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Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys

General Defense


One American Place, Suite 2300, 301 Main Street, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801

Mailing Address: P.O. Box 3197, Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3197

Established: 1928

Practice Areas

  • General Civil Trial and Appellate Practice
  • Business Law
  • Energy
  • Environmental Law
  • Product Liability
  • Real Estate
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Municipal Law
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Class Actions
  • Healthcare
  • Construction
  • Corporate
  • Insurance
  • Labor
  • Insurance Regulatory Law

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About Us

Established in 1928 in Baton Rouge, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (“BSW”) is one of the oldest law firms in the state of Louisiana. We take great pride in our long history of client service. With almost 70 attorneys, the firm is among the largest firms in the state and one of the larger law firms in the South. BSW’s clients range from individuals and start-up companies, to Fortune 500 corporations, governmental entities and not-for-profit institutions.

Further, one of the hallmarks of the firm is its devotion to providing the highest quality of legal services to our clients in a manner consistent with their objectives and cost concerns and in a personalized environment that facilitates the mutual trust and respect necessary for a successful attorney-client relationship. The firm continually achieves this objective by implementing an integrated team approach. This team approach enables clients to call upon the guidance of any and all of our attorneys whose experience in various legal and business matters spans many disciplines. In this manner, we are able to provide our clients with specific and in-depth advice that they require in order to achieve their goals.

Since the firm was established, two standards have remained constant: to strive for legal excellence and to be involved in the communities in which we work and live. The members of our firm have served or now serve as presidents, directors, and officers of community and business organizations. Past and present members of our firm have served the city and state as appointed or elected officials. BSW attorneys are active in Bar Activities, serving as officers and directors in the American, Louisiana, and Baton Rouge Bar Associations. The firm maintains a staff of highly trained legal assistants, including Certified Public Accountants, and our employees use the most advanced systems and equipment available to deliver an effective and economical legal product with a focus on client service.

Simply stated, our primary focus is growing and protecting each client’s business. We routinely advise businesses on numerous operational and ownership issues, assisting them in anticipating issues that may be encountered in pursuing their business and corporate strategies. Whether it is negotiating contracts, advising on management restructures or assisting in the purchase or sale of a business, our attorneys possess the skill set to help our clients achieve their goals.

Formation, acquisition, sale, compliance, advocacy, dissolution — our attorneys have been through it all with insurance companies, their affiliates and insurance regulators at every level. Our knowledge and experience in this area are among the most impressive you’ll find in Louisiana.

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Additional Locations

  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • First Bank & Trust Tower
  • 909 Poydras Street, Suite 1500
  • New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-4004
    • Telephone: 504-584-5454
    • Fax: 504- 584-5452
  • Monroe, Louisiana
  • 300 Washington Street, Suite 210
  • Monroe, Louisiana 71201
    • Telephone: 318-398-4330
    • Fax: 318-398-4325

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Client Information

Insurance Clients

Non-Insurance Clients

  • Illinois Central Railroad Company
  • Quanta Services, Inc.

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Personnel Information

Partners


Van R. Mayhall, Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA

Years of Experience: 45

Practice Areas
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Tax Litigation
  • Securities
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1971
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court
Memberships:
  • American and Lousiana State Bar Associations
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel
Certifications:
  • Board Certified Tax Attorney
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D. (with honors), 1971
  • Georgetown University, M.L.T., 1979

Born: 1946

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Van R. Mayhall III

Baton Rouge, LA

Years of Experience: 15

Practice Areas
  • Regulatory and Compliance
  • Corporate Law
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2001
Memberships:
  • American (Insurance Regulation Committee, Tort, Trial and Insurance Practice Section) and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Federation of Regulatory Counsel
Education:
  • Louisiana Tech University, B.A. (cum laude), 1995
  • Louisiana State University, M.B.A., 2005
  • Paul M Hebert Law School at Louisiana State University, J.D., 2001

Born: 1974

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V. Thomas Clark, Jr.

Baton Rouge, LA

Years of Experience: 28

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Regulation
  • Government Contracts
  • Administrative Law
  • Public Law
  • Complex Commercial Litigation
  • Governmental Relations
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1991
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and Baton Rouge Bar Associations
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1986
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1990

Born: 1964

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Associate



Sunny Mayhall

Baton Rouge, LA

Years of Experience: 8

Practice Areas
  • Corporate Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Administrative Law
  • Labor and Employment
  • Intellectual Property
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2016
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana, 2017
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and Baton Rouge Bar Associations
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber Legislative Committee
Education:
  • Louisiana State University at Baton Rouge, B.A. Communications, 2008
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2011

Born: 1985

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Press Releases

BRAC Press Release

BSW Recognized by Best Lawyers

BSW Attorneys Named to Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

BSW Attorneys Named to Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2015

BSW Recognized by Best Lawyers 2015

Best Lawyers Press Release 2016

Lawyers of the Year 2016

Louisiana Super Lawyers 2017

Chambers USA 2017 Edition Press Release

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