In May 1998, Daniel R. Atkinson, Sr. and his son Daniel R. Atkinson, Jr. teamed up with John W. Perry, Jr. and Daniel J. Balhoff to form a new Baton Rouge law firm. At that time, the Atkinsons had primarily practiced insurance defense law, while John Perry and Dan Balhoff had represented insurers and, more recently, plaintiffs. Joseph W. Mengis, Robert J. Burns, Jr., Randi S. Ellis, and John W. Perry, III later joined the firm, known today as Perry, Atkinson, Balhoff, Mengis, Burns & Ellis.
At its founding, the firm's lawyers devoted almost all of their time to litigation, but that is no longer the case. While our lawyers still try numerous cases, they also serve as mediators, arbitrators, Special Masters and Attorney Chairs. And Joe Mengis is one of the most respected lawyers in Louisiana in the fields of estate planning, wills, and successions.
For every case, no matter how large or small, we promise our clients: