James Busenlener

Jim Busenlener is an insurance trial lawyer and the managing partner of Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer’s New Orleans branch office. Jim is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, Texas, and Pennsylvania, as well as numerous federal district and appellate courts, and is a Barrister with the Judge John T. Boutall Inn of Court, comprised of Jefferson Parish attorneys and judges. Jim received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washington & Lee University in Lexington, Virginia in 1990, his Juris Doctor degree from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1993, and, while in college, he received a scholarship to study 15th and 16th Century English Literature and History at Oxford University in England.


Prior to joining Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer, Jim was a partner with Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver in New Orleans, wherein he served as Matthiesen, Wickert & Lehrer’s local subrogation counsel in Louisiana for many years. Jim has two decades of experience representing insurers in coverage, professional liability, subrogation, and defense litigation, and also practices in the areas of maritime and commercial litigation. He has extensive experience representing domestic and foreign insurers, including the London Market, in complex, multi-party insurance coverage, indemnity, and casualty defense issues arising out of pipeline ruptures, maritime allisions, well blowouts and industrial accidents. 


Jim is a native of New Orleans and is active in numerous local civic, charitable, and social organizations.