Patricia B. McMurray - Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Patricia B. McMurray

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2009

Patricia “Patty” McMurray joined Adams and Reese in 1987 and focuses her practice on all types of commercial transactions, forestry, real estate and education law. She is the team leader for the firm's charter school practice. Patty is also an experienced litigator in the bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and general commercial areas.


Patty has worked with several schools on education issues and has been instrumental in the developing area of charter school law. Her other significant contributions include:


  • Assisting in the sale of 6.8 million acres of timber holdings, much of it concentrated in the South and Great Lakes regions, by International Paper Co., described as the largest land transaction since the Louisiana Purchase by the United States.
  • Assisting in drafting Louisiana’s statewide purchase agreement form for residential real property. This form is required by law to be used by real estate agents. Patty has also written handbooks on purchase agreements and has given many seminars on the topic.
  • Assisting with the opening of charter schools in Louisiana as additional avenues to improve public education for the state.
  • Serving as a speaker for the Louisiana State University Law School, the National Business Institute, the Louisiana Real Estate Commission and the Louisiana State Bar Association. Patty also annually writes the chapter on Louisiana in the West publication Bankruptcy Exemption Manual.


Patty has been selected as one of the nine most influential women in the Baton Rouge business community and was named among the top 25 women attorneys in the state by Louisiana Super Lawyers®. She is also listed in Chambers USA - Real Estate, and Best Lawyers® - Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights Law, and Real Estate Law. Patty graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Alabama with a Bachelor of Science.  She earned her J.D. at Louisiana State University where she was a member of the moot court.


Patty is a recipient of the Leah Hipple McKay Memorial Award for Outstanding Volunteerism from the Louisiana State Bar Association. She also is a former board member of Boys Hope Girls Hope. 

In her free time, Patty enjoys painting.


Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law CenterJ.D. University of AlabamaBS
Litigation Counsel of AmericaAmerican Bar Foundation Baton Rouge Property LawyersBar Association of the 5th Federal CircuitAmerican Bar AssociationLouisiana Bar FoundationBaton Rouge Bar AssociationLouisiana State Bar Association

Client Comments

"Patricia B. McMurray is one of the most knowledgeable attorneys when it comes to both Louisiana law and the U.S. bankruptcy code. It was great for me to find an attorney of McMurray's caliber as Louisiana is a hard state to understand its laws. She is professional, responsive, and a good communicator that keeps me updated in a timely manner (which I require of any attorney in our employ). She is excellent at making recommendations and providing alternatives for my consideration and to base my decisions. I highly recommend Ms. McMurray to any financial institution that needs representation."

Office Location

Chase North Tower, 20th Floor
450 Laurel Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
United States

Practice Areas

Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law (Chapter 12, Commercial, Creditors' Rights, Foreclosures, Out-of-Court Workouts, Real Estate, Workouts and Restructurings)
Financial Services Regulation Law