W. Michael Adams

W. Michael Adams

Director

318-934-0251
madams@bwor.com
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W. Michael Adams

Director

318-221-6858
madams@bwor.com
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Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil, oil and gas, and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981), Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

In the community, Mr. Adams has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival, board member of the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association, is a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Lighthouse after-school tutoring program, member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center and is currently an active Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Legal Committee at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.

Mr. Adkins’ practice at Blanchard Walker focuses on energy and commercial litigation. His litigation practice includes a broad array of commercial and business disputes, as well as cases involving oilfield contamination; mineral landowner and lessee disputes; mineral regulatory issues; and, other aspects of oilfield litigation. 

He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana (summa cum laude; Phi Kappa Phi) and his law degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. 

Mr. Adkins was admitted to practice in 1984 and joined Blanchard Walker in 1988.  He has practiced in numerous state courts throughout the State of Louisiana and in all Louisiana federal district courts, and has appeared before both the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the American, Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.  Mr. Adkins also serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute Mineral Law-Legacy Disputes Committee.

Mr. Adkins’ practice at Blanchard Walker focuses on energy and commercial litigation. His litigation practice includes a broad array of commercial and business disputes, as well as cases involving oilfield contamination; mineral landowner and lessee disputes; mineral regulatory issues; and, other aspects of oilfield litigation. 

He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana (summa cum laude; Phi Kappa Phi) and his law degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. 

Mr. Adkins was admitted to practice in 1984 and joined Blanchard Walker in 1988.  He has practiced in numerous state courts throughout the State of Louisiana and in all Louisiana federal district courts, and has appeared before both the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the American, Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.  Mr. Adkins also serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute Mineral Law-Legacy Disputes Committee.

 
Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil, oil and gas, and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981), Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

In the community, Mr. Adams has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival, board member of the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association, is a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Lighthouse after-school tutoring program, member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center and is currently an active Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Legal Committee at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.

Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil, oil and gas, and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981), Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

In the community, Mr. Adams has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival, board member of the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association, is a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Lighthouse after-school tutoring program, member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center and is currently an active Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Legal Committee at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.

Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil, oil and gas, and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981), Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

In the community, Mr. Adams has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival, board member of the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association, is a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Lighthouse after-school tutoring program, member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center and is currently an active Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Legal Committee at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.

 
Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil, oil and gas, and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981), Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

In the community, Mr. Adams has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival, board member of the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana.

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association, is a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana Lighthouse after-school tutoring program, member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center and is currently an active Sunday school teacher and Chairman of the Legal Committee at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.

Mr. Adkins’ practice at Blanchard Walker focuses on energy and commercial litigation. His litigation practice includes a broad array of commercial and business disputes, as well as cases involving oilfield contamination; mineral landowner and lessee disputes; mineral regulatory issues; and, other aspects of oilfield litigation. 

He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana (summa cum laude; Phi Kappa Phi) and his law degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. 

Mr. Adkins was admitted to practice in 1984 and joined Blanchard Walker in 1988.  He has practiced in numerous state courts throughout the State of Louisiana and in all Louisiana federal district courts, and has appeared before both the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the American, Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.  Mr. Adkins also serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute Mineral Law-Legacy Disputes Committee.

Mr. Adkins’ practice at Blanchard Walker focuses on energy and commercial litigation. His litigation practice includes a broad array of commercial and business disputes, as well as cases involving oilfield contamination; mineral landowner and lessee disputes; mineral regulatory issues; and, other aspects of oilfield litigation. 

He earned his undergraduate degree at Louisiana Tech University in Ruston, Louisiana (summa cum laude; Phi Kappa Phi) and his law degree at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. 

Mr. Adkins was admitted to practice in 1984 and joined Blanchard Walker in 1988.  He has practiced in numerous state courts throughout the State of Louisiana and in all Louisiana federal district courts, and has appeared before both the Louisiana Supreme Court and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  He is a member of the American, Louisiana and Shreveport Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, as well as the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.  Mr. Adkins also serves on the Louisiana State Law Institute Mineral Law-Legacy Disputes Committee.

Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981; CLE Chairman, 2002; Citizen Lawyer Award, 2015) and Fifth Circuit Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association and is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center.

Mr. Adams has also been active in community endeavors. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has also served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival; Chairman of the Administrative Board; member of the Board of Trustees; and, is an active Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. In addition, Mr. Adams is a board member for the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. He has also served as a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the VOA Lighthouse after-school tutoring program.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of Blanchard Walker and may be reached at (318) 934-0251. His e-mail address is madams@bwor.com.

