Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts
Client-Recommended Attorneys, Adjusters and Experts



Best's Recommended Insurance Attorneys - General Defense


Canal Place, 365 Canal Street, Suite 2000, New Orleans, Louisiana 70130-6534

Established: 1853

Practice Areas

  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Appellate Practice
  • Bad Faith
  • Bankruptcy
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Complex Litigation
  • Construction Litigation
  • COVID-19/Coronavirus
  • Employment Litigation
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Energy
  • Environmental Litigation
  • ERISA
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • Intellectual Property
  • Jones Act
  • Labor and Employment
  • Litigation
  • Oil and Gas
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Railroad Law
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Reinsurance
  • Securities
  • Tax Litigation
  • Toxic Torts
  • Tort Litigation


About Us

With offices positioned along the Gulf Coast from Texas to Florida, Phelps Dunbar is a regional law firm of nearly 270 attorneys uniquely equipped to serve clients in the major commercial centers of the burgeoning "Third Coast" of the United States. Locations in New Orleans and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Tupelo and Gulfport, Mississippi; Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Tampa, Florida; Mobile, Alabama as well as Raleigh, North Carolina; and London, England enable Phelps Dunbar to serve clients not only along the Third Coast, but also the South, nationwide and abroad.

Regardless of a client's size or stage of development, we believe that successful legal representation begins with a clear understanding of our client's business, industry and objectives, followed by collaboration with the client to achieve the best possible results. Our lawyers and our support staff work together to deepen client relationships through a commitment to understanding their businesses and their goals, and we strive to advance our clients' interests by providing excellent, effective and efficient legal services and creative solutions across all areas of our practice.


Additional Locations

  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • II City Plaza
  • 400 Convention Street, Suite 1100
  • P.O. Box 4412 (70821-4412)
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802-5618
    • Telephone: 225-346-0285
    • Fax: 225-381-9197
  • Jackson, Mississippi
  • 4270 I-55 North
  • P.O. Box 16114 (39236-6114)
  • Jackson, Mississippi 39211-6391
    • Telephone: 601-352-2300
    • Fax: 601-360-9777
  • Tupelo, Mississippi
  • One Mississippi Plaza
  • 201 South Spring Street, Seventh Floor
  • P.O. Box 1220 (38802-1220)
  • Tupelo, Mississippi 38804
    • Telephone: 662-842-7907
    • Fax: 662-842-3873
  • Gulfport, Mississippi
  • 2602 13th Street, Suite 300
  • Gulfport, Mississippi 39501
    • Telephone: 228-679-1130
    • Fax: 228-679-1131
  • Houston, Texas
  • 910 Louisiana Street, Suite 4300
  • Houston, Texas 77002
    • Telephone: 713-626-1386
    • Fax: 713-626-1388
  • Tampa, Florida
  • 100 South Ashley Drive, Suite 2000
  • Tampa, Florida 33602-5311
    • Telephone: 813-472-7550
    • Fax: 813-472-7570
  • Mobile, Alabama
  • 101 Dauphin Street, Suite 1000
  • P.O. Box 2727 (36652-2727)
  • Mobile, Alabama 36602
    • Telephone: 251-432-4481
    • Fax: 251-433-1820
  • London, United Kingdom
  • Lloyd's, Suite 725, Level 7
  • 1 Lime Street
  • London, United Kingdom EC3M 7DQ
    • Telephone: 011-44-207-929-4765
    • Fax: 011-44-207-929-0046
  • Raleigh, North Carolina
  • 4141 Parklake Avenue, Suite 530
  • Raleigh, North Carolina 27612
    • Telephone: 919-789-5300
    • Fax: 919-789-5301
  • Dallas, Texas
  • 115 Grand Avenue, Suite 222
  • Southlake, Texas 76092
    • Telephone: 817-488-3134
    • Fax: 817-488-3214

Client Information

Insurance Clients

*Principal outside law firm as designated by insurance companies


Personnel Information

Members of the Firm


M. Nan Alessandra

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1985
  • Texas, 1993
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State, Jefferson, New Orleans and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1982
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 1985

Barbara L. Arras

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Illinois, 1978
  • Louisiana, 1987
  • Texas, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Northwestern University, B.A., 1971
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, J.D., 1977

Robert J. Barbier

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1968
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1972

Kim M. Boyle

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Federal, National, American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Princeton University, A.B., 1984
  • University of Virginia, J.D., 1987

Michael M. Butterworth

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Washington, 1989
  • Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Washington, 1989
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and Washington State Bar Associations
  • Association of Average Adjusters of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Certifications:
  • Registered Civil Mediator, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Master, 1600 Tons, Oceans Radar Enforcement, STCW Certified
Education:
  • California Maritime Academy, B.S., 1980
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1989

Colin B. Cambre

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.S. Business Admin., 2004
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (magna cum laude), 2007

Miles P. Clements

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1982
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1976
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1979

Brandon E. Davis

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2005
  • Texas
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, National, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • American Immigration Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Loyola University New Orleans, B.B.A. (magna cum laude), 2001
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2005

Richard N. Dicharry

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1975
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • International Association of Claim Professionals (Adjunct Member)
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Loyola University, B.A. (magna cum laude), 1972
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Boston University, LL.M., 1978

Mark C. Dodart

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1986
  • Texas
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A. (with honors), 1983
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1986

Pablo Gonzalez

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Sewanee, The University of the South, B.A. (Order of Gownsmen), 2000
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D. (cum laude), 2004

Jeremy T. Grabill

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2013
  • New York, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.A., 2003
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2006

George B. Hall, Jr.

