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David Band, PLC
David Band

422 S. Broad St.
New Orleans LA 70119
877-DRUNK-02 or 877-378-6502

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David Band, PLC


Professional Law Corporation

422 South Broad St. New Orleans, LA 70119

New Orleans, Louisiana 70119

Please Call : 800-KICK DUI

P O Box 792323, New Orleans, LA 70179

Check out http://www.davidband.com/

Our Office Building (for the last 43 years) is only half a block from the Criminal Courts Building near the intersection of Tulane and Broad. The office is really neat, survived Katrina, and "cool". In fact, we're the first one back in a neighborhood devastated by the Hurricane. We have plenty of complimentary OFF-STREET PARKING, and love to sit out in the back yard under the oak tree and barbeque between clients). The office on S. Board St. is totally back and we have plenty of office space for additional lawyers or even a coffee shop downstairs.


Although we handle some CRIMINAL cases, in fact we specialize in PERSONAL INJURY and have extensive experience in DOMESTIC relations, divorce, alimony, Municipal and Traffic, DWI, traffic tickets, and a well rounded and very general assortment of all kinds of cases. NOBODY preserves your personal injury evidence (photographs of the injury, accident scene, etc.) better or faster for the most effective presentation to adjusters in court. David Band is an expert photographer and will take brilliant photos immediately which is the secret way to get top dollar for a PI case.


Our computer network has templates for thousands of forms and processes to untangle every person's legal problems, and we can offer immediate filing in the various courts in and around New Orleans. Come on in. Lisette, our onsite certified paralegal and notary can help you and Mr. Band likes to talk to current and prospective clients on simple walk-ins between quite complex matters. David Band prides himself on being a friendly guy - often a sharp contrast to the larger more impersonal firms downtown.


Shortly, David Band, will cut a TV Commercial saying: "Don't you believe all those huckster lawyers' advertising on TV these days. In spite of what they say, a personal injury lawsuit is not a lottery where you strike it rich just from hiring that lawyer. The truth is that you will not get those ridiculous results unless 1) You have a serious injury 2) The accident was the fault of the other party and not you 3) The other party has good liability insurance and 4) The policy which covers the accident is substantial. Sadly, all too often all four of these conditions are not present, and you will not get over a hundred thousand dollars. But those lawyers advertising are misleading the public, demeaning the profession of lawyers, and driving up insurance rates because of the powerful insurance lobby which gleefully gets to insinuate that premiums should be exorbitant because claims are so much out of reality." When you hire a lawyer, David Band won't build false hopes - just explain to you what is expected and recover for you a reasonable amount of damages for your claim based on the above four factors.


Practicing law in the same location for 35 years at the same South Broad Street location, David Band is down to earth and accessible. The office phone is forwarded to an attorney's cell phone so you can reach him personally 24 hours a day. While some attorneys spend millions to advertise extensively for only personal injury clients, the fact is that those attorneys usually only handle personal injury and do not have full service law firms, and after the first call, the client probably won't ever speak to an attorney again, as his case is handled by a clerical paralegal in the big Personal Injury mill. We're not just a personal injury firm, but a well rounded firm, with extensive experience handling Personal Injury, DWI, criminal defense, divorce, child custody and support, and a myriad of many common legal problems. And we do it all, because we want to build a client base from which the serious personal injury cases ultimately surface. We try to help individuals as their family lawyer, so that when a serious accident case arises, you'll think of us.


Prospective clients should know that the law offices of David Band have been in the same place on Broad Street in New Orleans since 1972. Mr. Band has himself recently had back surgery and understands the pain of a herniated disc and sciatica, and would never settle out a serious back case prematurely. The life long consequences are just too great to get hustled through a quick settlement. David Band is there for his clients as the pages on this site will show for visitors who take the time to browse.


We are a persistent Law Firm that has experience in a wide range of legal specialties. Of course we do handle Automobile/Motorcycle traumatic injury cases involving crashes when the victim gets hit by an 18 wheeler. It's just that we're not driven solely by the cash prospects (which might motivate us to spend thousands of dollars on TV advertising to scoop up the clients and cull out only the very best cases for quick and easy settlements - hiring large staffs just to screen the calls) - but rather we'd rather take on cases for everybody - simply out of a desire to help people - and we will take a difficult case. We'd rather keep our overhead low and enjoy the process of helping people, sometimes with difficult cases. While lawyers in the smaller firms come and go, David Band supervises each case personally, and has developed a set of templates for the cases to be sure they proceed according to his tried and true processes.


