Adams and Reese, LLP
450 Laurel Street
Suite 1900
Baton Rouge, LA 70801

Phone: 225 336 5200

Firm Profile
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with nearly 300 attorneys and advisors strategically located in 16 offices in 15 markets throughout the southern United States and Washington, D.C. Adams and Reese blends the wisdom of over sixty years of comprehensive legal and practical experience with the energy and vitality of an ambitious newcomer. A strong regional footprint allows clients access to the firm’s powerful resources for their litigation, transactional, regulatory, lobbying and dispute resolution needs. They are industry leaders in manufacturing, shipping, healthcare, energy, banking, professional services, biotech and IT, and they range from S corporations to regional businesses to Fortune 100 organizations. The firm’s primary commitment is to provide its clients with the highest quality legal service in the most prompt, cost-effective and efficient manner possible. Upholding this commitment comes with an appreciation of the unique differences among people and how the firm benefits from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of everyone. American Lawyer includes Adams and Reese on its distinguished list of the nation’s top law firms – “The Am Law 200”. The National Law Journal also includes the firm on the “NLJ 350” list of the nation’s largest law firms.

Practice Areas
Aerospace / Aviation
Alternative Dispute Resolution
Antitrust / Unfair Competition
Architects & Engineers Professional Liability
Banking / Financial Services
Bankruptcy / Workouts
Casualty & Coverage
Cause-Related Marketing
Charter Schools
Class Action / Complex Litigation
Commercial Dispute Resolution
Commercial Restructuring / Bankruptcy
Contests / Sweepstakes
Corporate / Securities
Digital Business
Directors & Officers / Professional Liability
Economic Development

Employee Benefits / ERISA
Entertainment & New Media
Errors & Omissions / Professional Liability
Estate / Wealth Planning
Family Business Consulting
First Amendment / Media Law
Global Franchise & Distribution
Government Relations
Health Care
Housing & Community Development
Insurance Regulatory
Intellectual Property
IP Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Labor & Employment
Land Use
Lawyer Professional Liability

Long-Term Care
Maritime / Offshore
Mergers / Acquisitions
Music / Publishing
Oil / Gas
Pharmaceutical & Medical Device Product Liability
Privacy & Data Protection
Product Liability
Public Finance
Real Estate
Renewable Energy
Tax-Efficient IP Structures
Torts & Insurance
Toxic Tort
Transactional IP
Transportation & Logistics
Workers’ Compensation


November 2021: Adams and Reese (Louisiana) announced that as part of the firm’s 2021 commitment to promoting diversity and inclusion, it is participating in the Mansfield Rule 5.0 Certification Process. The firm is among more than 160 large law firms in the United States and Canada participating, with the goal of boosting the representation of historically underrepresented lawyers in law firm leadership. In collaboration with the Adams and Reese Diversity Committee, the firm has created a year-long calendar of programs and messaging to promote the firm’s priority on diversity.

May 2020: Adams and Reese is pleased to announce Stephen C. Wolf, CPA, CLM has joined the firm as Chief Operating Officer, based in the firm’s New Orleans office. As COO, Wolf oversees all operational aspects of the firm, including financial management, administration, technology and information services, human resources, facilities, and risk management. Wolf will also be heavily involved in the planning and execution of the firm’s strategic goals and to ensure its continued financial strength and operating efficiency, working closely with the Adams and Reese Executive Committee in this capacity. Click here to read the full announcement. Also, Adams and Reese is pleased to announce Dana F. Bird, CPA has been promoted to Chief Financial Officer. Bird, who joined Adams and Reese in 2016 as Controller, is based in the firm’s New Orleans office. As CFO, Bird heads day-to-day financial management of the firm and oversees all accounting and finance activities. Working closely with the firm’s Chief Operating Officer, Bird is an integral part of planning and executing the firm’s strategic goals and ensuring its continued financial health and success. Click here to read the full announcement.

February 2020: Jordan Gleason has joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese as a government affairs advisor in the firm’s Baton Rouge office. Mr. Gleason previously served as government affairs and communications director for the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association. Previously, he served as press secretary and legislative assistant for former Congressman Charles Boustany in Washington, D.C. Mr. Gleason began his political career as press assistant in Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s administration, ultimately becoming deputy director of legislative affairs.

