• You are now in...

Liskow & Lewis

New Orleans

Liskow & Lewis - New Orleans
  • 701 Poydras Street
  • Suite 5000
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70139
  • Tel:504 581 7979
  • Fax:504 556 4108
  • Email:Contact Us
  • Web:Visit website
  • Managing Partner: R Keith Jarrett
  • Number of partners: 63
  • Number of lawyers: 120
  • Languages: English
  • Website: www.liskow.com

Firm Overview:
Liskow & Lewis was established in 1935 when Cullen Liskow and Austin Lewis formed their law partnership. Long recognized for its contribution to the development of Louisiana’s mineral law, the firm has grown and diversified to meet the evolving demands of its clients. Today, with offices in New Orleans, Lafayette and Houston, the firm pursues a wide-ranging litigation and transactional practice. Firm lawyers regularly handle cases of statewide and national interest in both state and federal courts throughout Louisiana and Texas, as well as in other venues and before state and federal administrative agencies.

Main Areas of Practice:  

Appellate Practice:
US Supreme Court, US Fifth Circuit, Louisiana and Texas Supreme Courts and appellate courts.
Contact: Joe B Norman
Tel: 504 556 4143
Email: jbnorman@liskow.com

Aviation, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation:
Toxic tort, environmental and worker exposure cases involving personal injury and/or property damage.
Contact: Don K Haycraft
Tel: 504 556 4128
Email: dkhaycraft@liskow.com
Contact: Scott C Seiler
Tel: 504 556 4026
Email: scseiler@liskow.com

Complex Business, Bankruptcy & Utility Litigation:
Business reorganizations under Chapter 11, as well as litigation relating to all aspects of a bankruptcy case.
Contact: Philip K Jones Jr
Tel: 504 556 4132
Email: pkjones@liskow.com

Business Law:
Banking, business transactions, gaming,M&A,real estate, securities, utility regulation.
Contact: Robert S Angelico
Tel: 504 556 4112
Email: rsangelico@liskow.com

Business Litigation:
Complex business/commercial litigation; class actions, multidistrict proceedings,multiparty litigation.
Contact: James A Brown
Tel: 504 556 4116
Email: jabrown@liskow.com

Construction Law & Litigation:
Industrial and maritime construction law and litigation; architects’ and engineers’ liability, disputes, defective construction, mold, insurance coverage.
Contact: R Keith Jarrett
Tel: 504 556 4133
Email: rkjarrett@liskow.com

Employee Benefits:
Design, operation, and restructuring of employee benefits and executive compensation plans.
Contact: Randye C Snyder
Tel: 504 556 4123
Email: rcsnyder@liskow.com

Energy & Natural Resources Law:
Clients in domestic production, processing, sale and/or distribution of oil/natural gas, onshore and offshore.
Contact: Jonathan A Hunter
Tel: 504 556 4131
Email: jahunter@liskow.com

Energy Litigation:
Upstream exploration/production to downstream refining/marketing functions.Has represented industry clients in landmark state and federal cases.
Contact: Joe B Norman
Tel: 504 556 4143
Email: jbnorman@liskow.com

Environmental Law:
Permitting, regulatory, compliance and transactional matters, as well as environmental litigation. Experience in all areas of federal and state environmental law.
Contact: Robert E Holden
Tel: 504 556 4130
Email: reholden@liskow.com

Governmental Investigations & White-Collar Defense:
Compliance issues, grand jury/other investigations, criminal trials, qui tam actions, parallel proceedings.
Contact: Kenneth Allen Polite, Jr
Tel: 504 556 4088
Email: kapolite@liskow.com

Labor & Employment:
Human resources issues and labor and employment litigation and claims in federal and state courts, arbitrations and agency proceedings.
Contact: Thomas J McGoey II
Tel: 504 299 6101
Email: tjmcgoey@liskow.comiskow.com

Maritime, Oilfield & Insurance:
Major oil companies, international corporations, insurance companies, local and river industry entities in maritime law matters.
Contact: David W Leefe
Tel: 504 556 4137
Email: dwleefe@liskow.com

Real Estate:
Property acquisitions, industrial plants, office buildings, hotels, hospitals, condominiums, residential subdivisions.
Contact: Wm Blake Bennett
Tel: 504 556 4133
Email: wbbennett@liskow.com

Federal, state, and local tax planning, financing transactions, tax-free reorganization transactions.
Contact: James C Exnicios
Tel: 504 556 4034
Email: jexnicios@liskow.com

Trusts & Estates:
Individual and corporate executors, beneficiaries of successions, trustees and trust beneficiaries in administration of estates and trusts.
Contact: Marguerite LAdams
Tel: 504 556 4142
Email: mladams@liskow.com

