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Adams and Reese LLP

New Orleans

  • One Shell Square
  • 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70139
  • Tel:+1 504 581 3234
  • Fax:+1 504 566 0210
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: Charles P Adams, Jr
  • Number of partners: 204
  • Number of other lawyers: 138
  • Total number of lawyers: 342 

Firm Overview:
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary, regional law firm with more than 340 attorneys and advisors in 16 offices and seven states throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. The firm Adams and Reese was named by American Lawyer Media as a Go-To Law Firm for Litigation and Leading Financial Services Companies. Adams and Reese strives to foster a working environment of inclusion, understanding, respect and opportunity for all. Enriched by a diversity of backgrounds and experiences within the firm, Adams and Reese attorneys and staff are committed to helping improve the communities where they live and work. The firm dedicates time, talent and financial resources to many community outreach projects as well as to civic and professional organizations. In recognition of these efforts, the firm has received multiple community service and pro bono awards from state bar associations across the firm’s regional footprint. Adams and Reese has also ranked first in ‘Encouraging Diversity’ by the Birmingham Business Journal and was named by MultiCultural Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity’ and by Women 3.0 Magazine as one of the ‘Top 100 Law Firms for Women.’

Main Areas of Practice:
Litigation:
Both of the firm’s founding partners were widely respected litigators involved in some of the most momentous court decisions of their time. As the firm grew, Adams and Reese earned a national reputation for outstanding trial work. Adams and Reese represents its clients before all courts, governmental regulatory bodies, tribunals, as well as alternate dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation. The firm is experienced in an ever-increasing variety of litigation matters ranging from the simplest forms of court action, to multidistrict litigation, complex/class action claims, and mass tort litigation. Adams and Reese litigators represent clients in the following areas: commercial disputes; banking and financial matters; professional liability/D&O; antitrust and unfair competition; products liability; asbestos; pharmaceuticals; insurance; pesticides; energy and environmental; maritime; health care; transportation; real estate and construction; technology and telecommunications; state and local taxation; class action; appellate; arbitration and alternate dispute resolution. The firm’s land use attorneys obtain critical land use approvals for clients, including federal, state, regional, local land use plan amendments and zonings. Adams and Reese also recently strengthened its long-term care practice, representing one of the nation’s largest diversified providers of post-acute care services.

Corporate/Transactions:
Adams and Reese provides advice to privately and publicly held business organizations including corporations, general partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships and proprietorships. The firm counsels clients in all phases of business development and continuation, such as business organization, choice of entity, choice of jurisdiction, organizational documentation, state and federal filings, general securities and tax issues bearing upon these types of entities. The firm’s corporate practice areas include: banking and finance; tax; general corporate; securities; mergers and acquisitions; bankruptcy and commercial restructuring; public finance; economic development; forestry; and real estate. The firm’s Governmental Relations Team of attorneys and advisors constantly follows developments in Washington DC and they, together with other members of our Stimulus Team, are assisting clients in efforts to capitalize on the relatively unique opportunities provided by the Act.

Special Business Services:
Adams and Reese attorneys partner with their clients to develop and execute creative and insightful strategies that will assist in accomplishing the goals of the organization. On the labor and employment front, Adams and Reese clients turn to the firm to tailor policies and procedures specific to their organization. The firm represents management in all areas of employment and traditional labor law, including employee benefits and compensation; litigation; administrative proceedings; contract compliance; and labor/management relations. The firm’s Intellectual Property Team is experienced in handling all of the following: copyrights; commercial litigation; contractual negotiation, development and litigation; computer and software protection; software technology; communications law; entertainment; internet and cyberspace issues; patents; international protection; trademarks; and trade secrets.

