Seth Smiley:

Hello, and welcome, everybody, my name is Seth Smiley. I have a new show here on WGSO. It’s called “See You in Court,” and we’ll be talking about, it’s a legal talk show where we’re going to be talking about all the hot topics, if you can call it such a thing, with regards to the legal landscape in the New Orleans area, the Louisiana area, and national legal news. I’m an attorney here in Louisiana, and I have a law firm here in New Orleans, and we cover the I-10-12 corridor.

We’ve decided to get together with WGSO, a great station, and come up with some content for the listeners on this five to six on Wednesdays spot. We’re going to be talking about a lot of different things in our segments. From time to time, we’ll be bringing in guests and talking about various issues that are going on. I just wanted to thank everybody for listening, and this is our very first episode.

In my preparation work for this, I dubbed it my maiden voyage. It’s an honor to be able to talk to all the listeners of WGSO, especially in this more of a prime time spot, on the drive home from five to six o’clock every Wednesday. Today, since it is our maiden voyage, I wanted to first of all thank everybody for listening in, and thank the folks over here at WGSO. Then, I want to get into a little bit of information about myself and what I do and how I came to be in the law, and how I came to own a law firm, and then what type of law my firm practices.

Just like any other skill or any other trade, there’s a lot of things that we do, and we do very well. There’s a lot of things that I don’t do, and so you don’t want to necessarily call a plumber to fix the roof on your house. The same is true for the law, and so we can get into a lot of those things. This is going to be a show where we’re going to talk about anything and everything, and we’re going to invite callers to call in and voice their opinions on things. I would love it if people called in and had some banter with me. I’m from south Louisiana, and I appreciate the people down here. I know everybody has a good opinion. I studied politics at LSU, and so we’re one of the most colorful states in the union when it comes to our politics and our appreciation for all things in the public eye.

Basically, how we’re going to divide up the show today, we have four 10-minute segments, roughly. The first one, like I said, this one that we’re in, is going to be a lot about me and the things that we do and that we don’t do. The second segment is typically going to be on the hot topics in legal local news, whether it’s local, regional or national. We had Mardi Gras that just hit, and everybody’s kind of coming off the Mardi Gras hangover today. I actually did not do very much Mardi Gras’ing this year. I’m actually, in things you guys are going to learn about me, is that I’m also married and I’m a father of two little boys, three and five years old, and they actually got sick over Mardi Gras.

We didn’t … We made it out to one parade last week, and then basically were an infirmary for the rest of the weekend. I know the whole city is dealing with it, and I was actually travelling part of the day today. I had to go out of town, and traffic was just insane, getting around on I-10 and 12. I attribute a lot of that to the Mardi Gras hangover. We had four days of fun over the weekend for every but me, and there’s some interesting Mardi Gras news with regards to legal news. We’re going to be covering that in the second segment.

Then the third segment, typically we’re going to be reserving it for callers and guests. I’ll bring on a number of guests from time to time, and we’ll be talking about that here in a little bit, and what type of guests we’re going to be bringing on. There was a really big event nationally last night with regards to President Trump’s joint address to Congress, and so I watched it in replay last night, because again I had to put my kids to bed, I’m a dad.

After that, I watched it in replay and took some comments and some notes with regards to all of the different legal implications from a lot of the things that Trump said. He says a lot, and politicians say a lot from time to time, but then actually carrying out those orders from the executive branch, we have the laws that are written by the legislative branch. The executive branch enforces them, and then the judicial branch interprets them.

I tend to be a little bit biased, but the judicial branch is pretty good. I know a lot of people don’t like the way judges interpret laws, so we’re going to go through that, and talk about some of the highlights and lowlights from Trump’s speech. Overall, I think it was very good, and I think it’s getting a lot of positive feedback. People are also wondering if that’s just something that he just read off of a teleprompter, or if it’s something that will actually manifest itself into some real change and some real action.

Finally, we’ll have our fourth segment, which will be mostly a wrap-up, or it’ll be kind of capping off some of the previous conversations that we had had earlier in the show, and then just different … We can take calls at that time as well, and then we can go through the different contact information with regards to me, and the ways to get in touch with me if folks need to off the air or whatnot, through social media or through my law firm.

That’s kind of an overview of how we are going to have the show divided up. Basically, I will go into kind of my story and what I do and why I do it, and go into that right now. I’m the son of a contractor. I’m from Baton Rouge, born and raised there, 25 years, and then went to LSU, came down here for law school, met a girl, and as they say, the rest is history. Now, like I said, I’m married with the two little kids.