The attorney spending tens of thousands of dollars (sometimes millions) to get your attention with those tacky huckster TV commercials (that are generic across the country with many attorneys, all with the same slogans and with the same "satisfied clients" is very unlikely to talk to you unless your case is one of his major cases. Otherwise, you're handled by paralegals and secretaries. (We have no problem with tasteful and informative advertising). The Band Firm believes in the old fashioned method of practicing law: Get to know your attorney personally, feel free to talk to him personally - any time -expect your phone calls to be returned - work with him. David Band believes the catchy adverting campaigns to make prospective clients think they might win the lottery by calling some of these advertisers are disgraceful and demeaning to the legal profession. And those guys come and go, and probably won't take your case unless it's quick and easy, with huge damages, easily proven liability, deep insurance pockets, and a client who won't hold out for the principal of full and fair compensation.


"DO IT YOURSELF LAW (with the close assistance of your attorney)" might not be far off in describing the methods by which the clients of David Band are invited to participate in the development of their case. We handle not only Personal Injury Cases but a wide variety of general interest cases. And we believe in involving the client to assist us with high tech collaboration. From this web site (see Personal Injury, Divorce, ) particularly, the client is requested to submit/type up a detailed submission of the facts, names, addresses, phone numbers, and details of the offending circumstances - from which The Firm gleans the necessary data to "run with" for the rest of the case. We find that if the client is actively involved in preparing the issues, we produce more accurate and effective work, from which we "put the proper spin" into the pleadings and correspondence - which makes for a winning combination and a better result.


The David Band Law Firm is a neighborhood law clinic in Mid City New Orleans available to clients with almost any type of legal problems. Mr. Band often answers his own phone which, even after hours, is forwarded to her cell phone, and his law practice handles many different cases for all kinds of people and all kinds of cases. By helping ordinary people, and developing a 30 year client base, he finds that major cases drop in from the most unexpected sources from which substantial recoveries can be earned. The Band Law Firm produces major fees only by producing for the client - which he has been doing for 30 years - both small and large cases. Personal Injury cases are handled on a contingency basis (No charges unless you effect a recovery - the "Poor Man's Key to the Courthouse") while the Law Firm accepts VISA and Mastercard for many other cases of Divorce, Civil Litigation, and Criminal Cases. We are building a firm of lawyers who will focus on a narrow area of law, whether it be personal injury, bankruptcy, criminal, domestic, or traffic. David Band directs the lawyer closely if he is not handling the case himself, and in any event, the client is always welcome to work with David Band personally.


WALK IN CONSULTATIONS ANYTIME:


Many people in New Orleans rarely have an opportunity to talk to a lawyer who can speak their language about the most common problems facing life on the street in New Orleans : automobile liability issues, slip and fall, premises liability, landlord tenant issues, criminal and traffic arrests, auto purchase and warranty issues, notarial matters, and other otherwise quite petty issues. The personal injury client (legitimate personal injury only - no runners, no feigned cashing in on public transportation accidents are tolerated, no hustlers and professional litigants) is often handled on a pure contingency basis where there is solid provable liability, insurance coverage, and more than just minor injuries At 422 S. Broad, walk-ins are welcome - and clients are often surprised to see an attorney sitting at the receptionist desk, ready to answer their questions without an appointment.


Law Firm Goals - To Help All People - Promptly, for a reasonable price, with exceptional competence, and to ALWAYS BE AVAILABLE - to involve each client with the legal and factual issues in his case


David Band, while not a large firm with an overwhelming wealth of financial resources (we like to call it a Boutique Law Firm) , is building a firm of specialists, and in any event, is well connected to many other specialists in the legal industry. Once you retain David Band, he will stay with your case, even though you may find your matter worked on by specialist attorneys you did not at first meet. In other words, you get personalized service with David Band, and also the best legal minds available.


Sonny Knoll has recently joined the firm and, though just out of Loyola Law School, is an eager young lawyer, persistent, and very interested in the practice of law on the plaintiff side. He is sure to be a considerable asset.


David Band and his associates handle a wide variety of different legal problems, with an assistant trained to review the notarial demands and routine cases, and prepare the necessary pleadings. We are able to instantly get to all courts in the New Orleans area by offering immediate responsiveness for filing and research in the libraries and courts and conveyance and mortgage offices through his use of a motorcycle kept at the office for use on dry days.


Firm Principals' Profile


David Band has been practicing law as a trial attorney in New Orleans for 34 years, since being admitted to the bar in 1970 - 34 years. He first practiced as an Assistant District Attorney under Jim Garrison, former District Attorney before Harry Connick. for whom he worked in Sections F, Judge Oliver Schulingkamp, and B, Oliver Braniff, before being appointed head of Fraud and Rackets Division. After leaving the District Attorney's Office, he settled in the area of the New Orleans Criminal Court Building, but gradually developed a general practice and earned an L.L.M. Masters in Admiralty for his work in maritime personal cases.


