Lawrence E. Chehardy and David R. Sherman of Chehardy Sherman (1 Galleria Blvd., Suite 1100, Metairie, 504-833-5600; www.chehardy.com) have practiced law together for the past 25 years. They employ more than 25 legal professionals specializing in everything from estate planning to health care law and regulation. The firm's growth happened gradually and organically over the years — and this is the key to its success, Sherman says.
"We ... service all of our clients' needs over the span of their lives, both business and personal," Sherman says.
The firm developed lasting relationships with clients because of its ability to navigate their changing legal needs over time, the partners say. Chehardy Sherman provides legal services to individuals and organizations.
"Mom and dad ... can receive premier counsel from our team with the same skill and level of expertise that we service a large corporate entity," Chehardy says.
Chehardy Sherman recruits top-tier attorneys. The firm assesses community needs and adapt to provide the best possible service through new hires and cooperation with other firms nationwide. The law office hires approximately two clerks at any given time from local law schools, and aspiring lawyers are exposed to the gamut of legal services.
"You may think you know what you want to do — it is different when you go out in the world to actually do it," Sherman says. "Law students get the opportunity to work in a variety of areas of expertise and are encouraged to find their best path through working with our team. Sometimes they even join our ranks after graduation."
The firm adapts to changing business norms. "Over the last 10 years, the industry shifted to lawyers traveling to the client," Chehardy says. "We strive to provide that flexibility."
Chehardy Sherman provides pro bono legal services to a number of nonprofit organizations in the region. Sherman holds the post of co-legal counsel to the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation (GNOSF). For more than 25 years, the nonprofit organization has worked to increase tourism by attracting high-profile sporting events to New Orleans, including the Super Bowl, Wrestlemania XXX and NBA All-Star Game events.
"It is important for the city of New Orleans and its residents to bolster positive tourism," says Sherman, an avid sports fan. "[We] try to be the best we can, all the time."