Growing up in the south Louisiana heat, working summers for my dad as a roofer, it really ingrained quite a few things in me. One of them, I have a great work ethic; I like to work, and I like to work hard, and I appreciate representing people who work hard. At the same time, it also made me realize that I wanted to go to school, and I wanted to stay inside where there was air conditioning and not so hot.

That led me to law school, and then I came like I said, I went to LSU, true and true fan, bleed purple and gold, and I won’t apologize for that to anybody, except for with this basketball team, trying to break us free of a 15-game losing streak tonight, and keep our fingers crossed, but who knows? I think there needs to be some changes in Baton Rouge on that one, but that’s another topic for another time.

Yeah, so I moved down here for law school, and then I got to work for a gentleman who was around my age, and he had a construction law firm. I went to work for it, and I thought, “This is going to be a great deal. I get to do what I’ve been raised around, and then also help hard-working people get paid for the work that they perform.” It worked out well.

We’re a litigation law firm. The name of the firm now is Smiley Law Firm, and so I bought it from my brother-in-law now, two and a half years ago. It was called the Wolfe Law Group. It’s been around for about 10 years now total. We handle construction law, and so that involves litigation. It involves owner/developer issues, homeowner disputes with contractors, general contractor issues, subcontractor issues, material supply issues, and then we file a lot of liens for people, which is what I call the secret sauce of construction law.

I even wrote a book called “The Louisiana Construction Law Survival Guide,” and it outlines in very layman’s terms, and talks about how liens are very powerful tools. Liens can do very good things, and can do also, they can work against you. Most people have no idea what a lien is, and I’m not going to go into that very deeply here, because it will put every one of the listeners to sleep, or have them change the channel.

We also do business litigation, and we do a lot of personal injury as well. Basically, there are two sides of a fence when it comes to construction law … Excuse me, when it comes … Yeah, construction law or whatever it is we do. There are the anti … The people who defend insurance companies, and there are people who sue them. Our firm is one of the ones that sue them.

There’s a few more things that we need to talk about. We’re about to step off to break here in about 30 seconds, so I just want to keep wrapping up all the other things. I’ll talk about me a little bit more. If anyone wants to call in, I know it’s the first show, I’m more than happy to discuss any current issues with folks, and we’ll go into the Mardi Gras issues and President Trump’s speech here shortly.

Seth Smiley:

All right, everybody, welcome back. Again, this is “See You in Court.” My name is Seth Smiley, I’m an attorney here in New Orleans, welcoming everybody back to our legal talk show that we have going on here on WGSO. If anybody wants to call in, the listener number is 504-556-9696. We’re briefly going over the format of the show. It typically will not be this boring. Hopefully, we’ll be in a lot more news, but I just wanted to give everybody a background on who I am and what I do.

Basically, we were going over what my firm does, and that’s good. I like for folks to know that, but at the same time, I also want everybody to know kind of the things that we don’t do. I plan to be bringing on some specialists or people who are more versed on that, and then focus on these types of areas of the law, because I know they are very … Some of them are sexy, and some of them are very hot-button issues that we need to get into. Those are typically criminal law, family law, tax sale law, real estate. We do a lot of that, but we might bring on some real estate agents that I know, that can really help us understand a lot of the issues that folks are going through with regards to legal real estate issues.

Bankruptcy is something that we don’t do, and then we sent that out to a lot of folks, and estate planning, wills and successions, those types of things, and so we might bring on a financial planner or an employment lawyer or something like that from time to time, and have them answer callers who have issues with that. This can be a question and answer talk show as well. We can give some general legal advice from time to time.

We probably need to have a disclaimer at the beginning saying that there is no legal advice given on this show for your specific situation, but at the same time, we can … The law is what the law is. You can’t cheat, you can’t steal, and those types of things. We can give some good general advice to people who need that, and that’s one of the goals of the show, is to try to provide our listeners with some good information on issues that are going on, or things that are going on in their lives.

Kind of switching gears a little bit in this segment, I wanted to talk about some of the issues that are going on in our local area. Excuse me, one of the biggest ones that’s going on happens to be with regards to Mardi Gras. Over the weekend, there was a tragic accident that happened with regards to the Endymion parade. The gentleman who was nearly three times the legal limit on his blood alcohol level got in a vehicle and drove it into a crowd of people.

