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Whether you’re beginning to think about writing your will or in the early stages of a business start-up, you’re bound to need a professional who can walk you through your legal obligations and the complicated jargon that comes with legal documents. Greater New Orleans offers large, nationwide firms, small, local boutique firms, and even sole-practice attorneys that can help you achieve your goals and the legal resolutions you seek. From personal injury, to family law, to corporate transactions and environmental law, the areas of practice covered by the following firms and attorneys are vast and varied. When you need help translating the fine print, acquiring another business, or finalizing a divorce, these professionals may be able to offer just the expertise you need.


Burns Charest LLP

Burns Charest is a thriving boutique litigation firm of experienced, respected attorneys with impressive records representing clients in important and high-profile cases across the nation. From offices in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington D.C., this work includes multidistrict litigation, antitrust and class action matters, oil and gas royalty disputes, environmental pollution cases, large-scale mass torts and complex commercial litigation. 

The skills and determination of Amanda Klevorn are key reasons for the firm’s record of success for its clients, and she is more than worthy of recognition as a Top Lawyer in New Orleans Magazine.

Ms. Klevorn has been named to the list of Louisiana “Rising Stars” for Class Actions and Mass Torts every year since 2019, and she was recently honored by The Best Lawyers in America as “Ones to Watch” for 2021-2022.

It’s clear that Amanda Klevorn and the attorneys of Burns Charest are ready to take on big challenges, backed with the resources to make a difference. For more information, visit

Morris Bart

In 1980, Morris Bart ran a simple ad on television. Since that time, his advertising and his law firm have grown to the extent where he has become a household name throughout Louisiana. However, Morris Bart, LLC is much more than just a name. For over 40 years, Morris Bart and his team of over one hundred attorneys fight hard to get the injured the compensation they deserve.

With offices statewide and throughout Mississippi and Alabama, Morris Bart, LLC is proud to be the largest personal injury firm in Louisiana and one of the largest in the United States.

If you or someone you know has been injured, call 855-GET-BART or go to for 24-hour access. You know what to do: “One Call, That’s All!”

Melchiode Marks King LLC 

Melchiode Marks King LLC (MMK)was formed a little more than six years ago by a core group of experienced attorneys that sought to combine big firm capabilities with small firm agility and attentiveness. The firm’s immediate and ongoing success has been a testament to both the talents of MMK’s practitioners and the breadth of services they provide. 

This year, six MMK attorneys were recognized as Top Lawyers in New Orleans Magazine: Jerry Melchiode (Construction Law), Kevin Marks (Admiralty & Maritime Law and Workers’ Compensation), Rich King (Insurance Law), Jennifer Simmons (Insurance Law), Scott Huete (Admiralty & Maritime Law) and Olivia Truong (Insurance Law). While awards are gratifying, the best endorsement is the loyalty of MMK’s clients, who have enthusiastically supported the firm since its inception. 

Whether through advice and counsel, negotiation or trial, MMK’s tailored approach delivers successful outcomes for a wide array of clients. For more information, visit

Barbara J. Ziv and Esther L. Greenbaum

The shifts in family dynamics that accompany divorce can be difficult and sometimes painful for the parties involved. To avoid the common problems largely responsible for the fear and suffering related to divorce, individuals going through the process need to understand the system and know what to expect. Counsel from an experienced family law attorney can be invaluable when making tough decisions and planning for the future. With more than 45 years of experience in domestic relations, Barbara J. Ziv, LLC is a small firm committed to helping people seeking advice about divorce and family law matters, including child custody, child and spousal support, and property divisions.

During your initial consultation, Barbara J. Ziv and Esther L. Greenbaum will explain what they need to know about you, why they need to know it, and what you should expect from both the process and your attorney. Their clients can expect competence in family law and matters related to it, clear-cut billing, and trouble-free accessibility.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, visit or call 504-525-4361.

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith

Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith wishes to congratulate attorneys Jason Waguespack, Tim Hassinger, Billy Swaim, Joe Hassinger, Andrea Albert, and Heather Angelico on being named Top Lawyers in New Orleans Magazine. Galloway is proud to be the counsel of choice for prominent local, national, and international businesses and insurers. The firm serves clients from 12 offices in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Missouri. Its experienced practitioners provide counsel and representation in fields ranging from insurance defense and coverage, maritime and admiralty, bad faith, construction, corporate transactions, employer’s liability, mass torts, professional liability matters, and beyond. 

