Catherine I. Chávarri, Attorney

Catherine I. Chávarri

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Catherine I. Chávarri, a native of Virginia, is a 1990 graduate of Loyola Law School (New Orleans). She also studied in Madrid, Spain, with Marshall-Wythe School of Law (William and Mary College). Her areas of practice include personal injury, criminal defense, insurance defense, immigration and international law. She is a panel attorney for the Federal Public Defender in the Eastern District of Louisiana. She is also qualified by the Administrative Offices of the United States Courts as a certified court interpreter for English-Spanish proceedings. Among others, she is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), Women’s Professional Council, Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and Hispanic Lawyers Association of Louisiana. She is a Practitioner in NLP, Neurolinguistic Programming.

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1996
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1997


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D. – 1990
  • Randolph-Macon Woman’s College, Lynchburg, Virginia
    • B.A. – 1972
    • Major: Spanish

Representative Cases

  • Quick v. Murphy Oil Co., 643 So.2d 1291 (La.App. 4 Cir., 1994), writ denied
  • United States v. Penaloza-Duarte, 473 F.3d 575 (5th Cir. 2006)

Representative Clients

  • Claude Kelly, Federal Public Defender, Eastern District of LA
  • William Corum, American Fidelity Assurance Company
  • Brian Haurylak, American Southern Insurance Company

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  • Louisiana Hispanic Lawyers Association, Member, 1990 – Present
  • LA-Mexico Trade Association, Director, 1994 – 1996
  • Sociedad Espanola
  • Council for International Visitors
  • Federal Public Defender EDLA, Panel Attorney, 1994 – Present
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2003 – Present
  • Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, 2008 – Present
  • American Society for Training and Development, 2003 – 2005
  • Women’s Professional Council, 2008 – Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Law Offices of Maria I. O’Byrne Stephenson, Associate, 1990 – 1996

Ancillary Businesses

  • Translating/Interpreting, Spanish/English


  • Spanish
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