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Leopold Z. Sher - New Orleans, LA

909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112

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Updated: 01/25/2023

New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Lawyer


Mr. Sher is a business lawyer whose practice is concentrated in commercial real estate and business and finance law. He also practices in the areas of: commercial litigation, health care, creditors' rights, workouts and foreclosures, commercial bankruptcy, disaster recovery, arbitration and mediation, administrative and public law, secured finance and asset based lending...

About Leopold Z. Sher

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Co-managing Member

Practice Areas

  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Business and Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Creditors' Rights
  • Workouts and Foreclosures
  • Commercial Bankruptcy
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Arbitration and Mediation


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1976
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Other Affiliations

  • American Law Institute, Member, Consultative Group for Compliance, Enforcement, and Risk Management for Corporations, Nonprofits, and Other Organizations, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Advisory Board, 2014 - Present (Member)
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Board of Governors, Treasurer (Member)
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys (Member)
  • American Arbitration Association, Panel of Arbitrators (Member)
  • The Association for Real Property and Infrastructure (ARPI) (Treasurer)
  • American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers (Member)
  • American Law Institute (Member; Member Consultative Group for Rest. Third, The U.S. Law of International Commercial Arbitration)
  • Tulane Law School Dean's Advisory Board (Member)
  • Arts Council of New Orleans, 2010 - Present (Board of Directors)
  • New Orleans Opera Association (Secretary - Present)
  • Lender's Counsel Group of the American Land Title Association (ALTA) (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Real Property Section, Governing Counsel, Section Delegate to the House of Delegate (Member)
  • American Bar Association, 2011 - Present (Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness)
  • Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law's Task Force on Real Property Law School Curriculum Committee, 2009-2010
  • American Bar Association Judicial Division, 2009 - Present (Member)
  • American Bar Association, Business Section, Commercial Financial Services Committee (Member)
  • American College of Mortgage Attorneys, Member, 2000 - Present
  • International Council of Shopping Centers (Member)
  • American Bar Foundation (Member)
  • Academy of Hospitality Industry Attorneys (Member)
  • Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys, Inc. (Member)
  • American Bankruptcy Institute (Member)
  • Federal Bar Association (Member)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Member)
  • CCIM, Louisiana Chapter Commercial Real Estate (Member)
  • Louisiana Land Title Association (Member)
  • Louisiana Bankers Association (Member)

Classes and Seminars

  • New York, New York: A Multi-Topic CLE Seminar, “Issues with Arbitration Clauses,” and “Choice of Law vs. Forum Selection” , Louisiana State Bar Association, November 19, 2016 - November 21, 2016
  • Mr. Sher has spoken on the following topics: Expropriation/Condemnation/Eminent Domain, Capital Markets, Ethics, Real Estate Finance, Government Bailouts, Asset Based Lending, Disaster Recovery, Environmental Law, Limited Liability Companies, Workouts, Leases, Title Insurance, Lender Liability, Civil Forfeiture, Distressed Real Estate, Brokerage Agreements and Arbitration. Mr. Sher participates annually in the Tulane Law School Intersession "Transactional Boot Camp" program. He also regularly speaks on ethics and professionalism at the New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinator’s CLE Program.

Pro Bono Activities

  • New Orleans Bar Association’s representative to The Pro Bono Project


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana
    Honors: Moot Court
  • Tulane University, New Orleans
    Honors: cum laude
    Honors: Phi Beta Kappa
    Major: Political Science


Accepts Credit Cards

Office Information


909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112


  • 504-299-2301


Other Sources of Feedback About Leopold Z. Sher

Included on the 2023 Louisiana list

Past Lists

  • 2022 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Louisiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2007 Louisiana Super Lawyers list

View the profile for Leopold Z. Sher on Super Lawyers


  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Litigator in America, 2022
  • Lawdragon 500 named Mr. Sher one of its Leading Lawyers in America, 2007-2021 and one of its Top Managing Partners You Need to Know for 2008. Lawdragon named Mr. Sher a Lawdragon Legend in 2016, and in 2021, he was inducted to the Lawdragon 500 Hall of Fame.
  • Best Lawyers in America since 2006 with special designations, during 2021 or a prior year, in Administrative / Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Franchise Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Land Use and Zoning, Litigation – Municipal, Litigation - Real Estate, Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law, Municipal Law, Non-Profit / Charities Law, Project Finance Law, Real Estate Law and Securitization and Structured Finance Law, 2021-2022
  • Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, 2011, 2012, 2021-2022
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers 2021-2022, recognized in the New Orleans Top 50 (2013-2020), Louisiana Top 10 (2007-2012, 2014-2020) and Louisiana Top 50 (2007-2017)
  • Chambers and Partners 2004 - 2020 USA Rankings in Real Estate (Band 1) – Chambers sources stated that “The well-respected Leopold Sher has a varied business practice with a strong focus on finance and commercial real estate. He has a strong track record in representing banks, REITs, insurance companies and real estate developers.” Furthermore, 2016 Chambers sources wrote, "Leopold Sher focuses his practice on commercial real estate matters for a broad clientele. He has experience in project financing, drafting agreements and title insurance issues." Sources name him "a strong, good lawyer and a smart guy."
  • New Orleans Magazine's 2018 Top Lawyers List for Corporate Law, International Arbitration and Securities Regulation
  • Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017
  • Nation’s Top One Percent, National Association of Distinguished Counsel, 2016
  • Who’s Who Legal Real Estate Directory - Leading Real Estate Lawyer, 2015
  • New Orleans City Business has awarded Mr. Sher the first annual Leadership in Law Award for 2005, as one of the top 50 Lawyers in New Orleans, 2005
  • 2023 Best Lawyers Award

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