Lanny R. Zatzkis
Admitted: 1967, Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle Districts of Louisiana; 1968, Texas; 1969, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; 1971, U.S. Tax Court; 1989, Colorado; 1997, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
Law School: Tulane University of Louisiana, LL.B., 1967; Southern Methodist University, LL.M., in Tax Law, 1972
College: Tulane University of Louisiana, B.A., 1966
Member: Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Texas; State Bar of Colorado; Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association; American Trial Lawyers Association
Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi.
Born: Houma, Louisiana, October 22, 1942
I often tell people that I have been fortunate in practicing law in that every day is different in our practice. This constant change has given me the opportunity to learn new areas of the law and more importantly, to learn how things in the real world work.
A few years ago we represented a client who had been severely injured as a result of a train accident. In order to acquaint myself with train accident reconstruction, I read an eight hundred page book to learn about the inner workings of trains and their braking systems. We then convinced a federal magistrate to order train traffic on the main train line into New Orleans be stopped for two hours to permit us to film what the engineer had described he had seen the day of the accident. We filmed the actual locomotive, which was brought back to New Orleans. We then rented a motorized cart that ran on the railroad tracks and filmed what the engineer had seen on the day of the accident. We located a computer reconstruction expert in San Francisco who put together a video consisting of what we had filmed, along with aerial photos, TV footage from the accident, and other important information. Shortly after the attorney for the defendant learned that we could use the video in opening argument, the case was settled.