This is a very sad situation, and kind of a black eye for Mardi Gras. The problem is, we all know somebody who’s probably gotten behind the wheel during a parade, after a parade or whatever, when they shouldn’t have. That’s something that we as citizens need to look out for, so hopefully we can help prevent things like that in the future.

Also, with all of the resources that we have today with regards to Uber and Lyft and whatever else, there is absolutely no reason that anybody should be behind the wheel, drinking and driving. It’s just too easy now. In the old days, when cabs would never come pick you up, it’s still unacceptable but people did it a lot more. Nowadays, there’s just no excuse for it.

This gentleman’s name is Neilson Rizzuto, out of Hammond, 25 years old, and he’s the one, they actually had his bond set for $125,000. I got a ping on my phone yesterday I believe it was, and I think they tripled it, so it’s up to around $375,000. I believe the charges, they have over 20-something charges that are against this gentleman.

It’s quite a scene. We’re actually lucky that no one was … There are three people I think that are still in critical condition, but no one was killed. The range for the folks that were injured by this is all the way down from children up to middle-aged and elderly. It’s really a sad deal, and it’s one of those deals where this guy, young guy, has his whole life ahead of him, and really, really screws it up by doing something that could have easily been prevented. He did something that many people have done before, but then just didn’t get caught or didn’t run into a group of people.

It needs to raise the awareness level for drinking and driving, because it is a serious … My wife and I always talk about drinking and driving is going to be kind of like cigarettes were to the generation before us. Everybody kind of did it for a while, and then now, there’s too many resources out there and everybody knows the dangers of it. If you do it, it’s really ridiculous. It’s one of those deals where cigarettes were like that to our parents’ generation. It’s a sad deal, and this guy’s life is never going to be the same, nor will the victims’ lives ever be the same.

It’s one of those things where we just need to learn from this. There were some very heroic actions from some of the parade watchers. I believe I read something where there was an EMS, one of the heads of EMS was located very close by, and that was a civilian I believe, and then ran out there and was able to help get people to safety much more quickly. I believe it was an off-duty fireman who actually pulled him out of the vehicle and detained him.

Lots of good things that come from situations that are bad, and we want to praise those types of people, and we want to admonish the ones for the negatives. This guy, even if he somehow is able to plead this one down, or get out of it or get many of the charges dropped or whatever, the Rizzuto gentleman, his life is really never going to be the same. He’ll always have this on his record. He’ll always have this to look back on. It’s really a sad deal. It’s something that could have been prevented, and it’s something that we all really need to learn from.

It does tarnish Mardi Gras a little bit, but at the same time, there were hundreds of thousands who were drinking and not doing that. We want to praise the people who do it, and do it right, and we want to let the people learn, the ones who did it wrong. Unfortunately, learning the hard way is how many people have to learn. Otherwise, Mardi Gras was a huge hit, and everybody seemed to have a great time. It’s just one of those deals where it’s popular news right now. I’m getting pinged from WWL and all the major news sources on a regular basis about what’s happening, and NOLA.com is all over it, and these news sources are doing a great job. It’s something that we need to continue to watch it in the weeks to come, because it’s going to be popular for quite some time.

I was also looking through here, and it looks like there was another crash in a similar situation, but this one happened in Alabama, where the gentleman, he actually ran into a marching band. Again, you always hear about these situations where people are not being safe at Mardi Gras. Having young children now, I never used to think that, “Oh, Mardi Gras is not unsafe. It’s totally fine,” and now with kids, and ladders, and just the trucks going by and little kids running around, it’s one of those situations that can make itself very unsafe.

If anybody listening wants to comment, or they have any opinions on Mr. Rizzuto and everything that he did, feel free to call in. I don’t always want things to be one-sided. We want to try to have a, as “Fox News” says, clear and balanced, or something like that. We want it to try to be as even-keel as possible, and so I try to report everything in that manner.

Just from a legal standpoint, this guy’s life is never going to be the same. He’ll get many years past this, and still have that. Just think about it; any application that you apply to, any trade that you want to become, or even if you travel, you have to put down … He might end up being a felon after this, and so he may never be able to own a handgun or vote or any other implications. It’s something that when you’re in the heat of the moment you don’t think about it, and then just life seems to pass by. You do something stupid, and the ramifications of it can be very bad.

We’re nearing another break. We’re about 30 seconds out, and we’re going to be getting some news here at the bottom of the hour. I want to thank you once again for listening to “See You in Court.” My name is Seth Smiley, and I’ll see you here in just a few minutes, after the news.

