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
18 offices

Firm Attorneys

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O. Ray Cornelius 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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    Achievements

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Litigation - Insurance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Litigation - Environmental with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
    "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 Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Mississippi in Education Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Tennessee in Government Relations Practice with 4 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" Metro Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Mobile, Alabama in Mergers and Acquisitions Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Jacksonville, Florida in Insurance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Jacksonville, Florida in Litigation - Insurance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Government Relations Practice with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Public Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Litigation - Environmental with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants with 7 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in New Orleans, Louisiana in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ridgeland, Mississippi in Litigation - Real Estate with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ridgeland, Mississippi in Natural Resources Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ridgeland, Mississippi in Energy Law with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Ridgeland, Mississippi in Education Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Nashville, Tennessee in Government Relations Practice with 4 lawyers.

    "Top-Listed" State Awards
    "Top-Listed" in Florida in Litigation - Insurance with 3 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Litigation - Environmental with 8 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Product Liability Litigation - Defendants with 11 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Public Finance Law with 2 lawyers.
    "Top-Listed" in Louisiana in Government Relations Practice with 4 lawyers.

    Clients

    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
    Freeman
    "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
    "Charlie's approach to trial preparation is direct and efficient. He is mindful of his client's time and resources. Charlie's ability to relate to the physicians he represents and to jurors he is trying to reach is truly outstanding. In my opinion, he is the most experienced and qualified medical malpractice litigator in New Orleans."
    - Lisa Tompkins
    Ochsner Clinic Foundation
    "Charlie is an engaging and creative attorney who tenaciously represents his clients. He assembles and leads effective teams and produces high-quality, high-value work product and results. He is well known and well respected in his practice area and local courts."
    - Anonymous
    "Charlie Gay has provided local counsel assistance to us for a number of years concerning several complex cases filed in Louisiana. His knowledge of the local judges and court procedures, and his recommendations concerning strategy and tactics, have been invaluable. I would not hesitate to recommend him."
    - Anonymous
    "In today's settlement-driven litigation world, it's rare to find lawyers who have the gumption to advise a client that they can win the case - if they try it. Charlie Gay has the depth of trial experience and crystal-clear judgment to give that kind of advice. That's rare and more than worth the price."
    - Anonymous
    "Charlie is one of my favorite attorneys to work with. He promptly handles matters and challenges/resolves meritless claims."
    - Denise McLaurin
    Regions Bank - Mortgage
    "Elizabeth's attention to detail, immediate responsiveness, depth of experience, and knowledge within each of our areas of concern have given us complete confidence and security in our legal matters. Moving our business into a new region of the country, without any local history or contacts, was extremely concerning, but Elizabeth's professionalism balanced with her fair, commonsense approach have been immediately successful for us."
    - Marc Jaromin
    Jackson Broadcasting, LLC
    "There are a few things a client looks for when dealing with an attorney: Cost-effective time spent with them, accurate and truthful advice and guidance, the attorney's ability to grasp all the real issues when handling a case, and there must be a "fit" with the attorney. In all these instances, we never once felt we were getting the wrong advice or that we were "out on a limb" with Elizabeth Maron. She is a highly professional attorney."
    - Francis Vlok
    Sprint Mart
    "James Rogers has always been very responsive to my matters, day or night."
    - Scott Belanger
    Expeditors & Production Services Company
    "Mark Surprenant is one of the most effective litigators I have ever known. He has an ability to grasp even the most highly technical scientific issues. Mark is a great legal strategist and has a winning manner in the courtroom. He has the respect of his clients and adversaries as well. "
    - Alan Nadel
    Syngenta
    "Mark Surprenant has been lead attorney on Loyola's account for several years. During that time, he has proven not only his legal prowess and skill, but also his true human nature and compassion. Mark is extremely responsive to emergent issues and he takes his time to properly evaluate all variables before rendering advice or responding. That said, he can also finesse his way into taming raging legal fires as they erupt. I find Mark a pleasure to work with and he has my full faith and confidence."
    - Richard Bell
    Loyola University New Orleans
    "We utilized Mark Surprenant as our exclusive defense counsel in Louisiana for more than 16 years. He was extremely competent in all areas of litigation we encountered. As our volume grew, Mr. Surprenant formed a team of associates and partners to assist in the defense of our cases; however, he never allowed the quality of work to diminish. He forged close working relationships with our local management and that was extremely cost effective and helpful to our company as well. Overall, I found Mr. Surprenant to be one of our most effective defense attorneys in the country. "
