Eddie Rantz Jr. is the sole attorney at Rantz Law Firm (110 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Suite 205A, Metairie, 504-684-2165), which means he does everything from filing lawsuits to filling the copier. "The biggest challenge is adjusting to handling every aspect of the business," he says.
The firm offers residential and commercial real estate law, corporate law, business law and trademark and copyright work. Rantz became interested in the profession because he wanted to help people get things in writing before starting a business, so they don't end up fighting in court later on.
"The primary issues come up where two or three people want to start a business together and think nothing will go wrong," he says. "In assuming this, they fail to protect themselves by having necessary documents drafted which specifically address how to handle issues which may — (or) will — arise."
Rantz was born in New Orleans and moved to the Northshore as a child. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 1994 with a degree in broadcast journalism, then finished law school at LSU, where he made law review, in 1997. Since then he's practiced law at a number of firms in New Orleans and clerked for a year under former State Supreme Court Justice Jeffrey Victory.
Rantz now shares office space with his father, Eddie Sr., in Metairie.
Despite their close quarters, the father-son duo doesn't share a business, but they do share advice and knowledge. Eddie graduated from law school two years after his son; he was a New Orleans police officer for 27 years before becoming a lawyer.
"He assists me in several matters," the younger Rantz says, "primarily involving trademark registration."
Though Rantz Law Firm is a small operation, Rantz says the size gives him the opportunity to work one-on-one with each client. Clients can expect their calls returned immediately.
"I am available any time of the day or night to meet with clients, talk with clients and make sure they get proper representation and are satisfied with my services," Rantz says.
He can help with real estate purchases and refinancing, asset purchases, corporate formation and restructures, lease agreements and "litigation involving any type of dispute involving real estate or corporate matters," he says. "I worked at several prominent law firms in New Orleans prior to opening my own firm, so we can handle any type of business issue, no matter the size."