Profile

As one of the most experienced real estate lawyers in New Orleans, Managing Partner Robert Steeg is highly respected for his handling of a wide variety of real estate transactions.

Reflecting on his 38 years of experience in this field, Rob points to two important aspects of his approach to his law practice. “First, I try to treat every client with respect and with awareness that the transaction at hand is one of the most important things in their life at this moment.”

“Second, I try to understand the business realities my client is facing, and what my client is trying to accomplish in the transaction. Then, I can tailor my services to serve the client’s goals.”

These qualities have contributed to him being widely recognized by his peers as one of the best in the industry through inclusion in The Best Lawyers in AmericaChambers USA, Super Lawyers, New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Hall of Fame and New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers. Rob was also named Best Lawyers 2019 “Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law in New Orleans.

Rob has assisted hundreds of clients with handling thousands of purchases, sales, loans and leases for all sizes and kinds of real estate throughout the southeast Louisiana region, including industrial, office, multi-family, and retail properties.

Representative Transactions and Cases

  • Represented purchaser in acquisition of $3.3 million commercial property in Jefferson Parish
  • Business formation and negotiation of upscale shopping center lease for new retail business in downtown New Orleans.
  • Successful conditional use application for expanding commercial business in downtown New Orleans.
  • Preparation and negotiation of loan documents for refinancing of multi-million dollar multi-family apartment complex in New Orleans.
  • Preparation and negotiation of major amendment and extension of office lease in downtown New Orleans.
  • Purchase and development of site for company-owned office building in Jefferson Parish.

Professional Activities

  • Member, New Orleans, Louisiana and American Bar Associations
  • Commissioner and Former Chair, New Orleans City Planning Commission, The City of New Orleans
  • Member, International Conference of Shopping Centers
  • Member, ABA Section of Real Property, Trust, and Estate Law
  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association Real Estate Law Committee
  • Former Member, Tax Fairness Commission, Official Mayoral Advisory Committee
  • Former Member, City of New Orleans Board of Zoning Adjustments
  • Former Member, New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women

Recognition

  • Chambers USA – Real Estate (since 1994)
  • Martindale-Hubbell – AV Preeminent
  • Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” for Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, New Orleans (2019)
  • The Best Lawyers in America – Banking and Finance Law, Commercial Finance Law, Commercial Transactions/UCC Law, Corporate Law, Real Estate Law (since 1995)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Real Estate (since 2008)
  • New Orleans CityBusiness – Money Maker (2017, 2014)
  • New Orleans CityBusiness – Leadership in Law Hall of Fame (Leadership in Law 2018, 2016, 2010)
  • New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers – Real Estate Law, Commercial Transactions/LLS Law and Corporate Law
  • University of Pennsylvania – Graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Summa Cum Laude
  • Boston College Law School – Order of Coif and Recipient of West Publishing Co. Award for Outstanding Scholarship

Publications

  • Regular contributing columnist on real estate for Reuters Legal News and Westlaw Today
  • “6 Small Issues With Real Estate Documents That Can Turn Into Big Problems,” Reuters Legal News, Attorney Analysis column, May 11, 2023
  • “Modernizing Real Estate Purchase Agreements for 2023 and Beyond,” Reuters Legal News, Attorney Analysis column, February 8, 2022
  • “Practical provisions for commercial leases in light of changing times,” Reuters Legal News, Attorney Analysis column, November 18, 2022

Civic and Community

  • Trustee, New Orleans Museum of Art;  Member, Executive Committee; Former President; Former Chair, Acquisitions Committee
  • Member, