Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P.

Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P.

Experienced New Orleans Attorneys Provide Clients in Louisiana with Excellent Service

Firm Overview

New Orleans, Louisiana commercial litigation, insurance and products liability law firm
Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P. has a reputation for being a reliable, efficient and knowledgeable law firm that is dedicated to delivering the highest quality legal counsel.

We place a strong emphasis on providing you with excellent, honest and efficient legal representation. Testimony to our hard work, integrity and high ethical standards is the firm's AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for its professionalism and ethics.

We can help you with the following:
-Community property
-General civil and trial practice
-General commercial litigation
-Insurance coverage
-Medical malpractice
-Nonunion labor
-Oil and gas
-Personal injury
-Police organizations
-Products liability
-Real estate
-Wills and trusts
-Workers compensation
-Zoning and permits

Respected Louisiana law firm committed to communication and individualized attention
At Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P., we are dedicated to giving clients the legal advice, support and empowerment they need to effectively resolve their legal challenges and meet their goals.

We are accessible and responsive to the specific needs and concerns of each client. Your best interests are of prime importance to us. We are committed to helping you resolve your legal issues in the most effective, cost-efficient manner possible.

Main Office

Main Office
639 Loyola Avenue, Suite 2500
New Orleans LA 70113


504 529-4141


Louisiana Law Firm Litigates on Behalf of Your Business

If you engage in commerce, sooner or later you are almost certain to encounter a dispute with a client or contractor that you'll need outside help to resolve. At Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P., we assist businesses through civil court trials in both state and federal courts and in alternative dispute resolution. We have the knowledge and experience to help your business in cases related to:
-Antitrust, unfair practices and trade regulation violations
-Banking and creditor issues, including lender liability
-Breach of contract
-Breach of warranty
-Business torts
-Construction law
-Environmental law
-Products liability
-Professional liability
-Real estate
-Toxic tort
-Intellectual property, including copyright and trademark infringement
-Partnership and shareholder disputes

Recovery from breach of contract
When a party to a contract fails to perform, he damages the other business. This damage often goes beyond the immediate inconvenience of getting less than promised by the contract. The breach can also cost you future profits if you are unable to serve your clients as a result. The skilled attorneys at Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P. can help you achieve the best legal remedy for a breach of contract, such as:
-Compensatory damages reimbursement for immediate monetary loss
-Consequential and incidental damages compensation for additional foreseeable losses caused by the breach
-Attorney fees and costs amounts available only if the contract expressly states they are recoverable
-Liquidated damages amounts specified in the contract that are payable for particular breaches, such as late or substandard performance
-Specific performance court order requiring the breaching party to fulfill the terms of the contract
-Punitive damages penalty for a party's objectionable behavior, meant to punish the breaching party and discourage other parties from acting in a similar manner
-Rescission cancellation of the contract, with both sides excused from further performance and payments made under the contract returned
-Reformation change in the terms of the contract when the court believes there was an honest misunderstanding by the parties about what was to be performed

Affordable alternatives to a civil suit
The cost of traditional litigation can easily exceed the amount of the contract. Fortunately there are various means of alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and arbitration, which are less costly and quicker than civil lawsuits, but can deliver the same remedies. Our skilled negotiators have successfully represented clients in arbitration and mediation hearings, and have settled lawsuits prior to trial, saving expenses and getting their businesses back on track.

Claude A. Schlesinger

Guste, Barnett, Schlesinger, Henderson & Alpaugh, L.L.P.

Practice areas
-Corporate law
-Commercial law
-Real estate
-Trusts and estates
-Community property law
-Zoning law
-Criminal law
-Police law

Louisiana and U.S. District Court, Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 1985
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 1996

Loyola University - New Orleans, J.D.

Associations & memberships
New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations

Biographical details

Lieutenant, New Orleans Police Department, 1967 1986 (Retired). Member, Fraternal Order of Police. Former President, Alliance Francaise New Orleans (2004 2008).


Loyola University