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With more than 70 attorneys, BSW firm is among the largest firms- in Louisiana and one of the larger law firms in the South.

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 more than 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.

Best Law Firms - U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers®

U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers , for the fourth consecutive year, announce the 2014 'Best Law Firms' rankings.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. had the following practice areas ranked:

Metropolitan Tier 1
Baton Rouge
  • Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Family Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Tax Law

Metropolitan Tier 2
Baton Rouge
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Litigation - Tax
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
New Orleans
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs
  • Mergers & Acquisitions Law
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation - Defendants

Metropolitan Tier 3
Baton Rouge
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Labor Law - Management
  • Real Estate Law
New Orleans
  • Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law
  • Employment Law - Individuals
  • Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs
  • Securities / Capital Markets Law
Firms included in the 2014 'Best Law Firms list are recognized for professional excellence with persistently impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a ranking signals a unique combination of quality law practice and breadth of legal expertise. The 2014 rankings are based on the highest number of participating firms and highest number of client ballots on record. Over 12,000 attorneys provided over 330,000 law firm assessments, and almost 7,000 clients provided close to 20,000 evaluations. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed nationally in one or more of 74 practice areas or by metropolitan region in one or more of 120 practice areas. One 'Law Firm of the Year' is named in 87 of the ranked practice areas.

Full firm listing is available at:

Best Lawyers
Fifteen lawyers from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2014 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.).

Baton Rouge, LA

  • Robert L. Atkinson-Banking and Finance Law
  • Robert Bowsher-Tax Law
  • David Cassidy-Litigation & Controversy - Tax; Tax Law
  • David Charlton-Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law
  • Murphy Foster-Construction Law; Labor Law - Management; Litigation - Construction
  • Gregory D. Frost-Government Relations Practice
  • Paul M. Hebert, Jr.-Family Law
  • Michael Hubbell-Real Estate Law
  • Van Mayhall, Jr.-Corporate Law
  • Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.-Commercial Litigation; Litigation - Antitrust; Litigation - Intellectual Property
  • Jerry L. Stovall, Jr.-Employment Law - Individuals;
  • B. Troy Villa-Corporate Law; Mergers & Acquisitions Law

New Orleans, LA

  • Thomas M. Benjamin-Commercial Litigation; Securities / Capital Markets Law
  • Alan H. Goodman-Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law; Litigation - Real Estate; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs; Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Eve B. Masinter-Employment Law - Individuals; Litigation - Labor & Employment; Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants; Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 36,000 leading attorneys cast almost 4.4 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel Magazine has called Best Lawyers 'the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.'

American Health Lawyers Association
American Health Lawyers Association recognized BSW as having one of the top healthcare teams in the country and in Louisiana with 100% involvement. The American Health Lawyers Association bases its ranking by the number of AHLA members each law firm has enrolled in the association; this includes attorneys, paralegals and non-paralegals. BSW is proud to have all 11 members of its health law practice group as members of AHLA.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. is pleased to announce that it received high rankings for five Practice Areas and had twelve attorneys listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana.

The BSW Practice Areas listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA include:

  • Construction
  • Gaming & Licensing
  • Healthcare
  • Labor & Employment
  • Litigation: General Commercial
The BSW attorneys listed in the 2014 edition of Chambers USA include:
  • John T. Andrishok
  • Robert L. Atkinson
  • Thomas M Benjamin
  • David R. Cassidy
  • Murphy J. Foster, III
  • Alan H Goodman
  • Richard D. Leibowitz
  • Steven B. Loeb
  • Eve B. Masinter
  • E Fredrick Preis, Jr.
  • Claude F. Reynaud, Jr.
  • Jerry L. Stovall, Jr.
Chambers USA ranks the leading firms and lawyers in an extensive range of practice areas throughout America. The research is in-depth and client focused and the guide is read by industry-leading companies and organizations throughout the US and worldwide. To access the Chambers USA online directory, go to
Modern Healthcare

Modern Healthcare lists BSW as one of the 'Largest Healthcare Law Firms' in the country, ranked 63 on a list of 69. The survey ranking methodology is based on a blended score: Sum of 50% weight from data collected in the survey (number of healthcare lawyers) and 50% weight of American Health Lawyers Association membership from each firm.

Super Lawyers

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (BSW) is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys have been named to the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers and eight attorneys have been named Rising Stars. Full press release.

Baton Rouge

New Orleans

Rising Stars-Baton Rouge Rising Stars-New Orleans
Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States - Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell®

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson has selected by Fortune Magazine and Martindale-Hubbell® as one the Top Ranked Law Firms in the United States. This ranking was determined by the firm's percentage of AV Preeminent rated lawyers through the Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Rating system.

The honor was bestowed upon firms with a minimum of one-third of the firm's attorneys having achieved the Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating, the highest rating available for legal ability and professional ethics. This distinguished list, comprising less than one half of 1% of law firms nationwide, will be published on December 26th in Fortune Magazine's 2012 Investor's Guide, reaching 4.4 million readers. Fewer than 1,000 firms nationwide were selected for this honor.

Top Lawyers - New Orleans Magazine

Thomas Benjamin, Peter Butler, Jr., Alan Goodman, Eve Masinter, and Wesley Plaisance were named "Top Lawyers of New Orleans" by New Orleans Magazine.

New Orleans Magazine contracted Professional Research Services of Royal Oak, Michigan. The voting by Professional Research Services was used to determine the top New Orleans attorneys. The survey was open to all licensed attorneys in New Orleans. Attorneys were asked which attorney they would recommend in the New Orleans area. Each attorney was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each given legal specialty. Once the online nominations were complete, each nominee was carefully evaluated on the basis of the survey results, the legitimacy of their license and their current standing with the State Bar Association of Louisiana. Attorneys who received the highest number of votes in each specialty are included in this list.


In the Year 1928

Managing Partner:

Scott N. Hensgens

Management Committee:
Recruiting Partner:

Stephen R. Whalen

Chief Operating Office:

John A. Moore

Accounting Manager
Director of Client Services
Human Resources Manager
Information Systems Manager
Research Manager

Baton Rouge
One American Place, Suite 2300
301 Main Street
PO Box 3197
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-3197

St. Tammany Business Center
222 North Vermont
Covington, LA 70433-3219

New Orleans
First Bank & Trust Tower
909 Poydras Street Suite 1500
New Orleans, Louisiana 70112-4004

Attorneys and Staff:

Attorneys: 69
Partners: 51
Other Staff: 70

About Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. :

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. ('BSW') was founded in Baton Rouge in 1928. Today, BSW is a multi-disciplined law firm with almost 70 attorneys serving the legal and business needs of people and companies throughout Louisiana. The firm has offices in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Covington.


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Media Contact:

Margaret Atkinson Martin
Director of Client Services

Chief Operating Office:

John A. Moore

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