January 2020: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese has elected Timothy Volpe to chair the firm’s executive committee, effective this month. Mr. Volpe’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, insurance litigation and insurance industry matters, including the formation, reorganization, purchase and sale of insurance companies and agencies. Joining Mr. Volpe as new members of the executive committee are Edwin Lazier and James McLaren Jr. A seasoned litigator, Mr. Laizer has represented clients in the insurance, energy, marine, transportation, construction and commercial arenas, advising on insurance coverage issues and handling sophisticated coverage litigation. Mr. McLaren advises on middle-market mergers and acquisitions and finance transactions. Also at Adams and Reese, the following have been named partners: Michael Berson, who focuses his practice on government relations, economic development and city, county and local government law; Lyndey Bryant, who advises business owners and their management teams in complex commercial litigation, as well as arbitration and administrative proceedings; Matthew Copeland, who focuses on representing large public companies, private businesses and individuals in commercial disputes and tort litigation; Adam Griffin, whose practice is focused primarily on civil litigation, as well as advisory work related to data privacy and security; Grant Guillot, who advises companies that provide unmanned aircraft system services, as well as companies operating in industries that use drones, such as construction, energy, oil and gas, forestry, agriculture, public safety, telecommunications, transportation and logistics; Matthew Guy, whose practice focuses on litigating matters on behalf of businesses in the marine construction, maritime, marine and energy insurance and global oil and gas industries; Craig Lawrence, Jr., who represents clients on commercial real estate matters including acquisitions, building lease transactions, dispositions, financings, ground lease transactions and due diligence; G. Robert Parrott II, who handles commercial litigation and bankruptcy matters for clients in Louisiana and Mississippi; and Maia Woodhouse, who concentrates her practice on trademark, trade dress, patent, trade secret and copyright disputes, with a primary focus on litigation and enforcement.

May 2019: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese has been named an official honoree in the law websites category in the 23rd annual Webby Awards. Referred to by The New York Times as the “Internet’s highest honor,” the Webby Awards are presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, a leading international awards organization honoring excellence on the Internet. Launched in 2018, the new Adams and Reese website combines dynamic content with compelling interaction design to create an engaging digital brand experience that highlights the firm’s expanding footprint and ongoing commitment to exceptional client service. The firm worked with digital agency One North Interactive and strategic marketing company Content Pilot in the development of the website.

January 2019: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese elected Jeffrey Brooks this month to serve a fourth term as chairman of the firm’s executive committee, which oversees the strategic operations of the firm as well as its attorneys, advisors and professional staff. Mr. Brooks joined the firm in 1997, after serving as chief counsel and director of special projects for former Louisiana congressman Richard Baker. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

September 2018: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese has launched a new website, which the firm says is designed to elevate the visitor’s experience while embodying the firm’s brand. Streamlined menus and simplified navigation, all within a responsive layout, provide more ways for clients to access resources, information on attorneys and government relations professionals and the legal services the firm provides. The website also provides immediate insight into the firm’s culture, with quick access to the firm’s attorneys and advisors, experience and practice offerings and news and thought leadership. To view the firm’s website, click here. Also at Adams and Reese, 131 of its lawyers have been cited in the 2019 edition of Best Lawyers® in America. In addition, the firm was “top-listed” in government relations, environmental litigation and public finance law, which signifies it has the greatest number of lawyers in Louisiana from a single firm in each of those practice areas. It was also “top-listed” in New Orleans for environmental litigation and mass tort litigation/class actions (defendants). Finally, former deputy White House chief of staff Rick Dearborn has become associated with the firm’s government relations practice as senior policy advisor. Mr. Dearborn has more than 30 years of government and private sector experience in Washington, D.C., having served two U.S. presidents, six U.S. senators, a leading think tank and a major trade association. From January 2017 through March 2018, he served as White house deputy chief of staff for legislative, intergovernmental affairs and implementation under President Donald Trump. Mr. Dearborn is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma. He is not licensed to practice law, and maintains a separate consultancy as a partner with The Cypress Group.

June 2018: Zach Butterworth has joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese in its New Orleans office as a member of the firm’s government relations practice. Mr. Butterworth advises clients on law, public policy and government relations matters in Louisiana and Washington, D.C. He has led coalitions across a spectrum of policy areas. On the federal level, he has worked closely with Louisiana’s congressional delegation and with key staff and members on Senate and House committees relevant to the interests of Louisiana. Before joining Adams and Reese, Mr. Butterworth served as executive counsel and director of intergovernmental affairs for the City of New Orleans, overseeing all intergovernmental affairs and acting as the primary liaison for legislative negotiations with all federal, state and local elected officials and more than 100 boards and commissions. He is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

