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Harvey C. Koch

  • Montgomery Barnett
  • Energy Centre Suite 3300
    1100 Poydras Street
  • New Orleans, Louisiana 70163-3300
  • Email:
  • Phone: (504)585-7663
  • Cell:
  • Company Phone: (504) 585-3200
  • Fax: (504) 585-7688


  • Undergraduate: Tulane
  • Graduate: Tulane
  • Law School: Tulane

Career History

Mr. Koch’s practice includes complex state, national, federal and international commercial litigation, litigation management, and extra-contractual defense litigation, the construction process, construction litigation and arbitration, contract insurance coverage interpretation, sports and entertainment law, fidelity, surety and financial institution law, lawyer’s malpractice, errors and omissions.Mr. Koch participated in negotiations in Egypt after the Yom Kippur War leading to removal of ships sunk in the Suez Canal; represented a consortium of companies involved in reconstructing Kuwait and its oil fields after Operation Desert Storm; represented a major international insurance company in developing indemnity agreements, construction bonds, and guarantees for use with contractors in twelve foreign countries; represented the lead insurer in the adjustment of the business interruption claims of the Titan IV rockets manufacturer when the solid rocket fuel manufacturing plant supplying that missile program was destroyed in an explosion. Mr. Koch has defended parties in complex litigation involving nuclear power and fossil fuel plants; the shipping industry, including the buying and selling of stevedoring companies on the U.S. Gulf Coast; anti-trust litigation involving shipping companies; the former Louisiana Sunday Closing laws; and the resurfacing of both runways of the New Orleans International Airport (MSY) in the 1980’s. Mr. Koch also currently represents the construction management firms contractor, all construction at the New Orleans Louis Armstrong International Airport (MSY) and the new Mississippi River Bridge at St. Francisville, Louisiana

Professional Activities


  • American Bar Association (ABA)(1960)
  • ABA Appellate Advocacy Committee, TIPS, Vice Chair (1991 – 1996)
  • ABA Appellate Advocacy National Institute, Faculty Member (1994)
  • ABA Fidelity & Surety Law Committee, TIPS, Chair (1990 – 1991)
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Co-Chairman 1st 3 National Programs (1978 – 1979); Member (1978 – Present)
  • American Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow (1980) Judge
  • American College of Construction Lawyers, Fellow; Board of Governors (1997-2000)
  • American Law Institute (ALI)
  • ALI Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law Third, Suretyship
  • ALI Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law Third, Unfair Competition
  • ALI Consultative Group, Restatement of the Law Third, The Law Governing Lawyers
  • ALI Complex Litigation Project
  • ALI Consultative Group, International Insolvency Project
  • Federal Bar Association, Member (1975 to Present)
  • Federalist Society, Trustee (1984 – 2000); Board of Visitors (2000 – present)
  • International Bar Association, International Construction Law Committee (T), Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), Member (1960)
  • LSBA House of Delegates (1991 – 1993)
  • LSBA Fidelity, Surety and Construction Law Section, Founder (1991) and Chair (1991 – 1993)
  • LSBA Professionalism Task Force, Chair (1991 – 1993)
  • Louisiana State Bar Foundation, Lifetime Fellow and Co-Founder
  • Society of Construction Law (Great Britain)
  • United States Court of Federal Claims Chief Judge’s Advisory Council (1988 – Present)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana Disciplinary Enforcement Counsel (1985 – Present)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana Advisory Group for the Civil Justice Reform Act of 1990 (1995 – 1999)
  • United States Fifth Circuit Judicial Conference (1983 – Present)

Awards and Honors:

  • United States Air Force Strategic Air Command Outstanding Legal Officer Award (1963)
  • United States Secretary of Defense Commendation for the Outstanding Armed Services Absentee Voter Program (1964)
  • President’s E Award (1983) – For outstanding contributions to the United States ExportExpansion Program, as President of the World Trade Center of New Orleans
  • President’s E-Star Award (1985) – For Continuing Outstanding Contributions to the UnitedStates Export Expansion Program, as President of the World Trade Center of New Orleans
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans Board of Directors Award for Outstanding Services Rendered (1965-1985)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Outstanding Service Awards (1985 and 1993)
  • Thomas C. Cunningham Outstanding Service to the People of the Western Hemisphere Award (1987)
  • Federalist Society Outstanding Service Award (1988)
  • United States Secretary of Commerce Export Now Outstanding Service Award (1988)
  • United States Secretary of Energy Outstanding Service Award (1988)
  • American Bar Association Outstanding Service Award (1991)
  • United States Supreme Court Historical Society Outstanding Service Awards (1990 – 1993)
  • Doctor of Laws Degree Honoris Causa and Commencement Speaker, Northwood University (1994)
  • Sons of the American Revolution Outstanding Community Service Award (1995)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Construction Law; Commercial Litigation; Alternative Dispute Resolution)
  • Super Lawyers

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars

  • Project Director and Editor of numerous ABA publications on construction, contract surety bonds and financial institution bond law (1976 – Present)
  • Author and co-author of numerous articles and papers on various aspects of United States and international construction and commercial law and alternative dispute resolution (1973 – Present)
  • Author and co-author of chapters for various Wiley Publishing Company books on construction and surety law, Louisiana construction lien and bond law and Louisiana Contractor Licensing Law (1995 – Present)

Speeches, Panel Discussions, and Seminars:

  • Chaired six and co-chaired four American Bar Association National Institutes, Annual and Mid-Winter Meeting Programs on alternative dispute resolution, complex litigation and construction, insurance, surety and financial institution bond law and international commercial law (1963 – Present)
  • Frequent lecturer on United States and international construction, commercial and constitutional law in the United States, GreatBritain and the European Continent (1963 – Present)

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana Supreme Court
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 5th, 8th, 11th and Federal Circuits
  • United States Court of Military Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States Court of International Trade
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle andWestern Districts of Louisiana

Community Activities

  • United States Air Force Judge Advocate, Captain; McDill Air Force Base, Tampa, Florida and San Vito dei Normanni Air Station (National Security Administration), Brindisi, Italy (1961 – 1965)
  • Louisiana Lifetime Notarial Commission (1965)
  • Louisiana Architects Selection Board, Chair (1981)
  • Louisiana Engineers Selection Board, Chair (1982)
  • Louisiana Import/Export Trust Authority, Chair (1983 – 1984)
  • Caribbean Basin Business Promotion Council, United States Department of Commerce, Chair (1987 – 1990)
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans, President (1982 – 1985); Chair (1985 – 1986)
  • Louisiana U.S. Export Council, Chair (1985 – 1992)
  • Latin American/Caribbean Action Executive Committee, Chair (1985 – 1987)
  • International Political Leaders Program, Republican National Convention, Chair (1988)
  • National D-Day Museum, Board of Directors (1994 – Present)
  • German-American Chamber of Commerce, Louisiana Chair (1995 – 2000)
  • Republican National Conventions 1984, 1988 and 1992
  • Trinity Episcopal Church Vestry

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