Best Law Firm

Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with attorneys and advisors in 16 offices in 15 markets strategically located throughout the southern United States and Washington, DC. We provide leadership strategies and proactive solutions by assembling teams of attorneys and advisors to identify and meet the specific needs of our clients.

We are committed to and supportive of our clients, our people and our communities. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our services to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live.

Our fundamental commitment to volunteerism has become a deep-rooted characteristic of our firm's personality. Our corporate philanthropy program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support) founded in 1988 has devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need within our communities. Our firm's pro bono program policy requires that every lawyer in the firm annually perform a minimum 20 hours of pro bono work. Adams and Reese attorneys have handled a diverse scope of pro bono litigation and transactions for deserving individuals and nonprofit organizations who could not otherwise afford legal services.

Adams and Reese is consistently recognized in the legal industry for professional excellence, as well as for our dedication to serving our communities. Our many distinctions and honors over the years are a direct result of our clients, attorneys, advisors and staff.

Main Location

One Shell Square, Suite 4500
701 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: 504-581-3234
Fax: 504-566-0210
18 offices


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O. Ray Cornelius Adams and Reese LLP
Practicing in: Administrative / Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Equipment Finance Law, Government Relations Practice, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Practicing in: Administrative / Regulatory Law, Banking and Finance Law, Construction Law, Corporate Law, Derivatives and Futures Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Equipment Finance Law, Government Relations Practice, Project Finance Law, Public Finance Law, Real Estate Law, Securities / Capital Markets Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law

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Top Listed State Awards
Top-Listed in Louisiana in Public Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Louisiana in Government Relations Practice with 4 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Louisiana in Litigation - Environmental with 8 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Louisiana in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
Top-Listed in Louisiana in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
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Providing legal services on a regional, national and international level, our firm represents industry leaders ranging from S corporations to local businesses to Fortune 100 organizations.

Client Comments

"Working with Brooke is like working with a friend or partner. He makes what you thought were complicated issues simple and understandable. We talk things through until he is sure that I know the priority of the issues involved and the courses of action available to me, and that makes me more effective. It is a pleasure to have Brooke on my team."
- John Allen
Louisiana Health Care Review, Inc.
"As human resources director for the New Orleans Convention Center, I met Mr. Duncan, as he was the labor attorney for the Center. For 10 years we worked together dealing with labor issues, primarily union issues, and he has been the most knowledgeable attorney I've ever work with - in addition to having a great personality. Whenever I posed a question to Mr. Duncan, he was always timely with his responses. Now, in my new position as VP of HR, Mr. Duncan continues to be an exemplary attorney for our business. In my opinion, if one needs a labor attorney, Mr. Duncan is the one to have. It is indeed a pleasure to work with such a qualified individual."
- Lawrence Robinson
JRL Enterprises, Inc.
"Brooke has provided comprehensive legal assistance to us for as long as I can remember (and I have been with our company almost 21 years). In addition to handling legal matters on a national level, he has generously given his time to helping us develop future leaders for Freeman through our College of Management program. Brooke has scored higher than any other presenter in the program's curriculum for over 10 years. People who meet him remember his unique ability to explain the law in a way that is both memorable and entertaining. I can not say enough positive things about Brooke and how impressed I have been with him over the years. He is always accessible, reliable, helpful, knowledgeable, and thorough. These are qualities that I find critical in an attorney, and from coast to coast, there is no one better than Brooke Duncan. "
- Suzanne Bragg
"I have had the pleasure of working with Mr. Gay over a 30 year period and have been able to evaluate his analytical abilities and his trial expertise. My firm has over 10,000 employees and has over 700 physicians in a large multi-specialty group, and Mr. Gay leads the division that represents us in the medical malpractice arena. He is tireless in his efforts, is responsive in a timely fashion to our needs, and there is no better in the court room. I recommend him to be listed in the "Best Lawyers in America" without any hesitation or equivocation."
- Terry Hicks
Ochsner Medical Center

Adams and Reese LLP

Main Location

One Shell Square, Suite 4500
701 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: 504-581-3234
Fax: 504-566-0210
18 offices


B. Jeffrey BrooksChairman, Executive Committee
Paul J. LassalleChief Financial Officer
Ann M. WallaceChief Marketing Officer
Charles P. Adams, Jr.Managing Partner


Mark C. SurprenantAgricultural Chemicals
James T. Rogers IIIAntitrust and Unfair Competition
Martin A. SternAppellate Advocacy
Ronald J. SholesArbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Kathleen F. DrewAsbestos
Charles N. ParrottBanking and Finance
Charles N. ParrottBanking and Finance
Jannea S. RogersCasualty and Coverage
William B. GaudetClass Action and Complex Litigation
William C. BrabecCommercial Dispute Resolution
Richard P. CarmodyCommercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy
Kolin HolladayCorporate/Securities/Mergers and Acquisitions
Mark R. BeebeD&O and Professional Liability
Raymond R. FerreraE-Commerce/Internet
James B. McLaren, Jr.Economic Development
Holmes S. AdamsEducation and Public Entity
J. Jeffrey TrotterEnergy and Environmental
Linda Edell HowardEntertainment and New Media
Donald C. MasseyEnvironmental and Tox Tort
Powell G. Ogletree, Jr.Forestry
C. Kevin HayesGovernmental Relations
Kathryn R. GilchristHealth Care
Laurence J. McDuffHealth Care Litigation
Reber M. BoultIntellectual Property and Technology
James A. KeithLabor and Employment
Charlie A. Cerise, Jr.Litigation Practice
Edwin C. LaizerLitigation Practice
Lee ButlerLitigation Practice
Charles F. Gay, Jr.Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
Richard B. Eason IIPharmaceutical and Products Liability
O. Ray CorneliusPublic Finance
Patricia B. McMurrayReal Estate
Philip A. FrancoReal Estate and Construction
B. Jeffrey BrooksSpecial Business Services
Reber M. BoultSpecial Business Services
Craig G.TownsendSpecial Business Services Practice Group Leader
John F. Lyle IIITax
Joel T. GalanterTechnology and Telecommunications
David JohnsonTransactions and Corporate Advisory Services
Donald C. MasseyTransportation


Partners: 204
Of Counsel: 9
Associates: 73
Other Lawyers: 45
Paralegals: 68
Non-Legal Employees: 402

Practice Areas

Administrative / Regulatory Law
Admiralty and Maritime Law
Appellate Practice
Banking and Finance Law
Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Commercial Litigation
Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Construction Law
Copyright Law
Corporate Law
Derivatives and Futures Law
Economic Development Law
Education Law
Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Employment Law - Management
Energy Law
Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
Entertainment Law - Music
Environmental Law
Equipment Finance Law
Ethics and Professional Responsibility Law
Financial Services Regulation Law
First Amendment Law
Gaming Law
Government Relations Practice
Health Care Law
Insurance Law
Labor Law - Management
Land Use and Zoning Law
Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Legal Malpractice Law - Plaintiffs
Litigation - Antitrust
Litigation - Banking and Finance
Litigation - Bankruptcy
Litigation - Construction
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - First Amendment
Litigation - Intellectual Property
Litigation - Labor and Employment
Litigation - Patent
Litigation - Real Estate
Litigation - Securities
Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants
Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Natural Resources Law
Oil and Gas Law
Patent Law
Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Project Finance Law
Public Finance Law
Real Estate Law
Securities / Capital Markets Law
Securities Regulation
Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tax Law
Timber Law
Trademark Law
Trusts and Estates
Water Law
Workers' Compensation Law - Claimants
Workers' Compensation Law - Employers