F. A. Little, Jr. Of Counsel

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F. A. Little, Jr. played a defining role in the firm’s early growth and success.  He departed in 1984 to assume a presidential appointment to the federal bench.   He served 22 years as U. S. District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, including six years (1996 - 2002) as Chief Judge.  He also sat by designation on approximately 250 cases on the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits.

At Gold Weems, he draws on his years of experience as a practitioner and Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel in the areas of wills and successions and as a former member of the federal judiciary in the field of mediation and arbitration (FINRA qualified) and consultant on commercial matters and federal litigation.

Recognitions
  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
  • Certified FINRA (Financial Regulatory Authority) arbitrator and mediator
Professional and Civic Activities
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
    • Certified Tax Practitioner
    • Chairman, Tax Section
    • Chairman, Young Lawyers Section
    • House of Delegates (1964 - 1984)
    • Board of Governors (1968)
  • Alexandria Bar Association
    • Past president
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation
    • Life Fellow
    • Board of Directors (1992 - 1998)
  • American Bar Association
    • Lifetime Fellow
  • American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (1976 - present)
    • Fellow
  • Louisiana State Law Institute
    • Council member
    • Senior Officer (1962 - present)
  • Crossroads American Inn of Court, co-founder
  • Tulane University Tax Institute
  • Tulane University Estate Planning Council
  • Tulane University Law School
    • Lecturer on U.S. Constitution/Bill of Rights
Publications and Presentations
  • Authored over 200 published opinions for the U.S. District Court and U.S. Court of Appeal for the Fifth and Sixth Circuits.
  • Published in the Tulane Law Review, Tax Law Review, and Hastings Law Journal.
  • Wrote Chapter 31 (Use of Special Masters in Connection with Class Proceedings) for the ABA's A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions.
Past Experience
Judge Little (Ret.) practiced with Gold, Little, Weems, Bruser, Sues and Rundell, where he served as firm president until 1984, when he was appointed by President Reagan to the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.  He served as Chief Judge of the court from 1996 to 2002, and retired from that position in 2006.  From 2006 until 2015, he served as Chief Judge of the Coushatta Indian Tribe of Louisiana.
 

Education

  • Tulane University, J.D. and L.L.M, 1961
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1958
  • Certified Public Accountant  - Louisiana (Hon.)

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals
    • Fifth Circuit
    • Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Courts
    • Eastern District of Louisiana
    • Middle District of Louisiana