Stephen Dale Cronin


Stephen Dale Cronin primarily represents insurers and insureds before the courts of Louisiana (federal and state) in matters arising from liability claims related to automobile accidents or other alleged tortious conduct.  A large part of his practice involves consulting and representing insurers on matters of coverage, as well as claims for extra-contractual “bad faith.” In connection with his work in these areas, he has prosecuted and argued numerous appeals before the appellate courts of the State of Louisiana, the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. In addition to these areas, his practice also includes workers’ compensation, and personal injury defense. 

Dale is a 2001 graduate of the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and winner of the Tullis Moot Court Competition in 2001.  He received the CALI Excellence for the Future Award (highest grade in class) for: Federal Courts, U.S. Constitutional History; Commercial Paper; Insurance; Appellate Advocacy; The Legal Profession; Criminal Law.  Dale received his Master of Arts in History from the University of Delaware in 1992 and his B.A. from Louisiana State University (also in History) in 1990.  He is a 1986 graduate of Catholic High School in Baton Rouge – and taught at CHS from 1994-1996.

While a practicing attorney, Dale taught five semesters of Advanced Appellate Advocacy as an Adjunct Professor at the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.  He also has given numerous presentations on insurance coverage defense and bad faith for National Business Institute.

Mr. Cronin is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States. 

Significant Published Opinions:

  • Tucker v. Thornton, et al, 22-431 (La.App. 5 Cir. 4/26/23), 2023 WL 3089890, --- So.3d ----
  • Barbera v. Andrade, et al, 22-147 (La.App. 5 Cir. 11/30/22), 2022 WL 17333087, --- So.3d ----
  • Ledet v. Campo, 2012-1193 (La.App. 3 Cir. 3/6/13), 128 So.3d 1034.
  • Colony Ins. Co. v. NJC Enterprises, 927 F.Supp.2d 319 (M.D.La. 2013).
  • Southern Ins. Co. v. Metal Depot, 2010-1899 (La.App. 1 Cir. 6/10/11), 70 So.3d 922, rehearing denied, writ denied, 2011-1763 (La. 10/14/11), 74 So.3d 215.
  • Carrier v. City of Amite, 2010-0007 (La. 10/19/10), 50 So.3d 1247.
  • Augustine v. SAFECO Nat. Ins. Co., 2008-1515 (La.App. 3 Cir. 6/10/09), 18 So.3d 761.
  • Darby v. Sentry Ins. Auto. Mut. Co., 2007-0407 (La.App. 1 Cir. 3/23/07), 960 So.2d 226, writ denied, 2007-0638 (La. 3/28/07), 953 So.2d 59.
  • Abraham v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co., 465 F.3d 609 (5th Cir. (La.) 2006).
  • Satterthwaite v. Byais, 2005-0010 (La.App. 1 Cir. 7/26/06), 943 So.2d 390.
  • Malbreaugh v. CNA Ins. Co., 2003-2088 (La.App. 1 Cir. 9/17/04), 887 So.2d 494, writ denied, 2004-2568 (La. 12/17/04), 888 So.2d 871.

Significant Unpublished Decisions:

  • Elkins v. Bradshaw, 2019 WL 1931741 (M.D.La. 2019).
  • Armelin v. Government Employees Insurance Company, 2018 WL 2017585 (E.D.La. 2018).
  • Ioppolo v. Rumana, 581 Fed.Appx. 321 (5th Cir. (La.) 2014).
  • McGuire v. Kelly, 2010-0562 (La.App. 1 Cir. 1/30/12), 2012 WL 602366, rehearing denied.
  • Cain v. Altec Industries, Inc., 236 Fed.Appx. 965 (5th Cir. (La.) 2007).

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