In 1917 Henry Clay Walker, Jr. and Elias Goldstein formalized
an existing arrangement by entering into a partnership agreement
creating the firm under the name of Goldstein & Walker.
In 1928 Henry C. Walker, Jr. became General Counsel of a major oil
and gas conglomerate, collectively known as the "Arkansas Companies"
headquartered in Shreveport, an event of some importance in the history
of the firm.
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In 1917 Henry Clay Walker, Jr. and Elias Goldstein formalized
an existing arrangement by entering into a partnership agreement
creating the firm under the name of Goldstein & Walker.
In 1928 Henry C. Walker, Jr. became General Counsel of a major oil
and gas conglomerate, collectively known as the "Arkansas Companies"
headquartered in Shreveport, an event of some importance in the history
of the firm.
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Goldstein is known as the "Father of Caddo Parish Public Schools."
It was he who brought Clifton Ellis Byrd to Shreveport, a former
college president, to become the Caddo Parish school system's
first professional superintendent, for whom C. E. Byrd High School
was named when it was opened in 1925. Betty Virginia Park was
named for Mr. Goldstein's daughter, Betty, and Mr. A.C. Steere's
daughter, Virginia.
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Blanchard Walker started with a firm foundation.
Newton C. Blanchard opened his law office in Shreveport
in 1871, shortly after graduating from law school. In time
he would also serve the area in many other ways as well.
Governor Blanchard merged his practice with the two younger
men November 19, 1918, bringing his presence and good name
to the new partnership, which quickly became widely known
and respected throughout the State as Blanchard, Goldstein & Walker.
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Leon O'Quin joined the firm in 1920 followed by his brother
Arthur O'Quin in 1922. The firm name was changed to Blanchard,
Goldstein, Walker & O'Quin in 1929. He was made partner on
September,1 1923. It was about this time that the firm, primarily
through Leon O'Quin became the principal legal advisor for the
First National bank of Shreveport ("The Oldest Bank in Louisiana")
which was a mutual relationship that benefitted for many years.
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Arthur ("Mickey") O'Quin, Leon’s younger brother,
received his A.B. degree from Louisiana State University
in 1917 and joined Blanchard, Goldstein & Walker in 1922.
The O'Quin brothers handled much of the early litigation that
established the oil and gas jurisprudence of Louisiana.
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By the early 1930s there was massive amount of legal
work generated by the growing multi-state operations
of the Arkansas Companies. To meet his responsibilities as
General Counsel for a client of this size he established an
in-house "Legal Department" to jointly serve all the
Arkansas Companies, which he staffed with Louisiana
and Texas attorneys functioning under his supervision.
Among the lawyers employed by Mr. Walker in his branch
"Arkansas Companies Legal Department" were Robert
Roberts, Jr. in 1934
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OUR HISTORY

Slide In 1917 Henry Clay Walker, Jr. and Elias
Goldstein formalized an existing
arrangement by entering into a
partnership agreement creating the
present law firm, which they originally
named Goldstein & Walker.
Henry Clay Walker, Jr.
Slide In 1917 Henry Clay Walker, Jr. and Elias
Goldstein formalized an existing
arrangement by entering into a
partnership agreement creating the
present law firm, which they originally
named Goldstein & Walker.
Henry Clay Walker, Jr.
Slide Began his life-long association with Henry C.
Walker in the practice of law in 1914 and
began their partnership in 1917. He is
known as the "Father of Caddo Parish
Public Schools."
Elias Goldstein
Slide Merged practice on November 9, 1918, to
become Blanchard, Goldstein & Walker
Gov. Newton C. Blanchard
Slide The name was changed to
Blanchard, Goldstein, Walker & O’ Quin
in 1929 to recognize Leon O' Quin,
who had joined the firm in 1920
followed by his brother Arthur in 1922.
Leon O'Quin
Slide The O'Quin brothers handled much
of the early litigation that established
the oil and gas jurisprudence of Louisiana
Arthur O'Quin
Slide Among the lawyers employed by Mr. Walker
in his branch of the "Arkansas Companies
Legal Department" was Robert Roberts, Jr.
in 1934.
Robert Roberts, Jr.
 

OUR HISTORY

OUR HISTORY

The vision of Blanchard Walker’s founders and partners through a century has crafted a rich and distinguished history with a tradition of excellence and great promise for the future.

Founded in 1917 as Goldstein & Walker, a partnership of Elias Goldstein and Henry C. Walker, Jr., the firm quickly became a major player in the growing economy of North Louisiana, spurred at that time by the emerging oil and gas industry. Within a year Goldstein & Walker added as a partner former Louisiana Governor Newton C. Blanchard, becoming Blanchard, Goldstein & Walker. With the addition of Leon and Arthur O’Quin and after the death of Goldstein, the name was changed in 1963 to Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin and Roberts, informally known as Blanchard Walker. A branch office was established in Bossier City in 1993, and the wholly-owned Sun Belt Title Company was incorporated in 1997.

Throughout the history of the firm, Blanchard Walker has remained closely identified with the oil and gas industry and been involved in numerous landmark court decisions in the field. As the needs of clients have grown and become more diversified, Blanchard Walker has evolved to

meet those needs. Today, Blanchard Walker offers a diverse array of legal services to its corporate and individual clients and is comprised of a motivated and dedicated team of lawyers and staff whose talents and experience benefit clients in many practice areas. The firm blend traditional values with innovative practice concepts and, as always, a dedication to the law and to clients.


Blanchard Walker is committed to delivering prompt, efficient and results-oriented legal services to clients. The firm has received an AV rating (the highest rating) from Martindale-Hubbell. The performance of Blanchard Walker’s lawyers and staff has attracted the attention of attorneys throughout the country who frequently discuss cases with us and refer to us discerning clients from throughout Louisiana and the United States.

Our Meritas Affiliation

Blanchard Walker is honored to have been selected as one of the two Louisiana representatives of Meritas Law Firms Worldwide (Meritas), a worldwide organization of independent business law and litigation firms. Meritas currently has nearly 200 member firms with practices in all major U.S. cities, 60 countries and on 6 continents.

Through Blanchard Walker’s affiliation with Meritas, clients have ready access to quality legal representation and consultation virtually anywhere in the world. In addition, Meritas firms help Blanchard Walker provide legal services in technical areas of concentration, even if Blanchard Walker lawyers do not have experience in those areas.

Slide 601 MARKET STREET
Blanchard Walker's founding name,
Goldstein & Walker, had its original
office in the First National Bank of
Shreveport at this location. The firm
has been located in only three buildings
in its 100 years.
Photo Credit: LSU-Shreveport Archives and Special Collections
Slide 601 MARKET STREET
Blanchard Walker's founding name,
Goldstein & Walker, had its original
office in the First National Bank of
Shreveport at this location. The firm
has been located in only three buildings
in its 100 years.
Photo Credit: LSU-Shreveport Archives and Special Collections
Slide 601 MARKET STREET
Blanchard Walker's founding name,
Goldstein & Walker, had its original
office in the First National Bank of
Shreveport at this location. The firm
has been located in only three buildings
in its 100 years.
Photo Credit: LSU-Shreveport Archives and Special Collections
Slide Blanchard Walker hosted a Centennial Celebration
on November, 2nd 2017 held in the Wheless Auditorium
of the Regions Tower.