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A Broad-Based Legal Practice in New Orleans

Attorneys Serving Clients in Louisiana, Throughout the U.S. and Worldwide

Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, LLC, is a New Orleans law firm that serves the legal needs of individuals and businesses at local, national and international levels.

While the primary focus of our practice is within Louisiana — for example, in our family law and criminal defense cases — many individual and business clients benefit from the national and international scope of our law firm. This is especially true for many of our insurance defenseimmigration law and international commercial law clients.

At Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, LLC, we offer the level of ability and experience often associated with a larger law firm, all the while maintaining the personal attention and partner-level involvement that our clients value. Our practice is characterized by experience, assertive representation of our clients, substantial legal knowledge, candor, good humor and creativity.

Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation

In our personal injury practice, we negotiate and litigate on behalf of people injured in all types of accidents, including:

We also guide injured workers through the workers’ compensation process, helping protect their right to fair compensation. We use our substantial knowledge of maritime and admiralty law to represent seamen and others who are injured in shipping collisions, boating accidents, oil rig mishaps and personal injury cases under the Jones Act.

Our firm also handles claims for damages involving mesothelioma and other serious, life-threatening conditions caused by occupational exposure to toxic or otherwise hazardous substances.

Domestic and International Family Law

We handle all types of family law legal matters, including contested and uncontested divorcechild custody and international adoptions. One of the most important services we provide to our family law clients is to help them decide which type of dispute resolution process is best suited for their circumstances.

New Orleans Criminal Defense Lawyers

Our firm provides aggressive criminal defense against a wide range of felony and misdemeanor crimes in both state and federal courts:

  • DUI/DWI, including driving under the influence, driving while intoxicated and other drunk driving charges, implied consent charges for refusing to take a breath test, and administrative proceedings regarding suspension of your driver’s license
  • Drug crimes, including drug possession, possession with intent to sell, drug distribution, drug trafficking and other drug/controlled substance charges
  • White collar and federal crimes, including fraud, embezzlement, forgery, employee theft, conspiracy, and federal narcotics offenses
  • Defense of students, tourists and international visitors charged with a variety of offenses in New Orleans or elsewhere in Louisiana

U.S. Immigration Law Practice for Louisiana

We have a well-developed immigration law practice. Our immigration lawyers can help with everything from visas and green cards — including the new EB-5 visas — to obtaining legal permanent residence status, citizenship or naturalization. We are well-versed in the complex issues that sometimes arise in both family and employment-sponsored immigration.

With knowledge of both criminal and immigration law, our lawyers are well-equipped to advise clients about the immigration consequences of certain criminal convictions, and to handle deportation and removal proceedings.

Estate Planning and Probate

In the area of estates and probate, we provide comprehensive estate planning services, and draft wills, trusts, powers of attorney and living wills. We also handle successions and ancillary succession or probate proceedings in Louisiana.

Legal Representation for Business Clients

We provide a wide variety of services to business clients. We represent companies of all sizes, from small local businesses to major national and international corporations based in Mexico, Colombia, Venezuela, in Europe and across the world.

In addition to providing legal representation on business law matters for our domestic and international business clients, we have a healthy insurance defense practice built upon our representation of insurance companies of all sizes.

Contact Us

To speak with one of our attorneys, contact Stephenson, Chávarri & Dawson, LLC, to schedule an appointment

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