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David A. Marcello - New Orleans, LA

909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112

Updated: 01/25/2023

New Orleans Legislative Practice Lawyer


David Marcello has served Of Counsel to Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. since 2002. He is a 1968 Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College and holds a 1971 J.D. degree from Tulane Law School, where he was an assistant editor of the Law Review and member of the Order of the Coif. Beginning in 2013, Mr. Marcello has been recognized by Best Lawyers for his work in the practice areas of Municipal Law, Administrative /Regulatory Law, and Land Use & Zoning Law...

About David A. Marcello

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Of Counsel

Year Joined Firm

  • 2002

Practice Areas

  • Legislative Practice
  • Administrative Law
  • Zoning, Planning and Land Use
  • Municipal Law
  • Public-Private Development


Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1971
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1975
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1975

Other Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Access to Justice Committee, 1997 - 1998 (Member)
  • Association for Conflict Resolution, Community, Environmental, and Public Policy Sections (Member)
  • Common Cause of Louisiana, Board of Directors, 1988 - 1992
  • Louisiana Children's Museum, Board of Directors, 1990 - 1996
  • New Orleans Charter Revision Advisory Committee, 1994 - 1995 (Chair)
  • City of New Orleans, 1994 (Legislative Coordinator)
  • The Public Law Center, 1987 - Present (Executive Director)
  • Louisiana Board of Examiners of Certified Shorthand Reporters, 1992 - Present (General Counsel)
  • Blight Task Force, 2010 (Co-Chaired)
  • Professional Services Subcommittee, 2010 (Co-Chaired)
  • New Orleans Ethics Review Board, 2007 - 2009 (Initial Legal Advisor)

Classes and Seminars

  • A City Below Sea Level Rises Above: Exploring the Legal Impacts of Katrina Over the Last Decade – Judicial and Administrative Response Panel, “Ethics Reform in New Orleans: Progress—and Problems Ten Years Post-Katrina", Loyola Law Review Symposium, October 16, 2015
  • International Workshop sponsored by The Protection Project at The Johns Hopkins University-SAIS, "Legislative Drafting: Legal Aid and Legal Texts" held at the International Institute of Higher Studies in Criminal Sciences, Siracusa, Italy. Gave a presentation regarding "The Language of Legislative Drafting.", December 17, 2014 - December 19, 2014
  • "A trip to Hanoi reveals links between New Orleans and Vietnam's capital city," The Times-Picayune, December 4, 2014
  • Association of Women Attorneys presentation on "Vietnam: The 'Rule of Law' in a Communist One-Party System.", November 20, 2014 - Present
  • Consultation with the USAID-funded Governance for Inclusive Growth Project and meetings with representatives of Hanoi Law University, the Ministry of Justice, and the National Assembly regarding improved legislative drafting skills and practices in Vietnam. Delivered remarks to law faculty and students on "Training Legislative Drafters: The Public Law Center Experience" and made a presentation to Ministry of Justice personnel regarding "Transparency and Economic Progress.", September 6, 2014 - September 20, 2014
  • "Fundamentals of Drafting" and "Ethics & Politics of Legislative Drafting, Tennessee Municipal Attorneys Association, Nashville, TN, 2013
  • "Sunshine Training: Openness and Accountability in Government", City Council Chamber, New Orleans, LA , 2012
  • "New Orleans Satellite Government," Bowers Auditorium, 2011
  • "Orleans Parish Elections: Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler!", League of Women Voters Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA , 2011
  • "Win-Win-Win: Advantages of CBA’s for the Community, Developers, Government, and You!" Moderator and Speaker at Symposium on Community Benefit Agreements , Urban Land Institute, The Public Law Center, New Orleans, LA , 2011
  • "Expropriation in Louisiana in a Post-Katrina Era," Southern University Law Center Journal of Race, Gender, and Poverty Symposium: "We’re Taking Your Property, Expropriation and Property Rights,” Baton Rouge, LA , 2011
  • "Thinking Globally, Drafting Locally: Plain Language Drafting at Home and Abroad," , International Municipal Lawyers Association 75th Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA , 2010
  • Housing Recovery in Post-K New Orleans: What Works? What Doesn’t?" Panel Presentation, National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA , 2008
  • "Ethics and Politics of Legislative Drafting", National Conference of State Legislatures Annual Professional Development Seminar, Burlington, VT , 2004
  • "Overview of Charter Reform: New Orleans", Spring Conference on Charter Reform for the Elected Los Angeles Charter Reform Commission, Los Angeles, CA , 1998
  • "Ethics Code, Home Rule Charter, and Open Meetings Law", City of New Orleans Orientation for Board and Commission Members, New Orleans, LA , 1996
  • "Legislative Drafting Training Program," Kosovo Justice Support Program, Pristina, Kosovo, 2009
  • "Direct Democracy in the United States", European Association of Legislation: 6th Congress, Bern, Switzerland, 2004
  • "Legislative Drafting: Training of Trainers", Varna, Bulgaria, 2003
  • "Workshop: Legislative Drafting Program", Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, 2002
  • "Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Dominican Republic", Santo Domingo and Santiago, Dominican Republic, 2000
  • "Legislative Drafting Seminar", Tbilisi, Georgia, 1999
  • "Legislative Drafting Workshop", Chisinau, Moldova, 1998
  • "Citizen Participation in Judicial Reform", United States Information Service Conference on Judicial Reform, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic , 1998
  • "Workshop on Legislative Drafting", United States Information Service, Johannesburg, South Africa, 1997
  • "U.S. Public Interest Practice and Law Reform Methodologies", Eotvos Lorand University Law School, Budapest, Hungary, 1992

