Richard Cortizas is a partner at Jones Walker LLP and focuses on transactional matters and represents clients in complex land use and zoning matters, public finance, and economic development projects. Richard also serves as chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee, with a mission of which is threefold: to increase awareness of the importance of diversity within the firm; to foster mutual respect and appreciation for different perspectives and experiences; and to develop and implement strategies to recruit, retain, and advance lawyers and staff from diverse backgrounds.
Richard holds a BBA in International Business from Loyola University and a JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He previously served as Executive Counsel to New Orleans’ Mayor Mitch Landrieu and as City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, in which he directed and supervised legal affairs for the City of New Orleans. Richard currently serves as the Chair of the Lusher Charter School Board and as Secretary and Treasurer for Greater New Orleans, Inc.