Mr. Band has automated many of the routine demand letters, suits, and notarial affidavits often needed by individuals to straighten out their every day dilemmas. Charges for these routine matters are reasonable because of the Band Firm’s use of templates from the computer, and are usually handled by his Paralegals and secretaries, who are never authorized to sign a notarial signature, but prepare the documents and present them to Mr. Band only after verifying the signatories' identities in Mr. Band's office - at which time the Notary himself then "notarizes" the documents in an expedited process.


Mr. Band is now employing and recruiting additional young attorneys to do the leg work, interviewing clients and handling simple cases - all subject to his close supervision. We have positions available for self motivated lawyers who want to hang out a shingle and jump into the thick of the action with a special interest in developing a practice in criminal and domestic relations law.


Driving While Intoxicated Conviction will kill you for years

While there is never a guarantee, but the Administrative Suspension of one's licence is overturned in 85% of the cases we handle. The DWI's in Traffic Court is considerably harder, but can very likely be plea bargained down to a manageable non alcohol related plea, saving you thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums. It is IMPERATIVE that a defendant having received a DWI file for an administrative hearing within 10 days of receiving the ticket - otherwise your license will be administratively suspended for 90 days just because you blew in excess of .10, the presumptive limit of Blood Alcohol Level. But bear in mind that the Administrative Hearing and Administrative Process for a license suspension is in addition to the criminal proceeding in Traffic Court, where you will have to go before a Traffic Judge to defend your charges. David Band will appear in both proceedings for you, ensure that the proper subpoenas are issued for the arresting officer in the administrative proceedings so that, if the arresting officer dosen't show (and they usually don't) you win by default and do not suffer the automatic suspension of your license for a minimum of 90 days.

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Firm Principals' Profile

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David Band has been practicing law as a trial attorney in New Orleans for 34 years, since being admitted to the bar in 1970 - 34 years.  He first practiced as an Assistant District Attorney under Jim Garrison, former District Attorney before Harry Connick. for whom he worked in Sections F, Judge Oliver Schulingkamp, and B, Oliver Braniff, before being appointed head of Fraud and Rackets Division.  After leaving the District Attorney's Office, he settled in the area of the New Orleans Criminal Court Building, but gradually developed a general practice and earned an L.L.M. Masters in Admiralty for his work in maritime personal cases.  

          Mr. Band has automated many of the routine demand letters, suits, and notarial affidavits often needed by individuals to straighten out their every day dilemmas. Charges for these routine matters are reasonable because of the Band Firm’s use of templates from the computer, and are  usually handled by his  Paralegals and secretaries, who  are never authorized to sign a  notarial signature, but  prepare the documents and present them  to Mr. Band only after verifying the signatories' identities in Mr. Band's office - at which time the Notary himself then "notarizes" the documents in an expedited process.  

       Mr. Band is now employing and recruiting additional young attorneys  to do the leg work, interviewing clients and handling simple cases - all subject to his close supervision. We have positions available for self motivated lawyers who want to hang out a  shingle and jump into the thick of the action with a special interest in developing a practice in criminal and domestic relations law.

Please Call: 877-DRUNK-02 

 877-378-6502

Traffic and DUI Court

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David Band is AVAILABLE 24 HOURS PER DAY.  CALL 504-0259-5150 FOR AFTER HOURS RELEASE FROM JAIL.  Mr. Band is frequently seen in the Criminal, Traffic and Municipal Courts of New Orleans Courts

Traffic Court

bullet Hundreds of defendants in Traffic Court every day appear in Traffic Court without counsel and plead guilty and pay hundreds of dollars in fines, as well as suffering stains on their driving records that cost them dearly in terms of increased insurance premium.   With an attorney, the chances are vastly improved that  your case will simply be dropped (Nolle Prossed by the City Attorney) or reduced to a manageable matter - .  It's well worth it.  Here's a link to the New Orleans Traffic Court where you'll be able to see how expensive it can be without an attorney.
bullet DWI Bonds set and arranged 24 hours a day, Court Appearances at arraignment and Trial, Administrative Hearing with the State of Louisiana, Department of Safety and Corrections  
bullet Criminal Court Defendants need an attorney immediately to deal with the Screening Division of the District Attorney's Office to show them NOT to accept the charges filed by the police investigating officer.
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Capabilities