Mr. Adams’ practice involves civil and commercial litigation, natural resources, insurance, labor and employment law, toxic torts and products liability. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemistry from McNeese State University in Lake Charles, Louisiana and his law degree from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, where he was a member of Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa and served as Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Prior to joining Blanchard Walker, Mr. Adams served as law clerk for Honorable Edwin F. Hunter, Jr., Chief U.S. District Judge, Western District of Louisiana. He was admitted to practice in 1973 and joined the firm in 1974.

Mr. Adams has tried cases in the state and federal courts in Louisiana and other states and at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. He has appeared before the Louisiana appellate courts, the Fifth and Tenth Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court (as co-counsel). He is a member of the American (Member, Litigation, Tort and Insurance and Labor and Employment Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), Shreveport (Program Chairman, 1981; CLE Chairman, 2002; Citizen Lawyer Award, 2015) and Fifth Circuit Bar Associations and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. 

He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the LSU Law Alumni Association and is a member of the Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center.

Mr. Adams has also been active in community endeavors. He has served as Chairman of the Board of the Volunteers of America of North Louisiana (2005-07) and is presently Chairman of the VOA Endowment Committee. He has also served as President (1993-94) and Vice President (1991-92) of the Governing Board of the Red River Arts Festival; Chairman of the Administrative Board; member of the Board of Trustees; and, is an active Sunday school teacher at First United Methodist Church of Shreveport. In addition, Mr. Adams is a board member for the Cotillion Club of Shreveport (President, 1998; Vice President, 1997) and is a sustaining member of The Community Foundation of North Louisiana. He has also served as a volunteer with the Shreveport Juvenile Justice Program and the VOA Lighthouse after-school tutoring program.

Mr. Adams is a Director and President of Blanchard Walker and may be reached at (318) 934-0251. His e-mail address is madams@bwor.com.


Civil & Commercial Litigation
Oil & Gas/Environmental Litigation
Labor and Employment
Products Liability
Toxic Torts
Insurance Defense/Coverage


Louisiana, 1973
Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1973

Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Order of the Coif; Omicron Delta Kappa
Law Review: Associate Editor, Louisiana State University Law Review

McNeese State University, Lake Charles, Louisiana, 1969

Bachelor of Science – Chemistry
Kappa Sigma Fraternity, President
Varsity Debate Team, Member
Honors: Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges; Blue Key Honor Fraternity

American Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association, Citizen Lawyer Award, 2015
Shreveport Bar Association
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
LSU Law Alumni Association, Board of Trustees
LSU Law Hall of Fame
Chancellor’s Council of the LSU Law Center

Volunteers of America of North Louisiana, Endowment Committee, Chairman
The Community Foundation of North Louisiana, Sustaining Member
Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. v. Hall, 453 U.S. 571 (1981)
AIX Energy, Inc. v. Bennett Properties, LP, 2016 WL 5395870 (W.D. La. Sept. 26, 2016)
Rebel Distributors Corp. v. LUBA Workers’ Comp., 144 So.3d 825 (La. 2013)
Adams v. BP America Production Co., 2012 WL 1038035 (W.D. La. Mar. 27, 2012)
Strong v. Eldorado Casino Shreveport Joint Venture, 73 So.3d 967 (La. App. 2d Cir. 2011)
Brooks v. Transamerica Financial Advisors, 57 So.3d 1153 (La. App. 2d Cir. 2011)
Caddo Gas Gathering L.L.C. v. Regency Intrastate Gas LLC, 26 So.3d 233 (La. App. 2d Cir. 2009)
Smith v. Riverwalk Entertainment LLC, 2008 WL 5136055 (W.D. La. Aug. 21, 2008)
Ryder v. Jones, 916 So.2d 506 (La. App. 2d Cir. 2005)
Pope v. Boise Cascade Corp., 72 Fed. Appx. 52 (5th Cir. 2003)
Crooks v. Placid Oil Co., 166 F. Supp. 2d 1104 (W.D. La. 2001)
Merritt v. Boise Cascade Corp., 205 F.3d 1337 (5th Cir. 1999)
Berzas v. OXY USA Inc.,699 So.2d 1149 (La. App. 2d Cir. 1997)
Klem v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., 19 F.3d 997 (5th Cir. 1994)
Amoco Production Co. v. Horwell Energy, Inc., 969 F.2d 146 (5th Cir. 1992)
Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. v. City of Minden, 341 So.2d 607 (La. App. 2d Cir. 1977)
American Telephone & Telegraph Co. v. Madison Parish Police Jury, 465 F. Supp. 168 (W.D. La. 1977)
 
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