Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles views the task of resolving a legal problem as a partnership between the client and its outside counsel. Our goal is to work closely with each client to provide high quality, effective legal service which exceeds the client's expectations.
Our clients have the confidence in us to represent them beyond Louisiana for the same reasons they trust us with their problems in Louisiana: we get results, and we get them efficiently. To do this, we begin by knowing our clients. We learn our clients' business, their business philosophy, their goals and how they achieve them. When faced with a particular problem, we combine this knowledge with our knowledge of the law and our familiarity with the agency, court or other tribunal that will apply that law to craft a solution that will best meet the client's goals.
With over 60 attorneys and a substantial support staff of paralegals and legal assistants, we apply our legal and support resources carefully to most effectively meet the needs of our clients. Every file is assigned to an experienced attorney who coordinates all work on the case and maintains ongoing communication with the client. With the client's permission, that attorney may handle the case alone or draw on the talents and skills of other attorneys in the firm.
Because regular communication with our clients is essential, in addition to meetings and telephone conversations, we use the latest technology to communicate. Each of our attorneys has access through a state-of-the-art network to e-mail, the Internet, database, word processing and calendaring programs. Our dial-up networking and Internet capabilities also allow us to share the information on our network with our clients. We are also developing an Extranet to expand this ability and provide for the management of complex litigation. Through our membership in The Network of Trial Law Firms, a separate non-profit organization that includes 2,700 attorneys nationwide practicing in 75 local offices in 24 separate and independent trial law firms, we use an Intranet to share information with other attorneys throughout the country. Our use of technology also extends to our communication with judges and juries. Our trial presentation capabilities were featured in a major California criminal trial, in which a DK&S paralegal operated the same system that we use in our own cases.
The firm utilizes creative alternatives to traditional litigation procedures. We have successfully engaged ad hoc judges, arbitrators and mediators in resolution of such matters. We have convinced the courts to use mini-trials or selected issue resolution to bring practicality to complicated cases.
Our clients include local, national and international businesses, as well as state and local governmental bodies and non-profit organizations. They range in size from Fortune 500 companies to small, emerging businesses and individuals and include, among others, manufacturers, insurance companies, contractors, real estate developers, financial institutions, airline companies, architects and engineers, oil and gas exploration and dredging companies, and marine service businesses.
We provide our clients with a wide variety of legal services in most major practice areas, including, aviation, bankruptcy, commercial, commercial litigation, construction, energy, environmental, estate planning, fidelity & surety, franchising & distribution, intellectual property and technology, labor & employment, litigation, oil & gas, products liability, real estate, tax and toxic torts.
Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles consists mostly of trial lawyers, who practice throughout Louisiana and Southern Mississippi. In addition, some of our lawyers are licensed to practice in Florida, Texas, Maryland, Kansas, Illinois, New York and the District of Columbia. Our membership in The Network of Trial Law Firms also allows us to use resources throughout the country to represent our clients' interests.
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