Branches

  • One Shell Square,
  • 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500,
  • New Orleans,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70139
  • Tel +1 504 581 3234
  • Fax +1 504 566 0210
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • Website : www.adamsandreese.com
  • Regions Harbert Plaza,
  • 1901 6th Avenue North,
  • Suite 3000,
  • Birmingham,
  • Alabama
  • USA
  • AL 35203
  • Tel +1 205 250 5000
  • Fax +1 205 250 5034
  • RSA Battle House Tower,
  • 11 North Water Street,
  • Suite 23200,
  • Mobile,
  • Alabama
  • USA
  • AL 36602
  • Tel +1 251 433 3234
  • Fax +1 251 438 7733
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • 20F Street NW,,
  • Suite 500,
  • Washington, DC,
  • District of Columbia
  • USA
  • 20001
  • Tel +1 202 737 3234
  • Fax +1 202 737 0264
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • 1515 Ringling Boulevard,
  • Suite 700,
  • Sarasota,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 34236
  • Tel +1 941 316 7600
  • Fax +1 941 316 7676
  • 150 Second Avenue,
  • North Suite 1700,
  • St Petersburg,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33701
  • Tel +1 727 502 8200
  • Fax +1 727 502 8282
  • 450 Laurel Street,
  • Suite 1900,
  • Baton Rouge,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70801
  • Tel +1 225 336 5200
  • Fax +1 225 336 5220
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • 300 Renaissance,
  • 1018 Highland Colony Parkway,,
  • Suite 800,
  • Jackson,
  • Mississippi
  • USA
  • MS 39157
  • Tel +1 601 353 3234
  • Fax +1 601 355 9708
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • Crescent Center,
  • 6075 Poplar Avenue,
  • Suite 700,
  • Memphis,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 38119
  • Tel +1 901 525 3234
  • Fax +1 901 524 5419
  • Downtown,
  • 424 Church Street,
  • Suite 2700,
  • Nashville,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 37219
  • Tel +1 615 259 1450
  • Fax +1 615 259 1470
  • Music Row,
  • 901 18th Avenue South,
  • Nashville,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 37212
  • Tel +1 615 341 0068
  • Fax +1 615 341 0596
  • LyondellBasell Tower,
  • 1221 McKinney,
  • Suite 4400,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77010
  • Tel +1 713 652 5151
  • Fax +1 713 652 5152
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • Crescent Center,
  • 6075 Poplar Avenue,
  • Suite 700,
  • Memphis,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 38119
  • Tel +1 901 525 3234
  • Fax +1 901 524 5419
  • 2457 Care Drive,
  • Tallahassee,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • 32308
  • Tel 850 878 2411
  • Fax 205 250 5034
  • 101 East Kennedy Boulevard,
  • Suite 4000,
  • Tampa,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • FL 33602
  • Tel 813 402 2880
  • Fax 813 402 2887
  • 1501 Main Street,
  • 5th Floor,
  • Columbia,
  • South Carolina
  • USA
  • SC 29201
  • Tel +1 803 254 4190
  • Fax +1 803 779 4749
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • EverBank Plaza,
  • 501 Riverside Ave. 7th Floor,
  • Jacksonville,
  • Florida
  • USA
  • Fl 32202
  • Tel +1 904 355 1700
  • Fax +1 904 355 1797
  • Email : info@arlaw.com

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Louisiana

What the team is known for A recognized force in the Louisiana bankruptcy market. Local and national involvement in commercial bankruptcies. Equally experienced in debtor and creditor matters and acts for a number of prominent financial institutions.

Notable practitioners  

Robin Cheatham is active in this sector, particularly in oil and gas matters. He is a knowledgeable bankruptcy practitioner and peers acknowledge the volume and quality of the work he has been involved in recently.

John Duck is regularly involved in commercial Chapter 11 matters and a large portion of his practice is dedicated to the management of intricate restructurings in the corporate arena. Market commentators describe him as "a fine lawyer." 

Construction - Louisiana

What the team is known for Strong regional team with additional offices across the country representing developers and contractors in construction transactions. 

Notable practitioners  

Philip Franco is described as a "sharp lawyer," and brings extensive experience in construction law. He advises and handles the disputes of various clients including Fortune 500 companies. 

Environment - Louisiana

What the team is known for Healthy practice with particular involvement in environmental damage cases both in Louisiana and across the Gulf Coast. Local presence as part of a broad southern and southeastern network, with experience in permitting, transactions and litigation. 

Notable practitioners  

Mark Spansel concentrates his work in the areas of environmental and toxic tort litigation, and energy and maritime litigation.

Team leader Glen Pilie has contributed to the development of the environmental practice at Adams and Reese, particularly emphasizing his focus on mass torts. He also has experience in Superfund site work.

