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Litigation: General Commercial — Louisiana


Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Preeminent litigation practice that frequently acts for domestic and international clients in high-value disputes. Notable expertise in defending against large-scale class actions involving construction, securities and finance issues. Possesses a depth of knowledge in environment litigation involving energy companies. Also fields significant experience in regulatory investigations and white-collar criminal defense litigation.

StrengthsThe team provides excellent client service at good value” with a bench of “very qualified traditional commercial litigators.”

Notable practitioners

Roy Cheatwood is praised by peers as a “tough adversary but enjoyable to work with,” and clients value that he is “on top of all cases.” He is highly recommended as a commercial litigator with a broad spread of cases including corporate, contract and environmental disputes.

Interviewees compliment Kent Lambert on his “really good mastery of the case” and describe him as a “bright lawyer.” He has a breadth of experience in commercial litigation with particular expertise handling class actions.

Nancy Degan has an excellent reputation as a business litigator, often acting on behalf of financial institutions. She has further expertise in litigation arising in the hospitality and energy sectors.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Dominant litigation boutique that fields an elite team able to handle a broad range of disputes, including insurance, product liability and securities cases. Frequently called on to handle bad faith cases. Also offers significant financial regulatory expertise, including defending against enforcement proceedings.

Strengths Market commentators agree this “top-notch litigation firm” has “excellent attorneys” who are “always respectful, even when in a difficult situation.”

Work highlights Represented Florida Gas Transmission Company in a mass tort action relating to alleged damage to the crawfish harvest due to the environmental impact of oil and gas activity in the Atchafalaya Basin. The team successfully obtained a dismissal of all claims against the client.

Continued to advise Liberty Insurance Underwriters on the substantial high-stakes litigation arising from the impact of a sinkhole.

Significant clients UBS, Chubb, Johnson & Johnson, CITGO Petroleum, Hilcorp Energy.

Notable practitioners

The "brilliant" George Freeman is considered by sources to be “very technical and very effective.” He has devoted his time to handling a broad range of securities litigation and has acted for a number of well-known financial organizations.

Stephen Kupperman is seen as “very smart” and interviewees “can't say a bad thing about him as a litigator.” He is a seasoned class action practitioner and also deals with a wide array of commercial and securities litigation.

The “terrificRichard Sarver is described as “excellent on his feet and a trial lawyer who handles himself very, very well in front of jurors.” He offers clients his wealth of court experience in a wide spectrum of disputes, notably regarding toxic tort matters and product liability issues.

Steven Usdin is praised by sources for his deep experience. He handles a wide spread of commercial litigation including contract disputes and insurance coverage defense. Sources say: "He is very smart and well connected. He is thoughtful and makes smart decisions - everything he does is well thought out."

Judy Barrasso remains a prominent presence in the commercial litigation market as a “top litigator." She is well equipped to handle high-stakes litigation, notably insurance defense, securities fraud and senior employer liability.

Minor Pipes is described as a "rising star" by an impressed source. He continues to develop a broad construction and business litigation practice, and has expertise in class action defense and insurance coverage cases.

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Fishman Haygood LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Strong litigation group which is noted for its versatile civil disputes practice. Expertise includes defending public companies against securities class actions, as well as bringing high-value recovery actions against broker-dealers and investment advisers. Further experience representing government bodies seeking recovery of taxes and noted for its significant First Amendment capabilities.

Strengths This "excellent litigation firm" is picked out by sources for its "excellent trial lawyers who have a very good presence in the courtroom." The team's attorneys are also known to be "skillful negotiators in arbitrations."

Work highlights Represented a class of investors in a claim for approximately $5.5 billion in damages from five banks for their parts in the significant Stanford International Bank Ponzi scheme.

Acted as lead trial counsel for River House Partners in a case against Grandbridge Real Estate Capital, in which the client alleged that the defendant had failed to fulfill its contractual obligations to obtain HUD insurance and to close a loan relating to the construction of a large development in Baton Rouge.

Significant clients Rouse's Enterprises, Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority - East, Orleans Parish School Board, Baylor College of Medicine, The Times Picayune.

Notable practitioners

Brent Barriere is “extremely well respected” by interviewees. He has extensive expertise in commercial litigation such as creditors' rights and contract disputes.

Sources say that Lori Mince “pairs a first-rate legal mind with a sense of practicality.” She continues to take on an interesting spread of commercial cases including First Amendment issues and contractual disputes across a range of sectors from retail to construction.

