The world of law can be confusing and intimidating, particularly for those who have had no prior experience with legal matters. The good news, however, is that New Orleans and its surrounding areas are home to an abundance of highly-skilled attorneys and powerhouse law firms. For every legal issue imaginable there is a local lawyer, if not a team of them, ready to provide experience-backed advice and trusted representation. From wills and estates to family law, personal injury cases to complex business litigation, these attorneys and firms are ready to tackle just about every legal issue out there. 


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 bswllp.com.

Chehardy Sherman Williams 

A firm built upon The Power of More, Chehardy Sherman Williams has been fueled by its ability to offer unparalleled strength, support, and personalized service since 1989. Chehardy Sherman Williams provides every client the same accessible, reliable, and dedicated approach to solving legal issues by providing legal services in over ten practice areas to corporations, individuals, small businesses, and families.

Chehardy Sherman Williams attorneys are experts in providing comprehensive legal services to a range of healthcare clients, including providers, specialty hospitals, group practices, healthcare facilities, medical staff, pharmacies, and more.

Understanding the overwhelming nature of any legal matter, the Chehardy Sherman Williams team is committed to walking clients through every step of the process. The firm’s skilled attorneys prioritize open and honest communication to establish a trusted client-attorney relationship and provide superior legal counsel.

To learn how Chehardy Sherman Williams can do more for you, visit chehardy.com

JJC Law Firm

Recognized throughout Greater New Orleans as a premiere litigation firm representing both individuals and businesses, JJC Law has earned its reputation as a trusted source for intelligent, respected and determined legal representation. While JJC Law accepts clients directly, the vast majority of its representations are through referrals and co-counsel arrangements with other lawyers. JJC Law specializes in litigation, and not all lawyers are able or willing to pursue cases when they do not settle early before litigation has begun.

A primarily plaintiff-oriented firm, JJC Law represents commercial clients for legal issues ranging from insurance coverage and breach of contract to maritime allisions/collisions and government contractor disputes. Cases involving individuals often include areas like injuries from maritime, motor vehicle, product defect and premises liability incidents in addition to first-party insurance claims.

To learn more about JJC or to request a consultation, visit jjclaw.com, call 504-513-8820 or connect on social media @jjclawfirm.

Melchiode Marks King LLC 

Melchiode Marks King LLC (“MMK”) was founded on the idea that an experienced, dedicated and diverse group of attorneys could combine big firm capabilities with small firm agility and attentiveness to best serve their clients’ interests. By merging their decades of effort in a broad range of practice areas with technological advances and steadfast commitment to their clients, MMK’s attorneys consistently make this concept a reality.  

This year, five MMK members were recognized as “Top Lawyers” by New Orleans Magazine:  Jerry Melchiode (Construction Law), Kevin Marks (Admiralty & Maritime Law and Workers’ Compensation), Rich King (Construction Law and Insurance Law), Jennifer Simmons (Insurance Law) and Ben Pri-Tal (Construction 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 litigation, MMK’s tailored approach delivers successful outcomes for a wide array of clients. For more information, visit mmkfirm.com.

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 derbeslaw.com or call 504-837-1230. Frederick Bunol is responsible for this advertisement.

Esther L. Greenbaum LLC

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, Esther L. Greenbaum 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 the initial consultation, Barbara J. Ziv and Esther L. Greenbaum will explain what they need to know about their client, why they need to know it, and what the client should expect from both the process and their 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 neworleansdivorces.com or call 504-525-4361.

Cristian P. Silva Law Office

When clients work with and put their trust in Attorney Cristian P. Silva, they quickly understand that their needs come first. A native Nicaraguan who speaks and practices in Spanish, English and French, Mr. Silva draws from his immigrant background providing his clients honest and effective representation.   

Operating the only all-Hispanic law firm on the Westbank for over a decade, the Silva Law Office has represented clients in defensive immigration matters before the Immigration Court, the BIA, the U.S. 5th & 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, family-based immigration and crimmigation, the practice of advising clients facing criminal charges and the legal consequences on their immigration status. 

To learn more about the Silva Law Firm or to get in touch, visit silvalawfirm.net or call 504-301-2549. 

