Wm. Blake Bennett: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

Wm. Blake Bennett

Phone(504) 556-4113

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Practice Areas

  • Business Law
  • Energy and Natural Resources Law
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Maritime, Oilfield and Insurance
  • Real Estate Law
Contact InfoTelephone: (504) 556-4113
Fax: (504) 556-4108
University Louisiana State University, B.S., magna cum laude, 1979
Law SchoolLouisiana State University, J.D., 1982 Order of the Coif, Louisiana Law Review, Associate Editor, 1981-1982
Admitted1982, Louisiana
BornBogalusa, Louisiana, 1957

Mr. Bennett, a member of the firm's business law practice group, represents clients in corporate and commercial matters.

He has extensive experience in a wide range of business matters including real estate, commercial and energy lending, ship construction and documentation, ship mortgage and marine financing, secured transactions, mergers and acquisitions, distributorship and sales representative agreements, and gaming law.

He belongs to several of the leading national, state and local banking, finance and gaming professional associations. Mr. Bennett is a member of the International Association of Gaming Attorneys and has written and spoken about legal issues affecting the riverboat gaming industry.

Honors & Affiliations

•Louisiana Bankers Association - Bank Counsel Section - Member

•International Association of Gaming Attorneys - Member

•Association of Commercial Finance Attorneys - Member

•Association of Corporate Growth, Louisiana Chapter - Member

•American Bar Association - Business Law Section, Commercial Financial Services Committee - Member

•New Orleans, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations - Member

Chambers USA - America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Banking & Finance; Banking & Finance: Marine Finance, 2005-2014

The Best Lawyers in America, 2005-2015

•Law Clerk to the Honorable Luther F. Cole, Judge, First Circuit Court of Appeal, Louisiana, 1982 - 1983

•St. Catherine of Siena Parish - Finance and Public Relations Committees of the School Board; Endowment Fund Committee, Past Member

•Jesuit High School - Past Member, Athletic Board

•Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association, Inc. - Advisory Board Member and Legal Advisor, 2010 to date

Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2008-2014


•Of Purchase Agreements, Options to Purchase, Rights of First Refusal, Buy/Sell Agreements, and Related Issues, Louisiana State Bar Association Summer School, June 2010, Sandestin, Florida, and 22nd Annual Summer School Revisited, December 16, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana

•Vessel Financings, Louisiana Bankers Association, 2007 Bank Counsel Seminar, November 2007

•Vessel Sales and Financing, Greater New Orleans Barge Fleeting Association River and Marine Industry Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, April 2006

•Significance of the Title Policy Standard Exceptions, Bank One Title Insurance Seminar, 1999

•How to Conduct a Successful Commercial Closing: Conveyancing of Real Estate, Adoption of Uniform Electronic Transactions Act in Louisiana, Recommended Title Insurance Endorsements for Lenders and Survey Issues in Loan Transactions, Lorman Education Services Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana, September 2001

•Risky Business: Conflicts of Interests and Transactions Between Client and Lawyer, Petroleum Landmen Association of New Orleans Eighth Annual Oil and Gas Seminar, Beaver Creek, Colorado, January 1997

•Riverboat Gaming, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1994


•Consequences of the Louisiana Public Records Doctrine Exception, Liskow & Lewis E-Newsletter, August 2014

•Louisiana Gaming Developments (with Janine V. Hodges), The Gaming Lawyer, Winter 2002 and Spring 2003

•Waterborne Woes: Legal Difficulties of Riverboat Gaming in Emerging Jurisdictions, Nev. Law., Volume 3, Number 2, February 1995, pp. 19-24

Reported CasesRepresentative Matters: Represented newspaper publisher in formation of company and in acquisition of south Louisiana's largest daily newspaper, Represented owners of new business in formation of company and in acquisition of the largest liftboat fleet operating in the Gulf of Mexico, Represented offshore supply vessel operator in refinancing of fleet and related corporate and vessel documentation matters, Represented energy exploration and production companies in acquisitions of oil and gas properties located on the outer continental shelf in the Gulf of Mexico, Represented numerous financial institutions in various asset-based loan transactions, including financing vessel and real estate acquisitions, and in loan transactions with producing oil and gas properties and pipelines as collateral, Represented administrative agent as pipeline counsel in collateralizing syndicated credit facility to pipeline operator, Acted as local counsel to oil and gas company in acquisition and financing of onshore oil and gas assets, Represented national bank in revision of lending forms for use in Louisiana, Represented company engaged in fisheries operations with Jones Act and American Fisheries Act compliance matters and financing requirements, Represented offshore vessel supply company in the sale of its fleet of vessels, Acted as local counsel to publicly traded gaming company in acquisition of company licensed to conduct riverboat gaming operations in Louisiana and creation of Louisiana subsidiary used for the acquisition, Acted as lead counsel to majority owner of NBA franchise in sale of team, Represented grocery distributorship in acquisitions of other grocery distributors and in the financings required for such acquisitions, Acted as lead counsel on syndicated loan to company wetlands mitigation credit banking company, Acted as counsel to non-profit association of E&P companies with respect to governance issues, Represented lenders in analyzing intercreditor obligations, bank collateral position and alternatives in handling troubled credit facilities, and in workouts and redocumentation of troubled credit facilities

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Consequences of the Louisiana Public Records Doctrine Exception
Wm. Blake Bennett,James L. Breaux, August 18, 2014
A recent Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal decision has brought to our attention a long-established, but perhaps not as well known, exception to the public records doctrine.

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Wm. Blake Bennett

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139


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