General Information

Year founded: 1853
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Overview

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Companies with business interests across the South turn to Phelps Dunbar for counsel on their legal needs. With 11 office locations in the U.S. and in London, we serve clients in the region's major commercial centers. Our 350-plus lawyers focus on six core areas: labor and employment, litigation, business, admiralty, insurance coverage and healthcare. But it’s more than our casework that sets our firm apart.

We spend time with you off the clock, so we can learn everything from your strategic goals to challenging operational issues. We are known for asking questions, not just about what is, but about what should be. And we make sure that you access our experience seamlessly, with every lawyer in every office available to be part of your team. We do this because anything can make the difference in a business-critical deal or lawsuit.

We embrace the future, not just of your industry but of our own. We are constantly looking for how to improve services and outcomes through technology. Through our Phelps Analytics Lab, we partner with Tulane University to pilot programs that use AI to identify business trends, develop litigation strategies and improve efficiency.

We are proud to offer national talent with local pricing to companies working throughout the Gulf South. We welcome the chance to work with you.

Rankings

Phelps Dunbar LLP is nationally ranked in 9 practice areas and metro ranked in 71 practice areas. Best Law Firms rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process.

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National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Construction Law

Metro Rankings

Baton Rouge
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law

Highlighted Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
Real Estate Law
I have worked with numerous attorneys at Phelps Dunbar for more than 30 years in commercial real estate transaction matters and all have been excellent as far as professionalism and competence are concerned. Most recently I have worked with Jim Stuckey, who in my opinion is the model for what a transaction lawyer should be.
Brien Gussoni – Port of New Orleans

Rankings

National Rankings

Tier 1
Tier 1 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 2
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Construction Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 3
Tier 3 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 3 for Oil and Gas Law

Regional Rankings

Baton Rouge
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Energy Regulatory Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Patent Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Trademark Law
Tier 1 for Utilities Law
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Health Care Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 2 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 3 for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law
Tier 3 for Government Relations Practice
Tier 3 for Tax Law
Birmingham
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Financial Services Regulation Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 1 for Workers' Compensation Law - Employers
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Insurance Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 2 for Litigation - Real Estate
Tier 2 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tier 2 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 2 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 2 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Securities Regulation
Tier 3 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 3 for Commercial Finance Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Compliance Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Governance Law
Tier 3 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Tier 3 for Land Use and Zoning Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 3 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Tier 3 for Litigation - Securities
Tier 3 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 3 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Transportation Law
Dallas/Fort Worth
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 3 for Trusts and Estates
Gulfport
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Mediation
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Houston
Tier 1 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 2 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 2 for Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
Jackson-MS
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Franchise Law
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Banking and Finance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 2 for Commercial Finance Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 2 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 2 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax
Tier 2 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 2 for Mediation
Tier 2 for Real Estate Law
Tier 3 for Corporate Law
Mobile
Tier 1 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 1 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Individuals
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Tax Law
Tier 1 for Trusts and Estates
Tier 2 for Appellate Practice
Tier 2 for Construction Law
Tier 2 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 2 for Municipal Law
Tier 3 for Litigation - Trusts and Estates
New Orleans
Tier 1 for Admiralty and Maritime Law
Tier 1 for Appellate Practice
Tier 1 for Banking and Finance Law
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: General Practice
Tier 1 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Energy Law
Tier 1 for Energy Regulatory Law
Tier 1 for Equipment Finance Law
Tier 1 for Health Care Law
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Bankruptcy
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Environmental
Tier 1 for Litigation - First Amendment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Insurance
Tier 1 for Litigation - Intellectual Property
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
Tier 1 for Mergers and Acquisitions Law
Tier 1 for Oil and Gas Law
Tier 1 for Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
Tier 1 for Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
Tier 1 for Railroad Law
Tier 1 for Real Estate Law
Tier 1 for Securitization and Structured Finance Law
Tier 2 for Advertising Law
Tier 2 for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
Tier 2 for Bet-the-Company Litigation
Tier 2 for Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
Tier 2 for Environmental Law
Tier 2 for Litigation - Antitrust
Tier 2 for Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
Tier 2 for Securities / Capital Markets Law
Tier 2 for Utilities Law
Tier 2 for Venture Capital Law
Tier 3 for Antitrust Law
Tier 3 for Mediation
Tier 3 for Securities Regulation
Raleigh
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tampa
Tier 1 for Arbitration
Tier 1 for Commercial Litigation
Tier 1 for Construction Law
Tier 1 for Employment Law - Management
Tier 1 for Insurance Law
Tier 1 for Labor Law - Management
Tier 1 for Litigation - Construction
Tier 1 for Litigation - Health Care
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 1 for Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Tier 2 for Criminal Defense: White-Collar
Tier 2 for Labor Law - Union
Tier 3 for Antitrust Law
Tupelo
Tier 1 for Corporate Law
Tier 1 for Litigation - Labor and Employment
Tier 2 for Tax Law
Tier 2 for Trusts and Estates

