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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: 198
  • Number of other lawyers: 142
  • Total number of lawyers: 340

Firm Overview:
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary, regional law firm with attorneys and advisors in 16 offices throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. By offering legal services on a regional basis, this AmLaw 200, NLJ 350 firm provides its clients with localized control over their legal matters, and access for clients to multiple markets where they have interests. 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:
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 everincreasing 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.

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.


  • 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
  • Concord Center 2100 Third Ave North,
  • Suite 1100,
  • 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
  • Brinkley Plaza,
  • 80 Monroe Avenue,
  • Suite 700,
  • Memphis,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 38103
  • Tel +1 901 525 3235
  • 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
  • One Houston Center,
  • 1221 McKinney,
  • Suite 4400,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77010
  • Tel +1 713 652 5151
  • Fax +1 713 652 5152
  • Email : info@arlaw.com
  • Brinkley Plaza,
  • 80 Monroe Avenue,
  • Suite 700,
  • Memphis,
  • Tennessee
  • USA
  • TN 38103
  • Tel +1 901 525 3235
  • 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

THE FIRM This New Orleans-based firm has a well-regarded bankruptcy practice that extends throughout the region. The firm's lawyers are primarily known in the market for their creditor representation in commercial bankruptcies, in which they regularly represent secured creditors and trustees under bond, including banks and other financial institutions. However, the group also comes highly recommended for its strong debtor work, particularly in the oil and gas arena.    

Sources say: "They are super guys: good lawyers and worthy opponents."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Robin Cheatham is an experienced bankruptcy attorney with a strong suit in oil and gas work. He represents debtors and creditors and receives warm praise from the market for his industry knowledge and thoughtful approach to matters.

John Duck is viewed by his peers as a courteous and knowledgeable lawyer who undertakes both debtor and creditor work, although he is perhaps better known for expertise on the latter. "He is a very talented guy who is always well prepared," notes one impressed commentator.

Construction - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm has offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge from which its lawyers handle transactional and dispute resolution construction matters throughout the region. The group represents a wide range of clients in the sector including municipalities, developers, contractors and subcontractors, architects, engineers and owners. In one recent matter, the firm acted for Olshan Foundation Repair in an arbitration after a plaintiff claimed damages for the subsidence of a building, allegedly caused by the faulty underpinning of a wall. The firm's client was found to be without fault, no damages were awarded and partial underpinning of a wall was deemed an acceptable practice. Among its other key clients are Siemens, Humana Insurance, Hard Rock Construction and Entergy Louisiana.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The highly regarded Philip Franco is representing Cajun Elevation & Shoring in an administrative hearing before the state's Office of Community Development on an alleged violation of the rules concerning home elevations. He also led on the Olshan Foundation Repair matter.

Environment - Louisiana

THE FIRM Adams & Reese's Louisiana environment practice is part of a larger firmwide group that serves its clients in environmental matters across the Gulf South. Its lawyers are well versed in all areas of environmental work, from permitting and due diligence provision in transactions to litigation and regulatory enforcement defense.

Sources say: "They know what they are doing, are properly staffed to handle claims, respond very well and they know the law."

KEY INDIVIDUALS The experienced Mark Spansel enjoys a diverse practice that involves a strong element of environmental litigation. Sources say: "He is excellent to work with, he knows the right questions to ask and he knows how to tackle the cases, and does a good job of it."

His partner Glen Pilie is a seasoned attorney who is similarly well versed in environmental litigation, most notably mass toxic tort disputes.

Gaming & Licensing - Louisiana

THE FIRM This longstanding gaming and licensing practice operates out of offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The group acts for a diverse range of gaming and licensing clients, including truck stop gaming companies, bars and restaurants, and comes particularly recommended for its expertise in obtaining video poker and alcohol licenses.

Sources say: "They understand Louisiana law and just get it done quickly and for a reasonable fee."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Daniel Rester maintains a varied practice and is noted for his expertise in gaming regulatory matters. He is "very knowledgeable about the politics and the sensibilities of the regulators that we deal with," notes one impressed client. 

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

THE FIRM This full-service Southeastern firm provides labor and employment advice and representation to clients from offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. The team advises clients on the full spectrum of labor, employment and employee benefits matters. Recent work has seen it advise the Air Conditioning Contractors of America, a trade association, on providing an online service answering queries from association members on labor and employment matters.  

