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Paul C. Kitziger
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Paul Kitziger is a business lawyer who helps clients with commercial and industrial real estate and sophisticated financing transactions. Additionally, Paul advises clients on business entity structuring and formation. His clients often come from the construction, financial and energy sectors – local, national and international.  He regularly advises clients on:

  • Negotiation and documentation of real estate transactions, including commercial leasing, acquisitions and divestitures, land development and zoning
  • Business formations 
  • Corporate and general business matters
  • Secured financing transactions, often including those secured by real property
  • The development and improvement of commercial and industrial real estate

Paul was a business owner, including a real estate holding company, prior to joining Liskow & Lewis. "Running my own businesses in the past enables me to effectively focus on critical path items and key issues from the client's point of view," he explains.  "I help clients work through the decision-making process and get things done, especially when time is of the essence."

Paul's experience with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is a good example of why clients appreciate his ability to sort through complex issues and to execute.  As Louisiana real estate counsel in response to the 2010 incident, he helped guide the client in arranging access to the response area, in providing housing for and feeding thousands of workers and volunteers, in leasing private property in support of clean-up efforts, such as storing and staging clean-up materials and in many other post-spill needs.  "In addition to the unprecedented scale of the undertaking, everything was on an emergency timetable."  

In this and other matters, Paul's strength as a communicator and focus on client service has been a big plus to business clients. These include clients in the development and construction process, for whom the negotiation and documentation of design, construction and construction management agreements must meet unforgiving project development schedules. 

Paul has represented several professional athletes in various business and investment matters.  In addition, his business law clients seek his help with corporate governance advice and the creation, acquisition and sale of small to medium-sized business entities and assets in a variety of industries, such as real estate, construction and oil and gas.  He also has experience in the health care industry with the creation of federally-qualified health care centers and in representing clients in the negotiation and documentation of physician employment agreements.

Experience

A good deal of Paul's recent work has involved both energy and non-energy-related real estate transactions in South Louisiana for clients throughout the nation and abroad.  This includes title work, lease, sale and purchase of plants, industrial facilities, office buildings, shopping centers and other commercial properties.  In addition:

  • Paul was Louisiana real estate counsel in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon incident, the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry

  • As part of a Liskow team, he helped the majority owner in the divestiture of the New Orleans NBA franchise

  • Paul helped form an oil and gas start-up company

  • With other firm attorneys, Paul represented an international oil corporation in its $500 million offshore asset divestiture

  • In a major real estate deal, Paul and other Liskow & Lewis lawyers helped a nonprofit sponsor and borrower in a $14 million New Market Tax Credit transaction

  • He represented, with other firm attorneys, a pipeline company in negotiating and acquiring pipeline rights of way and servitudes

  • A national home builder was Paul's client in the acquisition and development of residential subdivisions

  • Paul has helped professional athletes negotiate and evaluate various business opportunities

  • He helps Louisiana non-profits, such as The National World War II Museum, where he assists with corporate and real estate matters and in the acquisitions of exhibits.

Paul has handled several commercial real estate transactions from the owners’ side and has helped with procurement and industrial construction, and engineering contracts for the development of everything from chemical plants to large-scale residential subdivisions.

Involvement

Professional

  • Member, New Orleans, Louisiana, Federal and American Bar Associations

Community

  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC)

  • Member, New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute, Class of 2008

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2015-2018

  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019

  • Named a "Rising Star" in the 2013 and 2014 editions of Louisiana Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers Award Badge

 

Presentations

  • "Understanding Louisiana Business Entities," Entrepreneurship in Engineering, Tulane University School of Engineering, April 2005
  • “Legal Matters for the Entrepreneur,” SCORE Small Business Management Seminar, June 2005
  • “Understanding Title Commitments and Insurance in Real Estate Secured Lending,” in-house presentation to commercial lending officers, November 2016
  • “Title Workshop: From Examination to Commitment – Conducting the Title Search and Examination; What to Look for in Surveys, Descriptions and Plats; Drafting and Issuing a Title Commitment,” National Business Institute seminar, November 2016 

After Hours

“I have two wonderful children, and my wife and I enjoy being active in their games – baseball, soccer and volleyball.  I play golf and enjoy all that the Louisiana outdoors have to offer.  I'm from a big family – so, one of my greatest pleasures is to spend time with family and friends.  We love to entertain."