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Meet Edward Markle

Edward Markle was graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Aerospace Engineering.   After working for Combustion Engineering designing nuclear and fossil fuel power plant, Mr. Markle enrolled in the MBA program at Tulane University and then transferred to the combined law/MBA programs offered at Loyola University.   He received his degrees from Loyola Law School in 1978.  Mr. Markle is licensed to practice law and maintains offices in the states of Mississippi, Louisiana, Colorado, and Texas.

Since graduating from law school, Mr. Markle's practice has consisted of commercial litigation, insurance defense, aviation, governmental relations, insurance coverage, errors and omission, director's and officer's liability, products liability, aviation litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and professional liability litigation.   He has counseled many corporate clients on intellectual property requirements as well.   Mr. Markle has extensive trial experience at every state and federal court level in Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and Texas and has tried lawsuits in several foreign countries.   He also has broad experience in handling multiparty complex litigation, which routinely involves multimillion-dollar claims as well as broad experience in large real estate development projects. 


In addition to his years of general litigation and business practice, Mr. Markle has been registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office since 1978.   He has been heavily involved in copyright and trademark infringement litigation.   He is also a Licensed FAA Flight Instructor and Commercial Pilot and calls upon his personal experience with over 10,000 hours of flying time in connection with his membership in the Aviation Section of the American Bar Association. 

Mr. Markle is also a member of the Colorado, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and American Bar Associations, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the National Transportation Safety Board Association.   He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court and various other federal and state courts throughout the country. 

Dedicated and Determined

Since 1988, Mr. Markle has served as a teacher and instructor at both Tulane University and the University of Florida, lecturing on environmental law and related issues.   He is also very active with a variety of civil groups and was chosen "Man of the Year" for 1989 by the Algiers Community Network in New Orleans. 

In 1991, the Mayor of the City of New Orleans (Sidney Barthelemy) appointed Mr. Markle to act as the City's chief legal negotiator and advisor on all issues involving economic development.   As the chief legal counsel to the Mayor and the City of New Orleans, Mr. Markle negotiated and drafted the lease agreement, real estate agreements, financial documents and other contractual documents that led to the establishment and development of one of the world's largest multi-purpose economic development complexes, which includes one of the world's largest gaming casinos.   He was also responsible for monitoring and coordinating all financial matters of the economic project including issues concerning debt, equity, trusts, and bonding.   Mr. Markle was further responsible for monitoring the legislative process during the initial stages of the economic legislation.   Mr. Markle organized, developed and incorporated the Rivergate Development Corporation, the public benefit corporation charged with overseeing the operation of the New Orleans casino.   Mr. Markle was also in charge of all real estate leases and real estate development.   Mr. Markle has also represented governments in Michigan, Massachusetts,  and Indiana as well as Mexico on NAFTA and economic matters.   

In 1999, Mr. Markle created the Plaquemines Parish Coastal Zone Management Committee ("CZM"), under President Rouselle and became one of its first members, having been appointed by the Plaquemines Parish Council and President.  The CZM was charged with the responsibility of reviewing coastal restoration plans for Plaquemines Parish and providing recommendations to the Parish Council.  Mr. Markle also acted as the Committee's legal counsel. For eight (8) years, Mr. Markle was the chief executive counsel to Parish President, Benny Rouselle.

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In 2004, Mr. Markle was retained by the Commissioner of Insurance to rewrite and recodify the Louisiana Insurance Code.  The proposed legislation was introduced in the spring of 2009 and passed the legislature without any major changes or modifications.  Mr. Markle continues to provide update services to the Commissioner and the Legislature.

In 2004, Mr. Markle was on the short list to be appointed by President George W. Bush to become the NASA Administrator.  He underwent the Senate confirmation investigation.  While Mr. Markle was not chosen by the President, he was honored to have been considered for the position.

On August 14, 2015, Mr. Carter was appointed to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors provides policy guidance and fiscal oversight for nine public universities in the State of Louisiana:

In 2007, Mr. Markle was honored to be appointed as a member of Governor Jindal's Governmental Transition Team.

In 2008, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Mr. Markle to the New Orleans Convention Center Board of Directors.  He is presently in his second term as a Board Member.

In 2013, Governor Bobby Jindal appointed Mr. Markle to serve on the Louisiana Board of Regents, a managing body responsible for managing and operating all of the colleges and universities in the state of Louisiana with a budget of over one billion dollars.

Mr. Markle became a PADI licensed scuba diver in 1996.

Mr. Markle holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, the highest rating granted by that national legal directory.