Traffic Tickets 
Simply by trusting to David Band your traffic Citations, you will be surprised at how much you can save  most or all all fines and costs, and your driving record.    
A Driving While Intoxicated Conviction will kill you for years
While there is never a guarantee, but  the chances of getting a plea reduction are quite good.    DWI's are much harder, but can very likely be plea bargained down to a manageable non alcohol related plea, saving you thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums.  
    It is IMPERATIVE that a defendant having received a DWI file for an administrative hearing within 10 days of receiving the ticket - otherwise your license will be administratively suspended for 90 days just because you blew in excess of .10, the presumptive limit of Blood Alcohol Level.  But bear in mind that the Administrative Hearing and Administrative Process for a license suspension is in addition to the criminal proceeding in Traffic Court, where you will have to go before a Traffic Judge to defend your charges.  David Band will appear in both proceedings for you, ensure that the proper subpoenas are issued for the arresting officer in the administrative proceedings so that, if the arresting officer dosen't show (and they usually don't) you win by default and do not suffer the automatic suspension of your license for a minimum of 90 days.  
    David Band is a Member of DUI Defenders, a nationwide network of DUI Attorneys    Here's an incredible helpful Link to an exclusively DUI attorney in Arizona who has the right idea about the way to handle these cases:  David Alan Darby seems to have the right pit bull mentality it takes to handle exclusively Criminal Cases.  David Band seeks to adopt the same mentality through handling many other matters.
                
New Orleans Traffic Court Fine Schedule
If you chose to defend yourself or simply pay a traffic ticket in New Orleans, the following (which may be outdate as fines are always on the increase) is what you can expect (PLUS COURT COSTS AND OTHER HIDDEN FEES):  

Speeding

1-9 miles over the limit            -    $114.00

10-14 Miles over the limit        -   $214.00

15-20 miles over the limit           -  $239.00

No Seat Belt:

Children 5 years and under        -  $129.00

6 years old to adult                    -  $25.00

License Plate and Equipment violations 

                                                    $109.00

Improper Turns:                            $109.00

Impeding Traffic                            $109.00

Improper Lane Usage                     $129.00

Brake Tag:                                       $159.00

Failure to use Reasonable Vigilance $159.00

Failure to Yield, Red Light, Stop Sign, Driving Against Traffic, Following too Closely, Improper Starting/Backing, Failure to Obey Officer's Signal, No Registration, No Title, Failure to Transfer Title:                                                $179.00

Careless Operation, Passing a Stopped School Bus

                                                        $209.00

   

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Curriculum Vitae

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Curriculum Vitae

Recent Public Service :

Commissioner, Veterans Affairs Commission of the State of Louisiana ('96-'00) (Governor's Appointment) 

Former Assistant District Attorney, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, under Jim Garrison, DA, 1970-1972 (Section Chief, Section "F", Judge Oliver Shulingkamp; Section "B",  Matthew Braniff,  Screening Division; Chief, Fraud and Rackets)

 1st. V.P. , Webmaster, Public Relations, New Orleans League Tennis Association  (http://www.NOLTA.org)

Member, Louisiana Republican State Central Committee, ''84-89  (Now recently changed party affiliation to Democrat)

Candidate for Judge, Civil District Court, New Orleans, two attempts, made runoffs in difficult races in a city that is 66 % African American demographic. (Ran as Republican.  Changed party affiliation to Democratic in 1999 because of the outrageous treatment of Bill Clinton by the sanctimonious Republicans ) 

EDUCATION/ DEGREES:

Isidore Newman School, K-12, New Orleans, Graduated 1967

University of Virginia, B. S. Commerce 1967

Tulane University School of Law, J. D. 1970  

        (top 2/3 of class, Moot Court Judge,  Junior and Senior Year)

Tulane University School of Law, LL. M. Masters of Admiralty Law 1980

U. S. Army Command and General's Staff School, Judge Advocate General's Basic and Advanced Courses at the JAG School, University of Virginia,  in Charlottesville, VA and numerous Continuing Military Legal Education seminars, 

David Band is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.  He was a military lawyer in the Judge Advocate Corps.  During his 27 years with the U.S. Army Reserve, he performed with a Court Martial Defense team, did extensive Legal Assistance for service members, and was extensively trained in Military Law before being assigned to the position of Public Affairs Officer for a two-star General's logistics command.   Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Band was appointed by Louisiana Governor Mike Foster a Commissioner on the Veterans Affairs Commission where he was involved  in policy administrative matters of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs leading up to the dedication of the National D-Day Museum.

