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.”

Workers Compensation Laws: Louisiana

Thomson Reuters Practical Law recently published “Workers’ Compensation Laws: Louisiana,” a Q&A guide to workers’ compensation law for employers in Louisiana, which was written by Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett attorneys, Alan G. Brackett, Patrick J. Babin and Simone H. Yoder.

This Q&A addresses Louisiana laws requiring workers’ compensation coverage, including the benefits process, penalties for an employer’s failure to obtain workers’ compensation coverage, and anti-retaliation provisions. (Federal, local, or municipal law may impose additional or different requirements.)

Alan, Patrick and Simone have all been included in New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers. Alan has been included in Super Lawyers and Patrick and Simone have been included in Super Lawyers Rising Stars for workers’ compensation. Alan is also a fellow of the College of Workers Compensation Lawyers.

Click here to access “Workers Compensation Laws: Louisiana.”

Beth Bernstein to Speak at WCI Conference in August

Beth Bernstein will be speaking at the 72nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference® at The Orlando World Center Marriott on August 9, 2017.  The panel will explore new case law developments affecting the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act and its extensions.

The 72nd Annual Workers’ Compensation Educational Conference® focuses on national workers’ compensation and occupational safety and health industries.