Firm Profile > Jones Walker LLP > Atlanta, United States

Jones Walker LLP
United States

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - finance Tier 1

Jones Walker LLP handles domestic and international transactions for clients across number of maritime industry segments. The firm has a particularly strong presence in the South, and more specifically in New Orleans and Louisiana more generally. Contacts in the firm's New Orleans office include William Baldwin, who handles marine finance, ship mortgages, sale and purchase transactions, and Jones Act and coastwise compliance for major clients such as Tidewater and Pacific Drilling; Kelly Duncan, who has experience of a variety of vessel transactions, including Title XI financings, sale-leaseback transactions and asset sales and acquisitions; and corporate partner Amy Garrity Scafidel, who co-leads the firm's finance group and specializes in commercial lending transactions. The practice also substantially expanded its offering with the recruitment of George Fowler and his team of four attorneys from Fowler, Rodriguez & Chalos, and the recruitment of Washington DC-based James Kearns from Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP.

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Pacific Drilling

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation

Tri-Marine Group

Industry focus > Transport: shipping - litigation and regulation Tier 2

Jones Walker LLP fields 'a talented group of experienced lawyers with a diverse range of experience' in litigation involving personal injury, property damage and indemnity claims, maritime insurance, offshore drilling operations, dispatch and demurrage, and matters relating to the Jones Act. Contacts in the team include maritime practice head Scott JenkinsGrady Hurley, whose expertise lies at the intersection of maritime and energy law; and Richard Bertram and Jefferson Tillery, who together have more than 60 years of experience representing clients in litigation and investigations involving marine casualties and environmental incidents. The firm was further strengthened in 2019 by the arrival of a team of lawyers from Fowler Rodriguez, including experienced trial lawyer George Fowler. The team is based in New Orleans.


‘Jones Walker has a talented group of experienced lawyers with a diverse range of experience acting in various disputes involving the shipping industry’

Key clients

Gulf Marine Fabricators

The Gray Insurance Company

Tesla Offshore

State Bank & Trust Company

Real estate > Construction (including construction litigation) Tier 2

A 'strong knowledge of the construction industry' underpins Jones Walker LLP’s practice, with the team viewed by some as a 'best-of-the-best' group that is 'excellent in construction litigation and general advice'. New Orleans-based Michael Drew and Atlanta-based Chad Theriot head the department, which specialises in high-profile disputes and is further recognised for its counseling to avoid formal resolution proceedings. The 'creative, responsive and competent' Theriot’s clients include owners, commercial and government contractors. Houston-based Neal Sweeney is a 'prompt and always available' governmental contracts specialist, with experience on major infrastructure and P3 projects. Alongside Atlanta-based associate William Shaughnessy, Sweeney represented an international contractor on a $125m transportation claim in Texas. Jennifer Lowndes joined Holland & Knight LLP in April 2019.

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Strong knowledge of the construction industry and business side of matters. Excellent in construction litigation and general advice. Top-tier firm on par or better than best-of-the-best.

Neal Sweeney is prompt and always available.

Strengths: success and solid legal counsel. Key capabilities: litigation of complex construction issues on major projects.

Among the many outside counsel that I engage, Chad Theriot’s counsel is solid – it stands out as being creative, responsive, and competent. Demonstrated qualities include: a clear understanding of the client’s interests, a willingness to collaborate with in-house counsel, and fair billing practices.

Key clients

Holder Construction Company

Andritz Inc.

Turner Construction Company

Kajima Construction Services, Inc.

Alston Construction Company, Inc.

Bollinger Shipyards, LLC

voestalpine Texas LLC

The John Wood Group, AMECFoster Wheeler

M&A/corporate and commercial > M&A: middle-market (sub-$500m) Tier 5

Jones Walker LLP advises clients on M&A, finance, joint ventures, supply-chain contracting, offerings of equity and debt securities, venture capital financing and corporate governance matters. It advises public and private companies, start-ups, emerging enterprises and Fortune 500 corporations. Client sectors include energy, healthcare, transport, manufacturing sectors, telecoms, technology, media, food, financial services and construction. New Orleans-based Curtis Hearn and Marshall Page co-lead the corporate practice group.

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Pacific Drilling S.A.

Tidewater, Inc.

O3 Industries

Savage Inland Marine, LLC

LongueVue Capital

CenturyLink, Inc.

Real estate > Real estate Tier 5

Jones Walker LLP has specialist expertise in hotel and hospitality, manufacturing, mixed-use, affordable housing and retail assets, including big-box and shopping malls. Henry O’Connor III leads the real estate practice and also co-chairs the firm's hospitality industry group. Based in the Mobile, Alabama office, O'Connor has experience acting for a variety of market participants including private investors, owners and developers in acquisitions and dispositions, financing transactions, commercial leasing matters and development and redevelopment projects. Of late, the team has been especially active in distressed properties transactions, and acting for oil and gas pipeline companies in the relocation of facilities and the release of surface rights.

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Carpenter & Co.

Woodward Interests

Two Canal Owner

Bank of China

Lamar Life Master Tenant

Renaissance at Colony Park

Renaissance Phase II

Mississippi Baptist Health Systems

Mattiace Buford Development Company

Landbridge Development

Topgolf International

Kupperman Companies

Bank OZK


VSS Southern Theatres

Tax > US taxes: non-contentious Tier 7

Jones Walker LLP's tax practice is active on a range of matters including tax policy and regulation, state and local taxation, and employee benefits and executive compensation. William Backstrom heads the practice group and specializes in state and local tax matters in Louisiana. Jesse Adams and Jonathan Katz are likewise recommended. All three practitioners are based in New Orleans.

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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
 Neal J. Sweeney  photo Neal J. Sweeney Partner
 Chad V. Theriot  photo Chad V. Theriot Partner
Number of Partners : 233
Number of Other Fee-Earners : 114
Managing Partner : William H Hines