(504) 834-6500

(314) 854-1357



Larzelere Picou Wells Simpson Lonero, LLC was founded in 1988 as primarily an admiralty, maritime, and energy law firm with an initial focus on defense and insurance coverage matters. From this core foundation, the firm has since expanded its focus into other practice areas involving insurance coverage and defense litigation. Our main practice areas include:


Class Action / Complex Litigation

Admiralty and Maritime

General Casualty Litigation


Fire Litigation

Environmental and Toxic Torts

Trucking and Transportation



Image Map

The firm represents a diverse range of clients, including U.S. and international insurance companies and underwriters, as well as businesses, including vessel and barge operators, oilfield production and service contractors, trucking companies, and premises owners. We always strive to provide our clients with the personal attention and dedication required to achieve exceptional results, while remaining always mindful of our goal to do so efficiently and economically.

Our clients trust us to handle coverage, defense, and subrogation disputes, claims, and litigation, including complex and multi-party matters, throughout the Gulf South and the Midwest. At any given time, we are involved in matters centered in Louisiana, Missouri, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. We also assist our clients on matters occurring throughout the United States, its territories, Canada, and Central America. Our cases outside of Louisiana and Missouri usually involve complex issues and significant exposure, where we either serve as lead counsel or supervise and monitor local counsel on behalf of our clients.

Although we attempt to resolve claims through negotiation, mediation, and other methods of alternative dispute resolution where appropriate, not all claims can be resolved on reasonable terms. When litigation is necessary and cannot be amicably resolved, we defend our clients vigorously through trial and the appellate process.

Our attorneys are all uniquely qualified to offer our clients excellent representation and service. In addition to emphasizing academic credentials and accomplishments, we employ attorneys with the real-world experience and the legal experience, both in and out of the courtroom, necessary to meet and overcome the challenges presented by our clients’ cases. Many of our attorneys are recognized leaders in their areas of practice, and they are often asked to speak locally and nationally in both public forums and private presentations for our clients. The firm is rated A/V by the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings system, the highest attainable rating for ethical standards and professional ability. We have also been listed in A.M. Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys for twenty-five consecutive years.

At Larzelere Picou Wells Simpson Lonero, LLC, we are very proud of our achievements and our reputation. Our relationships with our clients are of the utmost importance to us.