Firm Profile > Jones Walker LLP > New Orleans, United States

Jones Walker LLP
NEW ORLEANS, LA 70170-5100
United States

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 1

Jones Walker LLP handles a range of maritime finance matters including vessel acquisitions, financings and refinancings, sale and leaseback transactions, restructurings, and Title XI financings. William Baldwin advised Pacific Drilling and its subsidiaries on preferred ship mortgages on seven Liberian-flagged drillships in relation to the company's restructuring and bankruptcy. Elsewhere, Amy Garrity Scafidel advised Great Lakes Dredge & Dock, as borrower, on a sale and leaseback financing transaction. Also recommended are Kelly Duncan, who is ‘very experienced’; John Broders, who represents owners of mega-yachts on finance, construction and ownership matters; and Marshall Page, who leads the firm's bussiness and commercial transactions practice group.  Baldwin and Scott Jenkins jointly lead the shipping and maritime practice group. Named lawyers are based in the firm’s New Orleans office.

Transport: shipping - regulation Tier 1

Operating from its New Orleans office, the team at Jones Walker LLP is often involved in maritime regulatory compliance matters in the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River. Energy sector regulatory mandates, Jones Act compliance and offshore immigration are key areas of activity. Scott Jenkins and John Broders advised Enbridge on regulatory issues relating to the construction of a shallow water offshore pipeline, and Marc Hebert assisted voestalpine Texas with obtaining a permit for the inland transportation of direct reduced iron by barge. Kelly Duncan is also a key figure. Jenkins and Richard Bertram jointly lead the team.

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

Jones Walker LLP's construction practice is co-chaired by Atlanta-based Chad Theriot and New Orleans-based Michael Drew; the duo primarily specialise in high-profile complex litigation. Theriot recently represented Bollinger Shipyards against the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection concerning costs overrun for a barge construction contract. Supported by highly commended associate William Underwood, Theriot successfully resolved the matter in favor of the client, including securing unprecedented recovery of delay and acceleration damages against the City. In another highlight, Tyler Scarbrough, who was recently made up to partner, together with Theriot and Underwood, acted as lead counsel to voestalpine on the $740m greenfield development of a HBI plant in Texas. The team have also acted for the client in contract disputes against two contractors arising out of the project. Also recommended is Neal Sweeney, who represented an international EPC contractor in litigation against the owner of a $60m windfarm project concerning unpaid balances and change orders; he was supported by associate William Shaughnessy.

Transport: shipping - litigation Tier 2

Jones Walker LLP handles a broad range of maritime disputes, with experience across vessel collisions, liability, cargo damage, environmental and personal injury claims, as well as commercial disputes such as contract, insurance and charterparty disputes. Etienne Balart is representing Gulf Marine Fabricators (a subsidiary of Gulf Island Fabrication) in a $34m breach of contract case involving the construction of an offshore jacket. Elsewhere, Douglas Longman in Lafayette and Grady Hurley represented Tesla Offshore on a $10m indemnity dispute. Robert Lemon and William Wynne are also key figures in the team, which is jointly led by Hurley, Scott Jenkins and Jefferson Tillery. Named lawyers are based in New Orleans unless stated otherwise.

Real estate Tier 5

Jones Walker LLP handles acquisitions, dispositions, sale‐leasebacks, leases, developments, planning, management and licensing. Key client sectors include oil, gas, energy, retail, hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, mixed-use and affordable housing. The practice was bolstered in November 2018 by a merger with housing boutique Liles & Rushin, LLC, a deal which saw two partners - Kelly Rushin Lewis and Brandon Hughey - and their team join the firm's new office in Birmingham. New Orleans-based Susan Tyler and Keith Colvin served as co-counsel to Carpenter and Company and Woodward Design + Build on the $500m redevelopment of the World Trade Center Building in New Orleans, which will be converted into a Four Seasons Hotel. Another recent highlight saw the firm advise Bank of China on $1.85bn of financing for the construction of a methanol plan in St James Parish, Louisiana. Other clients include Bank of the Ozarks, Lamar Life Master Tenant, Landbridge Development and Mississippi Baptist Health Systems.

