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Texaco Center, Suite 2600
400 Poydras Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130Locate in Google Maps
Telephone: 504-529-3333
Fax: 504-529-3337
E-Mail: SDegan@Degan.com
www.degan.com
Practice Areas
About Us
Additional Locations
Client Information
Personnel
Established: 1991

Practice Areas
  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Law
  • General Liability
  • Bodily Injury
  • Property Damage
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Admiralty and Maritime Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Energy
  • Toxic Torts
  • Professional Liability
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Subrogation
  • Casualty
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Defect
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Medical Products Litigation
  • Trucking
  • Commercial Vehicle
  • Appeals
  • Arbitration
  • Class Actions
  • Collections
  • First Amendment
  • Media Law
  • Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation
  • Municipal Law
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Exposure
  • Insurance Bad Faith
  • Employment Practices Exposures
  • Trials in All Courts
  • Defense Base Act
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About Us
The Firm And Our Experience

Degan, Blanchard & Nash is a full-service law firm located in the New Orleans Central Business District, as well as in Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s state capitol.

Our attorneys are graduates of the top law schools in the United States. Our attorneys are licensed in Louisiana, California, Texas and Mississippi, and have also been admitted Pro Hac Vice in courts throughout the United States.

We are centrally located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to better serve our clients. Our two offices allow our Firm to meet existing and prospective clients and otherwise litigate our clients' cases in a coordinated fashion. We practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as in the courts of other jurisdictions around the country.

In addition to the above, our attorneys have extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience. The trial experience of the lawyers necessarily extends to both trial and appellate litigation in both the state and federal systems. Also, our legal staff provides guidance, advice, and representation to clients involved in the arbitration or administration of claims before administrative law judges, hearing officers, and committees of federal or state agencies.

The Firm has attained a Martindale Hubbell Law Directory AV rating and is listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters. The firm was selected as a "Go-To Law Firm" by ALM's Corporate Counsel Magazine and recognized as a "Best Law Firm" in the 2013 and 2014 U.S. News-Best Lawyers edition. Degan, Blanchard & Nash was selected as Corporate INTL Magazine's 2012 Insurance Law Firm of the Year in Louisiana, and in both 2011 and 2013, Degan, Blanchard & Nash received the Global Law Experts Practice Award. Additionally, the law firm has been accepted as a member of the prestigious International Society of Primerus Law Firms (Defense Litigation Group) and is a member of the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, organizations which are dedicated to the highest standard of integrity, credibility, and quality of work product.

Our Philosophy

We pride ourselves on our excellent relationships with our clients, and we believe that timely and effective communication is the key to maintaining excellent client relations. Although, as a matter of course, we keep our clients constantly updated as to the status of each matter entrusted to us, we view our role as extending well beyond the simple reporting of developments. We strongly believe that our clients’ interests can be best served by encouraging each client to take an active role in the decision-making process with respect to each matter we handle. Accordingly, we provide our clients with accurate and concise statements of all available options, our legal analysis with respect to those options, and our evaluation of each option in light of our clients’ goals. We then consult closely with our clients in formulating and implementing a strategic plan designed to realize those goals.

In short, we view our clients as valued participants in our representation of their interests, rather than mere customers to whom we deliver a product. We take pride in the work we do, and we take equal pride in our clients’ participation in, and satisfaction with, our work. Our clients’ interests are our interests.

In addition, the size and composition of the Firm affords us the unique opportunity to offer our clients personal service that is not always obtainable from large, less specialized law firms. This necessarily encompasses the close involvement of the partner responsible for the case in all aspects of the litigation or claims process, while permitting the economic utilization of an associate or paralegal for work of a less intensive nature. Thus, we are able to provide a highly cost-conscious defense and maintain a close working relationship with the company representative assigned to the claim, which often facilitates an early favorable resolution of the claim.

Our philosophy towards the practice of law is simple and straightforward. Degan, Blanchard & Nash strives to provide the highest quality legal services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, without regard to the size or complexity of the matter on which our counsel is sought. We accept nothing less than excellence in the practice of law, and our attorneys are committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice. In implementing these goals, we take advantage of our small size and staffing flexibility in order to provide personalized legal services tailored to each client’s needs.

