As a member of the Mesothelioma Litigation Group in the Louisiana offices of Baron & Budd, David Cannella serves asbestos victims across the gulf state. After graduating from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1999, Mr. Cannella served as a law clerk to the Honorable Pascal F. Calogero, Jr., Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court. Following his service to Chief Justice Calogero, David served as Assistant District Attorney for Orleans Parish. While working in Harry Connick’s office, Mr. Cannella was assigned to the Narcotics Screening Division and the Felony Trial Division. In addition, David served as an advisor to the Orleans Parish Grand Jury.

In addition to practicing law, David is a faculty member at the Tulane University Law School Intersession Program, where he teaches an advocacy and practical skills course to second and third year law students. “I find it rewarding to pass on to a younger generation what I’ve learned in my years of legal service,” he says.

Since 2001, Mr. Cannella has focused on litigation pertaining to toxic torts, product liability, serious personal injury, and wrongful death, successfully handling multi-million dollar cases and numerous jury and bench trials, both in state and federal court. In one such case, Mr. Cannella obtained a $6.4 million verdict against Asbestos Corporation Limited for a 60-year-old surgical nurse who was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2012. In another, David won a $5.6 million verdict for the husband and son of a woman who died of mesothelioma in 2013. David continues to focus on mesothelioma and other product liability cases for Baron & Budd throughout the state of Louisiana.


Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center (J.D. 1999)

University of Chicago (B.A. 1995)

Bar & Court Admissions


District of Columbia

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

Professional Associations

American Bar Association

American Association of Justice

Louisiana Association of Justice