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Litigation: General Commercial — Louisiana


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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Has depth of knowledge in environment litigation involving energy companies. Also fields significant expertise in regulatory investigations and white-collar criminal defense litigation. Adept at representing clients in mass torts.

Strengths Clients say it does a “great job of navigating the New Orleans federal court system.”

The practice is noted for its "very good lawyers who are very strategic."

Notable practitioners

Roy Cheatwood is a "very experienced litigator" who is "not afraid to go to trial" according to impressed clients. He is a go-to litigator who handles construction, contracting, corporate and energy disputes, among other matters.

Sources say Nancy Degan is "great to work with and very communicative." She often advises financial institution clients on banking disputes.

Kent Lambert focuses on commercial litigation, including matters such as contract and leasehold disputes. Clients say he is "responsive, smart and creative."

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC - Litigation Department

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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 expertise in financial regulations, including defending against enforcement proceedings. Sector expertise covers chemicals, energy and pharmaceuticals.

Strengths Clients “find this firm in the upper echelon for handling litigation matters efficiently and appropriately.”

Work highlights Defended Allied World Insurance in a declaratory judgment suit filed in bankruptcy court by a litigation trustee.

Continued to defend CITGO Petroleum in multiple civil actions arising from an oil spill at Lake Charles.

Notable practitioners

Judy Barrasso is praised by both clients and peers as a "terrifically capable lawyer” who is “extremely professional, very bright and easy to work with.” She handles a range of commercial disputes, including insurance coverage and commercial contract litigation.

George Freeman is a leading practitioner in the field of securities litigation and enforcement. He is best known for his work with financial advisers and broker-dealers.

Stephen Kupperman handles general commercial disputes, in addition to securities litigation. He is adept at handling class actions.

Steven Usdin is a “real mainstay in insurance defense work” according to market commentators. He has a broad practice that also includes advising on energy and IP disputes.

Minor Pipes has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses insurance coverage disputes, corporate litigation and class actions, among other areas. Sources say he is "a very bright up-and-comer."

About the Team (content provided by Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC)

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C., is a litigation law firm located in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Firm has experience litigating complex civil cases throughout the country, including all types of commercial disputes, class actions, environmental cases, product liability and toxic tort cases, intellectual property cases, insurance bad faith and coverage cases, and securities arbitrations, litigation, and regulatory matters.


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Fishman Haygood LLP - Litigation Department

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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. Also noted for its significant First Amendment capabilities. Expert in working with clients from the construction, media and real estate sectors, among others.

Strengths "Fishman Haygood is the one firm that we trust and rely upon to help guide our firm through the most challenging legal commercial concerns facing our business," says a source.

The firm is praised for its "adaptability and results-oriented approach."

Work highlights Advised the plaintiffs, River House Partners, on litigation arising from a failed HUD-insured financing to construct a mixed-use development in Baton Rouge.

Represented several Louisiana landowners in damage claims against Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, among other defendants.

Notable practitioners

Brent Barriere is an “outstanding” and “very effective” practitioner who handles a wide range of commercial disputes. His expertise spans bankruptcy and creditors' rights, breach of contract claims and business valuation disputes.

Lori Mince is a celebrated litigator who has extensive experience in media, tax and general commercial litigation. She works with a diverse client base that includes leading companies and executives.

James Swanson maintains a commanding presence in securities and commercial litigation. Clients appreciate his "straightforward approach" and say he is "a skillful tactician with great legal and interpersonal instincts."

Jason Burge has an expanding securities litigation practice that sees him regularly represent individual and institutional investors. Sources note he is "financially well-versed and very capable in translating difficult financial concepts into common tongue."

Skylar Rosenbloom's practice includes advising on professional liability cases, general business torts and class action litigation. He is noted for his work with clients in the distilled spirits sector.

About the Team (content provided by Fishman Haygood LLP)

The litigators at Fishman Haygood represent clients in a number of areas, including securities arbitration, complex commercial litigation, media law, construction, land use, arbitration, executive employment, environmental litigation, and contract disputes. 

In addition to being known as the "go-to" firm in Louisiana for first amendment and media work, we handle high stakes commercial litigation, often including issues of unfair trade practices, fiduciary breaches and bad faith business conduct, . We also have a concentration in property litigation, including environmental remediation and land loss issues. And we are involved in a number of international arbitrations, investor-state disputes, and cross-border commercial disputes.

