Adams and Reese attorneys Ed Laizer and Ron Sholes were honored among the New Orleans CityBusiness “Leadership in Law” 2014 honorees, recognizing 50 legal professionals who have helped move the legal community forward with energy, innovative ideas, achievements and a commitment to excellence.
They were featured in a special insert profiling all the honorees in the March 28th issue of CityBusiness, and honorees received their awards at a cocktail reception on March 24th at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
Leadership in Law is in its 10th year, will recognize court-associated attorneys, in-house counsel and firm-associated attorneys.
Ed Laizer joined Adams and Reese in 1983 and is a Partner in the Litigation Group. He is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He previously served for four years as one of the firm's Litigation Practice Group Leaders.
Laizer focuses his practice on transactions and litigation in the energy, marine, transportation, construction, and commercial
Laizer is ranked among Louisiana Super Lawyers® (by Thomson Reuters) in Transportation/Maritime and among Best Lawyers® (by Levine Leichtman Capital Partners) in Personal Injury Litigation.
Laizer has been involved in a number of high-profile, complex, mass tort, class action and maritime limitation of liability actions and appeared in numerous courts throughout Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Alabama
Laizer is a past Chair of the Admiralty and Maritime Law Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association. He has published numerous articles and has participated in many presentations and seminars on maritime law and trial practice.
Sholes joined Adams and Reese in 2000 and is a former district judge in the Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans. He assumed judicial office in 1991 and still serves as a Judge of the Traffic Court for the City of New Orleans. Sholes serves as Adams and Reese’s Arbitration & Alternative Dispute Resolution Team Leader. His civil litigation practice includes class action, mass torts, environmental disputes
Sholes is ranked among Best Lawyers® in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Personal Injury Litigation, and he also has been named among Louisiana Super Lawyers® in Alternative Dispute Resolution.
Sholes formerly taught trial advocacy at Emory University, Loyola University
Sholes serves on the Board of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation and Dryades YMCA. He is also President of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Foundation.