The firm provides innovative and solutions-driven representation and aggressive, effective advocacy. Galloway has been Top 10-rated for insurance defense by Martindale-Hubbell, rated an Index Value 5 of 5 by the ACC, and included in A.M. Best’s Recommended Insurance Attorneys Directory 2011-2018. Founded in New Orleans over 25 years ago, Galloway embraces the rich cultural heritage of the region and is proud to be part of its diverse community. For more information, visit

Chehardy Sherman Williams 

Chehardy Sherman Williams offers “The Power of More”—its seasoned team of nearly 50 attorneys provides legal services to corporations and individuals, small businesses and families. The firm offers every client the same accessible, reliable, and dedicated approach to solving their legal issues and does not rest until they do. Whether litigators are advocating for you in court or attorneys are drilling down to provide strategic legal guidance in areas of Business & Corporate Law, Healthcare Law, Litigation, Personal Injury, Estate Planning and more, the firm’s attorneys deliver. Relentless in providing you and your business with every possible legal resource and recourse, the firm works to help you and your business thrive.

Outside of the courtroom, leaving a positive mark through community involvement is woven into the fabric of the firm’s culture, whether working with nonprofits, educational institutions, industry councils, or neighborhood organizations.

More strength, more support, more responsive—Chehardy Sherman Williams has offices in Metairie and Hammond. For more information on the firm’s practice areas, attorneys, and legal approach, visit or call 504-833-5600.

Brittany V. Carter, Attorney at Law, LLC

Brittany V. Carter is a proud Southeast Louisiana native working hard to give clients a voice during difficult times with compassionate guidance and support. Her practice focuses on Family Law, Estate Law, and Collections Law and also offers Notary Public services. Since opening her practice in 2012, Brittany has served as an advocate for clients, advising them and keeping them informed to put them at ease. She is a true solo practitioner, communicating personally with clients from the first phone call to the final signature.

“Most people have no idea what to expect when they file for divorce or inquire about a will or succession,” she says. “I believe in being truthful and transparent so that they enter into every proceeding fully informed and confident.”

Brittany also works to resolve disputes and matters amicably outside of the courtroom as a preferred option for many clients. Her goal is to maintain civility—making the process easier for everyone.

Brittany is honored to have once again been voted a Top Lawyer by her peers. For more information, call 985-789-4508, email, or visit

The Derbes Law Firm, LLC

The Derbes Law Firm, LLC’s ten attorneys represent clients in business and financial matters. Practice areas include complex and multi-party commercial litigation and transactions (contract drafting and negotiations, commercial leases, breach of contract litigation, real estate, construction law, and employment law); individual and commercial bankruptcy (chapters 7, 13, and 11) for creditors, committees, trustees, and debtors; business formation, break-up, liquidation, dissolution, and member/shareholder disputes; commercial mediation services; end-of-life matters (estate and trust planning, successions, interdictions, and related litigation); representation before taxing authorities; and preparation of retirement orders (including QDROs).

The Derbes Law Firm is conveniently located for clients at 3027 Ridgelake Drive in Metairie. To learn more, visit or call 504-837-1230. Eric Derbes is responsible for this advertisement.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Established in 1928, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP (BSW) is one of the oldest law firms in the state of Louisiana. The firm takes great pride in its long history of client service. With more than 75 attorneys, the firm is among the largest firms in the state and one of the larger law firms in the South. BSW’s clients range from individuals and start-up companies to Fortune 500 corporations, governmental entities, and not-for-profit institutions.

Since the firm was established, two standards have remained constant: to strive for legal excellence and to be involved in local communities. Members of the firm have served as presidents, directors, and officers of community and business organizations. BSW’s primary focus is growing and protecting each client’s business. Whether it is in litigation, negotiating contracts, advising on management restructures, or assisting in the purchase or sale of a business, BSW attorneys possess the skill set to help their clients achieve their goals.

For more information, visit

Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss, & Hauver, LLP

Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss, & Hauver, LLP is a full service law firm that has provided legal representation and advice to individuals, families, and businesses for over 34 years. Attorneys specialize in litigation and strategic planning.

Lowe Stein is AV Pre-eminent rated by Martindale Hubbell. Many of its attorneys have been recognized as Top Lawyers, Super Lawyers®, and Best Lawyers in America. Lowe Stein is dedicated to personal service and to meeting its clients’ needs as expediently and as efficiently as possible in the areas of family law, business and commercial law, education law, tax and estate planning, employment law, and insurance.

For more information, visit or call 504-581-2450. The firm is located at 701 Poydras St., Ste. 3600 in New Orleans. Managing Partner Mark S. Stein, Esq., is responsible for this advertisement. 

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP is among the largest 125 law firms in the United States. With offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Texas, the firm serves local, regional, national, and international business interests and provides a full complement of legal services addressing the needs of a broad spectrum of global and domestic businesses. The firm is committed to providing a comprehensive range of legal services to major multinational, public and private corporations, Fortune® 500 companies, money center banks, worldwide insurers, and emerging companies doing business in the United States and abroad.