Sources say: "They always answer my questions within 24 hours."

KEY INDIVIDUALS New Orleans-based labor attorney Brooke Duncan is well respected by clients and peers alike. Sources praise his strategic approach and note his skillful advocacy in the courts and in matters before the NLRB. He is lead lawyer on the Air Conditioning Contractors of America matter.

Leslie Lanusse is an experienced labor and employment litigator noted by sources for her meticulous preparation. She has handled a large range of cases, including claims arising from the FLSA, ERISA litigation and matters before the EEOC. "She understands what you need to do to be successful in a labor defense situation," notes one satisfied client.

Real Estate - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm operates from New Orleans and Baton Rouge, and handles real estate finance, transactions, title work, and zoning and land use matters. In a recent highlight, the team has represented Regions Bank in a number of cross-state matters, including several real estate-related transactions. Other key clients include Louisiana REALTORS, Taco Bell, Old Republic National Title Insurance Company and Iberia Bank.   

KEY INDIVIDUALS Malcolm Meyer is noted in the market for his title work and active transactional practice. Sources say: "He is very knowledgeable and is a deal-doer." Meyer is based in the firm's New Orleans office alongside fellow partner Justin Schmidt, who is particularly recommended for his expertise in land use and zoning work.

Energy & Natural Resources - Mississippi

THE FIRM This market-leading firm has a long history in the oil and gas industry as transactional, regulatory and litigation counsel. The firm acted as local counsel to Macquarie Infrastructure Partners II in the acquisition of midstream energy facility Leaf River Energy from NGS Energy. The team represents numerous clients before the Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board (MSOGB).

Sources say: "They are well recognized in the exploration and production area. An excellent firm."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Experienced practitioner Jefferson Stewart offers clients expertise in a broad range of oil and gas exploration and production matters, including litigation, contract drafting and representation before the MSOGB.

Jerry Sheldon enjoys a strong market reputation for title work for oil and gas companies, as well as having significant regulatory expertise. His practice also extends into real estate and forestry matters. Sources name him "the preeminent title attorney in Mississippi."

Energy and environmental team leader Jeffrey Trotter has a general energy practice. He is active in both contentious and noncontentious work in the oil and gas sector, and has experience with mergers and acquisitions and financing for energy projects.

Litigation - Mississippi

THE FIRM This Ridgeland firm continues to be recognized for its close ties with its traditional energy sector client base, while it also has a notable presence in the real estate and insurance sectors. The firm is active in commercial, contract, intellectual property and bankruptcy disputes.

KEY INDIVIDUALS William Brabec is a key contact for the firm and head of the commercial disputes practice.

Real Estate - Mississippi

THE FIRM The regional firm has a broad real estate practice that encompasses litigation, commercial transactions, real estate financing and foreclosures. The group has assisted in a number of acquisitions and financings for clients in the timber industry, and has notable experience in major housing developments. 

KEY INDIVIDUALS Powell Ogletree has a significant niche practice in forestry, specializing in a number of leasing and sale agreements for timber companies. Ogletree is the "top timber guy in the state," says one source.

Media & Entertainment - Tennessee

THE FIRM This Nashville-based team has firmly established itself at the heart of the media and entertainment world in Tennessee, not only through its geographical location on Nashville's celebrated Music Row, but also through a steadfast reputation for first-class work. The group focus on a multiplicity of matters, including IP, entertainment, new media and e-commerce, and its clients range from songwriters, producers and music publishers to illustrators and graphic artists.

Sources say: "Great firm!" 

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Top lawyer” Linda Edell Howard continues to maintain a transactional focus to her work, representing numerous high-profile recording artists, producers, publishers and authors. She is particularly noted for her expertise on IP matters, both on a national and international level.

Lynn Morrow is well known for her work with Christian and country music clients. She is a much-noted litigator and receives high praise from peers, who say: “She is knowledgeable and she understands the dispute resolution aspect of entertainment issues.”

Real Estate - Tennessee

THE FIRM This regional firm offers a comprehensive range of real estate-related legal services. Core areas of practice include commercial leasing, property acquisitions and related real estate financing. The team also advises on construction transactions and economic development, as well as on litigation, licensing and compliance.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Reed Houk is recognized for his representation of banks and other lenders in real estate financings. He also advises on bankruptcy and reorganizations and on related litigation. "He's excellent," sources say.