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Jones Walker LLP - Litigation Department

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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 its impressive national coverage. Represents clients, from leading corporations to local entities, in both state and federal courts.

Strengths One source says: "Jones Walker is the best in this market."

"They are very responsive and develop a great working relationship," says a client.

Work highlights Led a team of lawyers on behalf of Taylor Energy in a $432 million breach-of-contract action against the US Department of the Interior, in connection with the decommissioning of dozens of wells drilled on the Outer Continental Shelf in the Gulf of Mexico.

Represented a plastic surgeon charged with video voyeurism in relation to photographs of patients in the operating room.

Notable practitioners

Mark Cunningham is a heavyweight practitioner who often appears in criminal defense matters relating to antitrust, export control and intellectual property. He is frequently called upon by clients in the energy, petrochemical and healthcare sectors.

Pauline Hardin is an "outstanding" attorney who is "very capable and very savvy" according to commentators. She has extensive experience in criminal proceedings, including wire fraud, bribery and public corruption matters.

Michael Magner has a solid reputation for representing clients in complex criminal matters. Sources report he is "a very good trial lawyer."

Patrick Vance concentrates on business litigation, creditors' rights disputes and bankruptcy matters. Interviewees say he is "a smart guy who is a strategic thinker."

Covert Geary handles a range of disputes, including energy and insurance coverage litigation. He counts manufacturers and retailers among his clients.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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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 group of national companies. Strong bench of litigators whose trial experience is complemented by additional experience in regulatory investigations.

Strengths The firm's strength in admiralty law is applauded by clients who say they are “very knowledgeable in federal offshore and statutory legal schemes.”

Notable practitioners

Donald Abaunza is a veteran practitioner who is best known for his work in the energy and maritime sectors. Sources say he is "a fine lawyer for big cases."

James Brown has vast experience in a range of commercial disputes. Sources say he is "very good in the courtroom" and "a go-to person for commercial litigation."

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC - Litigation Department

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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 arbitration and mediation.

Strengths Peers highlight it as "a top-tier firm with a wealth of talent."

Work highlights Represented CNSI in a lawsuit against the State of Louisiana regarding the cancellation of a nearly $200 million, 10-year contract for processing Medicaid claims.

Advised Consulting Service Group and a former employee in two related complex securities law disputes filed by three public service Louisiana pension funds.

Notable practitioners

Phillip Wittmann continues to be the preeminent litigator in the market, handling matters such as toxic tort and product liability litigation. Sources describe him as "a wonderful trial lawyer" who is the "dean of litigation in the state."

Wayne Lee is a “top practitioner” and “very good lawyer” noted for his writing skills. He concentrates on insurance, class actions and multidistrict litigation.

Barry Ashe is noted by market sources for his "excellent work" in disputes. He advises on product liability and class action matters and chairs the appellate practice at the firm.

Paul Masinter heads up the litigation team and regularly works on corporate disputes and breach-of-contract claims. His expertise also spans unfair trade practices.

Michael Walshe assists clients with IP and public bid disputes, among other matters. Sources say he is "a smart guy who does solid work."

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

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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.

Strengths Commentators highlight the firm's "expertise in oil and gas."

Work highlights

Daniel Lund is a highly experienced and respected practitioner who is considered to be “one of the best lawyers in the city” according to market sources. He advises on matters such as product liability litigation.

Ewell Eagan is a “superb litigator" who is "a great stand-up lawyer" according to market sources. He works with clients from a range of industries on commercial disputes and is an expert at handling class actions.

Howard Sinor has over 40 years' experience in the field and regularly handles complex commercial disputes. His expertise covers construction, IP, corporate and environmental matters.

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Phelps Dunbar LLP - Litigation Department

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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 handles sensitive white-collar criminal cases. Maintains offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge.

Work highlights Served as co-counsel to Google in defending the company against claims of defamation and copyright infringement.

Co-counseled The Coca-Cola Company in a nationwide class action lawsuit which alleged that the company's glass-front vending machines violated Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act because they are not accessible to individuals with visual impairments.

Notable practitioners

Harry Rosenberg is equally adept at handling commercial and white-collar criminal defense litigation. He has a strong track record in disputes and works with leading corporations as well as individuals.

Christopher Ralston handles a wide range of commercial dispute work, including business torts and trade secret litigation. His expertise also covers antitrust and tax issues.

