In our increasingly complex society, the New Orleans legal community is working harder than ever to provide fair representation for all citizens. Still, if you need an attorney, how will you know which firm to call? Here are a few of the best and most outstanding law firms in the metropolitan area, with information about designated specialty areas:
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles 755 Magazine St. 504.593.0741 www.dkslaw.com Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles is a premiere Gulf Coast firm concentrating in legal counseling and complex, high-stakes litigation. On the forefront of the industries they serve, the firm prides itself on their unwavering responsiveness to client needs. The firm consists of over 60 counselors and litigators practicing in the areas of civil litigation, commercial litigation, construction, labor and employment, toxic tort and environmental, marine and energy and professional liability law. The firm also provides a wide variety of legal services in most major practice areas. Offices are located in New Orleans and Monroe, La., and Gulfport, Miss.
Frank J. D’Amico, Jr. 622 Baronne St. 504.525.7272 or 866.70FRANK www.damicolaw.net The Law Office of Frank J. D’Amico, Jr., with offices in New Orleans and Baton Rouge and now on the Northshore, offers South Louisiana with a variety of legal representation with a concentrated emphasis on motor vehicle accidents, personal injury, toxic tort and medical malpractice. Having practiced law for more than 21 years, D’Amico remains a formidable component in the everyday operations of the firm and he has the experience to get the job done. D’Amico expects to continue being the legal voice of his clients for years to come and continues to be committed in the rebuilding of the community.
Baker, Donelson Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz 201 St. Charles Ave. Suite 3600 504.566.5200 www.bakerdonelson.com Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC’s New Orleans office opened in true New Orleans spirit - to the tunes of a marching band during the 2004 Mardi Gras season. With only 12 lawyers and a handful of staff, the New Orleans office has grown to 41 attorneys (a total of 58 throughout Louisiana) providing legal services in the areas of bankruptcy, commercial litigation, energy, oil and gas, maritime, health care, labor and employment, transportation litigation, tort litigation, complex litigation, antitrust, state and federal tax, general corporate, and real estate and finance. In 2004, Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, was ranked by The National Law Journal in 2006 as one of the 100 largest law firms in the country. Through strategic acquisitions and mergers over the past century, the firm has grown to include more than 530 attorneys and public policy and international advisors.
Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.P. 201 St. Charles Ave. Suite 3500 504.582.1500 www.sessions-law.com Founded in 1958, Sessions, Fishman & Nathan provides high quality, cost-effective and innovative legal services including appellate and litigation services, arbitration, banking bankruptcy and credit relations, business and corporate law, consumer litigation (defense) health care, labor and employment law (representing management interests), medical malpractice, product liability, real estate, regulatory compliance, tax, torts and insurance defense; trusts and estate planning. Five partners are listed in Best Lawyers in America. With their home base in New Orleans, these firm has 29 attorneys assigned to its Louisiana, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois and New York offices.
Liskow & Lewis, APLC One Shell Square, 701 Poydras St, Suite 5000 504.581.7979 (Fax) 504.556.4108 www.liskow.com The firm of 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 over the last half century to meet the evolving demands of its clients and has diversified into a number of other fields. 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 other venues and before state and federal administrative agencies. The firm’s prominence in the profession has been cited in corporate surveys and national publications. To further this tradition of excellence, Liskow & Lewis selectively recruits to bring lawyers with outstanding academic and professional credentials to the firm. The tradition of excellence at Liskow & Lewis that began with its founding partners continues today.
Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar, L.L.P. 820 O’Keefe Ave. 504.581.4892 www.hhkc.com Since 1942, the law firm of Herman, Herman, Katz & Cotlar (HHK&C) has protected the rights of New Orleans citizens. Committed to the rebuilding of Louisiana, the firm offered free legal services to first responder policemen and firemen who remained on the job following Hurricane Katrina. HHK&C, which was instrumental in keeping the Saints in New Orleans during the 1980s, recently secured millions of dollars for the city as special counsel to the New Orleans City Council in litigation over the Harrah’s lease. Partners in the firm have been named Best Lawyers in America, serve as Adjunct Professors to Tulane and Loyola Law Schools and are past presidents of the American Association for Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice and the Civil Justice Foundation. As lead trial counsel in Scott v. American Tobacco, the firm was named as a finalist in 2005 for Trial Lawyers of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice for their role in obtaining a jury verdict of almost $600 million against Big Tobacco to establish a trust fund to help Louisiana smokers quit smoking.
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