Managing partner James Swanson is known to be “a very, very shrewd litigator” who is “smart, creative and hard-working.” He operates across the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration, working on cases ranging from shareholder suits to environmental issues. He is particularly noted for his securities litigation work.

Skylar Rosenbloom is respected by market commentators and continues to build on his experience with a range of commercial and corporate litigation. He has a notable knowledge of the distilled spirits industry.

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Jones Walker LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Regional powerhouse that provides comprehensive expertise across an extensive range of civil and criminal disputes. Regularly defends against big-ticket class actions involving matters such as product liability and securities issues. Recommended for its experience in ADR proceedings and impressive national coverage. Represents clients in both state and federal courts.

Strengths The team is noted for having “a lot of depth,” as well as being “very responsive to requests for advice and support.”

Work highlights Acted for Taylor Energy Company in a $432 million breach of contract claim following the DOI's decommissioning of a number of wells drilled in the Gulf of Mexico.

Defended Morgan Stanley in the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals against allegations that the client conspired with Lloyds of London after Hurricane Katrina to compromise a supposed $350 million insurance claim.

Significant clients Transamerica Life.

Notable practitioners

Mark Cunningham is well regarded as a litigator who is "very effective” for his clients. He enjoys a broad practice handling antitrust and securities matters for clients in a variety of industries. He regularly appears in both trial and appellate courts.

The "excellent" Patrick Vance attracts praise for his “great bedside manner.” His practice spans a broad spectrum of contentious matters, from RICO cases to bankruptcy litigation.

Michael Magner is widely considered to be a "really good trial lawyer" who is "highly recommended" by sources. He focuses his attention on criminal defense, notably in anticorruption compliance, as part of his civil and white-collar practice.

Covert Geary is complimented by interviewees as an attorney who is able to "keep extremely complex documents of thousands of pages organized and logical." He is well versed in a range of commercial litigation matters within the financial, energy and healthcare arenas.

Market commentators agree that Pauline Hardin is “top of the list of people to call” as “one of the leading white-collar defense lawyers.” She has a breadth of experience in the full range of white-collar litigation at state and federal level.

Harry Hardin is complimented as a “very smart guy” and remains a recognized name in the commercial litigation sphere. He offers a diverse set of clients the benefit of his extensive experience with antitrust matters, contract disputes and class actions, among other contentious issues.

Department profile by Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP litigators provide litigation counsel, advice, and support to many of the world's largest corporations, as well as to prominent local and regional companies. We are experienced in a wide
variety of substantive areas, including:

  • Antitrust and trade regulation
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Environmental and toxic torts
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual property
  • Labor and employment
  • Oil and gas
  • Products liability
  • Professional liability
  • Public utility regulation
  • Securities
  • Transportation
  • White collar crime

Our group handles disputes in many types of forums. In addition to appearing in state and federal courts in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and throughout the country, we represent clients before a variety of state and federal agencies.

We are experienced with alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We have appeared in proceedings under the auspices of the American Arbitration Association, National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and the International Chamber of Commerce, as well as under the UNCITRAL Arbitration Rules of 1976. Jones Walker has qualified mediators, National Association of Securities Dealers Regulation (NASDR) arbitrators, and others experienced in resolving disputes outside of the courts.

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Liskow & Lewis - Litigation

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What the team is known for Highly regarded for its longstanding representation of major energy clients in high-value civil litigation. Also noted for its strength in areas such as construction, admiralty and environmental disputes. Acts for an impressive set of national companies. Strong bench of litigators whose trial experience is complemented by additional experience in regulatory investigations.

Strengths "They focus on the right issues and get to the point," say sources.

Notable practitioners

James Brown is a seasoned practitioner with experience on both class actions and individual suits. He regularly deals with professional liability, contract and banking disputes and has additional expertise in education law. "He is incredibly responsive and a great communicator," says one source, continuing: "He has great ideas and is well connected."

Keith Jarrett is well respected as a trial attorney by market commentators. He has a general litigation practice with particular expertise in the maritime and oil spaces.

Donald Abaunza is well known by market sources and recognized for his knowledge of contentious issues in the environment and maritime sectors. He has recent experience with environmental disaster cases.

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Market-leading Louisiana firm fielding a deep bench of trial lawyers. Extensive coverage of disputes such as antitrust, product liability, RICO and insurance cases for a broad roster of local and multinational companies. Also highlighted for its defense of individuals and corporations in external investigations and white-collar criminal litigation. Well equipped to handle appeals as well as represent clients in arbitrations and mediation.