    - Daniel Price
    Waste Management
    "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."
    - Anonymous
    "Paul Carrubba is an expert in banking law with a specialty in matters that relate to checks and electronic payments. I believe what sets him apart from other experts in this area is his knowledge of both the law and the operational environment. He has tremendous insight through years of hands-on experience into the practical issues facing his clients. He is a superior communicator and worked very effectively with our team. I would highly recommend Mr. Carrubba."
    - Mary Hockridge
    NetDeposit, Inc.
    "In nearly 30 years of in-house practice, working with the best-known firms in the U.S. and the world, I have not encountered a better lawyer than Mr. Boult. His legal knowledge, business acumen, and understanding of the nuances of my company's business allow him to provide a broad spectrum of advice that I can always rely on."
    - Paul Weinstein
    Berlitz International. Inc.
    "Richard has represented our company in matters under my direction for a number of years. His knowledge and experience, coupled with a keen awareness of the need to keep abreast of the changing environment in our industry, make his counsel an even more valuable asset. He has been adept at finding avenues of opportunity that would be overlooked by many of his counterparts. That said, Richard commands respect from opposing counsel in resolving matters of importance to his clients. I am pleased to express my opinion of a very qualified attorney in matters of bankruptcy law and commercial transactions in particular, but in any matter requiring a person with integrity in dealing with troubled transactions."
    - Charles Elliott
    Regions Bank
    "Mr. Carmody is a professional who has specifically assisted us in the creditor's rights, work-out, and bankruptcy areas of practice. His extensive knowledge of these areas of practice and his significant experience have helped us in many situations over the past several years. Mr. Carmody is a pleasure to work with on a daily basis."
    - Ron Downey
    Regions Bank
    "Richard is not only astoundingly knowledgeable, but is one of the best strategic thinkers I have ever had the pleasure of observing. His negotiation and deal-making skills are unparalleled. He delivers top-quality work in a timely and efficient manner, always with an eye to the client's ultimate best interest. It is a perk of the in-house job to be able to watch and learn from lawyers like Richard."
    - E. Berton Spence
    Regions Bank
    "Richard has handled various loan-related legal matters for our bank. He has handled closings with U.S. based companies that were complicated in structure. He has handled closings with foreign companies that required coordinating with our client's counsel and specific documentation. Richard has handled lawsuits on loan-related cases with positive results for our bank. Richard has handled loan workouts for our bank with regional clients. Richard has always been a pleasure to work with and all dealings have been handled in a superior, professional manner."
    - Clayton Ingram
    Regions Bank
    "I have worked with Mr. Carmody for over 20 years utilizing his professional services. He has represented the Bank in loan closings and problem loan workouts. His knowledge, wisdom, and counsel have proved beneficial to our bank and our lending staff, increasing our productivity and profitability in these transactions. His professionalism and positive approach is refreshing and appreciated in consummating transactions in a timely and efficient manner. "
    - Brett Morgan
    Regions Bank
    "Richard is an extremely competent and reliable lawyer and has been a go-to bankruptcy and transactional lawyer for our company for many years. He is always responsive and timely, and he proactively keeps us apprised of legal developments that would concern us. We feel comfortable that our legal interests are being protected when Richard is representing us."
    - Anonymous
    "In the 30-plus years I have been dealing with Mr. Carmody, he has always been able to understand the business part of the transaction and layer his deep legal knowledge over it, then coming up with solutions that pleased both sides of the transactions. His solutions provided to-the-point documents at a fair price. My customers always enjoy his thoughtfulness, speed, and expertise. So do I."
    - Anonymous
    "Stephen Rowe is a top-notch securities regulator."
    - Kevin Patton
    Regions Financial Corporation
    "Mr. William Gaudet is an excellent attorney with whom I have worked for several years. He is a very seasoned trial attorney and very capable business partner able to meet his clients' needs."
    - Steven Tolliver
    Aetna U.S. Healthcare
    "Bill Brabec is the best litigator who will focus on your need and provide you with carefully thought out advice on complicated matters. I don't give lawyers such a high rating easily, as I myself was a partner of a top 10 New York law firm. I can confidently say that he is just as good as any New York litigators that cost three times more."
    - Charles Wang
    GreenTech Automotive Corporation
    "Bill represented The Daily News as our lobbyist for two years, in which time we were confronted by a number of very bad pieces of legislation. Bill was thorough, hard working and, perhaps most importantly, incredibly gracious in his work on our behalf. In a legislative environment that struck me as somewhat unseemly, Bill stood out as a person of integrity and honesty. Additionally, Bill was extremely helpful in educating us on the nuances of the legislative process. We were kept up to date and in the know throughout the session. It was a pleasure to work with him. I feel grateful that Bill was in the lead during my introduction to lobbying and the legislative process. "
    - Eric Barnes
    The Daily News
    "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
    Freeman
    "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
    18 offices

