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Every aspect of running a business requires dedication, attention to detail and forward-thinking individuals to help operate Montgomery Barnett. We work with business owners and entrepreneurs assisting them with every aspect of the business from inception through growth and development to, when necessary, dissolution. We assist clients in obtaining financing, provide on-going business advice, represent clients during litigation, and counsel them through the dissolution of the business. Montgomery Barnett is ready to provide clients with the assistance they need.

Our attorneys know how a business operates from the inside out. We are committed to bringing our clients' peace of mind by minimizing their legal and business risk exposure in operating their businesses. Our team of associates and partners craft individual solutions and keep our clients informed so they can make timely decisions.

The professional credentials and experience of our attorneys facilitates our counseling of local, regional, national and international corporations, partnerships, individual investors, executives and professionals in business and commercial law matters.

Whether you are starting a new business or focused on growing and protecting your company, Montgomery Barnett is committed to helping clients in all areas of business and commercial law planning:

  • Business Formation
  • Financing and Operating Business Organizations
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulations
  • Public and Private Contracts
  • Franchising
  • Regulatory and Administrative Issues
  • Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Compliance

Our business law team helps you get accurate and clear answers. We are here for you in all your transactions.

Business Litigation

Resolving Business Disputes in Business Litigation

Our business litigation group is at the heart of Montgomery Barnett's practice. We have experience defining contractual relationships and resolving business disputes at all levels. As business litigation work can overlap with other practice areas, including bankruptcy, toxic tort and construction, to name only a few, we work closely with the resources of the entire firm toward an efficient and cost-effective resolution for corporations and individuals. With members of the American College of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Counsel of America on our team, we are prepared for any challenges you may face. Our team has lawyers who serve on the American Arbitration Association (AAA) Commercial Panel.

Our entire team works together to move toward efficient and cost-effective resolutions for their small business, corporate, and individual clients and can push only the most amicable resolutions to settle. If a settlement cannot be reached, our dedicated attorneys will aggressively defend or prosecute your case in trial. Whether your company is facing a shareholder dispute, contractual issue or property claim, you can rely on the dedicated representation of Montgomery Barnett.

More Than a Hundred Years of Defense

We are devoted to ensuring our clients' claims are litigated in a professional and timely manner.

Our firm is proud to have provided exceptional legal services to clients throughout Louisiana, the nation and internationally for more than a century. We are in our third century of operation. Our legal professionals are ready to assist clients in obtaining favorable resolutions for any business litigation case.

Construction Law

Taking on New Challenges in Construction Law

Our construction law practice group is involved in all phases of public and private construction projects, from bidding through final construction. We negotiate construction contracts between developers and contractors for hotels, hospitals and other businesses.

Resolving Construction Disputes

We represent individuals, developers, corporate entities, design professionals, contractors and insurers, locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of construction litigation and arbitration. From formation of construction contracts, to litigation of complex issues, Montgomery Barnett is in the forefront of construction law. Our lawyers have been internationally recognized by Who's Who Legal, and nationally by Best Lawyers in America as preeminent leaders and litigators in the area of construction law. We also have lawyers who serve on the American Association (AAA) Construction Panel.

Taking a leadership role, our firm is not afraid to take on new challenges in court or through negotiation. Our construction law practice takes a proactive approach, helping our clients get out in front of potential disputes in order to get a positive resolution. From small builders to major developers, design professionals, contractors and insurers, we handle a wide range of construction law concerns, including:

  • Transactional construction law for projects
  • Construction defects and related products liability
  • Business litigation for contract disputes between developers and contractors
  • Fidelity and surety coverage
  • Contractors' liens
  • Insurance defense of personal injury claims

As members of the American College of Construction Lawyers and the Litigation Counsel of American Lawyers, we understand the challenges facing our clients, big and small. We are always focused on keeping our clients' long-term interests in mind, finding solutions that will work today and into the future.

Mediation & Arbitration

Settlement in an Alternative Forum

While you want to do everything you can to protect your rights in court, litigation may not always be the best solution. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) is the process of resolving legal conflicts without going to trial. Forms of alternative dispute resolution, such as mediation and binding and non-binding arbitration are increasingly used to avoid costly, time-consuming and uncertain litigation. The lawyers at Montgomery Barnett have extensive experience in determining if and when a form of ADR is in the best interest of our clients and meets their needs better than litigation. We are also trained to act as mediators and arbitrators in a variety of cases.

The United States is one of the most litigious societies in the world, investing approximately 2.2 percent of the nation's gross domestic product — approximately $310 billion or $1,000 per capita — in tort litigation alone, according to an economics professor at Emory University. The state and federal courts in many areas of the country are notoriously crowded. Getting a court date can often take several weeks or months, a fact which imposes insufferable delays on legal action.

Increasingly, many courts are imposing mandatory alternative dispute resolution on parties seeking a hearing of a civil action, in an effort to lighten dockets and to make it easier for cases to move through the court system with a minimum of stress and delay. While it is true that some cases can only be effectively resolved through adversarial litigation, many can be resolved through mediation or arbitration.

Alternative dispute resolution methods involve having the disputing parties meet in an informal setting out of court in an attempt to negotiate an acceptable settlement without judicial interference. A trained mediator or arbitrator serves as a neutral third party, and his or her role is to facilitate discussions, clarify legal questions, keep the negotiation process on track, and assist in crafting a legally sound settlement agreement. The two common approaches to alternative dispute resolution are:


At mediation a mediator helps facilitate discussion and helps the parties try to achieve a mutually agreeable resolution. However, the mediator does not impose any type of decision on the parties. The final agreement is at the disputing parties' discretion. In the event the parties cannot reach an agreement, the matter may still proceed to court for trial.

Binding Arbitration

In this approach both parties agree to the selection of an arbitrator or panel of arbitrators who at the conclusion of the process is called upon to issue a ruling on the matter. The parties have agreed at the outset to abide by this ruling.


Montgomery Barnett, L.L.P. - Lawyer
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