Law firms adapt to get development megaprojects

Published: 02/03/2014

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Megaprojects springing up in Louisiana are changing the way law firms negotiate fees with those clients and even prompted one firm to form an economic development consulting affiliate.

Work on such projects probably makes up about 10 percent of the firm’s business, according to Steve Boutwell, Kean Miller’s director of client services.

“Interestingly enough, lawyers are some of the first boots on the ground for the companies looking to develop these projects in Louisiana,” Boutwell said.

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