Pro Bono Activities

  • Program Committee Chair for the Louisiana Appleseed Board of Directors and also as a Member of the Board of Directors for both the Louisiana Children’s Museum and Common Cause of Louisiana

Past Positions

  • City of New Orleans, Executive Counsel to the Mayor, 1978 - 1980
  • Regional Transit Authority, General Counsel, 1980 - 1987


  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1971
    Honors: Order of the Coif; National and International Moot Court Teams
    Law Review: Tulane Law Review, Member, Associate Editor, 1970 - 1971
  • Williams College, Williamstown, MA, USA, 1968
    Honors: Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa


Accepts Credit Cards


Published Works

  • David A. Marcello, “Systemic Ethics Reform in Katrina's Aftermath,” pp. 82-98 in Amy Liu, Roland V. Anglin, Richard M. Mizelle Jr., and Allison Plyer (eds.), “Resilience and Opportunity: Lessons from the U.S. Gulf Coast after Katrina and Rita”, (Brookings Institution Press: Washington, D.C. 2011)
  • Marcello, “Housing Redevelopment Strategies in the Wake of Katrina and Anti-Kelo Constitutional Amendments: Mapping a Path Through the Landscape of Disaster,”, 53 Loyola L. Rev. 763 (2007)
  • Marcello, “Community Benefit Agreement: New Vehicle for Investment in America's Neighborhoods,”, 39 Urban Lawyer 657 (2007) (included in Thomson/West 2008 Zoning and Planning Law Handbook, reprinting important scholarly contributions)
  • Administrative Practice Under the 1974 Constitution: A 'Silver Anniversary' Review, 62 Louisiana Law Review 185, (2002)
  • The Ethics and Politics of Legislative Drafting, 70 Tulane Law Review #2437, (1996)
  • The Law School in Fiction and Fact: Alternatives in Legal Education, 35 Loyola L. Review 565,(1989), (Essay Review of The Socratic Method)
  • Book Review, The Lawyer, the Public, and Professional Responsibility, 47 Tulane Law Review 929, (1973)
  • Wilson & Marcello, Local Government: How It Works, How to Make It Work for You, September, 1994

Office Information


909 Poydras StreetSuite 2800 New Orleans, LA 70112


  • 504-299-2336



  • Best Lawyers in America since 2013, with special designations in 2017 or a prior year in Administrative / Regulatory Law, Land Use and Zoning Law, Municipal Law, 2021 - 2022
  • Golden Hammer Award for Lifetime Achievement in Housing, 1997 - Present
  • Louisiana Aging Network’s Outstanding Individual Award, 1991 - Present
  • Louisiana Consumers League Public Interest Advocate Award, 1989 - Present
  • Voted the 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" for in Administrative / Regulatory Law in New Orleans
  • 2023 Best Lawyers Award

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