|James Lloveras Cannella, Sr.|
1982 – 1992
Judge of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal (Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes)
1992 – 2006
|Born|| August 14, 1943|
New Orleans, Louisiana
|Died||May 22, 2020 (aged 76)|
|Resting place||Gardens of Memory Cemetery in Metairie in Jefferson Parish|
|Spouse(s)||Nancy Christy Cannellla (married c. 1967-2020, his death)|
|Children|| Christy Cannella Negrotto
James Cannella, Jr.
|Alma mater|| Jesuit High School|
James Lloveras Cannella, Sr. (August 14, 1943 – May 22, 2020), was a Louisiana state court judge in Jefferson Parish in suburban New Orleans, Louisiana. From 1982 to 1992, he served on the 24th Judicial District Court, based in Gretna. From 1992 to 2006, he was judge of the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal, also based in Gretna, which handles the appeals court for Jefferson, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist parishes and is not to be confused with the Fifth Circuit federal appeals court in New Orleans.
The son of Alvin and Lorraine Cannella, he graduated in 1961 from the Roman Catholic Jesuit High School in his native New Orleans. In 1964, he earned his Bachelor of Science degree from LSU-New Orleans, and three years later in 1967 received his Juris Doctorate from the Catholic Loyola University Law School, also in New Orleans. Cannella first practiced law with the firm of Exnicios & Kelly and became a partner in the Metairie firm of Donelon, Cannella and Donelon. In 1982, he was elected to the Division N seat of the 24th district court and became chief judge. Upon retiring from the bench in 2006, he served for a year as city attorney for Kenner, also in Jefferson Parish,. His goal had been to restore stability and confidence into the office.
After retirement, Judge Cannella still served on an ad hoc basis as needed. He was a member of his national, state, and local bar associations, the John C. Boutall American Inns of Court, and an alumnus of both the National Judicial College, and the Christian Legal Society. He was an elder and trustee of the Word of Faith Church in New Orleans, under his close friend, pastor ,s Charles and Michael Green. He helped to establish the annual prayer breakfasts in Kenner and Jefferson Parish, and he presided over Bible studies for lawyers and business lpeople. With his wife, Nancy Christy Cannella, he counselled married couples. 
The Cannellas had three children: Christy Cannella Negrotto (husband Joel), James L. Cannella, Jr. (wife Jennifer) and David Ryan Cannella (wife Karen), and seven grandchildren. His services were held at the Pontchartrain Center in Kenner. He is interred at the Garden of Memories Cemetery, 4900 Airline Drive In Metaire.