Fighting for You and Your Loved Ones

An injury that wasn’t your fault shouldn’t become an obstacle that prevents you from living life to the fullest. Here at Waitz & Downer, we believe that you deserve justice when accidents happen, and our team of lawyers stands ready to fight for you and provide you the legal representation you deserve across a range of industries, sectors, and aspects of life. With over 100 years of combined experience representing clients in the state of Louisiana, our firm has the knowledge and personal care you need to achieve the legal outcome you deserve.

Personal Injury

Have you or a loved one suffered serious physical or emotional injuries due to another person’s negligence? With decades of successful cases under our belts, our experienced personal injury attorneys are equipped to help you get the compensation you deserve when you’re faced with 18-wheeler accidents, aviation accidents, wrongful deaths, and boating accidents. Time is of the essence in the face of personal injuries, and you need an attorney who is willing to fight for you and your family.

Maritime and Offshore Injuries

The oil and gas industries are the heart of life in South Louisiana, and we know how devastating it is when injuries result from committed work performed in these sectors. For over five decades, Waitz & Downer has represented clients in Louisiana’s Gulf Coast region for injuries in maritime accidents including offshore drilling rigs, towboats or tugboats, barges, or other water vessels. Our team is ready and willing to ensure you receive the justice you deserve for harm sustained on the job.

Hurricane Claims

Hurricanes can cause catastrophic damage to homes, property and more. If your insurance company disputes your claim, our firm has the experience required to help you recover what you deserve.

Let Our Family Take Care Of Yours

The law firm of Waitz & Downer was founded in 1971 by the late Joseph L. Waitz to provide legal practice to the Gulf Coast region through a specialization in helping injured persons and devastated families who have suffered a catastrophic loss in an oil field accident, maritime accident, auto or boating accident that resulted in serious personal injury or wrongful death.

The firm also counsels clients on Social Security and disability claims, as well as wills and successions.

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Our Firm

With a legal team who hails from the Gulf Coast Region and knows well the workings of the region’s unique industries, Waitz & Downer is committed to treating clients like family by maintaining a family-like atmosphere within the walls of the firm. They have stood by South Louisiana residents through some of the region’s most challenging times, whether from oil spills or catastrophic hurricanes.


At present, Waitz & Downer comprises the expertise of former Louisiana Speaker of the House Hunt Downer and Mr. Waitz’s children: Terrebonne Parish District Attorney Joe Waitz Jr, who is of counsel, and daughter Mary Waitz Riviere. The firm’s talent is rounded out by Mr. Waitz’s grandson Joseph Waitz III, as well as attorneys Ellen Daigle Doskey and Gary Williams Jr. 

We handle a variety of legal matters involving:

To schedule a free confidential consultation to discuss your personal injury claim, wrongful death claim, or Social Security benefits with our experienced team of lawyers please call us at 985-876-0870 or fill out the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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