Areas of Practice

  • Appellate Practice
  • Aviation
  • Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation
  • Complex Business, Bankruptcy & Utility Litigation
  • Business Law
  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law & Litigation
  • Employee Benefits
  • Energy & Natural Resources Law
  • Energy Litigation
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Investigations & White-Collar Defense
  • Labor & Employment
  • Maritime, Oilfield & Insurance
  • Real Estate Law
  • Tax
  • Trusts & Estates


  • 701 Poydras Street,
  • Suite 5000,
  • New Orleans,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70139
  • Tel 504 581 7979
  • Fax 504 556 4108
  • Email : firm@liskow.com
  • Website : www.liskow.com
  • 822 Harding Street,
  • PO Box 52008,
  • Lafayette,
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70503-70505
  • Tel 337 232 7424
  • Fax 337 267 2399
  • First City Tower,
  • 1001 Fannin Street,
  • Suite 1800,
  • Houston,
  • Texas
  • USA
  • TX 77002
  • Tel 713 651 2900
  • Fax 713 651 2908

Banking & Finance - Louisiana

THE FIRM Liskow & Lewis is traditionally seen as an energy powerhouse, and energy and maritime transactions have continued to be the main drivers for growth in the banking and finance department. The firm acts for a raft of banks and private equity groups and is particularly known for its expertise across credit facilities, equity and debt financings and credit restructurings.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Blake Bennett has an active banking and finance practice with a very strong marine finance element, and enjoys a fine reputation for his work in real estate lending, energy financing and secured transactions. "He is a deal guy who brings a very practical approach to transactions," notes one impressed source.

John Wogan remains a well-regarded figure in the Louisiana legal community and is recognized for his experience in corporate finance, project finance and bank regulatory matters. He also represents a fine choice of counsel for securitized lending transactions.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm operates from offices in New Orleans and Lafayette and carries out a great deal of bankruptcy work on behalf of creditors throughout Louisiana and beyond. The group acts on creditor cases, where its clients include banks, for which it also carries out large seven and eight-figure collections on commercial loans. Additionally, a large part of the group's creditor practice involves representing major oil entities following the bankruptcies of independent oil and gas companies and ancillary companies, such as marine support groups.

Sources say: "They are extremely well versed in the law, extremely thorough and well prepared, very well connected and good to work with."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Philip Jones has a primarily creditor-side representation practice and is praised by sources for both his writing and negotiating skills as well as for his abilities in the courtroom. "His best attribute is that he can find a deal even when involved in a very acrimonious situation," reports one impressed source.

Creditor lawyer Joseph Hebert is based in Lafayette and is recognized for his strong understanding of the oil and gas industry. Interviewees praise his analytical and communication skills, and his ability to manage cases and clients.

Corporate/M&A - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm has offices in Lafayette and New Orleans, from where it advises clients on the full spectrum of business issues including tax, corporate structure, M&A, and securities. It is particularly strong in the energy and maritime areas, and is also noted for its work in heavy industry.

KEY INDIVIDUALS The well-regarded James Exnicios concentrates on federal, state and local tax issues. He regularly provides tax advice to businesses and continues to be much in demand for his litigation expertise, providing representation in the courts and before the IRS and the State of Louisiana Department of Revenue.

Robert Angelico is chair of the state and local tax group and has a fine reputation in the market assisting clients with Louisiana tax matters. He is also routinely called upon for his skills in tax-based disputes and appeals. 

The "very skilled and knowledgeable" John Wogan has a broad-based practice that spans banking, real estate and corporate work. He is particularly recommended for his expertise in corporate restructurings.

Leon Reymond recently joined the firm from Stone Pigman Walther Wittman. He handles a wide variety of work in the corporate sphere, including M&A, corporate structuring and private equity transactions.  

Energy & Natural Resources - Louisiana

THE FIRM This highly respected oil and gas firm has handled some of the most significant and high-profile matters in the sector over the past year for a client list that includes a number of international oil companies. Interviewees praise the firm's capacity in all areas of oil and gas legal work, including onshore and offshore matters, transactional work, litigation and regulatory representation. A number of the firm's lawyers are regarded as experts in their fields, with well-attested links to government and industry figures.  

Sources say: "It has a great deal of expertise in offshore matters and is one of the preeminent firms in that area."

KEY INDIVIDUALS Jonathan Hunter is lauded by peers and industry sources for his expertise across litigation, transactions and regulatory matters. He is particularly noted for his strengths in upstream oil and gas issues, and is also recommended for his federal practice, having won a number of significant cases against the government on behalf of his clients. "He is really smart as hell – he is very creative, writes well and presents well in front of judges. A top-shelf guy, he'd be on my list for a high-dollar case," asserts one enthusiastic source.

The highly regarded Richard Revels is considered a statewide leader in the unitization and conservation space, and is noted for his innovative approach to matters in this area. He regularly handles cases before the Commissioner of Conservation and the State Mineral Board, and is also sought to deliver title opinions on behalf of clients.

