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Joseph T. Wilson
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Joe Wilson is a business lawyer focusing on real estate, finance, general business, and trusts and estates matters.  His practice involves counseling real estate developers, lenders, and business owners with diverse legal and operational issues, including property acquisitions, sales, and development, security rights and financing, and corporate structuring and governance.  Joe further assists private clients with various probate and estate planning needs.  He is experienced in negotiating and drafting purchase agreements, leases, title opinions, loans, mortgages, operating agreements, bylaws, wills, and trusts.

Joe graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University’s Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he was elected to the Order of the Coif and served as a Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.  He received the Law Review’s Vinson & Elkins Award for the Best Student Casenote or Comment.


Representative matters include:

  • Representation of international chemical company in multi-billion dollar transaction, including the acquisition of operating interest in Louisiana olefins plant and related properties
  • Representation of national home builder in the acquisition and development of residential subdivisions
  • Representation of a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) in the purchase of onshore oil and gas facility, including title work related thereto
  • Representation of international plastics manufacturing company in the acquisition of Louisiana production facility
  • Representation of biotech startup in corporate organization, private placement and IP licensing matters



  • Louisiana State Bar Association

  • New Orleans Bar Association, Real Property Law Section

  • Young Leadership Council, Inc.

    • Secretary/General Counsel, 2017 - 2018

    • Board Member, 2017 - 2020

  • Urban Land Institute (Member)

  • Association for Corporate Growth (Member)


  • Best Lawyers "One to Watch", 2021


  • “I Could Have That Back, Daw’lin? – Spousal Reimbursements Under Louisiana Law,” 29th Annual Tulane Estate Planning Institute, November 2020
  • “Reboot Your Practice: Technology Tools and Trends to Get Ahead of the Competition,” ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, June 2020


  • Comment, “The Big Man in the Big House: Prisoner Free Exercise in Light of Employment Division v. Smith,” 73 La. L. Rev. 219, Fall 2012

  • Contributing Author, Probate: Louisiana, Practical Law State Q&A

After Hours

“I love the outdoors and travelling as much as I can.  My favorite pastimes include snowboarding, rafting, and listening to live music.  Most of all I enjoy spending time with my family and friends.”