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Founded in 1875 and is the oldest and
largest law firm in Northeast Louisiana.
Headquartered in Monroe, Louisiana,
our North Louisiana ties are strong
and our roots run deep … learn more
 
Aggressive and Professional Litigators
 
 
 
 
 
 
Northeast Louisiana’s Oldest and Largest Firm
 
Trusted Attorneys Handling Complex Transactional Work and Litigation
Hudson, Potts & Bernstein is a landmark law firm in the state of Louisiana due to its extensive history and successful representation of so many companies and individuals in this state. We are a full-service law firm with a team of attorneys who are highly skilled and experienced in a wide variety of practice areas. We develop lasting relationships with our clients and have the ability and resources to handle almost any legal issue they may face. In everything we do, we remember the history behind our firm and the commitment of our attorneys who set the standard of excellence for Hudson, Potts & Bernstein. We also recognize that the legal profession is constantly evolving and moving forward, so we seek out innovative ways to increase efficiency in our legal representation through technological improvements and other methods of reducing the costs of our clients. Below is some additional information about cases we regularly handle in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Arkansas. Please review our practice areas or call our firm today for more information about our legal services.
From Personal Injury Cases
To Complex Business Disputes,
The Courtroom is Our
Battleground
What We Do
Assisting Companies with Their Legal Needs
Businesses have a wide range of legal needs from compliance assistance to legal conflicts that may arise. We have knowledgeable attorneys who regularly assist small and large companies with the following matters, among many others:

Commercial transactions - Contract drafting and interpretation, corporate formation, regulatory compliance.

Commercial litigation - Contract claims, tort liability actions, owner disputes.
Creditors’ rights and bankruptcy - Debt collection litigation, creditor rights in bankruptcy.

Financial transactions - Commercial lending, real estate lending, asset-based lending.

Contracts - Business contracts of all types, commercial leases, construction contracts, real estate contracts.
Employment claims - Discrimination, harassment, wrongful termination, wage and hour claims, ERISA claims...

Medical Malpractice and Health Care law - Hospital Law, Elder Law, HIPAA Compliance, Nursing Homes, Hospice and Home Health. We defend facilities and Healthcare professionals In all steps of Mal-Practice and negligence claims. We also provide facilities and healthcare professionals with a variety of legal needs.

Workers’ compensation - Denying invalid claims, defending against appeals and pursuing valid claims before the Office of Workers Compensation and State Courts. We represent employers, insurers, self- insured funds and individual employees in all aspects of workers’ compensation claims.

Transportation industry -Federal Employers Liability Act (FELA), railroad crossing accidents, commercial trucking accidents. Real estate transactions - Commercial, agricultural, recreational, and residential property transactions.

Taxation - Corporate tax advice, disputes with the IRS and Louisiana Department of Revenue, obtaining tax-exempt status.

Insurance companies - Subrogation, policy interpretation, coverage disputes, personal injury defense.

Our firm understands firsthand what it takes to run a successful business, and we bring our knowledge of strategy, compliance, and efficiency to the table in every case to benefit our commercial clients.

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Attorneys
 
 
 
We pride ourselves in
providing our clients the
attention, resources and
experience they need
to handle their
legal matters.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Craig Henry was born in Ruston, Louisiana in 1948. He graduated cum laude from Louisiana Tech University in 1970 with a B. A. degree in English. At Louisiana Tech Craig served as Student Body President and was elected to Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society, Phi Kappa Phi scholastic honor society and Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities. In 1973 he received his Juris ...
 
Gordon James was born in El Dorado, Arkansas in 1954. He received his undergraduate degree from then Northeast Louisiana University in 1976, where he graduated Summa cum Laude. While at NLU, Gordon was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa leadership honor society and Phi Eta Sigma history honor society. He earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1979. ...
 
Bob was born in Bernice, Louisiana, in 1954. Bob graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1979 from Louisiana Tech University. While at Louisiana Tech, Bob started Baldwin Construction Company where he performed home construction and remodeling while working on his undergraduate degree. He eventually attended and earned his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1982. Bob was ...
 