Seth Smiley:

All right, welcome back, everybody, in this drive time hour, 5:34. We are now into the second half of the show, in segment number three. We’ve already done a little recap on who I am and the show, “See You in Court,” with Seth Smiley. I’m an attorney here in New Orleans. We have a call-in number, if any of the listeners want to call in, it’s 504-556-9696. I also have the ability to receive text messages, if anybody wants to send any text message comments. We can text those to 504-579-8985. Once again, that’s 504-579-8985. If you want to text anything about the show, we can read those on the air and talk about them, and give any comments back. You’ll remain anonymous, it’ll just be a phone number that pops up.

Back to what we were talking about, we went through a little bit about me, and what I do and don’t do. We went into the Mardi Gras holiday that just concluded. We didn’t talk about it, but Ash Wednesday is today, and now we’ll be entering the Lent season, so lots of interesting things going on in the city and the region.

In this segment, we’re going to be talking about President Trump’s speech last night a little bit more. First, just before that, if anybody ever wants to get hold of me through the social media, we talked about that earlier, Twitter account is smileylawfirm, that’s all one word, all lower case, and then our Facebook is the same, Smiley Law Firm, and then LinkedIn is the same, Smiley Law Firm, LLC. Feel free to check us out. I always say “us,” we have a good team over at my law firm, and we handle things for folks in many aspects of the law, mostly on construction law, business litigation and personal injury. We’re the guys that fight insurance companies, for both businesses and individuals.

Anyway, back over to the topic for this particular segment, we’re going to go into President Trump’s speech last night. He delivered a joint address to Congress last night, and so it was his first 100 days in office, and he came out with his inaugural speech and everybody was a little bit worried, particularly all the promises from the campaign trail, would they come true? Is he going to stick to his guns? Is he going to keep being rambunctious and whatnot?

We’re truly in a unique situation here in American politics, with a real Washington outsider that’s in the Oval Office, making presidential executive orders, signing those into law, and then all the lawyers around the land are getting happy because there’s a lot of moving parts with all these things that he’s signing into effect, that are having ramifications on individuals all over the place.

I know a bunch of guys who deal in bankruptcy and immigration, and different types of law like that, and they aren’t necessarily happy with all of the orders that are going into effect, especially the immigration guys, because of how it’s affecting these people. At the same time, their bank accounts are swelling up, because they’re getting tons of work. It’s just the nature of this beast.

During this segment, let’s see, we are going to be talking about … This is normally segment three, where we would be going to calls and texts and things like that, and kind of getting some feedback from some people. Since it’s the maiden voyage of “See You in Court,” we don’t have any calls right now. We’re going to jump straight into President Trump; love him or hate him or just don’t care, he’s always in the news.

Again, last night was the first joint address to Congress. If you watched it … I read the transcript, and then I also watched it as well. It’s always good to see how the different sides of the auditorium stand up and clap, and the different reactions that you get from people. I thought a lot of things were done that looked good last night, and I was proud to be an American, just like I was when President Obama had a similar speech eight years ago. It’s one of those, you kind of … You’re proud to wave the flag after days like last night, or nights like last night.

Basically, some of the highlights from some of the things that were talked about last night, here was a good quote. He said, “We’ve begun to drain the swamp of government corruption by imposing a five-year ban on lobbying by executive branch officials, and a lifetime ban on becoming a lobbyist for a foreign government.” This is one of those ways that they try to stop the revolving door in Washington. It’s a very popular thing to go and get elected to Congress, or become a senator, or even work in Washington, and then learn the ins and outs of the system, then you go to work for a big lobbying company or outfit like that.

It’s very popular for this, and there are lots of folks who go and they work, and not necessarily for foreign countries, but for major medical companies, for alcohol and tobacco, NRA, all these different lobbying interests that are in Washington trying to get laws passed on their side. I think it’s a clear sign that they are trying to say, “Hey, no, the status quo in Washington is not going to be around anymore,” and so I think imposing that five-year ban on the lobbyists is a pretty good deal.

One of the next comments that he said, and this is kind of going through his speech chronologically, he talked about … Immigration was a major theme, just like it’s been a major theme at everything that Trump has done. He talks about enforcing the border security, and he basically said he wants to install the integrity and the rule of law at our borders. That was a major theme, and as a lawyer, I want to make sure that a non-lawyer like Trump is speaking correctly when he talks about those types of things, and installing the integrity and the rule of law on our borders is very important.

