Knowing who to call when a legal issue arises isn’t easy for everyone. While personal injury attorneys may enjoy daytime TV fame, other attorneys work under the radar and out of the spotlight. You don’t see as many billboards or television commercials for attorneys in construction law, healthcare law, or white collar criminal defense. So if you’re looking to defend your business decision or seek reparations for someone else’s bad decision, it might require a little research to find the right representation for your case. Fortunately, New Orleans is home to some of the best and brightest, some of the biggest, and some of the more boutique firms that all offer their own approach to solving a legal dilemma. Whether you’re facing a legal battle or just need eyes on a contract, attention to detail and personal service will be high priority. Find out more about what New Orleans offers with news from the following local firms and attorneys.


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 70 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.

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Jones Walker LLP is among the 120 largest law firms in the United States serving local, regional, national, and international business interests with offices in Alabama, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, and Texas. 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 the firm for consistent excellence in areas such as client focus, anticipating client’s needs, and understanding the client’s business. Jones Walker has been named to the 2018 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


Since 1989, Chehardy Sherman Williams has served individuals and businesses in Greater New Orleans with integrity, professionalism, and experience. The firm’s attorneys understand the importance of attention to detail and provide candid and thoughtful consultation in a variety of practice areas, ranging from Business & Corporate Law to Healthcare Law, Personal Injury to Estate Planning, and all types of Litigation.

Chehardy Sherman Williams attorneys are also dedicated to their community, and many of them serve with philanthropic and civic organizations, educational institutions and as leaders of various councils. Chehardy Sherman Williams Law Firm strongly believes in this community and chooses to give back by going beyond providing legal representation for local businesses and individuals; the firm prides itself on being leaders in the courtroom, the boardroom, and all places in between.

For more information on Chehardy Sherman Williams’ practice areas, attorneys, and legal approach, visit or call 504-833-5600.


Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP is a national law firm with offices in New Orleans, Houston, Jackson, Detroit, and New Jersey. Led by well-respected and experienced litigators Tim Gray and Charles Abbott, the New Orleans office represents a number of corporate clients, including several Fortune 500 companies, in litigation in Louisiana and throughout the country.
Since its inception over 30 years ago, Forman Watkins has always embraced non-traditional approaches to clients’ problems. The firm accomplishes this by truly learning its client’s businesses and committing to a true partnership with them. When favorable early case resolution is not an option, Forman Watkins’ attorneys are trial ready. The firm has tried cases from the North to the South and coast to coast with a winning rate of over 83 percent. Most recently, in April 2018, Tim Gray obtained a complete defense verdict in a jury trial in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For more information, visit


For nearly a century, Deutsch Kerrigan LLP has provided high quality, effective legal services that exceed client expectations. From its offices in New Orleans, LA, and Gulfport, MS, Deutsch Kerrigan represents local, national, and international businesses ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies to small, emerging businesses, organizations and individuals.

Practicing in the areas of Civil Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Commercial Transactions, Construction Law, Labor & Employment Law, Marine & Energy Law, Professional Liability Law, and Toxic Tort & Environmental Law, the firm is equipped with up-to-date technologies and information that enable its team to inform clients of the latest legal news and emerging industry trends.

As effective problem solvers, Deutsch Kerrigan’s 70+ legal counselors and trial attorneys view each client’s legal issue as their own, taking on a true partnership and working closely with the client or outside counsel to identify and achieve the best solution. Using a sensible approach to litigation, the firm helps clients resolve disputes by balancing desired business outcomes with what is smart economically.

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The firm of Melchiode Marks King LLC (MMK) may only be in its fourth year of existence, but its attorneys have practiced together for decades, and recent accolades are a testament to both their talents and the breadth of services they provide to clients. This year, four MMK attorneys were recognized as New Orleans Magazine’s Top Lawyers: Jerry Melchiode (Construction Law), Kevin Marks (Admiralty & Maritime Law and Workers Compensation), Rich King (Construction Law) and Olivia Truong (Transportation Law).

While awards are gratifying, the best endorsement is the loyalty of MMK’s clients who have enthusiastically supported the firm. It is this trust and commitment that inspires MMK to achieve successful outcomes while controlling costs. Through increased efficiency and advances in technology, MMK delivers big firm capabilities with small firm efficiency, agility, and attentiveness. MMK’s attorneys’ practice areas include, among others, maritime, construction, insurance, environmental, employer’s liability, professional liability, and transportation.