Assistant District Attorney, Orleans Parish District Attorney's Office, under Jim Garrison, DA, 1970-1972 (Section chief, Section "F", Judge Oliver Shulingkamp; Screening Division; Chief, Fraud and Rackets)

SPECIAL SKILLS AND TRAINING:

Front Page 2000 (Web Publishing)

Wordperfect 6.1 for Windows, Word Perfect 5.1 for DOS

Windows '95, '98, Workgroups for Windows 3.11

Quicken, Quickbooks Pro, TurboTax

Managing Your Money

Info Select

Semi Professional Photographer

Experienced as school Newspaper photographer at U.Va., proficient use of Leica R-3 with 35-55 mm, 55 portrait, 70-105 zoom,, Nikon N70, Digital Sony Mavica,  Available light specialty, and action shots, digital photography

                                        Pilot License, Single Engine, Land, VFR

                                        Certified scuba diver

Sailor/Boat owner - '67 Columbia 29 Defender 29' sailing sloop

Other Memberships:

Commissioner, Veterans Affairs Commission for the State of Louisiana ('96-'00)

Louisiana Bar Association

New Orleans Trial Lawyer's Association

City Club of New Orleans

Honorary Deputy, Civil Sheriff's Association

Hash House Harriers Running Club

New Orleans League Tennis Association (1st. V.P. , Webmaster, Public Relations)

Rolls Royce Owner's Club

Porsche Club of America

Mardi Gras Organization

Holland Club (President - two terms)

Upper Audubon Association (former board member)

Partners in Art, New Orleans Museum of Art

Real Estate Management:

Owner - 2 bedroom ski resort rental condo, Steamboat Springs Colorado

Owner - 3 unit residential/commercial/boutique building, Magazine Street, Uptown, New Orleans

Owner - Law Office building, 422 S. Broad St., New Orleans, LA

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Lawyers' Tasteless Advertising

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Don't You Hate Personal Injury  Lawyer Advertising - 

We Do Too!!!  Man it makes us MAD!!

     Some tacky lawyers'  advertising campaigns are outrageous and David Band believes that is the cause of the unfortunate demise of law as a respected profession.  These  attorneys spend  tens  of thousands of dollars on cookie cutter generic commercials that are sold TV time across the country with many different attorneys, all with the exactly the same slogans and with the identical "satisfied clients"  - in these tacky adds which are carefully proven to get the attention of gullible prospects.

      These visible PI  lawyers with large TV advertising budgets (one in New Orleans spends some eight million dollars on advertising alone) only have impersonal  mass production "mill" operations to  use "adjusters" and paralegals to negotiate directly with the  insurance companies instead of the lawyer.  These techniques are downright unethical as ethical guidelines for lawyers require that only licensed lawyers are qualified to make direct contact with the courts, other lawyers and claims adjusters to negotiate claim.  Further, these aren't true Lawyers  in the traditional sense of the word - they handle  ONLY personal injury, and aren't qualified to render an opinion on most tangential issues that often come along with a person, such as domestic relations, traffic, criminal, bankruptcy, business law, etc. And the personal injury matters they do handle are not given any kind of priority but rather take a back burner to the advertising budget.  The attorney whose face is seen in the commercials NEVER goes into the courtroom, but rather some inexperienced lawyer in the office on a cut rate fixed salary based after one year on a straight percent of his collections will handle the case. 

.   Furthermore, to show perfectly healthy people (actors) gassing up their car, going on with their lives without any pain or obvious  injuries whatever, with a pitch for how many hundreds of thousands of dollars the lawyer has gotten for them, is absolutely outrageous.   Personal Injury isn't a lottery. These advertisers are  creating the false impression that you don't need to have a genuine injury, with paid actors  acting like clients who've  just won the lottery.  The small print says "dramatizations", but anyone with a grain of sense should realize that this is not a fair picture of the real state of affairs for any legitimate plaintiff who settles a big case.  If those clients had actually had such serious injuries to warrant such large awards, they would be in obvious pain, limping, and wouldn't be hardly so happy.  In fact, they would have very much preferred that the accident never have happened at all.

              The fact is those big advertisers do NOT get top dollar for the clients, won't really fight for the clients on difficult cases, rarely take difficult cases, and are set up to get quick and not necessarily top dollar settlements, through the use of  adjusters  and  paralegals in those  offices used to handling mostly very routine cases. Screeners carefully take the facts of each case and the client is politely advised that "It's not the type of case that the attorney will accept" if the client received a traffic ticket, if there was no insurance, if the injuries were only minor or some soft  tissue.   David Band takes many cases the big mills won't take and gets top dollar for them, even with difficulties to overcome. 

            It's actually unethical for the  "adjusters" in those  lawyer's offices to negotiate directly with the insurance company's representatives since negotiation is  an attorney function exclusively - but they go right ahead doing it.  Many insurance companies are investigating improper contacts from persons other than the lawyer himself, but in the meantime, the big mills continue. And they're squeezing out many small law firms.  