I don’t know if necessary a wall is going to be something that solves that problem, but it will be something that will be of great interest to the courts around those areas. There’s just going to be a lot of litigation with regards to people coming in and out, and the legality of the wall and how all that’s going to fall out. It’ll be interesting to see how that falls out, because he basically said in another paraphrased quote but, “Construction of a great, great wall along our southern border.”

This was another theme that he kind of hit on last night, and it actually kind of perked my ears up as a construction lawyer, because he did talk about construction an awful lot. We’re going to get to that a little bit more here in just a few minutes, but it was something that he mentioned, I believe it was FDR, and just talking about all the … We look abroad so much, and we give so much money abroad, that we really need to be looking back at home to fix the problems that we have going on right here.

The next thing that he was talking about, and this was another theme, but this has been a theme from day one, was the protection from radical Islamic terrorism. He made sure to be very specific in his wording, and the speech writer was very specific when he talked about radical Islamic terrorism. They said they wanted to “Extinguish the vile enemy from our planet, regarding ISIS,” which is fantastic.

Who doesn’t want ISIS gone, right? They are the very, very small few that makes a much larger whole appear bad in people’s eyes. That’s something that if we can make that a major focus, that would be fantastic, a huge win for the U.S., and something that it’s a great talking point, but really, how are we going to see that manifest into real life? I hope it happens.

Next, he said he was going to make it … This was a very interesting point about growing the United States … Make it easy for companies to grow here, and hard for them to leave the United States. That is a huge … It almost made me think of the great populist of our time, even kind of a Huey Long type comment, where he is making sure that everything is going to be made in the USA, it’s going to be made by Americans, with American materials, in the United States. He was very, very big on that topic last night, which is interesting, because Mr. Trump has interests all over the world. I’d be willing to bet that many of his companies operate across country lines.

That’s something that I hope, every American hopes, that that happens. He gave the analogy with Harley-Davidson, and how he had the bikes on the lawn, and they asked him to ride them and he said, “No, thank you.” No, it’s a good thing, and it’s good to be pro-American, and I think we can do a lot of great things here, and it’s going to create jobs and wealth and everything else for America. I think that’s a positive.

Next, and it’s kind of a segue into this part, but he basically said that he believes in fair trade, but he also … He believes in free trade, but he also believes in fair trade. He said it’s been a long, long time since business was fair. Basically, that was the Harley analogy, that they sell it … They get taxed 100% when they sell their Harleys overseas, and so basically Trump wants to figure out a way to try to flip that so that even if we are taxed when we export our goods, then people who are trying to import into the United States, their goods will be taxed as well.

It will be interesting to see how that plays out. That’s kind of a shift from years past. Everything we look at in our daily lives, like I said in the beginning of the show, I have tiny children, and any toy they get is made out of plastic and it’s made in China. It’ll be interesting to see if one day that says “Made in Iowa” or “Made in the USA” or whatever it says.

Just moving along a little bit further into Trump’s speech, and it looks like we’re going to have to have a break here in about a minute, and then we’ll finish up with Trump on the back half of the show, but he has some interesting themes that are going on here. He’s very pro-business, and that immigration theme seems to be sewn throughout his entire speech. We’ll take a small break here, and we’ll be back in just a few seconds to finish up with “See You in Court,” here with Seth Smiley. Thank you so much.

Seth Smiley:

All right, welcome back, everybody. This is Seth Smiley on the talk show “See You in Court,” in the drive time hour. We’re in our last segment here today. We were talking about Donald Trump’s speech last night, President Trump, and the different ramifications of the things that he had to say. We’re also discussing anything with regards to that. If anybody wants to call in, the number is 504-566-9696, and the text line is 504-579-8985. Feel free to shoot your text messages over to that, or call in we’ll take your calls. We only have a few more minutes here on the maiden voyage of “See You in Court.”

Again, Seth Smiley, attorney here in New Orleans. We talked about some of the things earlier today, about me and my firm and the things we do, and what we have going on. I’ll give you all some more information on how to get in touch with me off the air. We also have a book, it sells for $17.95 on Amazon, but if anybody wants to call in or shoot a text over, I’ll be able to send them a hard copy of the book for free from my law firm. It’s called “The Construction Law Survival Guide,” and I wrote it just basically as kind of a way to show people the construction landscape on litigation, and how to get paid on construction projects, if you’re a material supplier or a subcontractor or contractor, or even potentially a homeowner or an architect or a developer.

