David J. Messina

Adjunct Professor of Law

David J. Messina
David J. Messina

David J. Messina, a partner in the New Orleans office of Chaffe McCall, LLP, has close to 30 years of experience representing a broad base of clients in connection with insolvency and bankruptcy matters. He is board certified in business bankruptcy law by the American Board of Certification, is a board certified specialist in business bankruptcy law with the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization, and has been an Adjunct Professor at Loyola University Law School teaching Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy for the last thirteen years. He has a comprehensive knowledge of the Bankruptcy Code and extensive experience in bankruptcy court litigation, having successfully represented debtors, debtors in possession, and creditors in connection with problem credits, workouts, and bankruptcy cases filed under Chapters 7, 11, 12, and 13. A considerable part of his practice also involves the representation of Chapter 7 and 11 bankruptcy trustees in connection with all aspects of their administration of bankruptcy estates. 

Mr. Messina has been recognized consistently by leading legal and local publications including Best Lawyers in America, Louisiana Super Lawyers and New Orleans Magazine (“Top Lawyers” list) for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, Insolvency, and Reorganization Law. He is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy law seminars, including multiple appearances over the last 20 years as a speaker at the annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar sponsored and organized by the Louisiana State University Center for Continuing Professional Development and the Louisiana bankruptcy judges.

During law school at Loyola University, David was a member of the Board of Editors of Loyola Law Review.  After graduation, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Louis M. Phillips, Judge for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.


B.M., Loyola University, 1984; M.B.A, Loyola University, 1987; J.D., Loyola University, 1987

Classes Taught

Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy