(BATON ROUGE, LA) - Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese has relocated west to Baton Rouge, LA. The 300 attorney regional law firm has secured 34,000 square feet of downtown office space on four floors of the Regions Bank Building located across the street from the firm’s existing Baton Rouge office. The majority of the firm’s New Orleans attorneys and staff will be working out of the new office by the end of next week. Until then, many from New Orleans are temporarily operating out of the firm’s other offices in Baton Rouge; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; Birmingham, AL; Nashville, TN and Washington DC. The firm’s office in Mobile, AL is without electricity but it is expected to be restored within the next two weeks. In the meantime, attorneys and staff from the Mobile office have relocated to the firm’s Birmingham, AL office.
According to Adams and Reese Managing Partner, Charles P. Adams, Jr., the firm’s regional footprint has allowed it to continue operations following Hurricane Katrina, almost without interruption. “While it is not the reason we have a presence in multiple markets throughout the South Central United States, our regional structure has allowed us to continue to serve our clients from our offices that were not affected by the storm,” said Adams. Of course, we are deeply saddened by the death and destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and our hearts go out to everyone along the entire Gulf Coast. We are doing everything possible to assist the members of our Adams and Reese family and our many clients and friends during this difficult time.”
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Adams and Reese also had a detailed business recovery plan in place which encompassed communications, technology and human resources. The firm has an emergency communications system which includes email, a web page and a toll-free hotline, all of which are updated regularly with important information for all attorneys and staff.
“While no one could have ever imagined the enormous destruction that would be created by a Category 5 hurricane, we believe the emergency systems we had in place prevented what might otherwise have been catastrophic for our firm,” said Adams. “Additionally, the resiliency of our attorneys and staff, particularly those directly impacted by the storm, in implementing the plan while under personal stress, has been extremely inspirational. While we have, to a limited extent, suffered the same types of setbacks as many of our clients, our team of over 600 attorneys and staff stand ready and able to serve their legal needs – whether of the types we have traditionally performed, or in addressing new needs that none of us would have ever imagined”.
Adams and Reese is a multidisciplinary law firm with 300 lawyers. The firm has offices in New Orleans, LA; Baton Rouge, LA; Birmingham, AL; Mobile AL; Nashville, TN; Houston, TX; Jackson, MS; and Washington, DC. Note: Due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the firm’s New Orleans office has been temporarily relocated to Baton Rouge, LA and the Mobile office has been temporarily located to Birmingham, AL. For additional information, please see the firm website at www.adamsandreese.com.
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