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

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

Transport: shipping - finance Tier 1

With one of the broadest maritime transactional practices in the US, Jones Walker LLP represents public and private companies in an array of financings, acquisitions, divestitures and restructurings. The team's attorneys handle high-value financing and refinancing transactions in a range of maritime segments, from blue water to offshore to inland marine. In New Orleans, leader of the firm's maritime transactions team William Baldwin recently acted as maritime counsel for debtors in a Chapter 11 restructuring involving preferred ship mortgages on seven Liberian flagged drillships; Kelly Duncan was special maritime counsel to Spectacle Entertainment in a $100m financing; and Amy Garrity Scafidel co-leads the firm’s finance team alongside Phoenix-based Hughes Grehan. Also key to the group is James Kearns in Washington DC, whose experience includes financings under the Title XI loan guarantee program administered by the US Maritime Administration. At associate level, Christopher Ulfers (also in New Orleans) advises marine clients on finance deals.

Practice head(s):

William Baldwin

Other key lawyers:

Kelly Duncan; Amy Garrity Scafidel; Hughes Grehan; James Kearns; Christopher Ulfers; Lance Sannino; Cindy Matherne Muller

Key clients

Pacific Drilling

Spectacle Entertainment, LLC

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation

Inter-Oceanic Holdings, LLC

Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

From offices throughout Southeast, Jones Walker LLP advises its client base of owners and developers on a broad range of construction matters, with a focus on construction disputes. As Covid-related precautions have resulted in significant project delays over the past year, the team has been increasingly active in construction disputes, a recent example of which was its work for an international design and construction firm concerning delays to a billion-dollar project resulting from disruptions to international supply lines. This matter was led from the Atlanta office by Neal Sweeney, a renowned lawyer in the Georgia construction market with a current focus on expanding the practice in Texas. The construction group is jointly headed by Chad Theriot in Atlanta, praised for his 'collaborative, responsive, honest, and thoughtful' counsel; and Michael Drew, who is currently engaged in a number of highly contentious matters arising from airport projects and mining facilities, among others.

Practice head(s):

Michael Drew; Chad Theriot

Other key lawyers:

Neal Sweeney; William Shaughnessy


‘Although many law firms “market” professionalism and ethics as part of their law practice, Jones Walker actually delivers on what they market, providing professional legal services with integrity.’

‘My primary experience is with Chad Theriot. Not only is he an exceptional attorney competent in construction law, he delivers legal counsel in a collaborative, responsive, honest, and thoughtful manner.’

Key clients

Freeport-McMoran and affiliate PT Freeport Indonesia


Gulf Island Fabrication, Inc.

Gallo Mechanical, L.L.C.

Durr Heavy Construction, LLC

Cycle Construction Company, LLC

Greenup Industries

Siemens Industry, Inc.

Fluor Corp.

Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Jones Walker LLP's New Orleans-based attorneys routinely handle vessel casualties, as well as matters involving personal injury, deaths and Jones Act seamen claims. The team also assists with commercial disputes and insurance issues, while on the regulatory side it advises on governmental agencies' regulations and directives. Scott Jenkins leads the maritime practice, which also includes head of the maritime regulatory team, Richard Bertram; and George Fowler III, whose experience includes trying hundreds of cases. Also highly regarded are maritime litigation and arbitration team leaders Jefferson Tillery and Grady Hurley. At the ore junior level, Hansford Wogan is a maritime litigation expert, while associate Jeanne Amy is experienced in both maritime litigation and regulatory matters.

Practice head(s):

Scott Jenkins; Grady Hurley; Jefferson Tillery; Richard Bertram

Other key lawyers:

George Fowler III; Hansford Wogan; Jeanne Amy; Etienne Balart; Barrett Rice

Key clients

Gulf Marine Fabricators

Carnival Corporation & PLC

Hornbeck Offshore Services, Inc.

Diamond Offshore Drilling

Pacific Drilling

CGB Enterprises, Inc.

M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 5

Jones Walker LLP provides corporate services, including M&A and securities, to publicly traded and privately held companies throughout the Gulf Coast. Curtis Hearn represents private equity and venture capital firms, and is particularly active in the energy, healthcare, transportation, logistics and manufacturing sectors. He jointly leads the team with J. Marshall Page III, who regularly advises heavy industry clients in the petrochemical and mid-stream energy industries. Both are based in New Orleans.

Practice head(s):

Curtis Hearn; J. Marshall Page III


‘Extremely capable and credentialed counsel able to provide pragmatic advice across the spectrum of commercial and compliance topics. Firm members work cooperatively with inhouse counsel and clients to quickly distil information and solve complex legal opportunities and challenges. ’

‘Marshall Page is extremely capable commercial and M&A counsel. Strong personal work ethic, and solutions-oriented relationship builder on both sides of the table.’


