Decades of Combined Legal Experience

When your firm faces a legal challenge or a dispute, you need a Baton Rouge business lawyer with experience, unparalleled legal knowledge and a demonstrable record of success in the courtroom.

The Louisiana attorneys of Carleton Shoenfelt & Chapman, have decades of cumulative legal experience and are true trial lawyers. We attend trials regularly and provide the winning edge that effective trial advocacy brings to any legal dispute.

Practice Areas

What makes property division contentious?

Few personal processes are more complicated than divorce. This process involves people, their feelings and fears, and their joint assets, and few people come out happy. Most divorces also involve contentious property division of marital assets. These are the reasons...

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The importance of employment contracts for smaller companies

An employment contract refers to the understanding of things such as job responsibilities, duration of employment and pay rate between an employer and an employee. Many employers have new hires sign a contract for various reasons when they come on board. Here are some...

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Other Key Practice Areas

Appellate Litigation
Business and Commercial Law

Construction Law

Eminent Domain
Employment Contracts
Outsourcing General Counsel
Environmental Law
Personal Injury

Insurance Defense

Products Liability & Premises Liability

Lease Negotiations & Landlord -Tenant Disputes

Wills and Estate Planning
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Your Defense. Proactively.

Premises and Products Defense. Commercial and Construction Defense.

Resourceful Representation
in a Number of Legal Areas


Martindale-Hubbell | Peer Rated | For Ethical Standards and Legal Ability | 2022
Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2022
Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2021
Martindale-Hubbell | AV | Preeminent | Peer Rated For Highest Level of Professional Excellence | 2018
Martindale-Hubbell | Distinguished | Peer Rated For High Professional Achievement | 2018
Martindale-Hubbell | Client Champion | Platinum / 2018
Rated By Super Lawyers | Stephen C. Carleton |
Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars Mary Katherine Shoenfelt |
Rated By Super Lawyers | Rising Stars J. Jacob Chapman |

Focused on Your Case

We have found that our clients want value, but not at the expense of experience. Most clients wish for their case to be handled by one attorney or a pair of attorneys. However, clients wish for their assigned lawyers to collaborate with a knowledgeable legal team whenever necessary.

At Carleton Shoenfelt & Chapman, we promise that an experienced attorney will always be dedicated to your case. However, we often consult with other members of our legal team. Our approach ensures that clients receive the benefits both of single-attorney commitment and the legal knowledge of a larger attorney team with comprehensive experience.

We Know That Reasonable Legal Costs Are Also a Priority

The inner workings of a law firm can seem a bit mysterious from the outside. Clients often wonder why their costs tend to be higher than expected.

We keep costs low by focusing on the case result from the beginning of each case. By focusing on the outcome, not on increasing the fees and overstaffing cases, we have earned a long-term reputation for cost-effective results. At Carleton Shoenfelt & Chapman, our clients receive our commitment and collaboration at a reasonable cost.