We have returned to our roots on the Westbank. We are now located at:
2550 Belle Chasse Hwy., Suite 200
Gretna, LA 70053
While our building at Canal Place in New Orleans has closed to the public, it remains open to essential staff members of certain tenants including our office. Thus, we remain open to serve your needs during these strange times of global pandemic. Please do not attempt to come see us though. Your safety and health is very important to us, as is the well being of our support team.
We have moved our office to a new location in downtown New Orleans. We are now located at:
Parking is available in the building. Please call prior to visiting to arrange parking validation.
As a convenience to our clients, we remain available in Belle Chasse and Harvey by appointment.
Louisiana has 42 district courts, 46 city courts, and 3 parish courts. Judges for each serve 6-year terms.
The judicial district courts have original jurisdiction over most matters within their district. The city and parish courts have concurrent jurisdiction with the district court in their area, but only up to a certain amount (usually $5,000 to $20,000) in civil matters, and only over misdemeanors and ordinance violations in matters of criminal law
The Louisiana Supreme Court is the highest court in the state of Louisiana. Louisiana also has five intermediary courts of appeal called Circuit Courts, each covering a different group of Parishes. The justices of the Supreme Court as well as the Circuit Courts are all elected officials who serve ten-year terms.
The Circuit Courts have appellate jurisdiction over all civil matters, all family and juvenile court matters, and most criminal cases. The Circuit Courts also have supervisory jurisdiction to review interlocutory orders and decrees matters before the district courts within their geographical circuits. The Louisiana Circuit Courts are able to review questions of fact and law in civil cases, but only questions of law in criminal cases.
Appeals from the Circuit Courts are brought to the Louisiana Supreme Court. The Supreme Court also has exclusive appellate jurisdiction over certain matters, and has original jurisdiction over other narrow matters.
The Federal judiciary in Louisiana is divided into three districts, the Eastern, Middle, and Western. Also, New Orleans is home to the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, which has appellate jurisdiction over Federal matters in Louisiana, Texas, and Mississippi. Federal judges are appointed by the executive branch and serve for life. Bankruptcy judges are appointed by the Court of Appeals and serve 14-year terms.
When a workers compensation claim is denied in Louisiana, the injured worker has the option to appeal the claim to Louisiana Workforce Commission’s Office of Workers Compensation Administration (OWCA) where it is heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ). The OWCA is divided into nine divisions, each of which covers a certain region of the state. Appeals from decisions of the OWCA are filed in the Circuit Court of Appeal that has jurisdiction over the particular workers compensation district.
The administrative office of the OWCA can be reached at:
P.O. Box 94040
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Telephone: 225-342-7970, 800-201-2499
The following is a list and contact info for each of Louisiana’s OWCA District Offices:
There are several types of Federal workers compensation, but two of the most common fall under the Longshore Act and the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act (FECA). Both types fall under the purview of the Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs (OWCP) within the Department of Labor (DOL). The OWCP’s national office can be reached at:
Office of Workers’ Compensation Programs
200 Constitution Avenue NW, Suite S-3524
Washington, DC 20210
Benefits under the Longshore Act and its extensions, the Defense Base Act (DBA) and Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) are administered by the Division of Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation (DLHWC), whose national office can be reached at 202-693-0038. Benefits for Federal employees under FECA are administered by the Division of Federal Employees’ Compensation (DFEC) , whose national office can be reached at 202-693-0040.
Appeals from unfavorable decisions are brought to the Office of Hearings Operations (OHO) where the case will be heard by an administrative law judge (ALJ). Louisiana has four OHO locations , each of which services a number of Social Security Administration (SSA) Field Offices, and some of which also service satellite hearing offices. The national SSA office can be reached at:
Louisiana’s OHO and SSA offices fall under the purview of the Dallas Regional Office, which can be reached at:
1301 Young Street, Suite 460
Dallas, TX 75202