Pickering & Cotogno, a diversified law firm established in 1970, is a full-service law firm comprised of attorneys
with experience who offer an innovative and creative approach to the practice of law. The law firm has expertise in numerous
areas of the law and is committed to excellence in service to its clients in solving legal problems. The attorneys of Pickering
& Cotogno are active in national and state bar associations and other organizations, and serve on numerous civic, philanthropic,
and eleemosynary boards with a commitment to public service. Pickering & Cotogno is headquartered at 301 Magazine Street,
New Orleans, Louisiana, in a Greek Revival building designed in December of 1843 and built in 1845 by the illustrious American
architect, James H. Dakin.
Business clients are counseled on the formation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships
and other forms of business associations, including issues relating to corporate governance, responsibility of officers and
directors and shareholder rights. The firm's business lawyers routinely provide advice on compliance and disclosure responsibilities
of public companies, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures of existing businesses, asset sales and purchases, as well as
corporate takeovers, tender offers and proxy fights.
Pickering & Cotogno also assists businesses in general commercial law matters, including preparation and negotiation
of contracts, purchase and sales agreements and financing documents, as well as in addressing general issues relating to sales
of goods, distribution, marketing, advertising and employment.
Pickering & Cotogno defends domestic and international insurance companies and self-insured businesses before state
and federal courts throughout the region and nation. These matters range from defense of multi-district catastrophic losses
to defense of cases involving death, personal injury and property damage of all types. The firm also provides loss prevention
and risk management advice to self-insured businesses and counsels on insurance coverage and claims handling procedures.
The firm has an established governmental relations and legislative practice. Pickering & Cotogno regularly represents
clients in obtaining approvals before local governmental bodies and agencies as well as in drafting and testifying on bills
before state legislatures. Firm attorneys were instrumental in drafting many of the Louisiana laws relative to banking, commercial
and consumer finance and enforcement remedies, including leading the effort to enact Article 9 of the UCC in Louisiana.
Insurers and reinsurance companies are represented in multiple areas including analysis of claims and coverage representation
before state insurance regulatory agencies, coverage litigation, investments, taxation, licensing and qualification to do
business. The firm also represents state insurance regulators in liquidation and rehabilitation of domestic insurance companies,
and has significant experience in insurance company insolvencies, reinsurance and treaty arrangements.
Pickering & Cotogno has experience in representing hospitals, physicians, surgeons, attorneys, architects, engineers,
real estate agents and brokers and their insurers in defense of professional liability claims. The firm additionally represents
officers and directors of banks and thrift institutions in defense of actions brought by the FDIC and the RTC, as well as
directors and officers of other types of for-profit and non-profit businesses, charitable organizations and their insurers.
Firm attorneys regularly counsel and advise directors and officers as to their legal, regulatory and fiduciary obligations.
The firm also has significant experience representing insurers in connection with director and officer coverage issues and
in the defense of policy provisions.
Pickering & Cotogno has developed a solid reputation in handling complex project and structured financing transactions,
including the securitization of assets, leveraged leasing, sales and purchases of loan pools and credit enhancements. The
firm represents institutional investors, commercial banks, utilities and governmental agencies in a wide variety of financings
in this area.
Pickering & Cotogno enjoys a public finance practice that is national in its scope. The firm has extensive experience
as bond counsel, underwriter's counsel, issuer's counsel, trustee's counsel, special tax counsel and credit enhancer's counsel
in all areas of tax exempt and taxable public finance. The firm has assisted state and local governments in financing such
projects as water systems, ports, industrial and agricultural facilities, multi-family and single-family housing, capital
improvements, equipment leasing, highways, hospitals, correctional facilities, economic and community development, institutions
of higher education and schools. The firm's lawyers have expertise in related areas as well, including legislation, litigation,
validation and defaults.
Municipalities, state agencies and other public bodies are represented in a broad range of matters, including contract
negotiations, employment and employee benefit issues, zoning and land-use regulations, expropriation and legislative issues.
The firm represents the state of Louisiana and other state agencies in connection with constitutional, civil rights, due process
and energy litigation. The firm serves as general counsel to a variety of governmental units, including housing authorities
and airport authorities. In addition, the firm has represented cities and other local governmental agencies on a number of
Firm attorneys are experienced in counseling clients on issues relating to regulation of public utility companies. The
firm has represented clients before federal and state utility regulatory agencies.
Pickering & Cotogno represents developers, landlords, tenants, lenders and individual and corporate landowners in a
wide variety of real estate transactions. The firm also advises and represents banks, savings and loan associations, insurance
and mortgage companies and institutional investors in connection with real estate secured loans. The firm has negotiated and
documented numerous complex real estate transactions including multi-state sale-leasebacks of existing commercial and industrial
facilities and industrial revenue bond financings. Firm attorneys are experienced in all phases of negotiation and documentation
of commercial real estate leases, including office, shopping center, warehouse and free-standing building leases, planned
unit developments, townhouses, hotel developments, condominium conversions, residential subdivision and commercial developments.
The firm offers representation to issuers, underwriters and trustees in connection with public and private equity financings
and counsels numerous clients regarding other aspects of securities law, including broker-dealer compliance, NASD registrations,
mergers and acquisitions, investment company and investment advisory activities and the reporting and compliance requirements
of public companies and their affiliates.