New Orleans, LA and Houston, TX
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1977
  • Texas, 1992
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State, Houston and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1970
  • The University of Tennessee, M.S.P., 1973
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1977

Stephen P. Hall

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1983
  • Texas
Memberships:
  • Federal, American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Certifications:
  • Registered Civil Mediator, Louisiana State Bar Association
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1980
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif), 1983

Michael F. Held

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Mississippi, 2005
  • Alabama, 2006
  • U.S. District Court, Middle, Northern and Southern Districts of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Alabama State Bar
  • Harrison County Bar Association
  • Harrison County Young Lawyers Association
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • American Inns of Court
Education:
  • Auburn University, B.A., 2002
  • The University of Mississippi, J.D., 2005

Gary A. Hemphill

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1981
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Harvard University, B.A., 1978
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1981

Katherine Karam

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1994
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. (cum laude), 1991
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1994

David M. Korn

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1992
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth, Eighth and Tenth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1989
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1992

Kevin J. LaVie

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1981
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1984

Daniel Lund III

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal and Fifth Circuits
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1985
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1988
  • Duke University, M.T.S., 2009

Robert P. McCleskey, Jr.

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1979
  • Texas, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • U.S. Supreme Court Bar Association
  • Tulane Admiralty Law Institute
  • Offshore Marine Service Association
  • National Ocean Industries Association
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1979

Evans Martin McLeod

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1997
  • Mississippi, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Additional Biographical Details:

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Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Education:
  • The University of Mississippi, B.Accy, 1991
  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 1996

Allen C. Miller

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1999
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, National, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
  • Council on Litigation Management
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Education:
  • Xavier University, B.A., 1995
  • Southern University Law Center, J.D. (cum laude), 1999

Kyle S. Moran

Gulfport, MS and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1997
  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and Harrison County Bar Associations
  • The Mississippi Bar
Education:
  • Mississippi State University, B.B.A., 1994
  • The University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 1997

Thomas Kent Morrison

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1998
Memberships:
  • Federal and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • The University of Georgia, B.S., 1995
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1998

Katie Whitman Myers

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2009
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. Political Science, 2006
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D./B.C.L. (cum laude), 2009

David L. Patrón

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Princeton University, A.B. (magna cum laude), 1990
  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 1993

Christopher K. Ralston

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State, Fifth Federal Circuit and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Former Federal Law Clerks Association
Education:
  • College of William & Mary, B.A., 1992
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1999

Marshall M. Redmon

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1987
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State, Baton Rouge and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Professional Liability Underwriting Society
Education:
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 1984
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1987

William J. Riviere

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1991
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
Education:
  • Nicholls State University, B.S. (summa cum laude), 1987
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D. (magna cum laude), 1990

Harry Rosenberg

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1972
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • American Counsel Association
  • Former United States Attorneys Association
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Education:
  • Case Western Reserve University, B.A., 1969
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1972

Mary Ellen Roy

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • Media Law Resource Center (Defense Counsel Section)
Education:
  • University of Louisiana at Lafayette, B.A. (summa cum laude), 1981
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1984

Jay Russell Sever

New Orleans, LA and London, United Kingdom
Admitted
  • California, 1993
  • Louisiana, 1995
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Eastern, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth, Fifth and Ninth Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State and Fifth Federal Circuit Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
  • American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
Education:
  • University of Maryland, B.S., 1986
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1991

Patrick A. Talley, Jr.

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1982
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State, Fifth Federal Circuit, New Orleans and Baton Rouge Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • Armstrong State College, B.A., 1976
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D., 1982
  • Tulane University Law School, LL.M., 1993

Counsel


P. Christopher Bynog

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1996
  • Texas, 1998
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • State Bar of Texas
Education:
  • Centenary College of Louisiana, B.A., 1991
  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1996

Jeffrey A. Clayman

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Maryland, 1993
  • Louisiana, 2006
  • Florida, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
Memberships:
  • Federal, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • The Florida Bar
  • National Retail & Restaurant Defense Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Education:
  • Bowdoin College, B.A., History (with honors), 1999
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D./B.C.L., 2006

Mark Fijman

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Mississippi, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Federal Bar Association
Education:
  • Emerson College, B.S., 1983
  • Mississippi College School of Law, J.D., 1998

Douglas M. Kleeman

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A. (cum laude), 1999
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2007

Joseph E. Lee III

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2000
  • Texas
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A., 1995
  • Louisiana State University, M.A., 1997
  • Louisiana State University Law Center, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 2000

Pamela G. Michiels

New Orleans, LA

Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
Memberships:
  • American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1985
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1990

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  • John A. Bolles
  • G. Edward Merritt
  • Harry S. Redmon, Jr.
  • Hugh Ramsay Straub

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