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Eric Reed Nowak

Personal injury Attorney at New Orleans, LA

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    US News & World Report named Eric a Best Lawyers in America for New Orleans in commercial litigation for his work representing families and companies in unfair trade practices, trademarks, intellectual property, employment, and contract disputes.

    26 years

  2. Personal injury
    New Orleans Magazine recognized Eric as a Top Lawyer in the area of Personal Injury. The firm also won a Litigators Award, a national award honoring the top 1% of lawyers based on actual case results in personal injury case and mesothelioma cases.

    23 years

  3. Environmental and natural resources
    Eric and his firm have taken on giant multinational companies and insurers representing Louisiana citizens for injuries and damages they suffered from harmful environmental exposures to chemicals and asbestos.

    26 years

Eric Nowak is a trial lawyer who represents Louisiana businesses, families, and individuals at both federal and state court in injury lawsuits, business disputes, and insurance litigation. He spends a significant amount of his time on cases where the issues are based on engineering, medicine, and science.


Eric Nowak brings a resume of hard work, compassion, and experience to every case. Before starting his own firm, Mr. Nowak practiced at the nationally acclaimed firm of Hunton & Williams where he earned his litigation stripes. At Hunton & Williams, he handled products liability, premises liability law, and contract cases in Virginia, Texas, and Arkansas. He also participated in over 100 hearings where he represented custodial parents trying to collect child support. And, as a Legal Aide Volunteer, he successfully represented and tried cases for families with housing disputes. His trial work on behalf of the less privileged in our society, earned him the E. Randolph Williams Award for Outstanding Pro Bono Service.

From Hunton & Williams, Mr. Nowak joined the law firm of Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, where he later became a litigation partner. There his practice continued to focus on products and medical liability issues, including pharmaceuticals. Mr. Nowak was counsel for Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation and Novartis Consumer Health, Inc. in the phenylpropanolamine (PPA) cold medicine litigation – conducting medical and fact discovery for over 900 plaintiffs in more than 85 separate lawsuits. He also successfully defended Novartis through the US 5th Circuit Court of Appeals where the Court applied and interpreted the Louisiana Products Liability Act with respect to prescription drugs. Stahl v. Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp., 283 F.3d 254 (5th Cir. 2002).

Eric left Sessions, Fishman, & Nathan to help found Harrell & Nowak with the goal to create a top-notch law firm that represented Louisiana families and businesses in their fight for justice against big business, insurance companies, and others who harmed them.


He graduated with academic honors from the University of Texas School of Law. At the University of Arizona, he earned a Bachelor of Arts, graduated magna cum laude, and was awarded the Phi Beta Kappa key.


Mr. Nowak is licensed to practice law in all the federal and state courts of Louisiana and Virginia, as well as the Fourth and Fifth Circuits of United States Courts of Appeals. He is an active member of the Federal Bar Association of New Orleans serving on its board of directors from 2006-2014 and being elected president in 2012.  In 2014 he was appointed a National Delegate to the National Federal Bar Association.

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Licensed for 25 years
State LA
Status Eligible to Practice Law
Acquired 2000
Updated 02/18/2023
State VA
Status Active
Acquired 1997
Updated 02/13/2017

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Harrell & Nowak
909 Poydras Street
Suite 1600
New Orleans, LA, 70112


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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Harrell & Nowak, LLC
  • 2004 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, LLP
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Attorney
  • Hunton & Williams
  • 1997 - 2000


  • University of Texas School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • University of Arizona
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Marshall v. Air Liquide, et al.
  • The case settled for over $8,000,000.
  • John Doe v. Employers and Asbestos Producers
  • Settlement: $4,000,000
  • Jane Doe v. Shipyard and Asbestos Producers
  • More than $2,000,000


  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Delegate
  • 2014 - 2015
  • Federal Bar Association (New Orleans chapter)
  • Past President
  • 2012 - 2013
  • Federal Bar Association (New Orleans chapter)
  • Board of Directors
  • 2006 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers Louisiana 2020
  • Super Lawyers, part of Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America (New Orleans - Commercial Litigation)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America (New Orleans - Commercial Litigation)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America (New Orleans - Commercial Litigation)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America (New Orleans - Commercial Litigation)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America (New Orleans - Commercial Litigation)
  • U.S. News & World Report
  • 2015
  • National Litigator Award Personal Injury
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2014
  • National Litigator Award - Mesothelioma/Asbestos Litigation
  • Trial Lawyers Board of Regents
  • 2014
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Speaking Engagements

  • Flood Forum USA
  • A Litigation Perspective - Lawsuits and Flooding
  • 2018

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (3)
Endorse Eric
Litigation Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is an extremely smart and capable lawyer. In fact, other lawyers often refer him their cases when they are too complicated. In addition, a spirit of public service guides his practice of law, and he endeavors to use his law license to give back to the community. He took on a complicated immigration case, and he assisted an abandoned immigrant child to get immigration status on a pro bono basis. I endorse him enthusiastically."
Personal injury Attorney | May 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Eric is a great communicator and consumate professional. He is always striving to better himself for his clients. I recommend Eric without reservation."
Litigation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Eric and I were opposing counsel on a matter. He was tenacious and smart in his representation of his client. Many attorneys think that being a good attorney means acting like a jerk. Eric is not one of those people. He is a pleasure to work with - even when he is winning!"
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New Orleans Personal injury Lawyer Eric Reed Nowak
Eric Reed Nowak
Personal injury Attorney
New Orleans, LA
Licensed for 25 years
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