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The law firm of MGK&B is rooted into the legacy of one of Louisiana’s great trial lawyers. For over 20 years, we have sought justice for our clients regardless of their case size, because we realize each case is important to our individual client.

During that time, we have steadily grown in number and reputation. We provide the both highest quality representation and professional standards in and out of the courtroom.

We are committed to continue providing excellent service for many decades to come and are eager to meet the needs of our growing community.

What Makes Us Different
A Team Approach

We are one of the only firms on the Gulf Coast that can, and will, assign multiple trial lawyers to your serious felony, personal injury, or federal defense trial. We have experienced litigators and are proud to be in a position to provide you with this type of support.

Talented Lawyers

We are proud to provide an experienced group of trial ready lawyers for your case. Many are former prosecutors with stellar careers. Our top attorneys are all “battle hardened” litigators. We don’t simply claim to be trial lawyers. We are trial lawyers who have litigated and won trials.

Open Communication

We will keep you well-informed at every stage of the process so you can make intelligent decisions on how to proceed. It is your life and your future that are at stake. Our job is to provide you with the information and guidance necessary to make informed decisions and to do our utmost to fulfill your goals.

We Like Trying Cases!

Meet Our Team of Attorneys

James P. Manasseh James P. Manasseh

A Martindale-Hubbell recipient, James P. Manasseh, a 1988 graduate of the LSU Law Center and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court, the Lou…

William Robert Gill William Robert Gill

A Martindale-Hubbell recipient, William Robert (“Robby”) Gill, a 1990 graduate of the Southern University Law Center and a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and is admitted to practice before …

James G. Knipe III James G. Knipe III

James G. Knipe III joined the firm in 2002 and specializes in both criminal defense and personal injury cases.

André Bélanger André Bélanger

I am committed to achieving justice for my clients and enjoy crafting cutting edge legal arguments to advance their cause.

Beau James Brock Beau James Brock

Beau was born in New Orleans and lived in Slidell until moving to Apple Valley, Minnesota, where his family moved until he graduated from high school. He returned to Louisiana in 1984 to attend L.S.U…

Jennifer Moisant Jennifer Moisant

Jennifer Moisant hails from New Orleans and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 2000 from the University of New Orleans. She is a 2003 graduate of Southern University Law Center.

Ian F. Hipwell Ian F. Hipwell

Ian F. Hipwell has recently become "of counsel" to the law firm, having retired in 2010 from the United States Department of Justice, where he served as an Assistant US Attorney.

John Di Giulio John Di Giulio

A Martindale-Hubbell recipient. Until assuming his present position as Trial-Level Compliance Officer for the Louisiana Public Defender Board, John Di Giulio was a full time criminal defense lawyer …

Philip J. House Philip J. House

After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin, Philip House moved to Louisiana to attend law school at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center in Baton Rouge.

Yigal Bander Yigal Bander

A Martindale-Hubbell recipient, Yigal Bander was born in New York City and grew up in Michigan. He moved back to New York with his family when he was 12. Yigal'›s lifelong interest in community affa…

Caitlin M. A. Chugg Caitlin M. A. Chugg

Caitlin Chugg joined the firm in 2013. She is a native New Yorker who grew up primarily in Connecticut. She attended Southern Connecticut State University and studied abroad at the University of Strat…

Scott H. Nettles Scott H. Nettles

Scott is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State Courts and concentrates his practice primarily on the area of criminal defense.

Lori E. Palmintier Lori E. Palmintier

Lori’s practice areas of criminal defense and environmental law have her in court almost every day in parishes from Assumption to Ouachita, but mainly in East Baton Rouge.

Bruce C. Bennett Bruce C. Bennett

A Martindale-Hubbell recipient, Bruce C. Bennett is a recently retired Louisiana District Judge (1988-2015), having served the people of Louisiana for almost 28 years as a trial judge of general jur…

Our Staff



Front Row (from Left to Right)

Claudine Smith, Caitlin Chugg, Ashley Bunch, Kellye Palermo

Back Row (from Left to Right)

Kristin McKinley, Toby Pierce, Jay Thomas