W. Michael Adams

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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 Sections), Louisiana (Assistant Bar Examiner, 1985-2002), and Shreveport (Program Chairman, Sections; CLE Chairman), 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 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 former President of the firm and may be reached at (318) 934-0251.
Areas Of Practice
Civil & Commercial Litigation, Oil & Gas/Environmental Litigation, Labor and Employment, Products Liability, Toxic Torts, Insurance Defense/Coverage
Bar Admissions
Louisiana, 1973
Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 1973 Doctor of Jurisprudence Honors: Order of the Coif; Omicron Delta Kappa: 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
Membership and Honors
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
Representative Cases
Arkansas Louisiana Gas Co. v. Hall, 453 U.S. 571 (1981); Goodrich Petroleum Co. v. Columbine II, Ltd. P’ship., 318 So.3d 1062 (La. App. 2d Cir. 2021); In the Matter of M. B. Indusries, L.L.C., 783 Fed. Appx. 333 (5th Cir. 2019); Dooley v. MB Industries, L.L.C., 2018 WL 1146338 (W.D. La. March 1, 2018); Dooley v. Branch Banking & Trust Co., 230 So.3d 239 (La. App. 3d Cir. 2017); 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)