           The client with a legitimate claim should be on the lookout for promoters and hucksters - and the new breed of assembly line lawyers no longer  in the style  of Perry Mason and the great lawyers of our times.  David Band, regularly in the court houses where personal injury cases are tried, can say categorically  that all  of these advertising attorneys rarely personally try a personal injury.  It's amazing, but you rarely see Morris Bart or Frank D'Amico in the court house at Civil District Court.  Prospective clients need to understand that they are merely being lured to a mass claims processor that's mostly good to grind money out of injured peoples' misfortunes - and is not going to be sensitive to the client's very personal needs.  If the client even gets a chance to talk to the attorney, he will rarely be able to receive advice on other tangential legal issues out of the personal injury specialty, such as divorce, custody, general business transcation, criminal law, and other issues which often come up in the context of a personal injury claim.

          The  misleading adds demean the profession and embarrass legitimate law firms.  In fact because of this tacky advertising, the public at large is becoming very skeptical of lawyers in general, making large verdicts and the job of legitimate attorneys all the more difficult.  The Supreme Court says advertising is free speech for lawyers available to all, but the profession should use a  modicum of good taste to remain a "profession".  In any event, unethical  contacts between "adjusters" or paralegals in these advertiser's offices may well lead to disciplinary action.  There are plenty of good informative lawyers' adds on TV these days - just still a few too many that spoil the image of the profession for everybody else.

       Further, the rules of ethical conduct for lawyers have recently been changed to require that attorneys may NOT  offer cash advances to clients as an inducement to the employment of the attorney, may not charge excessive interest on any such loans, and must include a description of these new ethical requirements in the Retainer Contract.

       Lawyer Advertising  needs to focus on the good that lawyers can do, rather than the money aspects solely.

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Location

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David Band Law Firm

422 S. Broad Street
New Orleans, LA
504-822-2263

The David Band Law Firm is located in the geographic center of the City of New Orleans .  We are convenient to all courts of the area and right across the street from the Criminal Courts Building.  PARKING IS NO PROBLEM even in the congested Tulane and Broad Neighborhood, as we have a new parking lot with offstreet parking for 15 cars just to the left of the building (where you can see an old blue building, now demolished)

Map to our Office

Because of our geographic location and proximity to all of the courts in the New Orleans area, as well as David Band's use of a motorcycle kept at the office for use around the Central Business District on clear days, we are able to offer virtually instant and immediate service on any legal needs.

Not only is the office easy to locate, but clients can simply walk up the steps and find an attorney at a computer terminal in the reception room, ready to offer an initial "free" consultation, and advice, and a reassuring and confident suggestion to even the most complicated legal problem.

  We have been considering putting a coffee shop downstairs to offer clients a relaxed, easy manner of consultation.  


The Band Law Firm, 422 S. Broad St., New Orleans, LA  70119

With our centrally located office, we get a constant stream of walk in Notarial Clients and people with questions about the most routine and mundane legal problems. No Problem is too small or too large for the David Band Law Firm.

Our  building is a quaint 95 year old wood frame building across the street from the Criminal Court Building at Tulane and Broad..  The interior is like a 1920s New Orleans shot gun fourplex  Simply entering our waiting room is like stepping back in time.

 

We have space available for attorneys, accountants, a graphics business or copy service,  or any other internet type entrepreneurs.  Ours is a substantial size building with plenty of room for expansion with the right people.

 

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Legal Specialties

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 David Band has practiced for 37 years at Tulane and Broad with an extensive range of expertise in the following areas of law. We work usually for the individual as opposed to the corporate/defense client. WE FIGHT FOR THE LITTLE GUY in:

Personal Injury (click here for more information)

Mr. Band has himself had back surgery and understands the pain of a herniated disc and sciatica, and would never settle out a serious back case prematurely. The life long consequences are just too great to get hustled through a quick settlement. None of this flash in the pan, now you see the big advertising budget, now you don’t. David Band is there for his clients as the pages on this site will show for visitors who take the time to browse. Filing for a major personal injury case requires considerable resources, experience and tenacity on the part of your lawyer.

Maritime personal injury

Motorcycle Liability Cases

Auto Accident Litigation

Domestic Relations

Divorce

If you want a divorce fast, David Band will get it for you before you would ever expect. Click the link above to read how.

