April 25, 2017

New Orleans lawyer David Krebs to receive Andrew C. Hecker Award from American Bar Association

WASHINGTON, April 24, 2017 – The American Bar Association Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section will honor New Orleans lawyer David J. Krebs with its Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award. The award, which recognizes lawyers who have consistently demonstrated and continues to demonstrate, the qualities of leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments, will be presented on Saturday, April 29, during the Section Conference Council Dinner from 7-11 p.m. at the Metropolitan Club in Chicago. 

“The section is very pleased to award David with the Andrew C. Heckler Award,” said Sam H. Poteet Jr., chair of the ABA Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. “David has worked tirelessly to promote the qualities of leadership, outreach, enthusiasm, professionalism and pride in TIPS and its accomplishments.”

Krebs is a partner in Krebs Farley PLLC in New Orleans and specializes in commercial litigation, particularly in the areas of construction law, fidelity and surety law, contracts, lease and property litigation and insurance coverage. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 1982, and worked as an associate at the law firm of Phelps, Dunbar from 1982-87. He was admitted to partnership at that firm in 1988. In 1991, he co-founded the firm of Preaus-Roddy & Krebs, where he was a partner from 1991-2001. Since 2001, he has been managing partner of Krebs Farley.

He is a 1982 graduate of the Tulane University Law School. He received a Masters of Arts degree from the University of Tubingen, Germany, in 1979 and his B.A. from Tulane in 1976. Krebs is a member of the American Bar Association, where he served as chair of the Fidelity and Surety Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section from 2009-10. He is currently a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Texas State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association and New Orleans Bar Association.

A leader in the community, Krebs was chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.  In that role, he guided the organization in providing key legal assistance to individuals in a highly challenging environment. He was heavily involved in Qatar’s Treme/Laffitte Corridor Revitalization Project, which rehabilitated 100 homes in the historic Treme neighborhood after the hurricane. His other pro bono activities have brought him the Distinguished Service Award for Pro Bono Project in 2002 and 2004.

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