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Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett

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Managing Members: Gregory G. Duplantis, Samuel E. Masur, Marion Welborn Weinstock

Firm Overview:
From its offices in Louisiana and Texas, the firm represents prominent clients across myriad industries—including energy, maritime, chemical, construction, finance, banking, real estate, telecommunications and public utilities—throughout the Gulf Coast and beyond. The firm’s energy acumen has taken it from Louisiana and Texas to the Gulf of Mexico to the North Slope of Alaska to the Bass Straits of Australia. Government regulators for the energy industry in Louisiana have repeatedly looked to Gordon Arata for industry perspective in drafting and revising regulations and agreement forms. Always on the cutting edge, the firm has obtained 'first-ever' relief in numerous contexts—from suspensions of production on the Outer Continental Shelf to summary judgment in take-or-pay litigation to tariff relief for existing pipeline services regulated by the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Whether on land or at sea, in the courtroom or at the negotiating table, the firm is a staunch advocate for its clients.

Main Areas of Practice:
Admiralty & Maritime:
The firm represents insurers, cargo interests, oceangoing and inland vessel owners and operators, oil and oil field service companies, drilling rig and platform owners, seismic companies, supply boards, and terminal and facility operators as well as other service providers. Firm attorneys represent these entities in major, complex litigation and in more routine challenges related to property damage, subrogation claims, collisions, insurance coverage, pollution, personal injury defense, blow outs, towage, charter parties and contract disputes.

Antitrust & Trade Regulation:
Gordon Arata regularly represents clients in private lawsuits, including class actions and multidistrict suits, arising under federal and state antitrust and unfair competition laws. Firm attorneys have represented clients in antitrust investigations by federal regulatory agencies and state attorneys general and have helped clients secure antitrust approval of mergers, acquisitions and joint ventures.

Bankruptcy, Restructuring & Creditors’ Rights:
The firm counsels clients on the risks and exposures faced as a result of the application of bankruptcy laws to their financial dealings and transactions and helps to identify risks and guide clients in implementing the right strategies to minimize exposure.

Business Transactions, Entity Formation & Governance:
Gordon Arata attorneys represent a multitude of clients in virtually all aspects of their business. The firm’s lawyers also serve as general outside counsel to many companies in a variety of industries. Among the firm’s services, it guides clients through all types commercial financing and secured transactions and advises on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

Construction:
The firm is well regarded for its construction practice, preparing and negotiating contracts and arbitration, mediating and litigating construction disputes. Gordon Arata represents general contractors, subcontractors, design professionals and material suppliers who are engaged in the construction of industrial, commercial, residential and other building projects in the public and private sectors.

Employment:
The firm counsels employers on the full range of employment matters and represents them in disputes on a broad range of employment and labor issues arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), Title VII, the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA), Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) and other federal and state laws affecting the employment relationship.

Energy:
One of the Gulf Coast’s premier oil, gas and energy firms, Gordon Arata has helped industry clients throughout the Gulf of Mexico to the North Slope of Alaska to the Bass Straits of Australia. Its energy practice encompasses all forms of dispute resolution, including litigation in state and federal courts, arbitration, mediation and administrative proceedings before local, state and federal agencies. For decades, the firm has represented clients in every type of oil and gas regulatory issue in or offshore Louisiana and Texas. Major, national and independent oil and gas companies, pipeline companies, oilfield services companies, financial institutions, investors, large landowners and petrochemical companies, among others, turn to Gordon Arata for representation in routine and highly sophisticated transactions alike. In addition to its traditional oil and gas practice, firm attorneys have worked on a variety of matters involving renewable energy, including ethanol, biodiesel, renewable diesel and solar facilities matters. The firm additionally handles oilfield service company transactions and litigation and advises clients engaged in the pipeline, storage and transmission sectors. Insurance The firm provides advice and representation to insurers and policyholders in a wide array of insurance and insurance-coverage related matters, including in all phases of litigation.

International Law:
Gordon Arata serves foreign and domestic clients operating in the complex global marketplace by providing counsel and developing legal solutions for transactional, regulatory and dispute resolution issues. The firm has successfully represented and defended manufacturers, importers, and producers/exporters of industrial and consumer products before U.S. Courts and foreign tribunals, including recently securing the dismissal of claims against several Chinese corporations in multi-district litigation in Louisiana federal court involving allegedly defective construction materials.

Litigation – Trials & Appeals:
The firm routinely defends class actions on behalf of a diverse group of national, regional and local clients, providing aggressive, effective and cost-conscious representation on a broad range of commercial and product related issues. It additionally represents business clients of all sizes in diverse and complex commercial litigation, and in arbitrations, mediations, and appeals. Companies, management and shareholders alike have turned to Gordon Arata for guidance and advocacy in corporate and securities litigation. The firm has one of the most sophisticated and successful environmental and toxic tort practices in the Southeast, advising clients on a wide variety of regulatory issues and litigation arising out of various federal and state environmental laws, including regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency. Manufacturers facing product liability claims call on the firm for vigorous defense, as have directors and officers, physicians, law firms and attorneys, accountants, brokers and more.

Real Estate & Commercial Leasing:
Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett attorneys handle a wide array of real estate transactions, commercial leasing and related matters. The firm regularly provides title services required for the financing, acquisition and other transactions it handles. Its commercial leasing practice includes representation of local and regional landlords in a wide array of leasing transactions.

Tax:
The firm advises on all aspects of federal, multi-state and local taxation and tax structuring for clients including corporations, partnerships, limited liability companies, trusts, sole proprietorships, as well as individual clients and nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations.

OFFICES
LOUISIANA
New Orleans (Main Office):
201 St. Charles Avenue,
40th Floor, LA, 70170

Lafayette: 400 E. Kaliste Saloom Road,
Suite 4200, LA, 70508

TEXAS
Houston: 1980 Post Oak Boulevard,
Suite 1800, TX, 77056