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James L. Breaux
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


James L. Breaux is a transactional attorney with a practice focused in the areas of commercial real estate, land use and zoning, energy, governmental relations and general business matters. In addition, he is a Louisiana licensed title insurance agent.

James represents developers, builders, lenders, energy operators, telecommunication companies, and hospitals in the acquisition, leasing, financing and development of commercial and industrial real estate. His deep commercial real estate experience in examining titles to property, analyzing complex title issues, resolving title defects, and issuing title insurance policies and opinions has enhanced his attention to detail and ability to deliver a quality final work product.  James builds on this experience in handling commercial real estate and loan closings, negotiating and drafting leases, purchase agreements and servitudes, and representing clients before planning and zoning boards. He draws on his experience in participating in community planning activities such as Jeff 2000, St. Tammany Directions 2025, and Plan Baton Rouge in guiding developers through the planning and zoning process. James also handles successions and the sale and formation of businesses, counsels businesses with regard to a variety of contracts, and assists businesses in navigating government agencies for various permits and licenses.

His projects have included providing legal services in connection with the acquisition, leasing, financing, and/or development of the following:

  • Hotels, Hospitals, Offices, Restaurants, and Shopping Centers
  • Residential Subdivisions, Condominiums and Apartments
  • Industrial Plants, Docks, Terminals, and Warehouses
  • Wetlands, Timber, Agriculture and Hunting Leases
  • Rights-of-way for Servitudes, Public Roads and Pipelines
  • Cell Towers, Solar Farms, and Sewer and Water Facilities

Experience owning and operating his own private law firm before joining Liskow & Lewis enables him to better appreciate how client projects interact with the broader legal and business landscape.  His prior experience as a lobbyist, managing political campaigns and serving in various staff positions for the Louisiana Legislature has instilled in him the importance of listening to and understanding the needs of his clients. 




  • American Land Title Association - Editor of Title Insurance Regulatory Survey, Congressional Liaisons Committee
  • Louisiana Land Title Association – Vice President, Board of Directors, Legislative Committee
  • American Planning Association – Planning and Law Division, Louisiana Chapter Legislative Committee
  • Urban Land Institute – Louisiana District
  • New Orleans Metropolitan Association of Title Attorneys
  • New Orleans Bar Association – Real Property Committee
  • Twenty-second Judicial District Bar Association
  • Professional Landmen’s Association of New Orleans
  • Louisiana State Law Institute Private Use of Levee Roads Committee
  • Task Force on Statewide Standards for Clerks of Court Electronic Filing and Records Retention


  • Best Lawyers in America, 2019-2022
  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers," 2019

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