Motivated to create a new kind of law firm that uses paperless technology instead of filing cabinets and glass walls instead of rich mahogany, seven attorneys recently left long-serving law firm positions to create their own technology-focused practice in New Orleans.
Eric LaFleur, former partner at Mahtook & LaFleur, approached Stephanie Laborde, partner at Milling Benson Woodward, to start the less traditional business; together they form LaFleur & Laborde.
Several other Milling Benson Woodward lawyers joined – Hilton Bell, Benjamin Chapman, James K. Irvin, Juan Lizarraga and Sheila Moragas. They had been with Milling together for 175 years.
“Faced with a direction for the future as well as excitement and a new vision for LaFleur & Laborde, these Milling lawyers have chosen to be part of this new firm,” say the firm’s partners. “The members of the new firm were honored to have 100% of their clients follow them into this new venture.”
With user-friendly technology and workflows, the new firm touts its ability to deliver faster, more cost-effective legal representation. The firm’s lawyers are at the service of companies and individuals. There are two certified real estate planners, a licensed patent attorney, experts in public finance, tax and trusts, labor and employment, titles and real estate matters, and a broad-based insurance defense section.
LaFleur & Laborde breaks the mold of traditional New Orleans businesses in several ways, including its Harmony Circle (formerly Lee Circle) location at 612 Andrew Higgins Blvd. with an industrial and high-tech design more commonly seen in a tech company than in a law firm.
“The leadership of the new firm has brought a dynamic approach to management, with like-minded professionals using a cutting-edge technology-driven style of practice,” the firm says.