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Jones Walker LLP

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United States

Real estate
Real estate - ranked: tier 5

Jones Walker LLP

Jones Walker LLP¬†handles acquisitions, dispositions, sale‚Äźleasebacks, 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.

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United States: Industry focus

Transport: shipping - finance
Transport: shipping - finance - ranked: tier 1

Jones Walker LLP

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 ‚Äėvery experienced‚Äô;¬†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‚Äôs New Orleans office.

Leading lawyers

Amy Garrity Scafidel - Jones Walker LLP

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Transport: shipping - litigation
Transport: shipping - litigation - ranked: tier 2

Jones Walker LLP

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.

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Transport: shipping - regulation
Transport: shipping - regulation - ranked: tier 1

Jones Walker LLP

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.

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United States: Real estate

Construction (including construction litigation)
Construction (including construction litigation) - ranked: tier 2

Jones Walker LLP

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.

Leading lawyers

Neal Sweeney - Jones Walker LLP

Rising stars

Tyler Scarbrough - Jones Walker LLP

William Shaughnessy - Jones Walker LLP

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United States: Tax

US taxes: non-contentious
US taxes: non-contentious - ranked: tier 7

Jones Walker LLP

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.

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