Professional Law Corporation
422 South Broad St. New Orleans, LA 70119
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
(504) 822-2263 TOLL FREE: 1-888-944-2263
P O Box 792323, New Orleans, LA 70179
Fax Line: 504-822-2272
Our Office Building (for the last 33 years) is only half a block from the Criminal Courts Building near the intersection of Tulane and Broad. The office is really neat, survived Katrina, and "cool". In fact, we're the first one back in a neighborhood devastated by the Hurricane. We have plenty of complimentary OFF-STREET PARKING, and love to sit out in the back yard under the oak tree and barbeque between clients). The office on S. Board St. is totally back and we have plenty of office space for additional lawyers or even a coffee shop downstairs.
Although we handle some CRIMINAL cases, in fact we specialize in PERSONAL INJURY and have extensive experience in DOMESTIC relations, divorce, alimony, Municipal and Traffic, DWI, traffic tickets, and a well rounded and very general assortment of all kinds of cases. NOBODY preserves your personal injury evidence (photographs of the injury, accident scene, etc.) better or faster for the most effective presentation to adjusters in court. David Band is an expert photographer and will take brilliant photos immediately which is the secret way to get top dollar for a PI case.
Our computer network has templates for thousands of forms and processes to untangle every person's legal problems, and we can offer immediate filing in the various courts in and around New Orleans. Come on in. Lisette, our onsite certified paralegal and notary can help you and Mr. Band likes to talk to current and prospective clients on simple walk-ins between quite complex matters. David Band prides himself on being a friendly guy - often a sharp contrast to the larger more impersonal firms downtown.
Shortly, David Band, will cut a TV Commercial saying: "Don't you believe all those huckster lawyers' advertising on TV these days. In spite of what they say, a personal injury lawsuit is not a lottery where you strike it rich just from hiring that lawyer. The truth is that you will not get those ridiculous results unless 1) You have a serious injury 2) The accident was the fault of the other party and not you 3) The other party has good liability insurance and 4) The policy which covers the accident is substantial. Sadly, all too often all four of these conditions are not present, and you will not get over a hundred thousand dollars. But those lawyers advertising are misleading the public, demeaning the profession of lawyers, and driving up insurance rates because of the powerful insurance lobby which gleefully gets to insinuate that premiums should be exorbitant because claims are so much out of reality." When you hire a lawyer, David Band won't build false hopes - just explain to you what is expected and recover for you a reasonable amount of damages for your claim based on the above four factors.
Practicing law in the same location for 35 years at the same South Broad Street location, David Band is down to earth and accessible. The office phone is forwarded to an attorney's cell phone so you can reach him personally 24 hours a day. While some attorneys spend millions to advertise extensively for only personal injury clients, the fact is that those attorneys usually only handle personal injury and do not have full service law firms, and after the first call, the client probably won't ever speak to an attorney again, as his case is handled by a clerical paralegal in the big Personal Injury mill. We're not just a personal injury firm, but a well rounded firm, with extensive experience handling Personal Injury, DWI, criminal defense, divorce, child custody and support, and a myriad of many common legal problems. And we do it all, because we want to build a client base from which the serious personal injury cases ultimately surface. We try to help individuals as their family lawyer, so that when a serious accident case arises, you'll think of us.
Prospective clients should know that the law offices of David Band have been in the same place on Broad Street in New Orleans since 1972. Mr. Band has himself recently had back surgery and understands the pain of a herniated disc and sciatica, and would never settle out a serious back case prematurely. The life long consequences are just too great to get hustled through a quick settlement. David Band is there for his clients as the pages on this site will show for visitors who take the time to browse.
We are a persistent Law Firm that has experience in a wide range of legal specialties. Of course we do handle Automobile/Motorcycle traumatic injury cases involving crashes when the victim gets hit by an 18 wheeler. It's just that we're not driven solely by the cash prospects (which might motivate us to spend thousands of dollars on TV advertising to scoop up the clients and cull out only the very best cases for quick and easy settlements - hiring large staffs just to screen the calls) - but rather we'd rather take on cases for everybody - simply out of a desire to help people - and we will take a difficult case. We'd rather keep our overhead low and enjoy the process of helping people, sometimes with difficult cases. While lawyers in the smaller firms come and go, David Band supervises each case personally, and has developed a set of templates for the cases to be sure they proceed according to his tried and true processes.
The attorney spending tens of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions) to get your attention with those tacky huckster TV commercials (that are generic across the country with many attorneys, all with the same slogans and with the same "satisfied clients" is very unlikely to talk to you unless your case is one of his major cases. Otherwise, you're handled by paralegals and secretaries. (We have no problem with tasteful and informative advertising). The Band Firm believes in the old fashioned method of practicing law: Get to know your attorney personally, feel free to talk to him personally - any time -expect your phone calls to be returned - work with him. David Band believes the catchy adverting campaigns to make prospective clients think they might win the lottery by calling some of these advertisers are disgraceful and demeaning to the legal profession. And those guys come and go, and probably won't take your case unless it's quick and easy, with huge damages, easily proven liability, deep insurance pockets, and a client who won't hold out for the principal of full and fair compensation.