April 2018: Over 120 elected officials and former constitutional delegates joined Governor John Bel Edwards, Senate President John Alario and Speaker Taylor Barras at the Baton Rouge office of Louisiana member Adams and Reese for a fundraiser to support the written account of Louisiana’s 1973 Constitutional Convention. Based on a manuscript penned by former SCG Legal chairman and then convention chairman E.L. “Bubba” Henry and written with LaPolitics publisher Jeremy Alford, the forthcoming book will be published by CC73, a nonprofit organization overseen by former delegates who are also sharing their own stories. All proceeds raised at the event will be used to underwrite the book and promote understanding of state constitutional law and political science at Louisiana State University. Also at Adams and Reese, James Reynolds joins the firm in its New Orleans office as a senior patent agent. Mr. Reynolds has more than seven years of experience in all aspects of preparation and prosecution of patent applications involving optics, imaging, electro-mechanical and camera systems, optics for semiconductor lithography, antennas and Wi-Fi software. He previously served as a registered patent agent at an intellectual property law firm in Cincinnati, where he was involved in U.S. and foreign patent preparation and prosecution. He received his Ph.D. in physics from The Ohio State University and completed a post-doctoral research fellowship in materials science at the University of Michigan.

February 2018: Michelle Chatelain Fullmer has joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese as an associate and member of the special business services practice group in the firm’s New Orleans office. Her practice will focus primarily on patent and trademark litigation as well as prosecution in patent, trademark and copyright issues. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Fullmer worked as a patent attorney for an intellectual property firm in New Orleans and as an associate at a boutique patent litigation firm in Washington, D.C. Ms. Fullmer earned her J.D. at Tulane University School of Law, where she also served as editor of the Tulane Journal of Technology and Intellectual Property.

January 2018: Jeff Brooks has been elected chair of Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese’s executive committee and Mitch Boult and Leslie Henry have been elected to serve as members of the firm’s executive committee. After serving as chief counsel and director of special projects for Congressman Richard Baker, Mr. Brooks joined the firm in 1997, launching its Washington office, where he launched the firm’s federal legislative practice. Mr. Boult counsels multinational corporations on intellectual property matters and is especially skilled in developing strategies for monetizing and enforcing intellectual property rights around the globe. Ms. Henry leads the firm’s growing toxic tort practice in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana, working from the firm’s New Orleans and Houston offices. Also at Adams and Reese, Marshall Hevron has been named partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. Mr. Hevron, whose practice focuses on real estate litigation, has litigated numerous eminent domain cases for major utility and pipeline companies. He has also handled a number of cases concerning servitude rights and other property issues under Louisiana law. Mr. Hevron is also a member of the firm’s charter school team and assists charter school clients with corporate governance and compliance issues under the Louisiana Code of Ethics.

December 2017: Matt Guy has joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese as special counsel to the firm’s New Orleans and Houston offices. Mr. Guy’s practice focuses on litigation arising out of marine construction, maritime, marine insurance and all aspects of oil and gas operations worldwide. He began his career at an international law firm in London, England, where his practice focused on marine and energy insurance. Prior to joining Adams and Reese, Mr. Guy practiced at a New Orleans boutique firm where he served as an associate and a partner, working primarily in maritime, transportation, oil and gas, insurance and construction matters, which included multiple jury trials, arbitrations and appeals as both first and second chair. A 1997 graduate of Oxford University’s Magdalen College, he was president of the Oxford Union Society and an Exhibitioner Scholar.

September 2017: Paige Sensenbrenner of Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese has been named a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. He will be formally inducted into the organization during its 2017 fall conference next month. PLAC’s membership is composed of more than 100 leading product manufacturers and 350 product liability defense counsels operating in the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Sensenbrenner joined Adams and Reese in 1987 after graduating from Loyola Law School. Initially, he focused on medical malpractice defense. Over the years, however, his litigation practice has grown to include pharmaceutical and medical device products liability, pharmaceutical pricing claims, insurance fraud, toxic torts and accounting malpractice. Also at Adams and Reese, Jaimmé Collins has been named one of the “Top 15 Business Women in Louisiana” by the National Women’s Council. The designation is awarded to individuals who have reached the top of their profession, are respected in the business community and have demonstrated their leadership ability. At the firm, Ms. Collins provides general corporate governance advice and handles related litigation for clients. She also counsels clients on contractual and general business issues. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

July 2017: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese partner and diversity committee chair Jaimmé Collins has accepted an invitation to join the International Association of Defense Counsel, IADC President John Lay announced. IADC is composed of leading corporate attorneys and insurance executives throughout the world. Its members are distinguished partners in large and small law firms, senior counsel in corporate and insurance law departments, and insurance executives. Ms. Collins received a thorough review by the membership committee and the IADC board of directors. The standards for membership in the IADC are very exacting, ensuring that membership is offered only to those who have distinguished themselves in the profession. In her practice, Ms. Collins provides general corporate governance advice and handles related litigation for clients. She also counsels clients on contractual and general business issues as well as compliance issues related to government regulatory agencies.

