Managing Partners: Michael R. C. Riess – founding partner, Christopher K. LeMieux – founding partner
Number of partners: 6
Number of lawyers: 13
Languages: Arabic, English
Riess LeMieux, LLC provides a full range of legal services to a diverse mix of local, regional, national and international clients. Michael Riess, Christopher LeMieux, and a team of eleven proven and talented attorneys offer counseling and expertise in a wide range of legal matters typically available only from larger law firms. The firm believes that offering legal services from experienced, multi-disciplinary professionals across a broad array of practice areas will ensure the firm is able to serve all of its clients’ interests and build more successful relationships founded on trust and personalized attention. The firm also prides itself on promptly responding to clients’ questions or issues as they arise. New clients are often surprised when firm attorneys respond to phone calls or emails within hours, not days or weeks typical of other firms. The firm has a strong general civil practice with an emphasis in commercial and construction litigation, mass tort liability, bankruptcy, creditors’ rights and reorganization, business organizations, finance and real estate, class actions and multi-district litigation, health and casualty litigation, admiralty and maritime law, personal injury, Jones Act defense, cargo and property damage and maritime financings, employment and labor law, municipal law, business torts, corporate law, commercial transactions, environmental and energy law, toxic torts, gaming law, and insurance coverage law and litigation. The Riess LeMieux team is dedicated to effectively and economically represent the interests of its clients. Although the members of the firm have successfully tried numerous cases in state and federal court, the firm’s partners and associates actively seek to avoid or resolve disputes before litigation whenever possible. Riess LeMieux proactively addresses concerns about the increasing costs of litigation by creating the most costeffective means of problem resolution without compromising the superior quality of its legal services. This always includes up-front budgeting and detailed case management as well as alternative billing methods
Main Areas of Practice:
Advise numerous construction industry clients, including owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, and suppliers, on a wide variety of business and litigation matters.
Commercial & Business Advising:
Advise and counsel business clients from all types of industries for more than 50 years. The clients the firm advises on a regular basis include major oil companies, international gaming companies, regional and local construction firms, commercial and residential developers, interested parties in bankruptcy litigation, wealthy entrepreneurs, and more.
The firm has significant experience in this unique area of law involving complex financial transactions, creditors’ rights, corporate debt restructurings, and related disputes. Over the years, the firm has represented clients with operations worldwide, nationally, and locally.
Commercial Transactions, Real Estate, & Financing:
Advises and handles complex commercial transactions and legal issues arising out of buying, selling, developing, leasing, and investing in commercial real estate assets.
Maritime Advice & Litigation:
Handles legal matters that may arise for clients whose business centers on vessels and the waterfront. The firm’s experience stems from more than 50 years as counselors and litigators in this area of the law.
Class Action & Multi-District Litigation:
The attorneys of Riess LeMieux’s team have handled or been involved with numerous class actions, mass actions, and Multi-District Litigation on behalf of clients, both as plaintiff and defendant. Work in this area draws from the firm’s substantial experience in complex business and tort class actions.
Employment & Labor Law:
The practice covers the full spectrum of issues affecting the employment relationship, employer training, handbook drafting, and litigation federal and state discrimination claims, wage/hour issues, and disputes arising from the ADA, ADEA, FMLA, FLSA, and Title VII.
With the understanding of the legal challenges that often arise in the public arena, the firm provides tailored solutions to municipalities and local government in areas such as forming partnerships with private companies, land use and zoning issues, employment concerns, and on-going general counsel.
Insurance Defense, Coverage Disputes, & Bad Faith:
Handle many areas of insurance law, including CGL, auto, workers’ compensation, property, builder’s risk, OCIP and CCIP, and umbrella/excess insurance. Attorneys counsel insurance companies and other firm clients on the rights and obligations of the parties under applicable policies.
Riess LeMieux has an understanding of gaming law that stretches back to the legalization of gaming in Louisiana. The firm’s multi-disciplinary background has proven beneficial in matters involving gaming law and casinos, including workouts, reorganization, and other disputes.
Complex Commercial Litigation, Mediation Arbitration, & Appellate Practice:
The team is made up of experienced trial lawyers and litigation managers whose primary goal is to solve clients’ commercial disputes. The firm is committed to vigorously pursuing the most efficient, cost-effective resolution for clients, whether that requires litigation, arbitration, or an appeal in state or federal court.
Environmental, Energy, & Natural Resources Law:
The attorneys of Riess LeMieux have successfully defended manufacturers and distributors.