Year admitted to practice: 1981
Nicholls State University(B.S., Economics, 1978)
Tulane University Law School (J.D., 1981)
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.
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 Louisiana State Law Institute’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. Click here to visit a gallery of his work.