainkle, Johnson & Sarpy1981 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana State Law InstituteElected to the governing Council2013 - Present
Louisiana State Law Institute, Code of Civil Procedure CommitteeN/A2011 - Present
Nicholls State University Foundation BoardPresident2009 - Present
Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary BoardChairman - 20062003 - 2008
Thibodaux Volunteer Fire DepartmentGrand Marshall2000 - 2000
Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department1st Assistant Fire Chief1997 - 2001
Louisiana State Republican Central CommitteeElected Member1996 - 2004
Louisiana State Republican Central CommitteeElected Delegate1996 - 2004
Thibodaux Volunteer Fire DepartmentFire Board President1989 - 1996
Louisiana Association of Defense CounselMember1981 - Present
House of Delegates for the Louisiana State Bar AssociationElected DelegateN/A
Lafourche Parish Bar AssociationPast PresidentN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rattler Tools, Inc., Petitioner v. Bilco Tools, Inc., et al.Decision for defendants - Patent Infringment
Walker v. Babcock Industries, Inc. et al, (La. App., 1st Cir., 1991) No. 90-CA-0125Defense verdict - Product Liability
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Tulane University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1981
Nicholls State UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
LADB/LSBA Statewide Continuing Legal Education 2012Commercial Litigation2012
LADB Statewide Continuing Legal EducationPersonal Injury Law Update2009
Seminar for Parish Elected Officials and Commission Board MembersLouisiana's Open Meetings Laws2008
Louisiana Offshore Oil Port Safety Response Team BanquetVolunteerism2008
2007 Hearing Committee Training SeminarRecent Developments in Lawyer Discipline2007
Annual Meeting, Miami, FloridaLawyer Discipline and the First Amendment - Regulating Lawyer Speech2006
Seminar for Newly Elected Parish Public OfficialsLouisiana's Open Meetings Laws2003
Louisiana Diciplinary Board TrainingPanel Discussion - LADB Hearing Committee Training2003
2003 Statewide Solo Practitioners and Small Firms SeminarsRecent Developments in Tort Law2003
Leadership Lafourche ClassesLecture on Civil Litigation and Jury Trials2002
Louisiana Council of Co-Operatives Lafayette MeetingOfficers and Directors Liability1997
Leadership Lafourche ClassesLecture on Civil Litigation and Jury Trials1997