As the first law firm in Louisiana to subscribe to the American Bar Association Law Pro Bono Project, Milling Benson Woodward L.L.P. has a long history of commitment to public service and the betterment of our community.

– Robert E. Milling, Founder of Company

Litigation

Business & Corp. Law

Eminent Domain

Healthcare

Wills & Estates

Intellectual Property

Admiralty & Maritime

Because of the dangers they face, sailors are provided with some of the strongest legal protections of any workers in the country. Given these laws, maritime employers often find themselves involved in complex and potentially expensive claims when their workers are injured. The Jones Act entitles injured seamen to remedies that are not available to other workers.

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Appellate

Milling attorneys’ experience in appellate practice is a long-standing aspect of our litigation strength and depth. We are often asked to handle cases on appeal in both appellate courts and administrative agencies at the state and federal levels.  Not only do we handle appeals of cases in which we were involved at the trial court level, but we also assist trial counsel from other law firms and clients in navigating the appeal process in cases where we were not involved in the lower court.

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Appellate

Business & Corporate Law

The Firm represents and advises banks, bank holding companies and other financial institutions, investors and lenders on business combinations, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, regulatory compliance, multi-creditor agreements and tax exempt bond issues. Firm attorneys represent these clients in loan workouts and advise them on debtor-creditor rights, lender liability, fair credit practices, and environmental issues.

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Eminent Domain/Takings

Eminent domain is the power of the government to take private property for public use. The process involves condemnation of your property, appraisal of its value, an offer to purchase, and negotiation for a fair price. If the government offers insufficient compensation or your property was improperly designated for public use, it’s important to know your rights and legal recourse.

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Environmental Law

Complying with Environmental Law with its complex web of ever-changing and confusing “alphabits” of statutes- NEPA, CERCLA, SWDA, RCRA, OPA, CAA, CWA, and ESA, just to name a few, is difficult to say the least. Yet, compliance is an important responsibility for businesses as well as for citizens who seek to protect their individual or property rights, or want to avoid fines and penalties.

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Governmental & Regulatory Law

The firm often assists clients in matters involving government agencies, at every level. Whether a client is in a regulated industry, needs a particular permit or license, has an enforcement problem, requires official clarification of a statute or regulation or wishes to have same revised, or has another problem involving government, firm attorneys can assist in the achievement of a successful resolution of the issue.

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Healthcare

Members of the health care practice group have experience in the broad areas of health care, medical and hospital law, medical malpractice defense, elder law, professional licensure, administrative law, regulation and litigation. Firm lawyers have operational, regulatory and litigation experience representing hospitals of varying corporate structures and sizes, managed care organizations, nursing homes, group practices, physicians and other individual providers, integrated delivery systems, professional licensure boards and professional societies.

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Insurance Coverage & Defense

Milling attorneys are involved in many aspects of insurance law and are often appointed to defend insureds against all sorts of liability claims. In addition, Milling attorneys provide coverage opinions to either insurers or insureds regarding coverage available under particular insurance forms and policies.

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Intellectual Property

With over 120 years of business behind us, Milling has an established record of adapting to the changing needs of its clients. We pride ourselves on offering creative solutions at competitive rates. Let us help you efficiently solve your legal needs. Our team of Intellectual Property attorneys undertakes a wide range of intellectual property work. We can help identify and implement a strategy to increase productivity and lower costs for your business.

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Labor & Employment Law

Labor, employment and ERISA attorneys provide a wide range of services including litigation, employee benefits advice, collective bargaining and arbitration. Emphasis is placed on proactive and preventative counseling to avoid labor problems. Counseling is provided covering diverse issues such as sexual harassment, WARN Act compliance, drug testing, union campaigns and Affirmative Action Plans under Executive Order 11246.

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Litigation

Most of the suits we handle fall within the categories of casualty litigation and commercial litigation. Some kinds of lawsuits, such as toxic tort litigation, are embraced by both categories. Most of the casualty litigation is defense of insurance companies and self-insured enterprises against various forms of personal injury and death claims. These include maritime, premises liability, motor vehicle, and other common casualties.

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Medical Malpractice Defense

We have defended clients in a wide variety of cases, including claims of medication errors, surgical and post-operative complications, failure to diagnose and misdiagnosis. Milling Benson Woodward proudly and vigorously represents physicians in almost every area of practice throughout Louisiana and is ready to assist any healthcare provider in defending against a malpractice claim.

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Natural Resource Law

The Firm has a rich history as one of the preeminent oil and gas firms in Louisiana. Our lawyers represent clients involved in all aspects of the oil and gas industry, including exploration, production, transportation, marketing, blending and refining of oil and gas products, and the mining of hard minerals. Members of the oil and gas practice group also represent large land-owning clients in their mineral leasing and related contractual issues, and routinely render title opinions to oil and gas operators.

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Patent Law

Patents are a vehicle for protecting a client’s innovation, but they offer so much more. Patents also serve to provide an invaluable marketing tool and lend credibility to a brand. They are an asset, and as such, should be protected as any other asset would be. Patents can often be the foundation of a business model, and can spell success moving into a new venture, or maintaining an existing one.

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Professional Liability Defense

Professional Liability Defense

We have successfully represented professional clients in a number of claims involving professional malpractice, ethical violations, and as well as other claims under State and Federal law. We understand the importance of defending the reputations of professionals and how best to achieve a successful result in these sometimes very difficult and emotionally charged cases.

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Property Law

We have extensive experience in leasing transactions, representing both landlords and tenants. We regularly represent clients in the development of commercial and residential real estate, and we negotiate and draft contracts with architects and contractors, assist in obtaining required approvals from commission and zoning boards, and negotiate loan and financing agreements.

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Toxic Torts

Exposure to harmful chemicals can happen all at once during a chemical spill or slowly over time in the workplace. These chemicals, which pose dangers to people and the environment, can end up in the air, soil or water that people come in contact with every day. Whether you were exposed to toxic substances at work or through contamination in your local environment, this exposure can result in disease or injury.

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Wills & Estates

Attorneys in this group counsel in federal, state, local, and international taxation, non-profit status and other tax exemptions, executive compensation, employment, qualified plans, employee benefits, and ERISA. Practice group members have extensive experience with state income, sales and use, franchise, ad valorem, occupational license and severance tax matters and regularly counsel clients on entity selection.

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