Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard

Headquarters: New Orleans, Louisiana

17 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

7 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America awards

Best Law Firms Edition 12 National Badge

Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard

With headquarters in New Orleans and offices in Houston and Baton Rouge, the Lugenbuhl, Wheaton, Peck, Rankin & Hubbard team delivers exceptional service to clients throughout the country. For more than 25 years, we’ve been a trusted partner, providing counsel and litigation services within several key segments, including admiralty and maritime law, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights, corporate and commercial matters, insurance law, environmental issues and intellectual property, among a host of others. 

Service is the cornerstone of Lugenbuhl. We consider personal, one-on-one relationships critical to addressing clients’ needs effectively and efficiently. We use a collaborative approach, working with clients to solve existing problems and prevent future ones. 

Lugenbuhl attorneys hold degrees from top-tier universities across the nation. They appear regularly in industry publications and academic law reviews and have earned distinctions from prominent professional groups like Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. We are devoted to providing unsurpassed representation, no matter how complex the case.

Here’s an overview of some of the many services Lugenbuhl offers.

Lugenbuhl has broad experience with Chapter 11 reorganization, particularly in the oil-and-gas, energy-service and maritime sectors. Our location on the Gulf Coast combined with our depth and concentration in admiralty and maritime law makes us well positioned to preserve and enforce maritime lien rights arising in favor of our creditor clients. 

Our bankruptcy attorneys serve as counsel for corporate and partnership debtors, official committees of unsecured creditors, trustees, secured and unsecured creditors, bondholders and equity holders. In addition, our firm directly handles collection efforts, including creditors filing involuntary bankruptcy and enforcing statutory lien rights under the laws of Louisiana and other states. 

Members of Lugenbuhl’s bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors’ rights section are recognized as leaders in the practice area. Lead counsel Stewart Peck has been listed as a leading bankruptcy practitioner in Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana Super Lawyers, and he is listed as a Top Lawyer in New Orleans. Lugenbuhl shareholder Benjamin Kadden, also part of the bankruptcy, restructurings and creditors’ rights section, has been listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers and as a Top Lawyer in New Orleans.

Whether creating new entities or guiding well-established companies, Lugenbuhl is an invaluable partner for businesses of any size. Our services cover a wide range of needs:

● Commercial finance 
● Commercial real estate 
● Corporate and commercial 
● Estate planning trusts, successions and probates
● Employment law 
● Intellectual property 
● International and cross-border law 

Lead commercial and transactional practice attorneys Stewart Peck, Rodger Wheaton, Nathan Horner, Rose McCabe LeBreton, Brad Harrigan and Benjamin Kadden have received various legal industry honors and acknowledgements, including AV Preeminent Ratings from Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars, as well as listings in Chambers USA.

Lugenbuhl offers expert counsel for insurance providers on issues that run the gamut of every industry we touch: 

● Bad-faith claims
● Commercial property and homeowners’ property coverage
● Construction defect liability coverage 
● Employer's liability coverage 
● Environmental and toxic tort insurance coverage 
● General liability coverage
● Inland marine coverage 
● Marine insurance coverage 
● Oil-and-gas liability coverage 
● Professional liability coverage 
● Public sector coverage 
● Uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage

Lugenbuhl’s insurance practice leaders have received numerous industry honors. Ralph Hubbard has been a Louisiana Super Lawyer annually since 2008, named to the Best Lawyers in America 2016 list and is a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV Member. Martin Sadler is AV/Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, included on the Best Lawyers in Texas list from 2008-2015 and the Best Lawyers in America list from 2008-2016.
Seth Schmeeckle is Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated and was named to the 2014 and 2015 editions of Super Lawyers. Joseph Guichet was named one of Louisiana’s Super Lawyers for Insurance Coverage in 2014 and 2015, and Kristopher Wilson is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated. 

Lugenbuhl clients benefit from our staff’s collective expertise spanning every area of practice we offer. Instead of permanently assigning litigators to discrete practices or clients, we use a multi-disciplinary approach that brings together a cross-section of attorneys with experience in different fields and industries to assist clients regardless of the issue. 

Lead litigation attorneys Stewart Peck and Rodger Wheaton have received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating and Super Lawyers recognitions. Lead attorney Bob Shults serves as co-chairman of the commercial general liability subcommittee of the America Bar Association’s insurance coverage litigation committee through 2016.
Maritime and admiralty law is highly complex, especially where it intersects with financing. Lugenbuhl offers comprehensive, unparalleled service for all industries that touch the maritime sector, including expertise in business structure, front-end transactions, contracts, dispute resolution, accidents, and insolvency and bankruptcy. 

● Admiralty and maritime
● Marine finance and vessel documentation 
● Marine loans
● Vessel leasing
● Vessel documentation 
● Workouts, restructuring and foreclosures

Lead maritime counsel Rodger Wheaton has received Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent Rating and Super Lawyers recognitions. Lugenbuhl shareholder Stanley Cohn has received Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating and is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates. Maritime attorney David Sharpe has been a Martindale-Hubbell Bestowed AV-Rated attorney since 2001, and Miles Thomas was included in the 2015 Louisiana Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers.

Immigration is often a piecemeal procedure that requires short- and long-term planning. Lugenbuhl helps clients in all phases of business immigration issues, developing customized solutions that minimize expenses, delays and potential liability. Whether hiring and transferring foreign nationals to the United States, starting new U.S. businesses, corporate restructuring or due diligence and compliance matters, our team provides invaluable expertise for a demanding aspect of the law. 

Our service covers a wide range of immigrant and nonimmigrant visa categories when moving and relocating employees internationally, including:

● Professionals
● Extraordinary and exceptional ability individuals
● Multinational managers and executives
● Specialized knowledge individuals
● Skilled, seasonal and other workers
● Special immigrants and religious workers
● Entrepreneurs and investors
● Entertainers, athletes and artists
● Students and international exchange visitors
● Health care professionals

In addition to immigration law, we offer representation and guidance with work authorizations and establishing foreign-national workforce policies. We help with training programs and corporate compliance issues such as I-9 compliance, building in-house training programs for HR, hiring managers and supervisory- level employees. 

Lead business immigration attorney Alla Nowowiejski has received numerous professional recognitions, including the Corporate LiveWire Global Award for Immigration Law in 2015. She was named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 class of honorees in 2013, and is a Pro Bono Benefactor with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.    
Management & Demographics
Benjamin W. Kadden
Managing Shareholder
Ashley L. Belleau

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  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Finance Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
  • Community Association Law
  • Construction Law
  • Contract
  • Corporate Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • Foreclosures
  • Immigration Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Land Use
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Insurance
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Litigation and Controversy - Tax
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Nonprofit / Charities Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Real Estate Law
  • Real Property Law
  • Ship Financing
  • Tax Law
  • Title Matters
  • Transactions
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates

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No Idle Preference

by Joseph Briggett

Amid Covid-19 economic uncertainty, Congress has continued to tinker with the Small Business Reorganization Act. How will the reworked law change bankruptcy preference litigation?

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