Strengths Clients consider themselves “fortunate to have a firm of their stature and ability,” with interviewees commending the firm's “very creative, excellent brief writers.”

Work highlights Represented Client Network Services in a case against the State of Louisiana involving the cancellation of a $200 million contract for the processing of Medicaid claims.

Continued to act on behalf of Sid-Mar's Restaurant & Lounge in a long-running claim for approximately $4 million compensation from the State of Louisiana after it commandeered the land where the restaurant was situated for a hurricane protection project. The team was successful at the trial and appeal stages.

Significant clients Cameron International, XL Specialty Insurance, Noble Energy, State Farm Fire & Casualty, Insurance Auto Auctions.

Notable practitioners

"Details person" Barry Ashe receives "high marks" from sources who comment on his "good follow-through on cases, and quick responses." He is highly experienced and appears in an array of commercial cases at appellate level.

"Terrific lawyer" Wayne Lee is praised for both his trial style and brief writing. He has a strong litigation practice with broad experience in class actions, insurance defense and contractual disputes.

LegendPhillip Wittmann is widely considered “the dean of litigation lawyers in the state” and is noted for his "long history and track record of handling the most complicated and interesting cases." He offers clients the benefit of his extensive knowledge in complex commercial, antitrust and product liability litigation.

Sources commend Michael Walshe for being "very, very astute" and "very responsive and smart." He has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice encompassing insurance defense, bankruptcy and tort liability cases.

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Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC - Litigation

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What the team is known for Extensive commercial litigation experience, which includes acting on insurance coverage issues, franchising disputes and securities cases. Regularly handles litigation arising from the energy sector. Also frequently retained to advise on the defense of consumer class actions.

Notable practitioners

Ewell Eagan is considered by sources to be a “real heavyweight” who is “good on his feet.” He offers an impressively diverse set of clients his deep expertise in commercial litigation, particularly handling class actions and disputes in the oil and gas space.

Renaissance manHoward Sinor is complimented as a “good lawyer and very good writer” by market sources. He has a broad commercial litigation practice spanning a range of industries, from healthcare to construction. He has notable expertise in resolving cases through arbitration and mediation.

Editorial for Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC, now merged with Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC

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Phelps Dunbar LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Continues to represent major corporations and municipal bodies in civil and criminal disputes, including large-scale class actions. Acts for plaintiffs and defendants in matters such as construction defect and toxic tort claims, as well as offering significant expertise in securities litigation. Also offers expertise in white-collar cases.

Strengths Clients say: "They are so practical and they are very timely. What they present is well thought out, and they take the time to understand our business."

Work highlights Continued to act for Beijing New Building Materials in its defense of claims amounting to over $1.3 billion relating to Chinese drywall.

Assisted the Lafayette Parish School Board with the investigation and judicial proceedings to remove the superintendent of the Lafayette Parish School System from tenure. The team also handled litigation to recover approximately $3.5 million of misappropriated funds.

Significant clients Google, Coca-Cola, Anschutz Entertainment Group, Waste Management, Kansas City Southern Railway Company.

Notable practitioners

The "legendary" Harry Rosenberg is held in high esteem by market sources who "think the world of him as a litigator." He has a wide-ranging practice and is recognized both for his representation of companies and individuals in high-profile commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense cases.

Christopher Ralston is well regarded as a "very solid trial lawyer." He advises on a range of commercial litigation and has further gathered an array of knowledge in securities cases, antitrust and tax litigation.

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Adams and Reese LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for New entrant to the table with a solid bench of attorneys offering a diverse skillset in commercial litigation, government relations and product liability. Regularly handles high-stakes matters in both trial and appellate courts at state and federal level.

Strengths The firm is commended by sources for having "very responsive, very savvy and experienced courtroom litigators."

Work highlights Retained as appeal counsel to defend an oil and gas client against a mass tort suit following an alleged toxic release.

Advised the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools and seven individual charter schools on claims brought by the Louisiana Association of Educators and the Iberville Parish School Board relating to the constitutionality of $200 million of funding provided to public charter schools through the State's Minimum Foundation Program.

Significant clients GlaxoSmithKline, Statoil, Pool Corp, GE Oil & Gas, AIG Commercial Insurance.

Notable practitioners

Mark Beebe is well known in the market as “a good, solid lawyer,” according to interviewees. He has extensive experience with a broad spectrum of commercial litigation including antitrust, class action and contract disputes.

