Firm / Organisation

Fishman Haygood LLP

Current View:

This content is provided by Fishman Haygood LLP.

Managing Partner: John D. Werner
Number of partners: 19
Number of other lawyers: 18

Firm Overview:
The firm was founded in the mid-1990s by leading business and litigation lawyers from three of the largest firms in Louisiana. National and regional publications have repeatedly recognized the firm’s lawyers as among the best.

Main Areas of Practice:  

-Banking & Finance
-Corporate, Securities & M&A
-Litigation & Arbitration
-Real Estate
-Land Use

Corporate, Securities & M&A:
■ Represent Sanderson Farms, Inc. in financing and securities matters
■ Represent sellers in $125,000,000 sale of private manufacturing company
■ $150,000,000 sale of assets and private equity offering for oil and gas exploration and production company
■ Represent Rouses Supermarkets in its acquisition of 21 stores from A&P and continued representation in Rouses’ ongoing expansion to over 60 stores in three states
■ Represent sellers in $91,000,000 sale of financial services business
■ Represent private equity funds in acquisitions of portfolio companies
Key Clients: Sanderson Farms, Rouses Supermarkets, Chaffe & Associates, Chaffe Securities, Laitram, TurboSquid, Danos and Curole Marine Contractors, Spark Energy, Bollinger Private Equity, Golfballs. com, Robinson Lumber Company, Total Life Care RX Pharmacy, BlackBay Energy Capital, Bernhard Capital Partners

Real Estate:
■ CMBS cross-collaterized refinancings of retail shopping centers located in Louisiana
■ Represent Slidell Development Company LLC, developer and owner of Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, Louisiana
■ Acquisition and development by Stirling Properties and CBL Properties of Ambassador Town Center in Lafayette, Louisiana
■ Represent Baton Rouge Foundation in connection with the development of the Baton Rouge Water Campus with a projected buildout of over $1 billion
■ Represent Engquist Level Development in connection with over 5,000 residential lots in Louisiana, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida
■ Represent Group 7 Holdings in its acquisition of seven commercial properties in the US
■ Represent Commercial Properties Realty Trust in the acquisition and development of $60,000,000 IBM mixed use project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, involving office, retail, residential and parking
Key Clients: Stirling Properties, Rouses Supermarkets, Commerical Properties Realty Trust, Engquist Level Development, Provident Resources, Executive Affiliates, Biltmore Property Group, Baton Rouge Area Foundation

Banking & Finance:
■ Represent Borrower in $235,000,000 syndicated credit facility
■ $37,000,000 financing of a mixed-use residential and commercial building, the first in the country to combine federal and state new markets and historic tax credits with an FHA-insured loan
■ $53,000,000 financing of the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans, including new markets, federal, and state historic tax credits, Louisiana musical and theatrical production tax credits, community development grants, and bridge financing
■ Represent borrower/lessor in $327,000,000 financing for acquisition and lease back of multiple manufacturing facilities
Key Clients: IberiaBank, Hancock Whitney Bank, Regions Bank, Home Bank, Jefferson Capital Partners

Land Use & Economic Development Projects:
■ Represent numerous developers throughout the State of Louisiana including the cities of Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Lafayette and Shreveport
■ Represent multiple developers in connection with Burbank Planned United Development, a 500 acre mixed use project in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
■ Represent Americana Development Company, LLC in connection with a 400 acre mixed use traditional neighbourhood development in Zachary, Louisiana
■ Represent Women’s Hospital in connection with the development of a 100 acre traditional neighbourhood development which is a component of the hospital campus

Litigation & Arbitration: Securities Arbitration & Litigation:
■ Represent municipal bond issuers against investment banks and underwriters that misrepresented material facts about the auction rate securities market
■ Represent municipal pension funds and retirees in action against hedge fund manager and others who concealed investment losses through a fraudulent collateral debt obligation, recovered $21 million in partial settlement of the claims
■ Represent hundreds of individual investors against their brokers or investment advisors (the firm has recovered tens of millions of dollars for these clients)
■ Defense of public companies in securities class actions

First Amendment & Media Law:
■ Represent media outlets and individuals in defamation cases and public record and access disputes, including cases for NOLA Media Group, LLC, Cable News Network, Viacom, and The New York Times

Tax Litigation:
■ Represent the Louisiana Department of Revenue to recover taxes from corporate taxpayers (recovered millions of tax dollars, including a $26,000,000 jury award)

■ Represent a putative class of student borrowers whose private loans to non-qualified schools were discharged in bankruptcy but continued to be subjected to collection by the servicer
■ Defended and defeated multiple putative consumer class actions against public companies through carefully crafted litigation strategies
■ General commercial litigation matters, including contract disputes of various kinds such as options, purchase agreements, leases, employment agreements, and insurance policies

International Arbitration:
■ Represent several commercial contractors in confidential international arbitrations arising out of large-scale infrastructure and industrial development projects involving North African and Eastern European nations

■ Represent private landowners and governmental entities seeking to restore land loss caused by pipeline canals across Louisiana. Won a key ruling, in which a court held—for the first time—that a pipeline company must stand by written agreements to restore wetlands damaged by its canals
■ Represent and have obtained favorable outcomes for clients whose private property has been contaminated by oil and gas exploration and production activities
Key Clients: Baylor College of Medicine, SMG, Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, Louisiana Firefighters’ Retirement System, Wallace C. Drennan, H&E Equipment Services