MBLB Celebrates Its 20th Anniversary

 

MBLB 20th AnniversaryAs the year draws to a close, we are reflecting on the anniversary of the founding of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett. 20 years ago, Andre J. Mouledoux, Wilton E. Bland, III, Georges M. Legrand and Alan G. Brackett joined forces to start a law firm that would handle maritime, workers’ compensation and insurance defense work. They offered five other attorneys the opportunity to join them, and all said yes.

“We started our firm with two primary objectives,” says Alan. “First and foremost, to create a great place to work that values our employees as well as our clients. I used to dread driving to work when I was with a prior firm because it was such an oppressive place. For the past twenty years, I’ve come in each day with a sense of excitement.

Next, we wanted to create a truly client focused firm, where our clients trust us to handle their legal matters with enthusiasm, dedication and integrity. We’ve always been very fortunate to represent high caliber people and companies that share our outlook—to vigorously represent their cause but to do so ethically and professionally.”

Since then, the firm has almost tripled in size, and eight of the nine attorneys are still with MBLB. We have developed and expanded our workers’ compensation practice, which is now nationwide, and we also handle a lot of state workers’ compensation matters statewide. The addition of our “Wheels” team, Gerard Dragna, C. Michael “Mike” Parks and Eric Winder Sella, has truly expanded our transportation work.

As Georges says, “We are always looking for opportunities, especially with new practice groups and exceptional attorneys, that provide greater value to the firm, our current clients and potential new clients. Within the past several years, we were able to add a new practice group which caters to trucking and transportation companies and their insurers, over a multi-state area, and it has been a great fit.”

When we began this journey, we didn’t know if any clients would follow us to our new firm, but many did and we still represent them today. We didn’t know if we would grow, but we have.

Our continued success is in no small measure due to the hard work of our next generation of attorneys. We were delighted to have Gerard, Mike, Robert Popich and Patrick Babin join the firm as equity members in 2017.  

“We didn’t know if we’d be setting the groundwork for a firm that would extend beyond our ‘first generation,’ but now our second generation has begun,” says Alan. “We’re both fortunate and proud of the firm we’ve created, because we’ve achieved what we set out to do and our success is proof that being good and doing good set the stage for achievement.”

11 MBLB Attorneys Included in New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers

MBLB Top LawyersMouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett is pleased to announce that 11 of our attorneys have been selected by their peers for inclusion in New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers in the legal specialties of Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Workers’ Compensation Law, and Municipal Law.

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett Attorneys Included in New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers

  • Beth S. Bernstein – Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Wilton E. Bland, III – Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • Alan G. Brackett – Admiralty & Maritime Law and Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Gerard J. Dragna – Transportation Law
  • Mark E. Hanna – Municipal Law
  • Georges M. Legrand – Admiralty & Maritime Law
  • André J. Mouledoux – Admiralty & Maritime Law, Transportation Law
  • C. Michael Parks – Transportation Law
  • Eric Winder Sella – Transportation Law
  • Daniel P. Sullivan – Workers’ Compensation Law
  • Simone H. Yoder – Workers’ Compensation Law

New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers Methodology

New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers voting was open to all licensed attorneys in New Orleans. They were asked which attorney, other than themselves, they would recommend in the New Orleans area. Each attorney was allowed to recommend up to three colleagues in each of the 58 legal specialties. 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 were included in New Orleans Magazine 2017 Top Lawyers list. The list was prepared by Detroit-based Professional Research Services.

 

2018 U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® Ranks Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as Metropolitan Tier 2 Admiralty & Maritime Law Firm

Best Lawyers - Best Law Firms US News 2018The 2018 edition of U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers® has ranked Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett as a Metropolitan Tier 2 Admiralty & Maritime Law Firm in New Orleans.

To be eligible for a ranking, a firm must have a lawyer listed in The Best Lawyers in America©, which recognizes the top 4 percent of practicing attorneys in the United States. Member Alan Brackett has been included for Admiralty and Maritime Law in New Orleans, Louisiana.

 

About Best Law Firms

The U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms” rankings are based on a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is currently recognized in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.

For the 2018 “Best Law Firms” list, the methodology for the initiative remained the same as in the previous six years.

Clients were asked to provide feedback on firm practice groups, addressing expertise, responsiveness, understanding of a business and its needs, cost-effectiveness, civility, and whether they would refer another client to the firm. Clients also had the option to write in the names of law firms they’ve worked with on other matters and within practice areas beyond those they were asked to comment on by the submitting firm. Some clients chose to write a comment about their experience with the law firm. These comments are for reference only and were not used as data points in the formal evaluation process.

Lawyers also voted on expertise, responsiveness, integrity, cost-effectiveness, whether they would refer a matter to a firm, and whether they consider a firm a worthy competitor. They were also asked to vote on law firms that have a preeminent national presence within specified legal practice area(s) they know well. For the fourth year, a Law Firm Leaders Survey was implemented to provide personal insight on the legal landscape surrounding the nationally ranked practice areas. In addition to information from these surveys, the rankings incorporate the 7.3 million evaluations of 54,463 individual leading lawyers collected by Best Lawyers in its most recent annual survey.

In addition to lawyer and client feedback, law firms were asked to provide us with general demographic and background information on the law firm and attorneys, and other data that speaks to the strengths of a law firm’s practice areas.

All of the quantitative and qualitative data were combined into an overall “Best Law Firms” score for each firm. This data was then compared to other firms within the same metropolitan area and at the national level. Because firms were often separated by small or insignificant differences in overall score, we use a tiering system rather than ranking law firms sequentially. The first tier in each metropolitan area includes those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the highest-scoring firm(s); the second tier, those firms that scored within a certain percentage of the next highest scoring firm(s), and so on. The national rankings were based on metropolitan rankings as well as on the number of offices each firm had with a metropolitan ranking and on the level of legal activity in each metropolitan area. The number of tiers included in each practice area or metropolitan area ranking varies, and some specialties may not be ranked in metro areas in which there is not enough data to provide rankings in a particular specialty. Of the 13,745 firms that were eligible to submit information for the ranking process, 13,372 firms, including a large number of one-person firms, received rankings, and 8,914 of those firms received first-tier national and/or metropolitan rankings.