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Jones Walker LLP has expertise in business transactions, tax planning, executive compensation and employee benefits, and tax policy and regulatory issues. Department head William M. Backstrom, Jr. focuses on state and local tax matters in Louisiana. Rudolph R. Ramelli, Andre B. Burvant, Jonathan Katz and Jesse R. Adams, III are also key figures in the New Orleans office.

Jones Walker LLP is among the 120 largest law firms in the United States serving local, regional, national, and international business interests in a wide range of markets and industries. The firm provides a comprehensive range of legal services to major multinational, public, and private corporations, Fortune® 500 companies, money center banks, worldwide insurers, and emerging companies doing business in the United States and abroad.

Since its inception in 1937, Jones Walker LLP has grown over the past several decades in size and scope. With offices across the nation, it has close ties to many types of businesses and industries, and its attorneys are heralded for their experience in several practice areas. The firm focuses on building lasting relationships with clients and gaining a thorough understanding of clients’ businesses and industries.

Main areas of practice: Construction: represents international and domestic owners, contractors, architects, and builders in the design and construction of hotels, resorts, hospitals, high-rise office towers, power plants, clean energy facilities, refineries, pipelines, transportation-related manufacturing, and universities, as well as environmental remediation and closure projects.

Tax: counsels clients with respect to tax law implications in matters involving mergers and acquisitions, bankruptcy and reorganization, health and life insurance law, international business law, estate planning, charitable giving, nonprofit organization law, and trust and estate administration.

Real estate: advises clients on matters ranging from simple acquisitions and sale transactions to structuring all aspects of large-scale developments and financings.

Banking and financial services: offers comprehensive legal and regulatory compliance counsel to financial institutions, their owners, and executives.

Maritime: represents clients engaged in domestic and international shipping and offshore drilling, transport, production activities, and onshore and port-related activities.

Gaming: represents all participants in the industry, including casinos, tribes, product manufacturers and suppliers, pari-mutuels, lottery vendors, sweepstakes and charities. The firm also represents other parties — such as investors, lenders and vendors — that have gaming-related interests.

Bankruptcy: advises clients from numerous industries in complex and traditional bankruptcies and reorganizations, and includes three members of the American College of Bankruptcy.

Labor and employment: offers clients one of the largest, most diverse, and experienced labor and employment law practices in the region counseling an array of companies in a wide range of industries, both locally and throughout the United States.

Healthcare: offers a broad range of legal services to healthcare industry clients, including transactional matters, litigation, investigations, and regulatory compliance.

Energy: advises clients on the full range of energy and natural resources matters involving oil and gas (upstream, midstream, and downstream, as well as onshore and offshore), power generation, alternative energy, mining and water.

Department Name Email Telephone
Construction Chad V Michael
Tax William M Backstrom, Jr
Real estate F Rivers Lelong, Jr
Real estate Robert W Scheffy, Jr
Admiralty and maritime R Scott Jenkins
Gaming J Kelly Duncan
Gaming Thomas B Shepherd III
Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights Kristina M Johnson
Bankruptcy and creditors’ rights Mark Mintz
Labor and employment Sidney F Lewis, V
Energy and natural resources Alida Hainkel
Energy and natural resources Marjorie A McKeithen
Energy and natural resources Krystal Scott
Photo Name Position Profile
 Jesse R. Adams, III  photo Jesse R. Adams, III
 William M. Backstrom, Jr.  photo William M. Backstrom, Jr.
 William C. Baldwin  photo William C. Baldwin
 Andre B. Burvant  photo Andre B. Burvant
 J. Kelly Duncan  photo J. Kelly Duncan
 Glenn G. Goodier  photo Glenn G. Goodier
 R. Scott Jenkins  photo R. Scott Jenkins
 Robert T. Lemon II  photo Robert T. Lemon II
 Rudolph R. Ramelli  photo Rudolph R. Ramelli
 Amy Garrity Scafidel  photo Amy Garrity Scafidel
 Tyler P. Scarbrough  photo Tyler P. Scarbrough
 Richard J. Tyler  photo Richard J. Tyler
 James E. Wright, III  photo James E. Wright, III
 William Pitard Wynne  photo William Pitard Wynne
Number of Partners : 228
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 123
Managing Partner : William H Hines