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  • The Firm is pleased to announce that the following Attorneys have received recognition by the Best Lawyers of America organization for 2020:

    Thomas E. Balhoff – Litigation – Insurance; Litigation – Labor & Employment; Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions; Product Liability Litigation

    Luke F. Piontek – Energy Law

    Charles M. (Chuck) Pisano – Commercial Litigation and Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants

    Larry M. Roedel – Litigation; Labor & Employment; "Bet the Company" Litigation

    We acknowledge that every case, project, and assignment requires a Team effort. Those receiving "Peer Recognition" are only as successful as the Team which supports their efforts. Many attorneys in our Firm are equally deserving of the same type of "Peer Recognition" as noted by the Best Lawyers of America organization.

  • Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who are impacted personally, within your families and in your businesses by the virus. Our way of life has been changed swiftly and dramatically. Our firm will remain open and fully operational unless ordered by state or federal officials to close for a time period or to modify our hours of operation. In either event, you may always reach our attorneys by email, text or mobile phone as we can and will remain "open" by working from home or other remote locations. We are monitoring court closures, filing deadline extensions, and other developments being implemented to address this virus in order to keep our clients apprised of the changing legal landscape. A detailed listing of email addresses and mobile phone numbers for each attorney (and certain key staff members) follows below. We thank you for the trust you have placed in our firm and we are here to meet your legal needs in these challenging times.



    Larry Roedel - (225) 315-0900 David Phelps - (225) 247-0020 Bradley Guin - (318) 707-1122 Frankie Snyder - (225) 268-1063 Kent Parsons - (225) 278-7777 Luke Piontek - (225) 936-0604 George Hardy - (804) 615-1771 Daniel Price - (337) 321-2631 Judith Sulzer - (225) 305-2233 Denise Atol - (225) 276-4132 Tom Balhoff - (225) 964-9852 Judy Atkinson - (225) 343-3048 Diane Allain - (225) 751-1577 Coley West - (225) 907-5748 Ann Chatelain - (225) 955-7678 Jillian Kraemer - (225) 278-2702

    Government Relations:

    Lindsey Golden - (225) 772-1525 CJ Blache - (225) 445-4801

    Real Estate:

    Michelle Holland - (225) 241-0284 Stephen McCollister - (225) 955-0038 Dave Woolridge - (225) 954-0338 Brent Bourgeois - (225) 324-8379 Ryan Brown - (225) 933-1749 Jaime Graham - (225) 921-1943

    Baton Rouge Administration:

    Judith Sulzer (Human Resources) - (225) 305-2233 Shelia Templet (Accounting) - (225) 317-0436 Karen Shelton (Receptionist) - (225) 933-1321



    Wayne Fontana - (504) 583-4114 Richard Seelman - (504) 261-8700 Jennifer Lewis - (504) 650-2600 Nancy Lancaster - (985) 789-8083 Lori Kramer - (504) 439-6007 Charles Pisano - (504) 621-2463 Skye Fantaci - (504) 256-2665 Thomas Capella - (504) 401-8765 Jan Frankowski - (504) 782-8294 Laurie Cupstid - (504) 655-2425 Shannon Bell - (504) 228-5884 Suzie Wilson - (504) 287-1334

    New Orleans Administration:

    Donna Lassalle (Ofc Manager) - (504) 427-1752 Karen Lopinto (Receptionist) - (504) 289-0520
  • The Firm further congratulates Tom Balhoff for his recognition as "2020 Lawyer of the Year" in the practice of Litigation-Labor and Employment in Baton Rouge and his inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Litigation-Insurance; Mass Tort Litigation; and Product Liability Litigation.

  • 2019-2020 Best Lawyers Announcement.

    The Firm congratulates Luke Piontek and Larry Roedel for being named to the 2019-2020 Best Lawyers Listing. Mr. Piontek received his recognition in the field of Energy Law, while Mr. Roedel’s recognition was in the general categories of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Construction, and Litigation-Labor and Employment. The Firm recognizes that the legal practice is a "Team Effort" and no one attorney achieves success without a team working with them. Our Firm has numerous lawyers who are well-deserving of peer recognition.

  • Our firm congratulates two recent graduates of LSU Law School, who will be joining us as associate attorneys following the Bar Exam.