The "superb" Lawrence Simon is a well-regarded oil and gas litigator based in Lafayette. He has litigated in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, and has much experience acting for clients before the Department of Conservation. Sources say: "He has a way of synthesizing what can be highly technical information so that it is understandable, and he has a manner which is very effective both in deposition and in presentation of cases."

Rising star James Lapeze "is a younger lawyer who in due course will be right up there with his partners," asserts one impressed commentator. An oil and gas litigator, Lapeze focuses primarily on representing oil companies in issues stemming from upstream oil and gas production.

Environment - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm has a broad practice that encompasses litigation, environmental cleanup work, and regulatory liaison and compliance. It has a stellar list of energy companies on its client roster and its lawyers regularly act for these entities on a variety of regulatory matters and environmental cases, including legacy suits.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Practice head Robert Holden remains much admired for his regulatory capabilities and is particularly renowned for his expertise in offshore regulatory matters. "He is good in terms of coming up with innovative strategies and taking a bigger-picture view of issues," asserts one impressed interviewee.

Robert McNeal's experience working as a trial lawyer for one of the major oil companies has stood him in good stead for his heavily oil and gas-related environmental practice. Commentators regard him as a "go-to legacy lawyer" and single out his strengths in the courtroom, reserving particular praise for his thoroughness and ability to take a strategic view on matters.

The "very knowledgeable" Greg Johnson is well versed across the full spectrum of environmental work, including regulatory, litigation and transactional matters. Prior to working as an attorney, Johnson worked as an environmental engineer, giving him invaluable experience in the technical aspects of the practice.

James Lapeze is recognized for his representation of oil and gas companies in numerous legacy suits. Sources say: "He is on top of what is going on in the case, very knowledgeable of the subject and a great advocate for the position."

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

THE FIRM The key drivers behind this firm's labor and employment practice are its clients in the energy and heavy industry arenas. The firm has offices in New Orleans and Lafayette, and is particularly noted for its defense of wage and hour class actions brought under the FLSA. In addition, the group routinely handles labor arbitrations with unions, and has a fine track record in Title VII race discrimination lawsuits and ERISA cases.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Thomas McGoey is a widely respected employment litigator highlighted by sources for his effective advocacy in the courtroom. His varied experience includes advising clients on personnel matters and policy, and providing representation in state and federal courts and before government bodies. Sources say: "He is very thoughtful and does a great job for his client, really taking the time to understand the entire picture in order to provide cogent advice."

The "accomplished" Randye Snyder is an employee benefits and ERISA attorney who is particularly recommended for her advice on employee benefits programs.

Litigation - Louisiana

THE FIRM This Louisiana firm practices across the Southeast from offices in Lafayette and New Orleans. The engine of the firm has traditionally been its energy department, and its commercial litigators regularly handle cases for blue-chip energy clients. However, the firm has strength in several other areas, particularly professional liability defense work and legal malpractice cases. Other standout areas of expertise include securities and antitrust litigation, and white-collar criminal defense.

Sources say: "The attorneys are smart, creative and efficient. We feel confident in the hands of Liskow & Lewis."

KEY INDIVIDUALS "Top-flight guy" Donald Abaunza is recommended for high-stakes litigation and is particularly noted for his focus on maritime disputes. He is also recognized for his expertise in cases related to energy matters, breach of contract, product liability and insurance. 

James Brown is popular with clients, who say that "dealing with him is a pleasure." He is predominantly recognized for his professional liability and legal malpractice defense practice, although he also handles cases in areas such as banking, trusts and estates, and antitrust. Sources say: "He is excellent to work with – he is responsive, provides solid advice, and has excellent judgment."

Donald Haycraft "is a really good stand-up trial lawyer," according to sources. His practice includes class action defense, toxic tort and wrongful death cases, and he maintains a fine track record in multidistrict litigation.

Joseph Giarrusso is a well-regarded younger litigator, whose practice focuses on commercial and energy-related disputes. "He is a really good guy and he displays a lot of attention to detail," report interviewees.

Managing partner Keith Jarrett focuses on representing energy companies in admiralty cases, in addition to handling traditional energy matters and legacy litigation. An impressed commentator asserts: "He is so experienced in the industrial accidents crisis area and he knows people in the industry and judges. He has a big-picture view of litigation and he can put things in context."

Real Estate - Louisiana

THE FIRM This firm has offices in New Orleans and Lafayette, and is particularly recognized for its real estate work for energy and chemical companies. The group has a fine track record working with developers and lenders, and continues to be much sought for its advice to commercial tenants on leases.

KEY INDIVIDUALS Marguerite Adams acts for lenders and developers and is well versed in acquisitions and sales, as well as real estate financing matters. Additionally, she is much in demand for her title opinion work. 

The "terrific" Leon Reymond is a business lawyer whose real estate practice focuses on representing clients in the sale and leasing of real estate and mineral-bearing properties. Sources reserve particular praise for his hard-working approach to matters.