Phelps Dunbar has the expertise to resolve every type of litigation dispute throughout the Third Coast region and beyond.

With more than 100 lawyers focusing on litigation, Phelps Dunbar is able to bring high level skill to all forms of dispute resolution on behalf of our clients.  Attorneys in the group execute strategies tailored to the clients’ objectives with emphasis on creative legal analysis and effective advocacy.  We understand our clients’ businesses and work with them to achieve timely and efficient solutions to problems.

The attorneys in the litigation practice represent clients in all manner of business difficulties that concern corporations, both large and small, and individuals. We regularly handle cases ranging from large, complex national class actions to smaller disputes. We appear before federal and state trial and appellate courts, as well as federal and state regulatory agencies and boards. Because of the breadth of our  litigation experience, our attorneys have been called upon to represent both plaintiffs and defendants in multi-million dollar class actions, major bankruptcies, construction defect claims concerning several of the region’s more prominent structures, high profile breach of contract actions, and significant securities cases. At the same time, our firm readily assists clients in more routine, but equally significant matters. 

Our litigators are distinguished by the fact that they routinely try cases before judges and juries. We are also sensitive that a trial is not the only way to resolve a dispute. With our clients’ ultimate objective in mind, we explore the advantages and the disadvantages of litigation, as well as various forms of alternative dispute resolution, including mediation, mini-trials, and binding and non-binding arbitrations. Many of our lawyers are arbitrators and/or mediators. We believe that our clients benefit from their experiences and views.

We also represent clients at all stages of the appellate process. We have particular expertise in the United States Fifth and Eleventh Circuits and in the appellate courts in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Florida, and Alabama. Our partners in this practice include two former justices of the Supreme Court of Mississippi, two former U.S. attorneys, a former counsel to the U.S. Department of Justice – Antitrust Division, former Assistant U.S. Attorney, and several former law clerks for judges of the federal and the states’ appellate and trial courts.

Some of the areas of focus within our litigation practice include: 

  • Administrative Law
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Appellate Litigation
  • Banking and Lender Liability
  • Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights
  • Broker/Dealer
  • Business Torts
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Corporate and Securities/Shareholder Disputes
  • Data Privacy, Security and Management
  • E-Commerce/Cyber Law
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy and Utilities
  • Environmental
  • Health Care
  • Intellectual Property
  • Media and First Amendment
  • Oil and Gas
  • Petroleum Marketing
  • Products Liability
  • Professional Malpractice    
  • Property Disputes
  • Telecommunications
  • Toxic Torts
  • White Collar Defense and Governmental Investigations

What sources say about our litigation practices and attorneys:

  •  "They have helped us with some impossible situations."
  • "They haven't lost their sense of attention to client service; they are practical and reasonably priced."
  • "When I am working with him I know I am in good shape because he is a very sound thinker and a good lawyer."
  • "...feel certain as well as comfortable that their team has helped our company achieve its goals."

--Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business