Welcome to Ayres Warren Shelton & Williams

Formed in 2008 by attorneys, each of whom have more than twenty years of experience and who have practiced together for almost all of that time, Ayres, Warren, Shelton & Williams, L.L.C. owns the reputation of being comprised of members who are among Louisiana's leading business law and litigation attorneys. We advise a variety of business clients, both large and sophisticated and small and focused, in a number of practice areas. We handle major transactions and litigation for public companies, but we understand and attend to the needs of new and emerging companies.

Our Attorneys

Justin N. Myers

Justin practices as a litigation and trial attorney with the firm, handling complex commercial and business litigation and appellate matters, and handles complex oil and gas title matters.

Justin graduated from Louisiana State University's Law Center in 2011.  Upon graduation, Justin was recognized as a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for the top ten percent of each graduating class.

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Lee H. AyresLee is principally a trial lawyer. He has extensive experience in civil litigation, including business and commercial disputes, products liability claims, professional malpractice defense, trucking defense, personal injury claims, fraud claims, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith defense.

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Steven R. Baker

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1955, then moving with his family to Shreveport, Louisiana in 1966, Steve is a 1977 alumnus of Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, from which he received a B.A. degree in history.  First working after graduation as an admissions counselor for that college, he went on to attend the Louisiana State University Law Center, 

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J. Benjamin Warren, Jr.Ben's practice focuses primarily on corporate, partnership and planning areas with an emphasis on federal and state taxation. He has represented a variety of business clients in numerous transactions involving acquisitions, mergers and reorganizations. He has extensive experience with oil and gas transactions. 

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Britttany practices as a litigation and trial attorney with the firm, handling complex litigation, trial and appellate matters.

Brittany graduated Magna Cum Laude from Louisiana State University's Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2012.  Upon graduation, Brittany was recognized as a member of the Order of the Coif, an honor reserved for the top ten percent of each graduating class.  Brittany served as an Issue Editor on the Louisiana Law Review.

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John R. WilliamsJohn's practice primarily involves business related issues including corporate and partnership planning areas with an emphasis in tax planning. He has represented many local and regional clients in a variety of transactions and has extensive experience in developing sophisticated estate plans in both Texas and Louisiana.

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John R. WilliamsStephen is a partner for the firm and is a transactional attorney who practices in the areas of corporate, partnership, securities compliance, estate planning and succession law with a particular emphasis on entity formation, mergers and acquisitions, equity and debt financings and oil and gas transactions.

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John R. WilliamsRoss is an associate of the firm whose practice is focused primarily on transactional matters, with an emphasis on oil and gas and real estate transactions.

Prior to attending law school, Ross graduated from Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge where he obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. In 2013, Ross graduated Cum Laude from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2013

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Curtis R. SheltonCurtis practices commercial law handling litigation, general business, and transactional matters. His experience includes representing parties to business and contract disputes in state and federal courts, representation of lenders in bankruptcy courts, complex commercial transactions and preparing contracts and business policies for on-going operations.

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J. Todd BensonTodd is a trial lawyer handling oil and gas and commercial and business disputes, substantial personal injury matters, and appeals in state and federal courts.

Todd received his undergraduate and law degrees at Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and the Order of the Coif, an honorary society of the top ten percent of each graduating class.

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News & Updates

  • Lee H. Ayres was asked to serve again on the LADC Trial Academy faculty.

    April 25, 2014

    The Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel started the trial academy thirty years ago as a means to develop and enhance the trial skills of young lawyers across the state.  Lee has been a proud member of that faculty for the last decade.  Once again, this year, Lee will serve on the faculty.  The 2014 LADC Trial Academy is scheduled from July 31 through August 2, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

  • Lee H. Ayres served on the faculty of the Defense Research Institute's Trial Tactics Seminar.

    April 25, 2014

    On March 12-14, 2014, the Defense Research Institute's (DRI) held its annual Trial Tactics seminar in Miami Beach, Florida.  This year's program was a unique, compelling and highly instructive "mock trial" seminar whereby preeminent trial attorneys across the country participated in the mock trial.  The faculty members made opening statements, examined witnesses and made closing statements in front of an actual judge, a real jury and the seminar attendees.  After each statment, presentation or argument, the attendees were allowed to ask questions based on what they learned from the examples provided by the outstanding faculty.  The faculty members came across the country to participate in this mock trial.  Lee was honored and privileged to be asked to give the closing argument on behalf of the plaintiff.