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Adams and Reese LLP - Litigation Department

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What the team is known for Solid bench of attorneys offering a diverse skill set in commercial litigation, government relations and product liability. Regularly handles high-stakes matters in both trial and appellate courts at state and federal level. Experienced in representing a range of healthcare and pharmaceutical clients.

Work highlights Obtained two motions to dismiss on behalf of two pharmaceutical companies who were sued by the Louisiana Attorney General. The claims fell under the Unfair Trade Practices Act and Medical Assistance Programs Integrity Laws.

Represented the CFO of a local bank throughout the SEC’s investigation of the bank.

Notable practitioners

Mark Beebe advises on matters such as antitrust litigation and contractual disputes. Peers note he "does a good job as a commercial litigator."

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Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP - Litigation Department

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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 Sources say the firm's "client service and responsiveness are top notch."

Work highlights Successfully represented University Healthcare System in a putative class action on behalf of all patients who allegedly were improperly billed for medical services over a multi-year period.

Advised Blue Bell on a putative class action on behalf of all Louisiana residents who purchased Blue Bell ice cream, which was the subject of a recall due to concerns over listeria.

Notable practitioners

Claude Reynaud often handles antitrust and IP disputes. He is based at the firm's Baton Rouge office.

About the Team (content provided 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 Department

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Chambers Commentary (based on the Chambers research)

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. Experience spans state and federal disputes, as well as appeals.

Strengths Clients consider the firm to be “extremely competent" and say that the attorneys "understand our business, keeping in mind the end-game from a business perspective.”

Work highlights Advised Lamar Advertising on disputes with competitors, landowners and third parties throughout the state.

Defended the Louisiana School Employees’ Retirement System against a class action brought by school bus drivers.

Notable practitioners

Ricardo Aguilar has a mixed advisory, litigation and bankruptcy practice representing a broad array of commercial clients. Sources highlight him as "a combination of a business lawyer and a litigator."

Christine Lipsey concentrates on business, insurance and class action litigation. Sources say she is "smart, practical, keeps her eye on the ball" and produces "excellent results."

About the Team (content provided 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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Senior Statesmen

Liskow & Lewis

From the Chambers USA guide

Donald Abaunza is a veteran practitioner who is best known for his work in the energy and maritime sectors. Sources say he is "a fine lawyer for big cases."

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Senior Statesmen

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Daniel Lund is a highly experienced and respected practitioner who is considered to be “one of the best lawyers in the city” according to market sources. He advises on matters such as product liability litigation.

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Star Individuals

Phillip A Wittmann

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Phillip Wittmann continues to be the preeminent litigator in the market, handling matters such as toxic tort and product liability litigation. Sources describe him as "a wonderful trial lawyer" who is the "dean of litigation in the state."

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Judy Barrasso is praised by both clients and peers as a "terrifically capable lawyer” who is “extremely professional, very bright and easy to work with.” She handles a range of commercial disputes, including insurance coverage and commercial contract litigation.

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Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Brent Barriere is an “outstanding” and “very effective” practitioner who handles a wide range of commercial disputes. His expertise spans bankruptcy and creditors' rights, breach of contract claims and business valuation disputes.

^ See whole ranking table

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Liskow & Lewis

From the Chambers USA guide

James Brown has vast experience in a range of commercial disputes. Sources say he is "very good in the courtroom" and "a go-to person for commercial litigation."

^ See whole ranking table

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Roy Cheatwood is a "very experienced litigator" who is "not afraid to go to trial" according to impressed clients. He is a go-to litigator who handles construction, contracting, corporate and energy disputes, among other matters.

^ See whole ranking table

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Ewell Eagan is a “superb litigator" who is "a great stand-up lawyer" according to market sources. He works with clients from a range of industries on commercial disputes and is an expert at handling class actions.

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Herman, Herman & Katz LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Russ Herman is acclaimed by peers as “one of the lions of the Bar” for his representation of plaintiff clients. He has extensive experience in toxic tort and environmental hazard cases, among others.

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Stephen H Kupperman

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Stephen Kupperman handles general commercial disputes, in addition to securities litigation. He is adept at handling class actions.

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Wayne Lee is a “top practitioner” and “very good lawyer” noted for his writing skills. He concentrates on insurance, class actions and multidistrict litigation. 