Clients have recognized Jones Walker for consistent excellence in areas such as client focus, anticipating clients’ needs, and understanding the client’s business. The firm has been named to the 2021 Client Service A-Team by The BTI Consulting Group, which conducts hundreds of in-house counsel interviews to identify law firms providing top client service.

For more information, visit

McGlinchey Stafford

McGlinchey Stafford congratulates its Top Lawyers in New Orleans Magazine: Steve Beiser, Mag Bickford, Rudy Cerone, Katherine Conklin, and Kathleen Manning.

McGlinchey is proud of its rich history in New Orleans, from its founding in 1974 to being named one of the city’s 2021 “Best Places to Work.” With 15 offices nationwide, McGlinchey attorneys and professionals are committed to driving #McGlincheyForward with a focus on change, culture, empowerment, growth, and gratitude. As a premier midsized business law firm, it deploys national resources to clients of various sizes and jurisdictions at the local, regional, and national levels. Not bound by convention and tradition, McGlinchey attorneys stay nimble and responsive, affording creativity and flexibility to help clients address their business and legal challenges.

“We give you more” isn’t just a spirited tagline or an aspirational claim. It is a commitment you can count on. For more information, visit

Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, LLC

For 72 years, Gainsburgh Benjamin has been representing individuals and families in personal injury and wrongful death litigation, establishing a tradition of service and professionalism at the highest level. Numerous firm attorneys have been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® and by Super Lawyers® for continuing that tradition, and the firm would like to congratulate Robert J. David, Gerald E. Meunier, Michael J. Ecuyer, and Walter C. Morrison for being named Top Lawyers this year in New Orleans Magazine.

Members of the firm have held elected positions in all major legal associations in Louisiana and have been court-appointed leaders in several complex tort cases. The firm’s medical malpractice attorneys are recognized as leaders in Louisiana and Mississippi.

When you retain Gainsburgh Benjamin, you retain a team of seasoned litigators who have achieved a record of success long acknowledged by courts and other attorneys. The firm’s mission is to put clients first and use every effort to achieve justice on their behalf. To schedule a free initial consultation with one of the firm’s attorneys, call 504-522-2304.

Wall, Bullington & Cook

Wall, Bullington & Cook is a law firm based in metro New Orleans that focuses on litigation and transactions involving environmental, oil and gas, commercial, corporate, regulatory and real estate matters throughout the state of Louisiana and the Gulf region. Its lawyers are “AV” rated graduates, with honors, from Tulane Law School, Louisiana State University Law School, and Loyola School of Law.

The firm is made up of Partners Guy Wall, Paul Bullington, Jonathan Cook, and Sara Lewis. For more information, including articles and resource links, visit or call 504-736-0347.

Forman Watkins & Krutz

Forman Watkins & Krutz is a New Orleans law firm trying cases throughout Louisiana and coast to coast for over 30 years with other offices in Michigan, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Texas. Recognized as a top work place three years running, the firm had 75 percent of its New Orleans attorneys selected to the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Forman Watkins represents both Fortune 500 companies and local businesses in tort, employment and commercial litigation matters.

Primarily a litigation firm, Forman Watkins’ attorneys are trial ready. In September of 2020, attorneys from the New Orleans office tried one of the first federal court civil jury trials in the country during COVID-19, which resulted in a defense verdict. Learn more about the firm’s diverse team at

Jackson Lewis P.C.

Focused on labor and employment law since 1958, Jackson Lewis P.C.’s 950+ attorneys located in major cities nationwide consistently identify and respond to new ways workplace law intersects business.

The firm helps employers develop proactive strategies, strong policies and business-oriented solutions to cultivate high-functioning workforces that are engaged, stable and diverse and that share clients’ goals to emphasize inclusivity and respect for the contribution of every employee.

Additional information about the firm can be found by calling 504-208-1755 or visiting

Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, LLC

For over 60 years, Louisiana’s families have placed their trust in Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, LLC to expertly address their Estate Planning, Elder Law, and Special Needs Planning needs. The firm has a proven record of results-oriented advocacy, but what makes it most successful is the team’s personal relationships, dedication, and connection with clients.

With specialized training in estate planning and elder law issues, the Attorneys at Sessions, Fishman & Nathan personally craft strategies that suit your goals and protect your interests and those of your loved ones.

Boasting four Board Certified Specialists, Sessions, Fishman & Nathan attorneys are industry leaders and some of the most respected estate planning and business lawyers in Louisiana. When you are ready to begin planning for your future and for your legacy, call the firm at 504-582-1500 or learn more at

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