    Management

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

    Contacts

    Mark C. SurprenantAgricultural Chemicals
    504-585-0213
    James T. Rogers IIIAntitrust and Unfair Competition
    504-585-0296
    Martin A. SternAppellate Advocacy
    504-585-0289
    Ronald J. SholesArbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution
    504-585-0479
    Kathleen F. DrewAsbestos
    504-585-0213
    Charles N. ParrottBanking and Finance
    601-353-3234
    Charles N. ParrottBanking and Finance
    601-353-3234
    Jannea S. RogersCasualty and Coverage
    251-433-3234
    William B. GaudetClass Action and Complex Litigation
    504-585-0263
    William C. BrabecCommercial Dispute Resolution
    601-353-3234
    Richard P. CarmodyCommercial Restructuring and Bankruptcy
    205-250-5033
    Kolin HolladayCorporate/Securities/Mergers and Acquisitions
    615-259-1405
    Mark R. BeebeD&O and Professional Liability
    504-585-0436
    Raymond R. FerreraE-Commerce/Internet
    713-308-0127
    James B. McLaren, Jr.Economic Development
    901-524-5277
    Holmes S. AdamsEducation and Public Entity
    601-292-0723
    J. Jeffrey TrotterEnergy and Environmental
    601-292-0711
    Linda Edell HowardEntertainment and New Media
    615-341-0068
    Donald C. MasseyEnvironmental and Tox Tort
    504-585-0290
    Powell G. Ogletree, Jr.Forestry
    601-292-0740
    C. Kevin HayesGovernmental Relations
    225.378.3207
    Kathryn R. GilchristHealth Care
    601-292-0789
    Laurence J. McDuffHealth Care Litigation
    205-250-5016
    Reber M. BoultIntellectual Property and Technology
    615-259-1452
    James A. KeithLabor and Employment
    601-292-0718
    Charlie A. Cerise, Jr.Litigation Practice
    504-585-0418
    Edwin C. LaizerLitigation Practice
    504-585-0207
    Lee ButlerLitigation Practice
    713-308-0100
    Charles F. Gay, Jr.Pharmaceutical and Medical Device
    504.585.0295
    Richard B. Eason IIPharmaceutical and Products Liability
    504-585-0243
    O. Ray CorneliusPublic Finance
    504-581-3234
    Patricia B. McMurrayReal Estate
    225-336-5200
    Philip A. FrancoReal Estate and Construction
    504-585-0291
    B. Jeffrey BrooksSpecial Business Services
    202-737-3234
    Reber M. BoultSpecial Business Services
    615-259-1452
    Craig G.TownsendSpecial Business Services Practice Group Leader
    713-308-0139
    John F. Lyle IIITax
    251-433-3234
    Joel T. GalanterTechnology and Telecommunications
    615-259-1064
    David JohnsonTransactions and Corporate Advisory Services
    251-650-0855
    Donald C. MasseyTransportation
    504.585.0290

    Personnel

    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
    Arbitration
    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