Key clients

Ochsner Health System

CenturyLink, Inc.

LongueVue Capital

Navitas Petroleum

Viking Energy Group, Inc;

Marucci Sports LLC

FNB Bancshares of Central Alabama, Inc.

Freeport McMoRan Inc.

Pacific Drilling S.A.

Savage Inland Marine, LLC

Real estate Tier 5

Jones Walker LLP is recognized in this space for its experience of federal, state and local tax-increment financing and other development-related opportunities. Its project work is far reaching, encompassing major development, constructing contract, planning, permitting, zoning, licensing and management matters across numerous asset classes, namely energy, retail, hospitality, manufacturing, mixed-use and affordable housing. The team, which is headed by Alabama-based Henry O’Connor III, also handles numerous high-value acquisitions and dispositions, including those involving distressed assets. It also has an active leasing practice.

Practice head(s):

Henry O’Connor III

Other key lawyers:

Susan Tyler; Seth Levine; Jeffrey Good; Ann Corso Taylor

Key clients

Carpenter & Co., Inc., Woodward Interests, LLC and Two Canal Owner, LLC

Bank of China

Renaissance at Colony Park, LLC

Lamar Life Master Tenant

Renaissance Phase II, LLC

CenturyLink, Inc.

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems, Inc.

Mattiace Buford Development Company, LLC

Landbridge Development, LLC

Topgolf International, Inc.

Kupperman Companies

Bank OZK

Aldi, Inc.

Walmart Stores

US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Jones Walker LLP’s tax practice is headquartered in New Orleans under the management of William Backstrom, a state and local tax specialist who leads on a range of tax mandates in Louisiana. Backstrom oversees several sub-groups that handle SALT, transactions, tax credit finance, and estate planning. In the Gulf South, the firm maintains a strong foothold in the energy sector (both conventional and renewable suppliers), with Jesse Adams, Rudolph Ramelli, and Mississippi-based John Fletcher being key contacts. Jonathan Katz handles federal and state new markets tax credit, while Baton Rouge-based Trevor Wilson concentrates on tax-exempt organizations, fund formations, and estate planning. All named lawyers are based in New Orleans unless stated otherwise. Test

Practice head(s):

William Backstrom

Other key lawyers:

Jesse Adams; Rudolph Ramelli; John Fletcher; Trevor Wilson


‘Jones Walker brings an unusually high level of creativity to problem solving around obstacles in structuring real estate tax credit deals. They always figure out a way to accomplish what’s needed, and then know how to communicate complex and highly technical information in intelligible ways. They have also been very generous to us by reducing fees whenever needed to help close a transaction.’

‘Jonathan Katz is the main attorney I work with in Tax. I greatly appreciate that while he does all the heavy lifting in figuring out solutions to tax issues, he always involves me along the way to make sure that I’m following and to ensure that his thinking and approach meets our needs. As much as his sharp intellect sets him apart, it’s really his soft skills that I value most: his deftness in working with other attorneys and with me as a client. He’s a total pleasure, and always makes time to answer even my very minor questions. I know how much he cares about our projects; as a community development real estate developer, that means a ton to me.’

‘Jeffrey Good is our transactional real estate attorney who works closely with Jonathan on our deals. Jeff is a perfect tandem to Jonathan: he also brings an extremely sharp mind and a thoroughness and attention to detail that I don’t always see in other attorneys. He is an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver who’s invaluable to the complex financing we utilize in our projects. Jeff is also a tireless worker, is a total pleasure to work with, and he cares deeply about our projects; he’s a true partner to us as a client.’

‘The Jones Walker state and local tax team is exemplary in every respect. The team has a deep knowledge of state tax and proactively represents clients in all phases of state taxation.’

‘My go to people are Bill Backstrom and John Fletcher, both of whom have many years of experience in representing clients at the highest levels. Both Bill and John seek practical solutions to client tax issues. The fact that both are well-respected by state tax agency personnel makes them outstanding choices for client representation.’

‘Rudy Ramelli is brilliant, practical and hard working.’

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. Theriot
Tax William M Backstrom, Jr
Real estate F Rivers Lelong, Jr
Real estate Robert W Scheffy, Jr
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 Partner
 William M. Backstrom, Jr.  photo William M. Backstrom, Jr. Partner
 William C. Baldwin  photo William C. Baldwin Partner
 J. Kelly Duncan  photo J. Kelly Duncan Partner
 R. Scott Jenkins  photo R. Scott Jenkins Partner
 Amy Garrity Scafidel  photo Amy Garrity Scafidel Partner
 William Pitard Wynne  photo William Pitard Wynne Partner
Number of Partners : 233
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 114
Managing Partner : William H Hines