Adams and Reese Partner Philip A. “Phil” Franco has been elected to the Board of Directors of The Pro Bono Project, a New Orleans-based nonprofit that provides free, quality civil legal services to underserved citizens of metro New Orleans and the surrounding community. Franco’s term began Jan. 1st.
The Pro Bono Project exists to ensure that all underserved citizens of six local Louisiana parishes can find lawyers willing to donate time and civil legal experience to help them resolve civil legal issues. These issues range from family law matters such as divorces, custody agreements, name changes, and adoptions; to property questions related to successions and estate planning, proof of title, contractor litigation, and consumer complaints; to debt issues, and many more. Adams and Reese has partnered with The Pro Bono Project for more than two decades, taking on more than 300 pro bono cases and providing help through more than 75 attorneys.
At Adams and Reese, Franco is a litigation partner practicing with the firm since 1976. As one of Adams and Reese’s most experienced commercial trial lawyers, Franco represents cases that are high profile, involve significant risks to the client, and/or include particularly contentious opponents. His commercial litigation practice has been more concentrated recently in the areas of construction, real estate and corporate disputes.
Franco is active in numerous bar associations and legal organizations including the New Orleans Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and many others. He is also a past president of the New Orleans Metropolitan Convention and Visitors Bureau.