Whether you are an existing client or prospective client looking for the right attorneys to serve your interests, or an individual looking for an excellent work environment to build a rewarding career, we encourage you to contact us today.
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Additional Locations
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
6421 Perkins Road, Building C, Suite B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70808
Telephone: 225-610-1110
Fax: 225-610-1220
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Client Information
Insurance Clients
Allianz Global Corporate & SpecialtyAmerican International Group, Inc.
Argo Group USEmpire Fire and Marine Insurance Company
Fireman's Fund Insurance CompanyFirst Financial Insurance Company
Homestead Insurance CompanyLloyd's of London
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Personnel Information
Partners
Sidney W. Degan, III
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:SDegan@Degan.com
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Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas, 1990
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • Federal, American (Leadership 2015-2016), Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Proctor, Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • International Society of Primerus Law Firms
  • Professional Liability Defense Institute
  • National Workers' Compensation Defense Network
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
Education:
  • The University of New Orleans, B.A. (with distinction)
  • Tulane University, J.D.
Born:1954
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R. Edward Blanchard
New Orleans, LA
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Memberships:
  • Federal, American, Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Louisiana State University and A & M College, B.S.
  • Louisiana State University and A & M College, J.D.
Born:1950
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Foster P. Nash, III
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:FNash@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1985
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1988
Born:1963
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James A. Rowell
New Orleans, LA
Admitted
  • California, 1988
  • Louisiana, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Central, Northern and Southern Districts of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
Memberships:
  • American and Louisiana State Bar Associations
  • State Bar of California
Education:
  • University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., 1974
  • University of California, J.D., 1988
Born:1951
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Julia A. Dietz
New Orleans, LA
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1988
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1991
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Eighth Circuits, 1993
Memberships:
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
Education:
  • Georgetown University, A.B., 1980
  • Georgetown University, J.D., 1988
Born:1958
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Jeffrey C. Brennan
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:JBrennan@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Memberships:
  • New Orleans Bar Association
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1993
  • Loyola University, J.D., 1998
Born:1971
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Brian W. Harrell
Baton Rouge, LA
Telephone:225-610-1110
Fax:225-610-1220
E-Mail:BHarrell@Degan.com
Practice Areas
  • Civil Litigation
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2003
  • Texas, 2012
Education:
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2001
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to the Hon. Douglas M. Gonzales, Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals
Born:1975
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Of Counsel
Travis L. Bourgeois
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:TBourgeois@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education:
  • Tulane University, B.A., 1989
  • Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, M.A. (with honors), 1991
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1994
Born:1966
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Philip C. Brickman
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:PBrickman@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1998
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 1999
Memberships:
  • American Bar Association (Vice-Chairman, TIPS/Admiralty & Maritime Law Committee; Vice-Chairman, Admiralty Law Committee Litigation Section)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • The Maritime Law Association of the United States
Education:
  • Millsaps College, B.A., History, 1993
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D./Maritime Law Certif., 1998
Born:1971
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Keith A. Kornman
New Orleans, LA
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1994
  • Texas, 2001
Memberships:
  • Federal Bar Association
Education:
  • Duke University, B.A., 1991
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (cum laude), 1994
Born:1969
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Jena W. Smith
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:JSmith@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1997
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
Education:
  • Louisiana State University, B.A. (with honors), 1993
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D. (Order of the Coif), 1997
Born:1971
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Karl H. Schmid
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:KSchmid@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 1997
  • Texas, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Education:
  • Cornell University, B.S., 1988
  • Loyola University New Orleans, M.A./J.D., 1997
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Ph.D., 2001
Clerkship:
Law Clerk to Hon. Judge DeMoss, U.S. District Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; Hon. Judge Lemmon, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
Born:1966
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Kyle A. Spaulding
New Orleans, LA
E-Mail:KSpaulding@Degan.com
Admitted
  • Louisiana, 2004
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • Louisiana State Courts
Education:
  • The University of Tennessee, B.A. Economics, 1998
  • Loyola University New Orleans, J.D., 2003
Born:1976
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