Scandurro & Layrisson, LLC
Our founders began their legal careers in the litigation sections of large regional firms. Convinced that high-quality personal service could be delivered at a fraction of the cost of larger firms, we formed Scandurro & Layrisson in 1997. The firm approaches the legal needs of its clients with a winning formula that blends partner-centered service and cost-effective, outcome-oriented problem-solving. Our service model is built on resolving legal issues for our clients quickly and inexpensively if we can, while also being willing and able to take the long road if we need to. We take cases to trial regularly, including many cases in which other lawyers seek our help. Referrals from other lawyers, and from our existing clients, account for the vast majority of our business.
We represent individuals and businesses, from small Mom-and-Pop outfits to publicly traded companies, on both sides of the aisle. Our attorneys’ diverse business client representation experience includes well-known national businesses like Valero Energy Corporation, MetLife Insurance Company, Ameriprise Financial Services, Old Republic Insurance Group, PNC Bank and Regions Bank, as well as established Louisiana and New Orleans institutions including Iberiabank, First Bank and Trust, Standard Mortgage Corp., Alliance Offshore, Jani-King, Brennan’s Restaurant, Acme Oyster House, the F&M Patio Bar and the Krewe of Bacchus. We also represent our clients’ interests in other areas of the country when the need arises. In addition to our litigation work, we provide business and individual consultation in a wide variety of practice areas. Our extensive experience representing both people and businesses, as both plaintiffs and defendants, allows us to bring uncommon perspective and context to our clients’ legal needs. Our structure allows us to offer flexible and competitive contingency fee, hourly fee or fixed-fee arrangements depending on the nature of your case.
We fight hard for our clients while also striving to meet the highest ethical and professional standards. Three members of the firm have been appointed by the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board to chair Hearing Committees that recommend to the Louisiana Supreme Court punishments, suspensions, and disbarment of attorneys who have violated our profession’s ethical rules, and one member currently chairs the state-wide Administrative Committee of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.
Our partners were blessed to grow up in small towns in Louisiana, but we are also devoted to our city and community and are actively involved in a wide range of charitable and community outreach programs in the New Orleans metropolitan area. The firm has also had additional practice locations for many years in Plaquemines Parish and in Tangipahoa Parish and maintains a strong presence there and in other neighboring parishes. The firm’s lawyers are licensed to practice in every state and federal court in Louisiana, the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court.
Scandurro & Layrisson’s office is located at 607 St Charles Avenue, a historically significant property in the Central Business District of New Orleans. Our office was built in 1830 by Col. Maunsel White, a veteran of the War of 1812 and a life-long friend of Andrew Jackson. The property was later owned by Cuthbert Bullitt, a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln and the only person in New Orleans to fly the flag of the United States in the months leading up to the Civil War. General William Tecumseh Sherman, stationed in Louisiana just before the war, wrote in his memoirs that shortly after Louisiana seceded, “only one national flag was shown from a house, and that the house of Cuthbert Bullitt, on Lafayette Square. He was commanded to take it down, but he refused, and defended it with his pistol.”
In recent years our property has been restored to its original grandeur, coinciding with the transformation of this stretch of St. Charles Avenue into an arts district with gourmet restaurants and high-end condominiums. We are strategically located directly across historic Lafayette Square from the Federal District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.