NEW ORLEANS — It’s remarkable to look back 25 years and recall the events of 1997, the year that the law firm of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett was established. Google was first registered as a trademark. Netflix was launched (on discs!). Titanic was in the movie theaters. Bill Clinton was in the White House. The world lost Mother Teresa and Princess Di.
In New Orleans, André J. Mouledoux, Wilton E. Bland III, Georges M. Legrand and Alan G. Brackett, who had worked together for more than a decade, joined to form a law firm that would handle maritime, workers’ compensation and insurance defense work. Five attorneys from their prior firm joined them with the mission to create a great place to work that values team members as well as clients. The new firm — Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett — was anchored by trust in each other and the ability to provide aggressive, professional and ethical litigation defense.
MBLB has seen strong and steady growth through its 25 years. Three original associates are equity members. The firm’s practice has grown to include trucking and transportation defense, municipal law, and a broad array of corporate services. Their federal workers’ compensation practice extends nationwide; their state workers’ compensation practice is statewide.
“Seventy percent of law firms don’t survive their founding members. We were determined to grow MBLB so it wouldn’t be one of those,” said Alan Brackett. “We wanted to be our clients’ trusted partner for litigation defense and that continues to be our mission every day.”
“What a ride it’s been!” said Georges Legrand. “I truly believe that one of the hallmarks of our firm is the fact that the founding partners have practiced together for almost 38 years. That is not always the case in any business, much less the practice of law. We started with mutual respect and trust in each other, including the knowledge we were excellent attorneys and would work hard, so that the firm would succeed and prosper. Those attributes are still present today.”