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

What the team is known for Versatile labor and employment practice advising employers in a broad range of industries on the full scope of issues. Impressive litigation capabilities and a commendable track record in significant mandates throughout the state.

Work highlights Advised a number of charter schools in Baton Rouge and New Orleans on various HR policies and employment matters.

Represented Ports America in relation to union organizing, which involved litigation before the NLRB.

Notable practitioners  

Based in New Orleans, Brooke Duncan is a senior partner in the firm's labor and employment team. He receives acclaim for his expertise in a variety of labor matters and his extensive experience in matters involving the NLRB.

Leslie Lanusse is highly regarded for her litigation practice, which focuses on employment disputes. Peers note her experience and skill throughout the sector, acting before the EEOC and handling FLSA, OSHA and a variety of whistle-blower claims.

Significant clients Tulane University, Brooke Staffing, Brett Robinson Gulf Corp, eQHealth Solutions, Chubb. 

Litigation - Louisiana

This firm is classed as a "Other Noted Firm".

Other Noted Firms are firms that are active in this practice area but have not yet been ranked.

Energy & Natural Resources - Mississippi

What the team is known for Oil and gas experts, able to handle transactional, regulatory and litigation mandates on behalf of their clients. Heavily involved in significant litigation in Mississippi of late with the participation of colleagues across the Southeast.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They represent all kinds of clients in the oil and gas arena, and are highly respected in that area."

Work highlights Represented Chevron Phillips Chemical in litigation concerning asbestos exposure in Mississippi oilfields between the 1960s and the mid-1980s. Successfully sought reversal and remand of a $15.2 million verdict.

Counsel to developers of the high-profile Tuscaloosa Marine Shale project in southwest Mississippi.

Notable practitioners

Jerry Sheldon is the team's leading title attorney who also specializes in regulatory matters. He offers clients considerable experience with around four decades in practice.

Litigation expert Jeffrey Trotter represented Chevron Phillips Chemical in obtaining the reversal and remand of a $15.2 million personal injury verdict concerning asbestos exposure in Mississippi oilfields. One peer remarks: "I just think he does a good job! And whenever I run into him, he is doing work for quality clients."

Litigation - Mississippi

What the team is known for Offers diverse litigation expertise, with attorneys in Mississippi able to work closely with colleagues across the Southeast. Key industries include oil and gas, healthcare and pharmaceuticals. 

Notable practitioners  

The practice's key contact is Jackson-based William Brabec, head of business litigation and commercial dispute resolution. 

Real Estate - Mississippi

What the team is known for Extensive expertise in relation to forestry, handling diverse real estate matters for clients associated with the timber industry. Also experienced in handling transactional, litigation and financing matters for a range of other clients, and notably active in housing development work.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The team has been very resourceful and thorough in all the legal matters that they have handled."  

Work highlights Acted for a multifamily housing developer on the acquisition and development of a 97-acre development, including a residential subdivision, retail site and public park.

Notable practitioners  

Powell Ogletree is highly respected for his expertise in forestry. He continues to represent a number of significant clients in the industry, and sources praise his knowledge of the area, responsiveness and creativity in solving problems.

Significant clients Hancock Natural Resource Group, Forest Investments Associates, Resource Management Service, Old Republic Title Insurance, Gulf LNG Energy.

Media & Entertainment - Tennessee

What the team is known for A boutique practice with prime position on Music Row in Nashville. Represents clients both nationally and internationally. Offers multidisciplinary support in areas such as labor, litigation, trademarks and taxes, among others.

Notable practitioners  

Linda Edell Howard has an excellent reputation as a transactional lawyer. Peers note that she "navigates difficult issues for some good clients across the country." She offers extensive experience and expertise in new media, IP and technology matters.  

Lynn Morrow offers an impressive combination of litigation and transactional skills, and is particularly active within the Christian music industry. Sources say: "She can look at an issue and see what needs to be done."

Real Estate - Tennessee

What the team is known for Represents industrial clients in real property and relevant financing mandates. Handles operational issues and transactions related to commercial and residential real estate developments.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very thorough, good communicators and excellent strategic thinkers."

Notable practitioners 

Clients commend Reed Houk for his involvement in property acquisitions, dispositions and financing. Peers describe him as a "well-respected real estate attorney."