We frequently are asked to assist out-of-state law firms whose clients find themselves involved in major litigation in Louisiana state and federal courts. As local counsel, our role in major litigation can vary, from serving in a traditional local "eyes and ears" role to, more often than not, providing more significant involvement, up to and including serving as lead or co-lead counsel. Regardless of the role requested of us, our goal is to provide the highest quality legal advice and assistance, coupled with unsurpassed responsiveness. There is no compliment we enjoy more than being told by out-of-state counsel that working with us reminds them of working with their own partners. We typically form lasting bonds with the out-of-state counsel with whom we work that extend well beyond the courtroom.
By way of illustration, we have served as local counsel in Louisiana matters with a variety of law firms including Gibbs & Bruns, Fullbright & Jaworksi, Neal & Harwell, Bowman & Brooke, Jones Day, Haynes & Boone, Littler Mendelson, Balch & Bingham, McGuire Woods, and Shook Hardy & Bacon.
Our transactional lawyers also are often asked to serve as local counsel for firms representing clients involved in large transactional, real estate or financing matters affecting Louisiana property or interests. We have assisted in the formation and location of commercial and industrial facilities, including chemical companies, manufacturers, restaurants, hotels, theaters and retailers. Those with whom we have enjoyed such a relationship include Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, O'Melveny & Myers LLP, Gholson, Hicks & Nichols, Regan & Post, L.L.P., Donovan & Giannuzi, LLP, Latham & Watkins, LLP and the National Accounts Offices of First American Title Insurance Company throughout the United States, including New York, Chicago, Atlanta, New Orleans, California, Denver and Seattle.
The firm has provided assistance throughout the state and recently served as lead counsel overseeing the issuance of title policies for more than 750,000 acres of timberland and four timber mills at a value in excess of $1billion. The resulting timberland sale is reported to be among the largest in the history of the United States. The firm coordinated the ten parish (county) title research and issued title commitments in less than four months with the use of its own copyrighted, web-based database. Although the database was created specifically for the project, it was designed to handle any other project of larger or smaller proportions.