  • Lee H. Ayres, J. Todd Benson, Stephen J. Paine, J. Benjamin Warren, Jr. and John R. Williams have been selected for listing in Super Lawyers Magazine in Louisiana for 2014.

    April 16, 2014

    Lee H. Ayres, J. Todd Benson, Stephen J. Paine, J., Benjamin Warren, Jr. and John R. Williams have once again been selected for listing in Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014. Lee was selected in the area of general litigation. Ben and John were selected in the area of tax law. Todd was slected in the area of litigation.  Also selected for 2014 as a "rising star" was Stephen Paine. Stephen was so selected in the areas of business and corporate law.

  • Several attorneys at our firm were named as top attorneys for 2014 by SB Magazine.

    April 16, 2014

    Lee H. Ayres, Steven R. Baker, J. Todd Benson, Curtis R. Shelton, Stephen J. Paine, J. Benjamin Warren, Jr. and John R. Williams have all been named as top attorney's for 2014 by SB Magazine. SB Magazine's listing is compiled from votes by lawyers, and lawyers are not allowed to nominate themselves.

  • Stephen J. Paine and Andrew T. Sullivan Present for the National Business Institute

    January 16, 2014

    Stephen J. Paine and Andrew T. Sullivan were the faculty presenters for a National Business Institute conference that was entitled "Securities Law Compliance for Common Oil and Gas Transactions".  This presentation educated attorneys on the securities aspects of common oil and gas transactions and the consequences of non-compliance with federal and state securities laws.

  • All of our attorneys were named as top attorneys for 2013 by SB Magazine.

    May 6, 2013

    All of the firm's attorneys have been named as top attorney's for 2013 by SB Magazine. SB Magazine's listing is compiled from votes by lawyers, and lawyers are not allowed to nominate themselves.

  • Brittany L. Myers accepts associate offer to join Ayres, Warren, Shelton & Williams

    May 6, 2013

    Brittany has accepted our offer to become an associate at Ayres, Warren, Shelton & Williams and began practicing with the firm in April 2013 in our litigation section.  She is a 2012 graduate of LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where she was a member of the Order of the Coif, having graduated in the top ten percent of her law school class.  She also served as an Issue Editor on the Louisiana Law Review.  In 2008, Brittany received a B.A. in Speech Communication from the University of Louisiana at Monroe summa cum laude with a cumulative grade point average of 4.0 while being ranked #1 in her graduating class.

  • Ross E. Tuminello accepts associate offer to join Ayres, Warren, Shelton & Williams

    February 22, 2013

    Ross E. Tuminello has accepted our offer to become an associate at Ayres, Warren, Shelton & Williams beginning in August 2013.  Ross will graduate from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in May 2013, where he was on the Chancellor's list three times.  During his third year of law school, Ross has been Managing Editor of the Mineral Law Institute Newsletter.  Ross graduated from LSU in May 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management.  Ross will be joining the firm in our transactional group doing a variety of real estate, oil and gas and other transactions. 

  • Lee H. Ayres, J. Todd Benson, Stephen J. Paine, J. Benjamin Warren, Jr. and John R. Williams have been selected for listing in Super Lawyers Magazine in Louisiana for 2013.

    February 21, 2013

    Lee H. Ayres, J. Todd Benson, Stephen J. Paine, J. Benjamin Warren, Jr. and John R. Williams have been selected for listing in Super Lawyers Magazine in Louisiana for 2013.  Lee was selected in the area of general litigation.  Ben and John were selected in the area of tax law.  Todd was selected in the area of business litigation.  Also selected for 2013 as a "rising star" was Stephen J. Paine.  Stephen was so selected in the areas of business and corporate law.  Each of Lee, Todd, Stephen, Ben and John have been selected in past years.

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clients in numerous
areas of law.

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Transactional Law

Taxation

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