Charles Herold was born in Natchez, Mississippi, in 1961. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 1983. While at ULM, Charles was a member of the basketball team. He earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Mississippi Law School in 1985. He was a member of Phi Alpha Delta Law fraternity and served as law school treasurer. Upon graduation, Charles moved to Monroe and began practicing with Hudson, Potts, and ...
 
Jay has achieved an AV® Preeminent Rating – the highest rating available from Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. Jay was born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1963 and graduated with a BA in Political Science in 1985 from Louisiana State University. He earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, in 1988. Jay spent his first year practicing with ...
 
Born in Montclair, New Jersey (1964), J. P. graduated with a B.S. in Finance from Louisiana Tech University in 1987. He subsequently earned his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University School of Law in 1990. While at Tulane, J.P. was a member of the J. Braxton Craven, Jr. Memorial Moot Court Competition and a finalist in the Tulane Moot Court Junior Appellate Competition. Upon obtaining his ...
 
Brian Bowes was born on January 21, 1965 in Norwich, New York. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. He attended Southeastern Louisiana University (B.A., cum laude, 1987) and Tulane University School of Law (J.D., 1990). He attended DRI and ATLA trial schools at the Hastings College of Law in San Francisco and the University of Colorado in Boulder.  He is admitted to practice in ...
 
Born: Brantford, Ontario, Canada, May 21, 1965 Admitted to Louisiana Bar 1992, U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana Education: University of Louisiana-Monroe (B.B.A., magna cum laude, Accounting, 1988) Southern Methodist University (J.D., 1992) Member: Louisiana State Bar Association Fourth Judicial District Bar Association Louisiana State Board of Certified Public Accountants (non-practicing) Licensed in: Louisiana Supreme Court and ...
 
A native of West Monroe, Louisiana, Trey graduated from West Monroe High School in 1997 before pursuing his undergraduate degree at Louisiana College in Pineville, Louisiana. In addition to obtaining a B.A. degree, magna cum laude, in history, Trey served on the Student Government Association and was a member of a number of academic honor societies including, Omicron Delta Kappa, Alpha Lambda Delta, Alpha Mu Gamma, ...
 
JJ was born in Newellton, Louisiana, in 1974. He graduated with a B.S. in Construction Management in 2000 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe. While at ULM, JJ was actively involved with the Associated General Contractors, receiving the first Thurmon Potts Scholarship through the Monroe AGC. He was also a Vice President of the Construction Guild and a member of the honors fraternity, Sigma ...
 
Adam was born in Monticello, Arkansas in 1983. He attended the University of Louisiana-Monroe, where he graduated cum laude in 2005. While at ULM, Adam was selected for “Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges,” was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Alpha Lambda Delta honor societies, and was selected as an All-American Scholar. He was also named the most-outstanding senior in the Department ...
 
Margaret was born in 1981, in Mer Rouge, Louisiana. She graduated in 2003 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning a B.A. in Mass Communications with a concentration in Advertising. Margaret earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2010. While working on her law degree, Margaret was on Loyola’s Moot Court and competed in the National Health Law ...
 
Sara was born in Columbus, Georgia in 1987. She graduated in 2009 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, earning a B.S. in Political Science. Sara then attended Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, receiving her J.D. and D.C.L. in 2012. While in law school, Sara was a semi-finalist in the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition in 2011 and served on the ...
 
Casey was born in West Monroe, Louisiana in 1986. He attended the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where he graduated magna cum laude in 2010. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and a minor in Spanish. During his time at ULM, he was a member of the Warhawk baseball team and was named as the ULM Male Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 2010. He was ...
 
Born in Monroe, Louisiana, in 1984, Larry McCarty graduated with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Monroe in 2007. Larry then attended law school at Mississippi College School of Law in Jackson, Mississippi, where he graduated cum laude in 2011. During law school, Larry served on Law Review and the Moot Court Board, where he was chair of the Mississippi Moot Court ...