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Laborde & Neuner Becomes NeunerPate

 Frank Neuner Invited to Speak at International Justice Forum

(Lafayette, La.) – Laborde & Neuner law firm has officially changed its name to NeunerPate effective July 1, 2013. The change comes as the firm expands with new offices in New Orleans and Metairie, enabling NeunerPate to better serve its clients across the state. The new name also coincides with the departure of Cliffe E. Laborde III, who was a valuable member of the Laborde & Neuner team for more than 25 years. Senior founding and managing partner Frank X. Neuner, Jr. will continue to lead the firm along with senior partner James L. Pate.

Pate has been with the firm since its beginning in 1987. With over 30 years of legal experience, his areas of practice focus on governmental liability and municipal defense, including defending municipal clients in insurance and civil rights claims. Pate is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a former chairman of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board.

In Metairie, the recent acquisition of deLaup & Enright, LLC provides NeunerPate with a new location and two attorneys, while office space secured in the Pan American Life Center will be used for meetings in New Orleans. Throughout this growth, NeunerPate will continue its commitment to providing the highest quality legal services while maintaining its longstanding mission of service to its clients, service to the legal profession, and service to the communities in which its attorneys live and work.

Building on the firm’s commitment to the legal profession, Neuner has been honored with an invitation to speak about disaster recovery of legal systems at the World Justice Forum to be held in The Hague, Netherlands, on July 10. This recognition is the result of Neuner’s leadership in restoring the legal system in South Louisiana after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. For the past six years, he has also chaired the Louisiana Public Defender Board and is spearheading efforts to seek more stable funding for the Louisiana public defender system.


NeunerPate is a law firm headquartered in Lafayette, La., with offices in Metairie and New Orleans. Formed in 1987 as Laborde & Neuner, NeunerPate serves clients in a broad range of practice areas including corporate defense; insurance defense; workers’ compensation; admiralty and maritime; multi-jurisdictional class-action suits; and general litigation and appeals. For more information, please visit