"DO IT YOURSELF LAW (with the close assistance of your attorney)" might not be far off in describing the methods by which the clients of David Band are invited to participate in the development of their case. We handle not only Personal Injury Cases but a wide variety of general interest cases. And we believe in involving the client to assist us with high tech collaboration. From this web site (see Personal Injury, Divorce, ) particularly, the client is requested to submit/type up a detailed submission of the facts, names, addresses, phone numbers, and details of the offending circumstances - from which The Firm gleans the necessary data to "run with" for the rest of the case. We find that if the client is actively involved in preparing the issues, we produce more accurate and effective work, from which we "put the proper spin" into the pleadings and correspondence - which makes for a winning combination and a better result.
The David Band Law Firm is a neighborhood law clinic in Mid City New Orleans available to clients with almost any type of legal problems. Mr. Band often answers his own phone which, even after hours, is forwarded to her cell phone, and his law practice handles many different cases for all kinds of people and all kinds of cases. By helping ordinary people, and developing a 30 year client base, he finds that major cases drop in from the most unexpected sources from which substantial recoveries can be earned. The Band Law Firm produces major fees only by producing for the client - which he has been doing for 30 years - both small and large cases. Personal Injury cases are handled on a contingency basis (No charges unless you effect a recovery - the "Poor Man's Key to the Courthouse") while the Law Firm accepts VISA and Mastercard for many other cases of Divorce, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Cases. We are building a firm of lawyers who will focus on a narrow area of law, whether it be personal injury, bankruptcy, criminal, domestic, or traffic. David Band directs the lawyer closely if he is not handling the case himself, and in any event, the client is always welcome to work with David Band personally.
WALK IN CONSULTATIONS ANYTIME:
Many people in New Orleans rarely have an opportunity to talk to a lawyer who can speak their language about the most common problems facing life on the street in New Orleans : automobile liability issues, slip and fall, premises liability, landlord tenant issues, criminal and traffic arrests, auto purchase and warranty issues, notarial matters, and other otherwise quite petty issues. The personal injury client (legitimate personal injury only - no runners, no feigned cashing in on public transportation accidents are tolerated, no hustlers and professional litigants) is often handled on a pure contingency basis where there is solid provable liability, insurance coverage, and more than just minor injuries At 422 S. Broad, walk-ins are welcome - and clients are often surprised to see an attorney sitting at the receptionist desk, ready to answer their questions without an appointment.
Law Firm Goals - To Help All People - Promptly, for a reasonable price, with exceptional competence, and to ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE - to involve each client with the legal and factual issues in his case
David Band, while not a large firm with an overwhelming wealth of financial resources (we like to call it a Boutique Law Firm) , is building a firm of specialists, and in any event, is well connected to many other specialists in the legal industry. Once you retain David Band, he will stay with your case, even though you may find your matter worked on by specialist attorneys you did not at first meet. In other words, you get personalized service with David Band, and also the best legal minds available.
Sonny Knoll has recently joined the firm and, though just out of Loyola Law School, is an eager young lawyer, persistent, and very interested in the practice of law on the plaintiff side. He is sure to be a considerable asset.
David Band and his associates handle a wide variety of different legal problems, with an assistant trained to review the notarial demands and routine cases, and prepare the necessary pleadings. We are able to instantly get to all courts in the New Orleans area by offering immediate responsiveness for filing and research in the libraries and courts and conveyance and mortgage offices through his use of a motorcycle kept at the office for use on dry days.
Firm Principals' Profile
David Band has been practicing law as a trial attorney in New Orleans for 34 years, since being admitted to the bar in 1970 - 34 years. He first practiced as an Assistant District Attorney under Jim Garrison, former District Attorney before Harry Connick. for whom he worked in Sections F, Judge Oliver Schulingkamp, and B, Oliver Braniff, before being appointed head of Fraud and Rackets Division. After leaving the District Attorney's Office, he settled in the area of the New Orleans Criminal Court Building, but gradually developed a general practice and earned an L.L.M. Masters in Admiralty for his work in maritime personal cases.
Mr. Band has automated many of the routine demand letters, suits, and notarial affidavits often needed by individuals to straighten out their every day dilemmas. Charges for these routine matters are reasonable because of the Band Firm’s use of templates from the computer, and are usually handled by his Paralegals and secretaries, who are never authorized to sign a notarial signature, but prepare the documents and present them to Mr. Band only after verifying the signatories' identities in Mr. Band's office - at which time the Notary himself then "notarizes" the documents in an expedited process.
Mr. Band is now employing and recruiting additional young attorneys to do the leg work, interviewing clients and handling simple cases - all subject to his close supervision. We have positions available for self motivated lawyers who want to hang out a shingle and jump into the thick of the action with a special interest in developing a practice in criminal and domestic relations law.
Driving While Intoxicated Conviction will kill you for years
While there is never a guarantee, but the Administrative Suspension of one's licence is overturned in 85% of the cases we handle. The DWI's in Traffic Court is considerably harder, but can very likely be plea bargained down to a manageable non alcohol related plea, saving you thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums. It is IMPERATIVE that a defendant having received a DWI file for an administrative hearing within 10 days of receiving the ticket - otherwise your license will be administratively suspended for 90 days just because you blew in excess of .10, the presumptive limit of Blood Alcohol Level. But bear in mind that the Administrative Hearing and Administrative Process for a license suspension is in addition to the criminal proceeding in Traffic Court, where you will have to go before a Traffic Judge to defend your charges. David Band will appear in both proceedings for you, ensure that the proper subpoenas are issued for the arresting officer in the administrative proceedings so that, if the arresting officer dosen't show (and they usually don't) you win by default and do not suffer the automatic suspension of your license for a minimum of 90 days.