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Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Offers services across a broad spread of commercial disputes, including antitrust, securities and IP litigation. Also fields notable strength in advising on regulatory compliance, which informs its strong dispute avoidance practice. Acts for clients such as energy, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies across the state. Has recently handled a number of sizable class actions.

Strengths “For good, solid legal and contractual advice, look to Breazeale,” says one client, while another source notes: "They deliver great client service. They are very responsible and knowledgeable about the New Orleans legal market. They are also good value.”

Work highlights Defended Tulane University Hospital and Clinic against a proposed class action regarding allegedly improper billing for medical services. The case was dismissed at an early stage.

Obtained the dismissal of a potential class action against Blue Bell Creameries regarding its product recall by making payment through an unconditional tender to the named plaintiff to moot the action.

Notable practitioners

Claude Reynaud is a “very good negotiator,” according to commentators. He has a strong practice with a diverse caseload including antitrust, breach of contract and intellectual property matters.

Department profile by Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

The courtroom tests an attorney's entire skill set, and avoiding litigation is an equally demanding challenge. BSW's litigation teams are highly skilled, no matter where the action takes place. Our team focuses on swift, thorough resolution of business disputes through litigation, litigation prevention, mediation and arbitration. Our attorneys counsel clients on legal, governance and operational matters, and assist in contract negotiations and regulatory compliance. From simple contract disputes to complex federal multi-party, multi-issue litigation, our range of experience and proven results are indisputable.

Background and Experience

  • Contract
  • Trademark, Copyright, & Patent Infringement
  • Trade Secret, Non-competition, Unfair Competition and Unfair Trade Practices
  • Oil & Gas
  • Corporate Governance & Fiduciary Matters (Shareholder Disputes and Officer & Director Disputes)
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Banking & Trust
  • Securities
  • Antitrust
  • RICO
  • Consumer Credit & Privacy
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Constitutional Immunities & Federal Civil Rights
  • Class Actions

While litigation is often the final result of a business claim, our most valuable service is often dispute avoidance. The group provides litigation prevention, business advice, and compliance planning in the following areas:

  • Contract Negotiations and Document Drafting
  • Intellectual Property License Agreements
  • Trademark and Copyright Registrations, Assignments, and Sales
  • Non-competition Agreements and Trade Secret Protection
  • Federal Regulatory Compliance Planning

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McGlinchey Stafford - Litigation

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What the team is known for Maintains a strong reputation for its handling of commercial disputes and product liability class actions for a wide-ranging client base, which includes financial institutions, public entities and healthcare groups. Notable experience in white-collar criminal defense litigation and government investigations, with specialized knowledge of qui tam actions.

Strengths The firm garners praise from interviewees for its “quick response and good communication” and "excellent" client service.

Work highlights Defended Gulf Industries against third-party claims by executives as part of a wider suit against the executives brought by the majority shareholder of Gulf and valued at $2.75 million.

Acted as co-trial counsel for Kerr-McGee in a contract dispute regarding overriding royalty interests valued at $160 million. The team negotiated a successful settlement.

Notable practitioners

Richard Aguilar garners admiration for his quality caseload as well as his "good clients, lots of people skills and good handling of negotiations." He has widespread commercial expertise and experience acting as outside counsel to a diverse set of business clients including energy companies and financial institutions.

Interviewees know Christine Lipsey to be a strong litigator. She continues to handle a variety of cases, including class actions and insurance defense matters.

Department profile by McGlinchey Stafford

McGlinchey Stafford’s widely recognized litigation team defends Fortune 500 corporations and financial institutions, national and regional businesses, insurers, and entrepreneurs in a full range of commercial litigation issues.

While our practice is broad, we maintain a special emphasis on complex corporate and contract disputes, creditors’ rights litigation on behalf of financial institutions and lenders, and lender representation in bankruptcies and workouts.

For every litigation matter, we employ an approach that is cost and time-efficient, business-practical, and solution-driven. Highly trained paralegal and technology teams support our firm’s litigators in order to expedite case management and ensure consistent, timely client communications.

A steadfast focus on risk management is also a hallmark of our practice. We leverage our team’s experience and in-depth client knowledge to streamline the litigation process and help our clients avoid or minimize future litigation wherever possible.

Frequently, commercial conflicts and disputes require representation before various regulatory, administrative, and governmental agencies. Our firm’s government relations team assists clients in achieving legislative and regulatory solutions as part of our litigation strategies.