    Bradley Guin, a native of Haughton, Louisiana, obtained his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from LSU in 2015. He graduated in May, 2019 from LSU Law School with a Juris Doctor and a Diploma in Comparative Law. He served as the Managing Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and as a member of the Student Bar Association Ethics Committee. During Law School he received several academic awards including the Dean's Scholar Award and CALI Awards for the highest exam grades in Louisiana Security Devices Survey, Constitutional Law I, Louisiana Civil Procedure I, and Legal Research & Writing II. Prior to joining Roedel Parsons, Bradley worked as a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Middle District of Louisiana and as a Committee Clerk for the Louisiana House of Representatives.

    Daniel T. Price, a native of New Iberia and Lafayette, received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he studied music and trumpet performance. He is graduating with honors from LSU Law School in May, 2019. He also received the Dean's Scholar Award and CALI Awards academic excellence in Legal Writing, Administrative Law and Environmental Law Policy courses. Daniel also participated in the Moot Court competition and was a member of the LSU Board of Advocacy in 2019. His team received the Best Brief Award in the Tullis Moot Court Competition and he represented LSU in the American Bar Association National Appellate Advocacy Competition in 2018 and 2019. In addition, Daniel interned in the Middle District of Louisiana with the late Judge James Brady.

    We are thankful that both Bradley and Daniel have chosen to begin their legal careers with our firm.

  • The Firm is pleased to announce that the following shareholders have recently received peer recognition both locally and nationally. This recognition is an affirmation of firm wide talent as no one attorney is better than the team assembled to help them succeed. Many attorneys on the team have equal or better credentials than those who have been recently recognized.

    Tom Balhoff: "The Best Lawyers in America" for Insurance, Labor and Employment, Mass Tort and Class Action Litigation (2015-);
    Wayne Fontana: "Leadership in Law" by New Orleans CityBusiness. Wayne serves as our Managing Shareholder in New Orleans;
    Luke Piontek: "The Best Lawyers in America" for Energy Law;
    Charles (Chuck) Pisano: "The Best Lawyers in America" for Class Action and Mass Tort Litigation;
    Larry Roedel: "The Best Lawyers in America" for Litigation — Bet the Company, Commercial and Construction Litigation. Larry serves as our Managing Shareholder in Baton Rouge.

    "The Best Lawyers in America" is a publication by U.S. News & World Report that surveys the legal profession for each jurisdiction in which the firm practices. New Orleans CityBusiness and New Orleans Magazine each conduct surveys in their respective areas of circulation.

  • Thanks to all volunteers who have helped our City and Region begin its recovery from the massive flooding. Our homes and vehicles can be replaced; our people and relationships cannot. We are open for business, ready to assist families, friends and clients with legal, practical and day to day needs. This event has been "our Katrina without the wind." We will respond as we did in 2005 — as quickly and efficiently as possible. Let us know how we can help you.

  • On November 9, 2015, Luke Piontek of our Baton Rouge office will present a CLE Seminar entitled "Attorneys' Guide to Local Government Law" dealing with expropriation and eminent domain issues. The seminar focus is for governmental attorneys and public officials. For Mr. Piontek, this will be his third CLE Seminar in which he has thoroughly addressed these issues for our profession. We thank Luke and for taking a lead role in this important and unique practice area.

  • Some 30 plus attorneys, staff and family members from our Baton Rouge office joined together on Saturday morning, September 26th for the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital "Walk" held at Highland Road Park in Baton Rouge. This event is quite meaningful for our firm as St. Jude has ministered medically and spiritually to little Audrey, the 3 year old daughter of Cori Blache, in Memphis since May 2013. We thank Lindsey Golden of our Governmental Relations section and Sadie Smith in our Administrative section for their organizational skills in pulling our "A Team" together. Our support of St. Jude and our prayers for Audrey's healing will continue.

  • Wayne Fontana of our New Orleans office recently obtained another zero judgment in their defense of employers in Workers' Compensation trials. In this latest case the trial judge found fraud by the employee resulting in forfeiture of all benefits and a restitution order to pay back previous benefits received. Moreover, Wayne persuaded the court to impose a $1,000 civil penalty payable to the Kids' Chance scholarship fund and a similar $1,000 judgment for court costs and interpreter fees. Finally, the trial judge referred the case to the Fraud Section of the Office of Workers' Compensation Programs and to the Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office for potential prosecution.

  • The firm welcomes Wayne Fontana to the Management Committee (MC) effective August 1st. Wayne currently serves as the managing shareholder of our New Orleans office. He brings more than 35 years of legal experience, including his management of the very successful predecessor firm of Fontana & Seelman, LLP, to our MC at Roedel Parsons. We will benefit from his knowledge and wisdom.

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