April 2017: Stefini Salles, Leigh Ann Schell and Sara Valentine have joined Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese’s litigation practice team in the firm’s New Orleans office as special counsel. Ms. Schell and Ms. Valentine previously practiced at a majority female-owned local firm. With nearly 30 years of experience, Ms. Schell primarily handles complex litigation including wetlands/land loss matters, toxic torts, product liability, appellate work and commercial litigation. She also has handled on- and off-shore personal injury, environmental, False Claims Act/Qui Tam matters and employment litigation. She is a graduate of Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. MS. Valentine has practiced law for more than a decade and focuses her work primarily on environmental litigation and commercial litigation. Her practice includes land contamination and wetlands/land loss claims, and indemnity and contractual disputes. Ms. Valentine earned her J.D. as a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar, also at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. A litigator for nearly 20 years, Ms. Salles primarily represents and advises corporations in the areas of insurance defense, debt collection, commercial litigation, construction law, restrictive covenant enforcement and general casualty matters. She also has handled successions, family law and personal injury matters. Ms. Salles received her J.D. from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

March 2017: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese partner Leslie Lanusse has been named a BTI Client Service All-Star for the seventh consecutive year, recognizing her commitment to putting clients first and delivering outstanding results. The honor cements her status as a BTI Client Service All-Star “MVP,” a title reserved for attorneys who have achieved “all-star” status for at least two years in a row. Ms. Lanusse has appeared on BTI’s All-Star MVP list annually since 2011, receiving the most consecutive MVP titles of any attorney on the 2017 list. A labor and employment lawyer, she has more than two decades of experience  defending claims of discrimination before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, handling claims arising under the Fair Labor Standards Act and state compensation commissions, defending OSHA and environmental whistleblower claims before administrative agencies, defending Family and Medical Leave Act claims, and defending employers during investigations of compliance with wage and hour laws.

January 2017: Kellen Mathews and Diana Cole Surprenant of Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese have been promoted to partner. Mr. Matthews joined the firm’s Baton Rouge office in 2012 as part of the litigation practice group. His practice includes complex litigation, products liability, education, construction, commercial and personal injury claims. He received his J.D. from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Ms. Surprenant joined the firm’s New Orleans office in 2011 as a member of the litigation practice group and the firm’s labor and employment, appellate, and pharmaceutical and medical device practice teams. In her labor and employment practice, Ms. Suprenant represents employers in arbitration proceedings, in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights, and in the state and federal courts. She earned her J.D. at The Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law. Also at Adams and Reese, partners Jeff Brooks and Frank Liantonio, Jr. have been elected to serve on the firm’s executive committee for a three-year term. Mr. Brooks, who previously chaired the executive committee in 2014 and 2015, is a partner in the firm’s Washington, D.C. office, a member of the government relations practice team, and a former special business services practice group leader for the firm. Mr. Liantonio, who previously served two terms as a member of the executive committee, is a litigation partner in the firm’s New Orleans office. Finally, Bill McElveen has been re-elected to serve a second term as chairman of the executive committee. Mr. McElveen, who was first elected to serve as chairman of the executive committee in January 2016, is the former managing shareholder of Ellis Lawhorne, which merged with Adams and Reese in 2013. Practicing law since 1984, he practices in the areas of real estate, banking and financial services in Columbia, South Carolina, and elsewhere in the region.

February 2017: Louisiana member firm Adams and Reese partner Johnny Domiano has been admitted to membership in the Jefferson Business Council, an advocacy group made up of influential civic and business leaders working to enhance the economic posture, social welfare and environment of Jefferson Parish and the River Region. Mr. Domiano serves as partner in charge of the firm’s New Orleans office and is a partner in the litigation practice group. He focuses his practice on commercial litigation and transactional work, energy and maritime and economic development projects. Also at Adams and Reese, Caroline Catchings has joined the firm as special counsel in its Baton Rouge office. Ms. Catchings focuses her practice on corporate regulatory law and has litigated and resolved oil and gas, environmental, and other administrative matters in state and federal courts. She received her J.D. from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Finally, William “Bill” Shea has been appointed to the board of directors of Louisiana Appleseed, a nonprofit social justice and advocacy organization. It is part of the National Appleseed network of 17 public interest law centers across North America. Mr. Shea serves as partner in charge of the Baton Rouge office and member of both the commercial disputes and casualty and coverage practice teams.