Final Divorce Decrees

Child Support and Visitation

While the heavy hitters downtown require a $5,000 retainer up front for a half-way, well-heeled divorce client, David Band’s rates are half of that and he won’t nickel and dime you for every little letter and pleading. He’s aggressive and tenacious, and in it to help you get justice, not for his own fees. Furthermore, recent changes in child custody law, the “Relocation Statute” for changing your state of domicile after Hurricane Katrina, all call for specialized knowledge of domestic law.

Community Property

After the termination of the community property regime, insist on your just share. It dosen’t have to be a complicated thing. Make a list of the assets ahead of time and bring it in to the Band Law Firm and we’ll drop it into a Sworn Descriptive List and get you on track to getting your fair share (or preserving your estate whatever the case may be).

Criminal Law

Criminal Defense to Possession and Distribution of Drugs, Burglary, Theft, Economic crime.

Traffic Cases

Speeding, Careless Driving, etc. $500 and up; Driving while Intoxicated ($1,500)

Municipal Offenses

Such as Domestic Violence, Battery, Resisting Arrest. (It’s a pity that what arrestees don’t realize is that the Municipal Judge will look favorably on a Recognizance Bond if you have a competent attorney who will promise to sign the record and handle the defense, rather than if the defendant’s only objective is to get out of jail quickly. If the defendant first contacts a bonding company, he will pay out of the nose – 10% of a $40,000 bond is likely to cost $4,000 just to get out of jail – whereas for a nominal fee, Mr. Band will appear and work out a Recognizance Bond, and you’ll then have an attorney to defend the case after getting out of jail).

Breach of Contract – Civil Litigation

Mr. Band handles most general civil disputes on an hourly basis. If you are sued, be sure to note that the Citation from the court orders you to file an Answer to the Suit within 15 days or a default judgment will be taken against you. Mr. Band will file your answer and block the default, and thereafter prepare the case to minimize your legal exposure to damages.

Notarial Practice:

We have a commissioned Notary Public, Sharen Chapman, on premises from 9 to 5 each day (even while Mr. Band is not on site) who is available for preparation of acts, affidavits and simple notarizations.

Simple Notarization of pre-prepared affidavits, applications, documents $20

Affidavits, prepared and notarized $60

Powers of Attorney starting at $60

Auto Title Transfers/Bills of Sale (not including the actual license plate) $60

Wills and Trusts $100

Transfers of Real Estate $350 (plus recording/filing costs) Not including title search or title exam

Out of Office Notarizations – Home, hospital, jail $150

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 877-378-6502

Personal Injury

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The Personal Injury Case is the mainstay of The Band Firm Law Practice

Personal Injury Practice in Louisiana

  • Maritime Personal Injury
  • Automobile Accidents
  • Premises Liability

Cases Handled

We have handled Personal Injury Cases for 30 years in a wide variety of fields. A Plaintiff having suffered personal injury because of a serious accident involving personal injuries requiring hospitalization is often in a precarious predicament – being out of work, with no source of income, no hope of where the next grocery payment will come from. David Band is experienced in jumping immediately into action to notify the employer or immediate person responsible that the claimant has a problem that he attributes to the work related accident (in the case of a seaman or maritime worker) and that immediately, a claim is to be presented to the liable party’s insurance carrier. Such a practice requires a skill in promptly investigating the issues of liability and seaman’s status, and make the technically appropriate demands to the employer to accept the responsibility of paying day to day living expenses.

NOBODY preserves your personal injury evidence (photographs of the injury, accident scene, etc.) better or faster for the most effective presentation to adjusters in court. David Band is an expert photographer and will take brilliant photos immediately which is the secret way to get top dollar for a PI case.

Mr. Band has himself had successful back surgery, a very serious leg injury from a motorcycle accident, and understands the pain of a herniated disc and sciatica, and has a titanium implant holding the bones of his left leg together, and would never settle out a serious personal injury case prematurely, before all treatment has run its course and the full residual effect of the injury is quantifies. The life long consequences are just too great to get hustled through a quick settlement. None of this flash in the pan, now you see the big advertising budget, now you don’t. David Band is there for his clients as the pages on this site will show for visitors who take the time to browse.

Maritime and Jones Act Cases – Seamen’s Personal Injury

David Band holds a Masters in Admiralty Law from Tulane University School of Law. Accordingly, he is specially trained in the litigation of Jones Act, 905(B) Litigation involving injuries to Seamen and Harborworkers.

Tractor-Trailer, Motor Vehicle Accidents

In the case of Automobile accidents, the attorney is required to establish contact immediately with the liable party to confirm insurance coverage as well as provable liability for the accident In the case of extremely serious injuries, a competent attorney will investigate not only the insurance coverage available to the immediately liable party, but also the Uninsured Motorist Coverage available to the client, as well as any third party liability possiblities. David Band will immediately counsel with the client all possibilities and develop all avenues of recovery thoroughly..

