Construction Law Office in New Orleans, LA

Between the constant road construction, the downtown hotel boom, and the many historic home renovations, New Orleans has no shortage of construction-related legal issues. That’s why it’s important to have a construction lawyer, like the team at Smiley Law Firm, on your side. We’re one of the only true construction firms in New Orleans, and whether you’re a bidding contractor, unpaid mechanic, or injured bystander, we’re here to help.

Complementary Practice Areas

While our primary focus is construction law, we’re also experienced in business litigation and personal injury law. This means that no matter how complex your case becomes, we’ll know how to handle it. Our knowledge of business law equips us to handle contract complications or other disputes between contractors, subcontractors, architects, and property owners. Our experience with personal injury prepares us to deal with employee accidents or harm to innocent bystanders. Our three main practice areas work together seamlessly to create a well-rounded approach to your case that gives you the best chances of a desirable outcome.

Transparent Payment Plans

When you or your business is operating on a budget, planning out the cost of legal services can quickly become frustrating. Many law firms charge you by the hour, making it difficult to estimate a cost up front and easy for them to pile on extra billable hours. In addition to the old hourly model, we offer alternative options such as flat fee and subscription plans. If you need a customized legal document, we’ll give you the one-time price up front. If you’re hiring us for your litigation team, we’ll discuss a flat monthly fee ahead of time.

If you want a well-rounded and honest team to take on your construction lawsuit, contact Smiley Law Firm’s New Orleans law office today.

Smiley Law Firm has three office locations:

New Orleans Office

Smiley Law Firm
365 Canal St #1680
New Orleans, LA 70130
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Mandeville Office

Smiley Law Firm
121 Girod St
Mandeville, LA 70448


  1. Brittany

    Hello Mr. Smiley,

    Thank you so much for taking the time to read this correspondence. My name is Brittany Gatewood and I am a legal assistant that is about to obtain a certificate in paralegal studies (from an ABA approved program) in the state of California. I also plan to become a Certified Paralegal® through the National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) as soon as possible after graduation. I have been working in this position without a certificate for going on four years now and over the course of the last few I have decided I would like to make a transition over to the New Orleans area.

    My question to you is, is there any advice you would be willing to share when it comes to preparing to practice outside of common law? I understand Louisiana practices Napoleonic Code and am eager to prepare myself so that I may obtain a decent job, before my actual move. I want to know what would make me as valuable an asset in New Orleans, as I am in Orange County.

    Thank you again for taking the time to read this. I do hope to hear back from you soon. In the mean time, stay cool out there!

    Warm regards,

    • Seth Smiley

      Brittany, thanks for reaching out. Like you, I was a little nervous regarding the difference between common and civil law when I studied for the California bar exam back in 2011. Actually, other than specific terminology, the concepts are similar. In Louisiana, we use different terms but the concepts are similar. There are some obvious differences but they are rare. I now practice in Louisiana, California, and Texas just fine. So we welcome new people to the legal community here in NOLA. Good luck with your transition!



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