Practice Areas

The below are areas of legal specialty volunteered by the firm and do not designate a specialty in which a Best Law Firms ranking is held.
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Antitrust Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Arbitration
  • Arbitration and Mediation
  • Banking and Finance Law
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Cannabis Law
  • Certificate of Need
  • Civil Rights
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Communications Law
  • Construction Disputes
  • Construction Law
  • Copyright
  • Corporate Law
  • Coverage
  • Criminal Defense: General Practice
  • Criminal Defense: White-Collar
  • Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law
  • Employee Benefits
  • Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law
  • Employment Law - Management
  • Energy Law
  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television
  • Entertainment Law - Music
  • Environmental Law
  • Equipment Finance Law
  • First Amendment Law
  • Franchise Law
  • Gaming Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Health Care Law
  • Immigration Law
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Litigation - Antitrust
  • Litigation - Banking and Finance
  • Litigation - Bankruptcy
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - First Amendment
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Labor and Employment
  • Litigation - Patent
  • Litigation - Trusts and Estates
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants
  • Media Law
  • Mediation
  • Mergers and Acquisitions Law
  • Municipal Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Patent
  • Patent Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Project Finance Law
  • Qui Tam Law
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Reinsurance Law
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Securities Regulation
  • Securitization and Structured Finance Law
  • Tax Law
  • Technology Law
  • Trade Secrets
  • Trademark
  • Trademark Law
  • Transportation Law
  • Trusts and Estates
  • Utilities Law
  • Venture Capital Law
  • Workers' Compensation Law - Employers

Individuals Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America®

Phelps Dunbar LLP has 175 lawyers recognized for individual performance in the 2024 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. By receiving this Best Lawyers recognition from their peers for their professional excellence, these lawyers made Phelps Dunbar LLP eligible for evaluation for Best Law Firms rankings. For almost two decades, Best Lawyers has awarded these singular accolades, making them the foundation of our Best Law Firms awards. Read more about our Best Lawyers process here.
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Client Comments

All client comments represent the opinions of the people who provided them. All potential clients are urged to remember that no two cases are ever completely alike and that the result in one case does not guarantee a similar result in another case.
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Main Location

New Orleans, LA
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
United States
504-566-1311 Call our New Orleans, LA location at 504-566-1311 Get Directions Get directions to our New Orleans, LA location

Office Locations

Tampa, FL
100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 2000
Tampa, FL 33602-5311
United States
813-472-7550 Call our Tampa, FL location at 813-472-7550 Get Directions Get directions to our Tampa, FL location
Baton Rouge, LA
II City Plaza, Suite 1100
400 Convention Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5618
United States
225-346-0285 Call our Baton Rouge, LA location at 225-346-0285 Get Directions Get directions to our Baton Rouge, LA location
Raleigh, NC
GlenLake One, Suite 530
4141 ParkLake Avenue
Raleigh, NC 27612
United States
919-789-5300 Call our Raleigh, NC location at 919-789-5300 Get Directions Get directions to our Raleigh, NC location
Memphis, TN
999 South Shady Grove Road, Suite 500
Memphis, TN 38120
United States
901-259-7100 Call our Memphis, TN location at 901-259-7100 Get Directions Get directions to our Memphis, TN location
Austin, TX
1250 Capital of Texas Highway South
Building Three, Suite 400
Austin, TX 78746
United States
737-220-8735 Call our Austin, TX location at 737-220-8735 Get Directions Get directions to our Austin, TX location
Southlake, TX
2102 E. State Highway 114, Suite 207
Southlake, TX 76092
United States
817-488-3134 Call our Southlake, TX location at 817-488-3134 Get Directions Get directions to our Southlake, TX location

Management and Personnel

Managing Partner - Raleigh
Kevin O'Brien
Managing Partner - New Orleans
Marshall Redmon
Managing Partner - Houston
Ivan Rodgriguez
Managing Partner - Fort Worth
Claudine Jackson
Managing Partner - Birmingham
George Morris
Managing Partner - Jackson
Todd Butler
Managing Partner - Gulfport
Kyle Moran
Managing Partner - Firmwide
Marshall M. Redmon
Managing Partner - Dallas
C. Matthew Terrell
Managing Partner - Tupelo
Greg D. Pirkle
Managing Partner - Tampa
Dennis M. McClelland
Managing Partner - Mobile
Allen E. "Teeto" Graham
Managing Partner - Baton Rouge
P. Ragan Richard

Contacts

Director of Marketing
Ann Theriot
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