Back to President Trump’s speech last night, he was talking about the different … We had the underlying themes of immigration, growing business in America, and those types of things. We were talking about the businesses and he said, “We’re not going to get taken advantage of anymore.” Then he switched, he swung it back over into immigration right after that.

He basically said he wants to have, similar to Canada and other places, where they had a merit-based immigration system. This is something that we don’t necessarily do here in the United States, but basically he wants … The way it works is, they’re going to have people that are qualified to support themselves, they’re allowed legal status in our country. He basically said that there are a couple goals to make this possible, and I quote and he says, “I believe that real people …” Excuse me, “That real and positive immigration reform is possible, as long as we focus on the following goals: to improve jobs and wages for Americans, to strengthen our nation’s security, and to restore respect for our laws.”

Again, he keeps circling back around to the legality of everything, and whether or not these folks are in here … He really harped on a chord of trying to sympathize or maybe empathize with the issues that are going on with immigration, even to the point to where he singled out one of the gentlemen in the crowd who actually had a son who was murdered by an immigrant who had been deported two times before, and had gotten back in.

It was something that really hit the heartstrings of everybody listening. It was one of those things that it’s a sad deal, and yes he’s correct, that person should not have been here, and that person should have not perished as a result of the immigrant who took his life. It’s just one of those deals where it’s … Oh, we’re getting a text in just now.

This person puts on their text that, “I believe elected persons should have no tax-funded staff. What do you think?” I think that’s a pretty decent idea. The only problem is, where would the funds come from to pay for these staff members? I guess they would have to privately fund them, and a person like Trump, sure, they could probably do that. At the same time, most of our other elected politicians, they take their check from the government, and so it would be difficult for them to … If their staff is not generating money in any way, and I guess you’re saying potentially with campaign contributions, that’s how they would have to pay themselves, that would be something that it would be difficult from a business standpoint, to figure out a way to try to pay those people.

Our laws are written to where the staff … Actually, that’s kind of an interesting point, because as elected officials come and go, the staff are the ones that actually stay there. I worked for the legislature in college down in Baton Rouge, and the staff were the ones that you always wanted to know, because they were the folks that were there for 20 and 30 years. They knew the ins and outs of everything in the capital, and the elected officials were the ones with the so-called “power,” but it was the staff members who really knew how to get things done and get things accomplished whenever it was time to get those things done. I appreciate the text, and getting that information, and I’ll be happy to read the texts allowed if they’re appropriate, and get those on the air.

Back over to Trump and his speech last night, in these last few minutes, but he … The part that got me excited as a construction attorney is “Buy American, hire American.” He proposed this program, similar to FDR, of a national rebuilding. Let’s build America great again. He wants Americans to go out and build roads and build bridges. Of course, this is going to be coming from the government, which is very interesting, because we have a lot of state-funded projects that go on.

If you want to take examples around here, all the roads that are being worked on in New Orleans, all the schools that are being reconstructed in New Orleans; the number one project, I believe, I forget what publication put it out, but the number one project last year, and it’s spanning many years, was the reconstruction of all the Orleans Parish public schools. We had the hospitals, the VA, and then also the United Medical Center here in New Orleans. We have the airport that’s coming up. Public jobs make up a ton of the construction landscape. It hasn’t really always been that way, but in the last few years, especially with the recession in ’08 and then the bubble bust after that, the private jobs have come into the forefront.

They pose a whole interesting set of problems or issues or opportunities for people to go out and make money, but there’s a very specific set of rules you have to abide by in order to get public jobs. Public jobs are very good, and they spur on economic … There are huge construction companies that have made a handsome amount of money since Hurricane Katrina on primarily public work. It’s a very good thing for our local economy and our local systems, and we see that all the time in what I do.

We do a lot of private work as well, and that’s typically smaller jobs. It can be very, very large jobs as well, but when you think private, that’s more residential, commercial, smaller build-outs, but then they have some major build-outs as well. You really get into large dollar amounts when you start talking about public money, and then the safe-keeping of public money, and the proper allocation of public money. It can get really interesting, and it can get really intense at times, on whether or not those funds are being used properly. Somehow or another, money always dries up at the end of the job.

That’s, I guess we’re narrowing down on the final minute of the first, the maiden voyage of “See You in Court.” The reason why I picked that name is because it’s one of those where it’s one of my clients’ favorite lines. Again, my name is Seth Jay Smiley. I’m an attorney here in New Orleans. This is “See You in Court.” We’ll be here every Wednesday, from five to six.

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