Pickering & Cotogno has experienced appellate advocates who have handled numerous
applications for supervisory relief in the various appellate courts and in the Supreme Court of Louisiana. Appellate advocates
are licensed to practice before all appellate courts in Louisiana, as well as before the United States Fifth Circuit Court
of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Pickering & Cotogno has the most experienced banking practice in the state.
The firm represents a wide variety of financial institutions in complying with federal and state banking laws and regulations.
Pickering & Cotogno often serves as a liaison with bank regulatory agencies, and assists institutions in preparing loan
and deposit account agreements, in perfecting and enforcing security interests, and in handling administrative enforcement
proceedings and general litigation. Experienced banking attorneys provide counsel in both bank chartering and bank holding
company formations, as well as mergers and acquisitions. Pickering & Cotogno provides innovative advice as to the permissible
activities of financial institutions, including investment and securities activities.
Pickering & Cotogno is experienced in handling complex bankruptcy and creditors'
rights issues. The firm has represented individual and business debtors, as well as individual and business creditors, in
bankruptcy cases, and in the enforcement of rights under real estate mortgages, deeds of trust and security agreements under
the Uniform Commercial Code.
Pickering & Cotogno represents business clients in a broad spectrum of commercial
litigation in state and federal court, including complex litigation in the antitrust, securities, and business fraud areas,
as well as breach of contract and general business disputes. The firm also represents business clients in administrative proceedings
before federal and state regulatory agencies, as well as before banking, insurance, securities, utility commissions. The attorneys
of Pickering & Cotogno are experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including arbitration and mediation.
Pickering & Cotogno is experienced in commercial and consumer collection and
foreclosure practice, representing various financial institutions, consumer finance companies, and other creditor clients,
as well as consumers, which often complements the financial services practice of the firm.
Pickering & Cotogno is experienced in the commercial finance area, including
asset-based lending. Financial institutions, finance companies, and others are represented in connection with secured loan
transactions involving borrowers and collateral. The firm can handle negotiating and documenting loans secured by all types
of Uniform Commercial Code Collateral, as well as acquisition and leveraged buy-out financings, letters of credit and other
credit enhancement vehicles. The firm also represents lenders in foreclosure and enforcement of security rights, bankruptcies
and other creditor rights controversies, as well as the defense of lender liability related claims.
Pickering & Cotogno is experienced in consumer financial services law. Advice
as to compliance under federal and state consumer laws and regulations is rendered to financial institutions, consumer finance
companies, and other consumer lenders. The firm also assists clients with drafting consumer credit agreements, legal compliance
training and audits, as well as defense of regulatory enforcement actions. Pickering & Cotogno is general counsel to the
Louisiana Finance Association.
DIRECTOR AND OFFICER LIABILITY
Pickering & Cotogno has extensive experience in representing officers and
directors of banks and thrift institutions and their insurers in defense of professional liability claims and in defense of
actions brought by the FDIC and the RTC. The firm regularly counsels and advises directors and officers as to their legal,
regulatory and fiduciary obligations.
EXECUTIVE COMPENSATION AND EMPLOYEE BENEFITS
Pickering & Cotogno provides advice in the structuring and implementation
of qualified retirement plans, welfare benefit plans and qualified and non-qualified executive compensation agreements. The
firm is also knowledgeable and experienced in executive compensation law.
Pickering & Cotogno regularly provides advice and counsel to individuals,
families and fiduciaries on a wide range of issues involving estate and gift planning as well as estate and trust administration.
The firm has vast experience in drafting wills and donations, establishing charitable and children's trusts and counseling
and advising closely held businesses on estate planning. The firm also counsels executors and trustees in connection with
administration and preparation of estate tax returns.
Pickering & Cotogno has experience in gaming law, including riverboat gaming,
land-based casino gaming, video poker and Indian gaming. The firm's gaming attorneys have represented riverboat projects,
casino companies, casino operators, investors in gaming projects and lenders and suppliers to casino projects. Pickering &
Cotogno has been involved in several substantial financing transactions for casino interests both from the casino standpoint
and the lender standpoint. The firm's attorneys have also represented local governments in their dealings with casino interests.
Pickering & Cotogno's gaming attorneys have substantial experience in working with all regulatory agencies involved in
the gaming industry and have appeared before most gaming regulatory commissions and agencies in the state of Louisiana, including
the Riverboat Gaming Commission and the Enforcement Division of the Louisiana State Police, and the firm's attorneys have
assisted in drafting legislation dealing with the industry.
GENERAL BUSINESS AND CORPORATE LAW
Pickering & Cotogno has over 75 years of combined experience in counseling
clients on the formation and maintenance of corporations, limited liability companies, partnerships and other forms of business
associations, as well as matters pertaining to corporate governance, responsibilities of officers and directors, and shareholders’
rights. The firm's business lawyers are knowledgeable on compliance and disclosure obligations of public companies, mergers,
acquisitions and divestitures of existing businesses, asset sales and purchases, as well as corporate takeovers, tender offers
and proxy fights. The firm’s attorneys also advise businesses on general commercial law matters, negotiate and prepare
contracts, purchase and sales agreements and financing documents, as well as counsel on general issues relating to sales of
goods, distribution, marketing, advertising and employment.
Pickering & Cotogno represents domestic insurance companies including the
defense of cases involving death, personal injury and property damage of all types.
LEGISLATION AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS
Pickering & Cotogno has a long-standing and well established governmental
relations and legislative practice. The firm regularly represents clients in obtaining approvals before governmental bodies
and agencies as well as in drafting and testifying on bills before the committees and subcommittees of the state legislature.
Firm attorneys were instrumental in drafting many of the Louisiana laws and recodifications relative to banking and consumer
Pickering & Cotogno has a growing public finance practice. The firm has experience
as counsel in all areas of public finance, with expertise in the disclosure area. The firm has assisted state and local governments
in financing projects such as levees, sewerage systems and economic and community development. The firm has expertise in related
areas as well, particularly legislation.
Pickering & Cotogno represents state agencies and other public bodies in a
broad range of matters, including contract negotiations, employment and employee issues, expropriation and legislative issues.
The firm has represented the State of Louisiana and other state agencies in connection with constitutional, civil rights and
due process litigation. The firm has represented governmental agencies on a number of occasions and currently serves as general
counsel to the Crescent City Connection Division of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development in New Orleans,
PUBLIC UTILITIES LAW
Pickering & Cotogno has a growing public utilities practice and is experienced
in counseling clients on issues relating to regulation of public utility companies. The firm has represented clients before
utility regulatory agencies, including the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Pickering & Cotogno is general counsel
to the Louisiana Payphone Association.
Pickering & Cotogno is experienced in representing developers, landlords,
tenants, lenders and individual and corporate landowners in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Firm attorneys also
advise and represent banks, savings and loan associations, insurance and mortgage companies and institutional investors in
connection with real estate secured loans. The firm assists clients in the negotiation and document preparation on numerous
complex real estate transactions. Firm attorneys are experienced in all phases of negotiation and documentation of commercial
real estate leases, sales, and developments.
Pickering & Cotogno has extensive experience in representing issuers, underwriters
and trustees in connection with public and private equity and debt financings. The firm regularly counsels numerous clients
regarding other aspects of securities law, including mergers and acquisitions, the reporting and compliance requirements of
public companies and their affiliates, broker-dealer compliance and NASD registrations.
Pickering & Cotogno assists clients 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 commercial banks, institutional investors and governmental agencies in a wide variety of