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Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP - Litigation

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What the team is known for Broad-based litigation practice regularly handling high-value energy disputes. Also acts on matters such as antitrust cases, breach of contract claims and securities litigation for multinational and local businesses, including healthcare and financial services companies. Experienced with handling insurance coverage disputes.

Notable practitioners

Frederick Tulley is seen as a “very experienced, practical lawyer,” according to market commentators. He devotes much of his time to securities litigation.

Harry Phillips receives high marks from interviewees for his ability to "subtly get his way" for a client in a case. He has extensive experience in both trial and appellate courts handling cases including product liability matters and commercial insurance coverage disputes for a diverse set of clients.

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Senior Statesmen

Liskow & Lewis

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Abaunza is well known by market sources and recognized for his knowledge of contentious issues in the environment and maritime sectors. He has recent experience with environmental disaster cases.

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Harry S Hardin III

Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Hardin is complimented as a “very smart guy” and remains a recognized name in the commercial litigation sphere. He offers a diverse set of clients the benefit of his extensive experience with antitrust matters, contract disputes and class actions, among other contentious issues.

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Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC

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Daniel Lund of Montgomery Barnett “is one of the deans of the Bar” and is highly respected by sources. He has a depth of knowledge in civil litigation and arbitration encompassing legal malpractice, shareholder suits and insurance defense, among other matters.

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Phillip A Wittmann

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Legend” Phillip Wittmann is widely considered “the dean of litigation lawyers in the state” and is noted for his "long history and track record of handling the most complicated and interesting cases." He offers clients the benefit of his extensive knowledge in complex commercial, antitrust and product liability litigation.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

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Judy Barrasso remains a prominent presence in the commercial litigation market as a “top litigator." She is well equipped to handle high-stakes litigation, notably insurance defense, securities fraud and senior employer liability.

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Fishman Haygood LLP

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Brent Barriere is “extremely well respected” by interviewees. He has extensive expertise in commercial litigation such as creditors' rights and contract disputes.

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Liskow & Lewis

From the Chambers USA guide

James Brown is a seasoned practitioner with experience on both class actions and individual suits. He regularly deals with professional liability, contract and banking disputes and has additional expertise in education law. "He is incredibly responsive and a great communicator," says one source, continuing: "He has great ideas and is well connected."

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

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Roy Cheatwood is praised by peers as a “tough adversary but enjoyable to work with,” and clients value that he is “on top of all cases.” He is highly recommended as a commercial litigator with a broad spread of cases including corporate, contract and environmental disputes.

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Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC

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Ewell Eagan is considered by sources to be a “real heavyweight” who is “good on his feet.” He offers an impressively diverse set of clients his deep expertise in commercial litigation, particularly handling class actions and disputes in the oil and gas space.

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Herman, Herman & Katz LLC

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Russ Herman is well respected as “an iconic figure in litigation” by market commentators. He offers plaintiff clients a wealth of courtroom experience in high-value personal injury, toxic tort and wider maritime and environmental hazard cases.

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Stephen H Kupperman

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

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Stephen Kupperman is seen as “very smart” and interviewees “can't say a bad thing about him as a litigator.” He is a seasoned class action practitioner and also deals with a wide array of commercial and securities litigation.

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

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"Terrific lawyer" Wayne Lee is praised for both his trial style and brief writing. He has a strong litigation practice with broad experience in class actions, insurance defense and contractual disputes.

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Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C.

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Interviewees agree that Gerald Meunier is an “excellent lawyer, well liked and respected.” He is a seasoned practitioner who regularly handles mass torts, high-stakes personal injury cases and medical malpractice claims as part of his strong plaintiff practice.

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Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say that Lori Mince “pairs a first-rate legal mind with a sense of practicality.” She continues to take on an interesting spread of commercial cases including First Amendment issues and contractual disputes across a range of sectors from retail to construction.

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Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "legendary" Harry Rosenberg is held in high esteem by market sources who "think the world of him as a litigator." He has a wide-ranging practice and is recognized both for his representation of companies and individuals in high-profile commercial disputes and white-collar criminal defense cases.

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Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford LLC

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Interviewees agree Richard Stanley of Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford LLC is a “class act.” He has a wide litigation practice and is particularly praised for his legal ethics and malpractice expertise, with one source noting: "In the ethics area, he is one of the top people.”

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Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Managing partner James Swanson is known to be “a very, very shrewd litigator” who is “smart, creative and hard-working.” He operates across the full spectrum of commercial litigation and arbitration, working on cases ranging from shareholder suits to environmental issues. He is particularly noted for his securities litigation work.

