Firm Overview

Since its founding in 1928, Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson, LLP has focused on the defense of insurance companies and their insureds.  The firm is comprised of over thirty professional and dedicated attorneys who make client success their number one objective. Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson is a litigation firm dedicated to the defense of every aspect of insurance law.  Over the past 82 years, the firm’s practice has continued to expand to include the representation of clients in the transportation and maritime fields, in business litigation, in labor, health and employment law matters  as well as in all levels of  appellate litigation.

Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson has a long history of success in state and federal courtrooms across Louisiana. We realize that success at trial depends on diligence in the early stages of litigation. Our attorneys work from the time that a case is assigned to ensure that all of the proper discovery is identified and conducted. Our diligence in  discovery  provides our clients with all of the information they need to properly evaluate their cases on a timely basis. When deposition testimony is required, we know how to identify the proper fact or expert witnesses to depose and how to maximize the deposition to get the testimony we need to make our client’s case. Our diligence in conducting the right discovery assists us in creating a strategy to resolve the legal matter, either informally or through mediation.

Many cases are resolved in the courtroom, either through motion practice or at trial. Our lawyers are skilled in identifying the issues that are suitable for disposition in motion practice, preparing briefs that succinctly state our argument, and in arguing those motions to the court. Our dedication and experience as defense trial attorneys is recognized throughout the state.  We also realize that a trial is not necessarily the end of a lawsuit. Our appellate attorneys have years of experience briefing and arguing appellate issues in all of Louisiana’s state and federal appellate courts.

The firm’s main office is located in downtown New Orleans.  The firm also maintains offices in Thibodaux, serving the Bayou Region and Acadiana, Covington, serving the Northshore and Florida Parishes, and Baton Rouge, serving the River Parishes and the Capital City. Our attorneys are actively involved in their communities. The firm’s presence throughout South Louisiana results in our attorneys having an intimate knowledge of all of the courts in this part of Louisiana.

Our strength as an insurance defense firm is recognized throughout Louisiana. The trial abilities, character, integrity and diligence of our founding members – pioneers in the defense of insurance companies- continue to characterize the work of the lawyers in the firm in their representation of insurers and their insureds.


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