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 morrisbart.com for 24-hour access. You know what to do: “One Call, That’s All!” 

Sarah Wagar Hickman 

A founding partner at Wagar Hickman, Sarah Wagar Hickman has had a passion for practicing law since she was a legal intern in high school. Since becoming an associate attorney in 2014, Sarah has gained a comprehensive understanding of the legal system and a thoroughness that sets her apart today. Sarah has years of experience in medical malpractice, products liability and commercial litigation, is a graduate of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s trial school and has performed award-winning work in medical malpractice.    

Sarah now tackles primarily personal injury, more specifically medical malpractice and general casualty cases, where she puts her impressive background and passion for helping others to use. To learn more or schedule a free consultation, visit wagarhickman.com or call 985-888-8740.

Brittany V. Carter, Attorney at Law, LLC

Brittany V. Carter is a proud Southeast Louisiana native whose passion is 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 her clients, advising and keeping them informed to put them at ease. Brittany’s hands-on approach as a solo practitioner sets her apart as she provides efficiency and transparency throughout the process.

“Most people have no idea what to expect when they file for divorce or inquire about a will or succession,” she says. “I am the person they can turn to for guidance so that they enter into every proceeding informed and confident.”

Brittany also works to resolve disputes amicably outside of the courtroom as a preferred option for many clients, allowing them influence in their own lives. Brittany looks forward to advocating for clients for many years to come, proudly in her hometown in Louisiana.

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

Amanda Butler Schley 

As a top-ranked business lawyer and founding partner at Business Law Group, Amanda Butler Schley has 14 years experience as an outsourced general counsel for growing companies in an array of industries. Throughout her legal career, Amanda has armed and protected boutique hotels, restaurateurs, family-owned businesses, breweries, artists, CEOs and serial entrepreneurs with the legal leverage needed to advance their objectives.

With a keen understanding of the business life cycle and its potential legal roadblocks and pitfalls, Amanda provides first-hand, informed solutions to protect her clients’ best interests. 

To learn more about Amanda’s work and to schedule a consultation, visit lawgroup.biz or call 504-446-6506.

Blue Williams LLC

Blue Williams LLC, has been providing high-quality representation to clients throughout the Gulf South in commercial litigation, healthcare and construction law, and business matters since 1983. By recruiting motivated and experienced attorneys in diverse areas of law, Blue Williams is able to provide a full spectrum of services and create lasting solutions to the legal dilemmas faced by clients. The firm’s attorneys practice in seventeen areas of law, including commercial litigation, estate and tax planning, corporate law, healthcare law, construction litigation, insurance law, products and professional liability and more.

Blue Williams has a history of rising to the challenge and has defended clients in multi-million dollar exposure cases. The firm provides services to a broad spectrum of clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to international corporations, local businesses and individuals. Attorneys focus on each client’s individual needs and all available options. 

For more information on Blue Williams’s commitment to providing lasting solutions, visit bluewilliams.com or call 504-831-4091. 

Crull, Castaing & Lilly

The law firm of Crull, Castaing & Lilly, the successor of its esteemed late partner, F. Irvin Dymond, has engaged in all aspects of criminal defense, including state and federal charges, feloniesand misdemeanors. Its clients range from individuals to Fortune 500 corporations facing federal investigations and charges, allegations of public corruption against public officials, fraud and tax violations. The boutique, yet ever expanding, nature of the firm’s practice has provided efficient and effective results, whether by refusal or declination of charges, trials and/or wise resolutions and settlements when necessary and advantageous. The firm is also proud of its experience and success in all fields of civil litigation, including major personal injury cases from the plaintiff side.

The mark of the firm is its extensive in-court trial experience, before criminal and civil juries, and in bench trials, led by Eddie Castaing, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and other accolades, with co-lead and support by Ed Lilly. Peter Castaing, Eddie’s son, joined the firm in 2019, after employment in insurance defense firms, and is a rising star in the practice. The lawyers at Crull, Castaing & Lilly stand ready to represent clients and protect their rights, of all kinds. Learn more at cclhlaw.com.