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James C. "Jim" Exnicios
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Jim Exnicios is an experienced business lawyer and Board Certified Tax Specialist.  Jim provides business and tax advice on complex transactions.  Jim has also represented numerous multinational and multistate businesses and estates before the Internal Revenue Service, the State of Louisiana Department of Revenue and numerous local taxing authorities in complex audits and litigation.  He also provides planning and due diligence for clients during their merger or acquisition transactions.

Jim is also a licensed CPA, which gives his clients ­ foreign and domestic ­ added confidence when they're facing complex, potentially costly and strategically important decisions concerning, business and tax planning issues.  For example, Jim has many years of experience:

  • Planning and structuring the sales and purchases of industrial businesses such as refineries, chemical plants, manufacturing facilities, and pipelines, "I help identify tax challenges and opportunities to arrive at tax efficient solutions."

  • Analyzing federal, state and local tax issues for interstate and intrastate pipelines, petrochemical manufacturers, refineries, E&P companies, brown water maritime businesses, oilfield services and other sectors of the energy industry. 

  • Handling dispute resolutions involving federal, state and local government agencies, often with multiple levels of administrative appeals…all the way to court.  "Our clients benefit from both my knowledge of tax law and their seamless access to Liskow’s trial and appellate lawyers."

Before joining Liskow & Lewis, Jim was the head of the business section at Lemle & Kelleher, LLP and worked as a certified public accountant for then Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. as well as Hanlon & Morgan.



  • Board Certified Tax Specialist

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Tax Section, Chairman, 2002 - 2003

  • New Orleans Bar Association - Tax Committee, Chairman, 1995 - 2000

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Tax Law Specialization Examination Subcommittee, Chairman, 1999

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

  • Louisiana Bar Foundation - Fellow

  • Louisiana Society of Certified Public Accountants - Member

  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants - Member

  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry - Member

  • Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association - Member


  • Catholic Foundation – Board Member

  • Manresa House of Retreats - Captain

  • Christopher Homes – Board Member Emeritus


  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers,” 2015-2019

  • Chambers USA – Corporate/M&A: Tax, 2008–2022, Band 1

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2005–2022, New Orleans Tax Lawyer of the Year, 2016-2017

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2007–2015, 2022

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Jim is a frequent speaker on federal, state and local tax topics, including ethical issues confronting tax practitioners. He has appeared in programs at numerous academic, industry, trade and commercial groups, such as:

  • Tulane University Law School

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

  • Louisiana State and New Orleans Bar Associations

  • Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants

  • Energy Tax Association

  • IPT (Institute of Professionals in Taxation)

  • Louisiana Oil & Gas Association

He also often presents industry-specific, in-house tax programs to a wide range of businesses.


After Hours

"I enjoy my charitable and volunteer work in the New Orleans community."