Content is provided by the firm.Milling Benson Woodward was founded in 1896 with the formation of the partnership of Sigur, Milling and Sanders in Franklin, Louisiana. Early in the twentieth century, the Firm moved to New Orleans and now has its principal office in that city as well as offices in Lafayette and Baton Rouge. The Firm’s attorneys represent clients from throughout the world in their activities in the South, the Gulf Coast, and Gulf of Mexico.
Milling Benson Woodward represents business entities of all kinds, as well as individuals, foundations and other non-profit institutions. The Firm’s attorneys have experience in many industries, including banking and finance, oil and gas, and manufacturing. Our clients also include: railroads, shipping companies and other transportation companies; real estate and landowner interests; public utilities; physicians, hospitals and other health care providers; professional licensure boards; insurance companies; commodity importers and exporters; retailers and wholesalers; chemical manufacturers; biotechnology and environmental firms; accounting firms and other business and personal service companies. The Firm has represented clients in local and international business transactions, litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitrations.
The Firm provides the highest quality of legal services, employing as its principal resources the talent and expertise of its lawyers, its collective experience and accumulated work product, the latest in technological support, and its tradition of shouldering its clients’ problems and providing prompt, efficient and effective solutions.
Aware of client concerns about the rising costs of legal services, the Firm is committed to assisting its clients efficiently and economically. It offers a number of billing arrangements as alternatives to reasonable hourly rates. The Firm is a signatory to the Center for Public Resources, Inc.’s Statement of Alternatives to Litigation, and subscribes to its Policy Statement by pledging to use alternative dispute resolution procedures, where appropriate, to reduce its clients’ expenses and other burdens of litigation.
The Firm is a member of TAGLaw, a network of independent law firms practicing throughout the world. TAGLaw membership provides the Firm and its clients with access to virtually every legal specialty, and in practically every location where commerce occurs.
Service in professional organizations also widens the Firm’s experience and access to other resources. The Firm’s partners have served as Chair of the Louisiana State Law Institute, as Presidents of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, and the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. They have held positions on the boards of those organizations, and of the American Bar Association and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. Milling Benson Woodward was the first law firm in Louisiana to subscribe to the American Bar Association’s Law Pro Bono Project. Partners have been honored by the Louisiana Bar Foundation as Lawyer of the Year.
Community activities include service as Chair of the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, Chair of the Board of Commissioners of City Park, Chair of the Louisiana State University Board of Supervisors, and membership on the boards of WYES and the National Conference for Community and Justice. Firm lawyers are active in many civic, community, charitable and religious organizations.
A number of the Firm’s partners have taught as adjunct professors at Tulane and Loyola Law Schools. Almost all have lectured at professional seminars.