Ian Atkinson
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Ian Atkinson

Partner 504.680.6057

Ian Atkinson is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, who focuses on criminal defense, tax representation, commercial litigation, and professional and student misconduct proceedings. He is also a professional mediator.

As a criminal defense attorney, Ian regularly advises clients on complex white-collar matters, including health-care fraud, tax, money laundering, wire and mail fraud allegations, and other investigations.

In his tax practice, Ian helps clients develop strategies to resolve compliance concerns, state and federal tax deficiencies, civil audits, criminal investigations, and IRS litigation. Ian also assists individual and corporate clients in pursuing refund suits to recover tax wrongly paid at both the state and federal level and provides general tax advice.

Ian has extensive experience advocating for students accused of misconduct, including in Title IX proceedings and federal litigation seeking to overturn Title IX outcomes. He also defends doctors, lawyers, and other professionals in professional liability and disciplinary proceedings.

In his civil practice, Ian defends individuals and businesses in a wide range of commercial disputes, including contract disputes, succession matters, business torts, and other litigation before state and federal courts. In addition, Ian advises artists and businesses on intellectual property concerns, such as trademark and copyright law, licensing, and other matters.

Ian also regularly mediates all manner of disputes, including as an appointed member of the Hurricane Ida neutral panels for Orleans Parish Civil District Court and the Eastern District of Louisiana. He is available for flat fee or hourly rate mediations.

  • Successfully obtained probation for many clients accused of crimes calling for significant jail time.
  • Obtained reversals of student disciplinary findings, including Title IX findings of responsibility, through disciplinary appeals and federal litigation.
  • Resolved criminal investigations without indictment or through favorable plea bargains.
  • Litigated numerous successful appeals of civil and criminal matters before the Fifth Circuit, Louisiana appellate courts, and the Louisiana Supreme Court.
  • Order of the Coif
  • Virginia Law Review
  • Board of Directors, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
  • Chair, Criminal Section, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter
  • Benchmark, Under 40
  • Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers, White Collar & Non-White Collar Criminal Defense
  • St. Charles Avenue Magazine Top Attorneys, New Orleans

Law Clerk to the Honorable Edith Brown Clement, United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2009 – 2010

Law Clerk to the Honorable Sarah Vance, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, 2008 – 2009


Admitted to all state and federal courts in Louisiana

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Litigation Focus
  • White Collar Criminal Defense
  • Tax
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Professional Liability
  • Student Misconduct Proceedings
  • Intellectual Property
  • L.L.M. Taxation, New York University School of Law, 2024
  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2008
  • B.A., Tulane University, 2005