Motorcycle Accidents

(What you need to know about Motorcycle Law) Be sure you have plenty of UM – Uninsured Motorist protection – on your regular motorcycle liability policy and even on top in the form of an “Umbrella Policy” in the event you are a home owner. Umbrella coverage – which stacks beyond the limits provided in your Auto UM coverage – which is usually not very much. In the event of a motorcycle accident, bones are broken and extremely serious injuries result which are compensable by insurance.

Slip and Fall, Landlord-Tenant claims, Ruinous Conditions on Property

Premises Liability Cases can be quite difficult at time, and require immediate investigation, photographs, taking statements of witnesses, and thorough preparation. In today’s times of tightened standards for proving “Slip and Fall” cases, the unprepared lawyer will easily LOSE. David Band will develop all possible issues of evidence and law and nail down the liability issues to avoid giving the client any false confidences.

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 877-378-6502

Criminal Defense

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 877-378-6502

Criminal, Traffic and Municipal Law in New Orleans

David Band is AVAILABLE 24 HOURS PER DAY. CALL 504-0259-5150 FOR AFTER HOURS RELEASE FROM JAIL. Mr. Band is frequently seen in the Criminal, Traffic and Municipal Courts of New Orleans

Traffic Court

  • Every day hundreds of defendants with traffic tickets appear in Traffic Court without counsel, plead guilty and pay hundreds of dollars in fines, as well as suffering stains on their driving records that cost them dearly in terms of increased insurance premiums. With an attorney, the chances are vastly improved that your case will simply be dropped (Nolle Prosquied by the City Attorney) or reduced to a manageable matter – It’s well worth it. Here’s a link to the New Orleans Traffic Court where you’ll be able to see how expensive it can be without an attorney.
  • DWI Bonds set and arranged 24 hours a day, Court Appearances at arraignment and Trial, Administrative Hearings with the State of Louisiana, Department of Safety and Corrections.
  • Criminal Court Defendants need an attorney immediately to deal with the Screening Division of the District Attorney’s Office to show them NOT to accept the charges filed by the Police Investigating Officer.

Municipal Capabilities

Traffic Tickets

Simply by entrusting to David Band your traffic Citations, you will be surprised at how much you can save, most or all of fines and costs, and your driving record.

A Driving While Intoxicated Conviction will hurt you for years

While there is never a guarantee, the chances of getting a plea reduction are quite good. DWI’s are much harder, but can very likely be plea bargained down to a manageable non alcohol related plea, saving you thousands of dollars in increased insurance premiums.

It is IMPERATIVE that a defendant, having received a DWI, file for an Administrative Hearing within 10 days of receiving the ticket – otherwise your license will be administratively suspended for 90 days just because you blew in excess of .10, the presumptive limit of Blood Alcohol Level. But bear in mind that the Administrative Hearing and Administrative Process for a license suspension is in addition to the criminal proceeding in Traffic Court, where you will have to go before a Traffic Judge to defend your charges. David Band will appear in both proceedings for you, ensure that the proper subpoenas are issued for the arresting officer(s) in the administrative proceedings so that, if the arresting officer doesn’t show up (and they usually don’t) you win by default and do not suffer the automatic suspension of your license.

David Band is a Member of DUI Defenders, a nationwide network of DUI Attorneys Here’s an incredible helpful Link to an exclusively DUI attorney in Arizona who has the right idea about the way to handle these cases: David Alan Darby seems to have the right pit bull mentality it takes to handle exclusively Criminal Cases. David Band seeks to adopt the same mentality through handling many other matters.

New Orleans Traffic Court Fine Schedule

If you chose to defend yourself or simply pay a traffic ticket in New Orleans, the following (which may be outdated as fines are always on the increase) is what you can expect (PLUS COURT COSTS AND OTHER HIDDEN FEES):

Speeding

1-9 miles over the limit $114.00

10-14 Miles over the limit $214.00

15-20 miles over the limit $239.00

No Seat Belt:

Children 5 years and under $129.00

6 years old to adult $25.00

License Plate/Equipment violations $109.00

Improper Turns: $109.00

Impeding Traffic $109.00

Improper Lane Usage $129.00

Brake Tag: $159.00

Failure to use Reasonable Vigilance $159.00

Failure to Yield, Red Light, Stop Sign, Driving Against Traffic, Following too Closely, Improper Starting/Backing, Failure to Obey Officer’s Signal, No Registration, No Title, Failure to Transfer Title: $179.00

Careless Operation, Passing a Stopped School Bus

$209.00

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 877-378-6502


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