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

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"Details person" Barry Ashe receives "high marks" from sources who comment on his "good follow-through on cases, and quick responses." He is highly experienced and appears in an array of commercial cases at appellate level.

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Flanagan Partners LLP

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Thomas Flanagan of Flanagan Partners LLP “is a steady hand, very attentive to legal matters and thinks things though,” according to interviewees. He handles matters such as unfair trade practice cases and corporate and contract disputes in state and federal courts.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees compliment Kent Lambert on his “really good mastery of the case” and describe him as a “bright lawyer.” He has a breadth of experience in commercial litigation with particular expertise handling class actions.

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Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Phillips receives high marks from interviewees for his ability to "subtly get his way" for a client in a case. He has extensive experience in both trial and appellate courts handling cases including product liability matters and commercial insurance coverage disputes for a diverse set of clients.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

The “terrific” Richard Sarver is described as “excellent on his feet and a trial lawyer who handles himself very, very well in front of jurors.” He offers clients his wealth of court experience in a wide spectrum of disputes, notably regarding toxic tort matters and product liability issues.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Usdin is praised by sources for his deep experience. He handles a wide spread of commercial litigation including contract disputes and insurance coverage defense. Sources say: "He is very smart and well connected. He is thoughtful and makes smart decisions - everything he does is well thought out."

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Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

The "excellent" Patrick Vance attracts praise for his “great bedside manner.” His practice spans a broad spectrum of contentious matters, from RICO cases to bankruptcy litigation.

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Ricardo “Richard" A Aguilar

McGlinchey Stafford

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Aguilar garners admiration for his quality caseload as well as his "good clients, lots of people skills and good handling of negotiations." He has widespread commercial expertise and experience acting as outside counsel to a diverse set of business clients including energy companies and financial institutions.

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Adams and Reese LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Beebe is well known in the market as “a good, solid lawyer,” according to interviewees. He has extensive experience with a broad spectrum of commercial litigation including antitrust, class action and contract disputes.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Nancy Degan has an excellent reputation as a business litigator, often acting on behalf of financial institutions. She has further expertise in litigation arising in the hospitality and energy sectors.

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Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Market commentators consider James Garner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC to be “phenomenally responsive” and a “strong advocate” for his clients. He has a solid trial practice with extensive experience defending clients at state and federal level.

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Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Covert Geary is complimented by interviewees as an attorney who is able to "keep extremely complex documents of thousands of pages organized and logical." He is well versed in a range of commercial litigation matters within the financial, energy and healthcare arenas.

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Liskow & Lewis

From the Chambers USA guide

Keith Jarrett is well respected as a trial attorney by market commentators. He has a general litigation practice with particular expertise in the maritime and oil spaces.

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Robert E Kerrigan Jr

Deutsch Kerrigan LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Robert Kerrigan of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP maintains his longstanding reputation in the Louisiana market. He has extensive experience with contentious matters, focusing on areas such as personal injury, toxic tort claims and catastrophe and transport-related litigation.

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McGlinchey Stafford

From the Chambers USA guide

Interviewees know Christine Lipsey to be a strong litigator. She continues to handle a variety of cases, including class actions and insurance defense matters.

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Christopher Ralston

Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Ralston is well regarded as a "very solid trial lawyer." He advises on a range of commercial litigation and has further gathered an array of knowledge in securities cases, antitrust and tax litigation.

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Claude F Reynaud, Jr

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Claude Reynaud is a “very good negotiator,” according to commentators. He has a strong practice with a diverse caseload including antitrust, breach of contract and intellectual property matters.

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Gordon, Arata, Montgomery, Barnett, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Renaissance man” Howard Sinor is complimented as a “good lawyer and very good writer” by market sources. He has a broad commercial litigation practice spanning a range of industries, from healthcare to construction. He has notable expertise in resolving cases through arbitration and mediation.

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Michael Q Walshe Jr

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources commend Michael Walshe for being "very, very astute" and "very responsive and smart." He has a wide-ranging commercial litigation practice encompassing insurance defense, bankruptcy and tort liability cases.

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Up and Coming

H Minor Pipes III

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Minor Pipes is described as a "rising star" by an impressed source. He continues to develop a broad construction and business litigation practice, and has expertise in class action defense and insurance coverage cases.

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Associates to watch

D Skylar Rosenbloom

Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Skylar Rosenbloom is respected by market commentators and continues to build on his experience with a range of commercial and corporate litigation. He has a notable knowledge of the distilled spirits industry.

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