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Liskow & Lewis

New Orleans

Liskow & Lewis - New Orleans
  • 701 Poydras Street
  • Suite 5000
  • New Orleans
  • Louisiana
  • USA
  • LA 70139
  • Managing Partner: R Keith Jarrett
  • Number of partners: 62
  • Number of lawyers: 130 
  • Languages: English

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: Dorothy “Dee” Taylor
Tel: 504 556 4020
Email: dtaylor@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 L Adams
Tel: 504 556 4142
Email: mladams@liskow.com

Areas of Practice

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

What the team is known for Represents banks in all types of secured transactions as well as maintaining activity in the maritime and energy sectors. Continues to manage the financing of a number of large-scale projects across the state.

Notable practitioners  

Blake Bennett is singled out by his peers for being "very experienced and practical in his judgment." His expertise lies in financial matters related to real estate and marine financing, among other things. Commentators add that he is "first class in his approach." 

John Wogan acts for various banking institutions operating nationally as well as globally, and he regularly handles high-value lending transactions and bond financings.

Bankruptcy/Restructuring - Louisiana

What the team is known for Strong focus on creditors' work and increasingly involved in corporate matters. Continues to boast a strong client base in oil and gas, one of the firm's main areas of expertise along with the maritime industry. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients) 
"They have a solid understanding of the law but also have a very strong business sense. They have very deep energy industry experience."

"They are skilled, knowledgeable, very professional and cost-conscious. A real pleasure to work with."

Notable practitioners  

Philip Jones is "an outstanding restructuring attorney. He fully understands what the key business issues are and what it takes to get a deal done," according to sources. He is considered "a great team leader and exceptional negotiator," and clients describe him as a "true gentleman" with "incredible communication skills."

Joseph Hebert is well known for his oil and gas specialty as well as his focus on creditor matters. Commentators affirm that he is "very experienced, efficient and has extensive industry knowledge in the oil and gas business."

Corporate/M&A - Louisiana

What the team is known for Considerable experience in tax matters and a good reputation for its work in the energy and oil and gas sectors. Often carries out bond transactions, reorganizations and numerous other M&A-related matters. 

Notable practitioners  

James Exnicios is known for his expertise in all facets of tax law. His vast knowledge of accountancy allows him to provide advice on a wide variety of business issues. He is also an experienced litigator and represents a number of large businesses.

Robert Angelico's practice focuses primarily on state tax. He is considered one of the top lawyers by peers, who identify him as a go-to practitioner for sophisticated taxation issues.

Leon Reymond often advises businesses through purchases, stock transfers and mergers. Sources describe him as a "super lawyer" with whom "you always get good results."

John Wogan has deep experience in the corporate field and his knowledge stretches across a number of industries. He has acted for numerous financial institutions as well as prominent clients in the healthcare department.

Energy & Natural Resources - Louisiana

What the team is known for Extensive expertise across the energy and natural resources sector. Represents a series of major energy companies both at home and abroad in trial and appellate work, contract drafting and negotiation, transactional issues and regulatory counseling.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They are very good lawyers, and they focus on this field. I find them more expert in the field than others."

"They are immediately responsive, thorough and accurate." 

Notable practitioners  

Jonathan Hunter is regarded by clients as one of the most able oil and gas lawyers in the state. He advises companies regarding federal regulations, and is praised for being "technically skilled but also keeping costs as low as possible." 

Lawrence Simon has extensive experience in oil and gas litigation. He handles energy and natural resources work as part of a broad disputes practice which also takes in commercial cases and appellate work. 

Richard Revels represents a variety of oil and gas companies in energy regulatory matters. He also handles related energy litigation. 

James Lapeze concentrates his practice on a wide range of oil and gas matters. Alongside his litigation experience, he also counsels clients on leasing issues. 

Environment - Louisiana

What the team is known for Leading Louisiana environmental practice with experience in significant cleanup work and regulatory matters, as well as the full range of related litigation. Extensive regional expertise enables involvement in matters relating to both federal and state law. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"In-depth knowledge; good at spotting issues that may not be spotted by others."

"They keep me advised on matters, with strong recommendations for course of action."

Notable practitioners

Department head Robert Holden offers "very good knowledge in environmental regulation and offshore industry." He regularly advises natural resources, petrochemical and industrial companies. 

Respected attorney Robert McNeal is known for handling matters involving oilfield cleanups, and has represented clients in cases before state regulators.

Greg Johnson is a "very serious, smart environmental lawyer" who has expertise in advising a variety of organizations in complex matters relating to regulatory compliance.  

James Lapeze practices in a variety of areas in environmental and land damage matters. He has experience in cases relating to oilfield operations and naturally occurring radioactive materials.

Labor & Employment - Louisiana

What the team is known for Representing clients involved in oil and gas and manufacturing in a variety of employment matters, including employee benefits advice. Receives praise for the skill of its partners in litigation and their understanding of the Louisiana market.

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"They're a very good firm - top-quality in the local area." 

Notable practitioners

Head of department Thomas McGoey is acclaimed by peers as one of the leading employment litigators in the state. His wide-ranging practice incorporates expertise in discrimination suits, FLSA, whistle-blower claims and labor law.

Randye Snyder leads the firm's employee benefits group. He advises employers on structuring and compliance for ERISA and tax matters. 

Litigation - Louisiana

What the team is known for Well-established litigation practice, especially highly regarded for its longstanding specialist expertise in energy work and professional liability. Excellent client roster and strong presence throughout the region, operating from offices in New Orleans and Lafayette. 

Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients)
"The firm is knowledgeable, efficient and effective, and the lawyers are pragmatic and look for solutions that make economic sense."

Notable practitioners

Donald Abaunza is highly regarded by peers for his experience in a wide range of litigation matters and arbitration work, and for his impressive standing within the market. In particular, he is praised for the strength of his maritime practice and his expertise in energy work, including major legacy suits.

Head of department James Brown focuses his practice on professional liability work, with impressive experience in a range of other areas, including contract disputes, First Amendment work and banking matters. Clients note that "he knows how to get to the heart of a matter and come up with a strategy to address it," and attest that he is "smart, effective and personable - he has top-notch courtroom skills and a good sense for connecting with jurors."

Keith Jarrett is noted for his depth of experience in a wide range of areas, with particular expertise in maritime and oil and gas matters, alongside formidable strength in construction and product liability work. Observers call him "an extremely capable lawyer with a broad perspective."

Don Haycraft has an enviable track record of high-profile class actions and mass tort work, bolstered by significant experience in personal injury and wrongful death work and expertise in multidistrict litigation. Sources describe him as "very competent and intelligent" and affirm that "he's a thoughtful lawyer who does a fine job."

Joseph Giarrusso's practice covers a wide variety of sectors, with particular focus on disputes in the energy sector alongside notable expertise in bankruptcy, securities and tort work.

Real Estate - Louisiana

What the team is known for Represents lenders and developers in transactional and development matters relating to the full range of properties both locally and regionally. Also has expertise in property tax issues and real estate work relating to the energy sector.

Notable practitioners  

Marguerite Adams specializes in matters such as acquisitions, construction and financing of commercial buildings. Her broad knowledge of the field has earned praise for an ability to "deal with a wide range of matters."  

Respected attorney Leon Reymond represents real estate clients in the construction, acquisition and leasing of properties as part of a broad business law practice.