Our professional qualifications would mean little if we didn’t match them with exceptional client service. Because we value our clients, we offer personal, attentive service. We make ourselves available to help clients with critical and often urgent estate planning matters, and we’ve expanded our practice area focus to real estate, bankruptcy law, corporate law, and more. Learn about the dedicated attorneys on the Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.C. team.

Years of Experience

Get hands-on, specialized legal support from the team at Sessions, Fishman & Nathan, L.L.C. Our comprehensive range of practice areas offers our clients legal protection for their businesses, financial integrity, and end-of-life decisions. Schedule a consultation today with our New Orleans team to learn how you can receive counsel based on decades of legal experience.

We are Specialists

Only a fraction of lawyers achieve such proficiency in their chosen field of practice that they are certified as Specialists. Four of our Partners, Carole NeffLawrence LehmannEric Schorr, and Laura Fine, and Senior Counsel, Joel A. Mendler are Board-Certified Estate Planning and Estate Administration Specialists, certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. 

We Wrote the Book

Our Senior Partner, Carole Cukell Neff, co-authored, with now-retired Partner, Max Nathan, Jr., the definitive three-volume treatise on Louisiana estate planning and administration law: Louisiana Estate Planning, Will Drafting and Estate Administration (LEXIS Law Publishing, Second Edition).

Our Real Estate Partner, Peter S. Title, wrote the pre-eminent treatise on Louisiana Real Estate: Louisiana Real Estate Transactions, Published in 1991 by Lawyer’s Co-operative Publishing Company, with a second edition published in 2000 by West Publishing Company.

We Helped Write the Law

Our Partners, Eric Schorr and Laura Fine, are both Members of the Louisiana Law Institute, the official advisory law-revision commission, law-reform agency, and legal-research agency of the State of Louisiana. Eric serves on the Committee for Disabled Adult Children and Laura serves on the Trust Code Committee.  The purpose of the Louisiana Law Institute is to promote and encourage the clarification and simplification of the law of Louisiana and its better adaptation to present social needs; to secure the better administration of justice and to carry on scholarly legal research and scientific legal work.

Max Nathan, Jr., Partner Emeritus has had a long and distinguished career as an attorney. He has represented thousands of clients and is uniformly respected by his colleagues throughout Louisiana and beyond. For over 50 years, Max was a professor of law teaching security rights at Tulane Law School.  For an equally long time, Max taught the bar review course to graduate law students throughout the state so they could pass the Louisiana Bar Exam required for licensing.  Max has taught thousands of Louisiana lawyers under the age of 75 who are now practicing in Louisiana.

Joel A. Mendler, Senior Counsel was Chair of the La. Law Institute Committee on Interdictions which resulted in the complete revision and modernization of Louisiana’s interdiction laws. He also is a member of the Louisiana Law Institute Trust Committee which is tasked with making recommendations to the La. legislature on revisions to the Louisiana Trust Code.

America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Noted for his expertise in real estate litigation, Senior Counsel, David Forsyth, has been recognized by the Chambers & Partners Client Guide since 2005 and listed in the bankruptcy law section of Best Lawyers in America since 1995. Mr. Forsyth has written articles and spoken on panels for programs sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC ) and by the American Bankruptcy Institute about legal problems relating to bankruptcy and its impact upon shopping center leases.

Unique Expertise

Partners, Lawrence Lehmann and Laura Fine have both earned the designation of Chartered Advisors in Philanthropy®, signifying that they have the experience, knowledge, and tools to help clients articulate and advance their highest aspirations for self, family and society. Carole Neff is the only New Orleans member of the Special Needs Alliance, the exclusive professional organization of attorneys skilled in the complex areas of public entitlements, estate, trust and tax planning, and legal issues involving individuals with physical and cognitive disabilities,  and Partner, Eric Schorr, is one of only two Lawyers in the State of Louisiana who have earned the advanced degree of Master of Laws (LL.M.) in the field of Elder Law.