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Gerald Meunier has a sterling reputation as “the best personal plaintiff lawyer in town.” He continues to be an excellent choice for personal injury cases, mass torts and class actions.

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Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Lori Mince is a celebrated litigator who has extensive experience in media, tax and general commercial litigation. She works with a diverse client base that includes leading companies and executives.

^ See whole ranking table

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Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Rosenberg is equally adept at handling commercial and white-collar criminal defense litigation. He has a strong track record in disputes and works with leading corporations as well as individuals.

^ See whole ranking table

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Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Richard Stanley of Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford LLC is a leading practitioner with expertise in malpractice matters, among other areas. Sources say he is "a good strategic thinker."

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Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

James Swanson maintains a commanding presence in securities and commercial litigation. Clients appreciate his "straightforward approach" and say he is "a skillful tactician with great legal and interpersonal instincts."

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Barry Ashe is noted by market sources for his "excellent work" in disputes. He advises on product liability and class action matters and chairs the appellate practice at the firm.

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Flanagan Partners LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Thomas Flanagan of Flanagan Partners LLP is a respected commercial litigator. He is "an excellent attorney" who often handles contract claims and unfair trade practice matters.

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Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Harry Phillips of Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP is highlighted for his abilities in defending companies in product liability disputes, banking litigation and insurance coverage matters. He is also adept at handling issues pertaining to corporate law.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Steven Usdin is a “real mainstay in insurance defense work” according to market commentators. He has a broad practice that also includes advising on energy and IP disputes.

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Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Patrick Vance concentrates on business litigation, creditors' rights disputes and bankruptcy matters. Interviewees say he is "a smart guy who is a strategic thinker."

^ See whole ranking table

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Ricardo “Richard" A Aguilar

McGlinchey Stafford

From the Chambers USA guide

Ricardo Aguilar has a mixed advisory, litigation and bankruptcy practice representing a broad array of commercial clients. Sources highlight him as "a combination of a business lawyer and a litigator."

^ See whole ranking table

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Adams and Reese LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Mark Beebe advises on matters such as antitrust litigation and contractual disputes. Peers note he "does a good job as a commercial litigator."

^ See whole ranking table

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Sources say Nancy Degan is "great to work with and very communicative." She often advises financial institution clients on banking disputes.

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Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

James Garner of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert LLC is "the go-to lawyer on high-stakes litigation" in one client's view. He handles a range of matters at state and federal court level.

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Jones Walker LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Covert Geary handles a range of disputes, including energy and insurance coverage litigation. He counts manufacturers and retailers among his clients.

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Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

From the Chambers USA guide

Kent Lambert focuses on commercial litigation, including matters such as contract and leasehold disputes. Clients say he is "responsive, smart and creative."

^ See whole ranking table

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McGlinchey Stafford

From the Chambers USA guide

Christine Lipsey concentrates on business, insurance and class action litigation. Sources say she is "smart, practical, keeps her eye on the ball" and produces "excellent results."

^ See whole ranking table

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Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Paul Masinter heads up the litigation team and regularly works on corporate disputes and breach-of-contract claims. His expertise also spans unfair trade practices.

^ See whole ranking table

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Christopher Ralston

Phelps Dunbar LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Christopher Ralston handles a wide range of commercial dispute work, including business torts and trade secret litigation. His expertise also covers antitrust and tax issues.

^ See whole ranking table

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Claude F Reynaud, Jr

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Claude Reynaud often handles antitrust and IP disputes. He is based at the firm's Baton Rouge office.

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

From the Chambers USA guide

Howard Sinor has over 40 years' experience in the field and regularly handles complex commercial disputes. His expertise covers construction, IP, corporate and environmental matters.

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Michael Q Walshe Jr

Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Michael Walshe assists clients with IP and public bid disputes, among other matters. Sources say he is "a smart guy who does solid work."

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Up and Coming

H Minor Pipes III

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver LLC

From the Chambers USA guide

Minor Pipes has a wide-ranging practice that encompasses insurance coverage disputes, corporate litigation and class actions, among other areas. Sources say he is "a very bright up-and-comer."

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Associates to watch

D Skylar Rosenbloom

Fishman Haygood LLP

From the Chambers USA guide

Skylar Rosenbloom's practice includes advising on professional liability cases, general business torts and class action litigation. He is noted for his work with clients in the distilled spirits sector.

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