New Orleans Office • Senior Counsel

Rose McCabe LeBreton

Whether litigating or transacting, Rose resolves complex commercial real estate issues involving riverfront development, public-private partnerships, title claims, or land use applications.

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Focusing on commercial real estate development and land title, Rose is currently the lead counsel for land use and development issues for the re-development of the corner of Loyola Avenue and Poydras Street. This location is the gateway to the New Orleans sports and entertainment district, including the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and the Smoothie King Center. The new six-story building is the New Orleans home of Dave and Buster's, with retail shopping and parking.

At present, Rose’s real estate group is also guiding the renovation and re-development of the historic Maison Hospitaliere property, occupying more than half of a square in the heart of the French Quarter, into luxury condominiums.

Rose also serves as counsel to the Deepwater Horizon Trust, with responsibility to lead the Wetlands Review Team in determining ownership of the Louisiana wetlands area damaged by the BP Oil Spill.

Her practice areas focus on all aspects of real estate development, including sales, acquisition, leases, and land use, as well as title insurance law and defense. She has particular depth in the resolution of complex title issues, which includes curing the title on 43,500 acres for the largest landowner in St. Tammany Parish, and the oversight of the resolution of hundreds of title insurance claims for national title insurance underwriters. With special expertise in riverfront and historic title, Rose has been the “legal architect” for the development of Tulane University’s riverfront properties. Development of this project requires in-depth knowledge of riverfront title and regulatory issues, and involves working closely with the Port of New Orleans, the New Orleans Convention Center, and the City of New Orleans on behalf of the client. Rose was instrumental in negotiating the major lease of the premises.

Rose has also used her experience to craft the land use rights, conditions, and restrictions necessary to unite ten individually-owned properties in the French Quarter into one working hotel complex, and to develop multiple sites through lease or acquisition for a national bank in Louisiana and Texas. At Lugenbuhl, she leads the real estate group and founded LAWLA Title, LLC, an in-house title agency providing commercial closing services.

Rose’s work in both the law and the community was recognized in 2009, when she was selected as a New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year honoree and her practice was highlighted as a feature article in the Best Lawyers edition of New Orleans Magazine in November 2011. She is also Martindale-Hubbell AV-rated and listed for Real Estate in Super Lawyers and Chambers and Partners. She is a Hall of Fame honoree in New Orleans’ CityBusiness Leadership in Law Class and noted as a top lawyer in real estate in New Orleans Magazine.


  • ABA Real Estate Section (Title Insurance Subcommittee)
  • New Orleans Bar Real Estate Committee
  • Urban Land Institute (Executive Committee)
  • New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women (President 2009)
  • LA Land and Title Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board
  • Texas Bar Association


  • Best Lawyers 
  • Super Lawyers 
  • Chambers and Partners USA
  • New Orleans Top Lawyers
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Awards Hall of Fame Honoree Class of 2021
  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Awards Honoree (2017, 2019, 2021)
  • 2011 & 2016 Featured Article in New Orleans Magazine, Best Lawyers Edition
  • CREW Network Chair of Recognition Committee
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
  • 2009 CityBusiness Woman of the Year Honoree
  • Outstanding Young Woman of America

Special Experience

  • Assistant Dean, Tulane Law School, 1977-1979
  • Law Clerk to Hon. Charles Schwartz, Jr. (U.S.D.C., E.D. LA) 1979-1980
  • Licensed Real Estate Agent, 1976
  • Foreign Language: French
  • Reported Cases: Five N Co. v. Singer A&P Remainder Trust, et al., 721 So.2d 1066 (La.App.1stCir. 1998), cert. denied, 1999 La. Lexis 610 (La. Feb. 5, 1999)

Personal Information

Born and bred in New York, Rose came to New Orleans to attend Newcomb College, where she met her husband, Edward F. LeBreton III. Together they have three children, Edward IV, Julie, Amelie, and one grandchild Annabelle. She enjoys being with her family, cooking and traveling.

Title Curative Litigation

Representing private landowners or national title insurance underwriters, Rose has overseen over many lawsuits defending or establishing title in favor of her clients. Notably, she represented a national title insurance underwriter in a recovery action against an agent in a defalcation matter and in addition cured over 100 titles that had been neglected by the agent. She successfully defended the title to over 500 acres of land fronting on the Mississippi River, obtaining a summary judgment interpreting the effect of federal land patents. She also obtained a judgment that was affirmed at the appellate level which established access rights to the anchor parcel in a Baton Rouge shopping center.

Community Involvement

  • Tulane University Alumni Advisory Board (ADD Bullet)
  • Tulane Law School Alumni Committee & Chair of the Annual Tulane Hall of Fame Luncheon
  • Board of Directors for the Garden District Association
  • Founding Board of Directors for the Preservation Resource Center
  • Founding Board of Directors for Camp Pleasant, Inc.
  • Member of New Orleans Opera Association
  • Member BRAVO for the New Orleans Ballet Association

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