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Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. is a nationally recognized litigation firm known for trying high-stakes, complex, and challenging cases throughout the country. The firm has served as lead trial counsel in national multidistrict products liability cases and has handled mass actions for corporations and insurers hit with thousands of claims after chemical releases and natural disasters. The firm’s lawyers have tried dozens of cases nationwide for financial services companies after downturns in the bond and equity markets sparked a multitude of lawsuits. And this represents only a small part of what the firm does. Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver is, first and foremost, a firm of trial lawyers. The proof is in its track record of success. Benchmark Litigation has recognized this record by naming the firm the Louisiana Litigation Firm of the Year for five of the past six years.

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Lowe, Stein, Hoffman, Allweiss & Hauver, LLP, was formed in 1987 by attorneys who had previously worked at two of the largest law firms in the city of New Orleans. They brought with them the practices and high standards of the larger law firms and integrated that with a small-firm atmosphere, making them one of the most select boutique law firms in the city. The firm’s practice areas are diverse and include family law, tax and estate planning, insurance defense, employment law, civil rights litigation, workers’ compensation, and commercial litigation.

The firm is AV Pre-eminent rated by Martindale Hubbell, and many of its attorneys have been recognized as Top Lawyers, Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America among other various honors. The firm is dedicated to personal service and to meeting its clients’ needs as expediently and as inexpensively as possible.

To find out more or schedule a consultation, call the firm at 504-581-2450 or visit


Taggart Morton is a New Orleans-based law firm that provides a complete array of legal services to individuals and the business community. Traditionally, the firm’s primary practice involved representing companies engaged in regulated industries (including the healthcare, public utilities, insurance, transportation, media, communications, and technology fields). Taggart Morton’s attorneys now represent clients in business transactions, commercial litigation, and appellate practice, and even handle referred commercial cases and appeals from other firms.

Taggart Morton’s attorneys are skilled in such specialized areas as business disputes, healthcare, insurance regulatory services, bankruptcy, employment, ERISA, antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property, media/technology, workers’ compensation, real estate, and managed care law. Taggart Morton is small enough to provide a high level of personal attention to each of its clients, yet large enough to address almost any legal need its clients may have. The firm is also active in the community, and takes great pride in Barry H. Grodsky, who was recently installed as the 78th President of the Louisiana State Bar Association.

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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 35 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!”


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 40 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.


The Law Office of Jon G. Bethune, LLC is a Family Law, Personal Injury, and Civil Litigation law practice in New Orleans, Louisiana. An award-winning attorney, Jon Bethune offers years of experience and a meticulous, steadfast style of litigation. Jon Bethune is well versed in issues related to divorce, custody, child support, and interim and final spousal support. His personal injury cases involve truck, auto, slip-and-fall accidents, and other premises liability matters.

Bethune believes that your personal injury or family law attorney in New Orleans should be the same one you hire. You should actually see and receive the help and guidance you need directly.

“Professional accolades and personal attention are not mutually exclusive when it comes to receiving legal help. We believe that no client should have to choose between the two,” says Bethune, who sees all clients personally.

For more information, visit, call 504-218-8570, or e-mail


Although ours is a government of “laws, and not men,” it is men and women—judges, jurors, and regulators—who we entrust to reach fair decisions. The Bagert Law Firm has earned the credibility of such key decision-makers by blending years of excellence in the practice of law with participation at the very heart of the process by which laws and regulations are enacted and repealed.

The Firm congratulates Ben Bagert who, over the years, has been voted by his peers as a New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyer in such varied fields as Commercial Litigation, White Collar Criminal Defense, Administrative and Regulatory Law, Trust and Estates, Insurance Law, and Real Estate Law. Bagert’s peers also awarded him the title of “Bet the Company Litigator.”

The Bagert Law Firm takes pride in its ability to connect with clients and to understand their objectives. Every client’s case is treated as a “big case” whether the client is a large corporation or a person of modest means.

For more information visit or call 504-532-1117.


Voted “Best Lawyer” in The Gambit Weekly Best of New Orleans poll and voted a “Top Lawyer” in New Orleans Magazine, Stephen Rue has a reputation for working tirelessly on behalf of his clients. At Stephen Rue & Associates, Stephen and his team of highly rated and experienced attorneys focus on matters of personal injury, family law, and criminal defense.

Named a Super Lawyer for 2019, 2018, and 2017, Stephen Rue has also received a “Superb” 10.0 AVVO attorney rating in addition to receiving the AVVO Client Satisfaction Award. The practice has received numerous five-star Google and Yelp reviews, and Stephen is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Stephen is focused on delivering results for his clients while also prioritizing education for the next generation of exceptional attorneys as a law school lecturer and continuing legal education lecturer. The author of numerous best-selling Louisiana law books, Stephen is widely respected and sought for his legal expertise and prowess.

To schedule a consultation, call 504-529-5000 or visit The firm offers five convenient locations across the metro area.