Firm Overview

New Orleans Lawyers With Decades of Experience

We represent diverse clients, including foreign nationals from many different countries, the Consulate of Mexico and individuals in Louisiana and across the United States. We represent companies of all sizes, from small, local businesses to major national and international corporations, including companies in Mexico, Colombia and Venezuela.

Lawyers at our firm frequently act as local counsel in insurance matters, Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA) cases and other civil and criminal matters. We have attorneys who speak Spanish, French and English fluently. Furthermore, Catherine I. Chávarri is a U.S. court-certified translator. This enables our firm to more effectively work with attorneys and clients in Latin America, Europe and around the world in matters of business, insurance, maritime and immigration law.

Our AV-rated* law firm also has strong links to several of the consular offices in the city of New Orleans and elsewhere. Our multi-lingual abilities and knowledge of foreign cultures and laws are especially valuable when representing clients in immigration and international commercial law matters.


Skilled Attorneys, a Team Approach

Our attorneys are each highly skilled in one or more areas of the law. At Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, we combine these individual strengths into a team approach that allows us to provide high-quality representation in a wide range of practice areas.

We provide aggressive criminal defense against drunk driving, drug charges, fraud, embezzlement and other federal and white collar crimes. We help individuals with estate planning, wills and successions, as well as family law and divorce. Our experienced personal injury lawyers seek compensation for injuries and wrongful death caused by car and truck accidents, maritime accidents and workplace accidents. We are one of the few all-women insurance defense firms in the country, providing cost-effective representation to large and small insurance companies alike.

50+ Years Combined



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High-Quality and Trustworthy Legal Advice

A Tradition of Service
A Tradition of Results

In addition to our national and international practice, Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson serves as the law firm of choice for individuals, families and businesses throughout the New Orleans area. Many of our clients come to us originally for help with a specific problem — divorce, obtaining a visa, criminal defense or personal injury — and then return to us for years to come when new legal questions arise.

Our law firm offers clients a level of legal ability and experience often associated with larger law firms, but also the personal attention and concern of a smaller firm. Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson is an AV peer-review rated* law firm. We are certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise Council and listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.

Court-Certified Translation Services

Attorney Catherine I. Chávarri is a U.S. court-certified translator. Several other members of our staff are fluent in Spanish and French (in addition to English). We also offer Portuguese-language and other translation/interpreter services as needed.

Real Experience. Real Results

If you are seeking high-quality and trustworthy legal advice, we invite you to contact the offices of Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson to schedule a consultation with a lawyer who is experienced in handling your particular legal concerns.


We are fortunate to have built strong relationships with generations of Louisiana families and family-owned businesses. We take professional pride in the fact that many of our clients are so satisfied with our services that they refer their families or business a


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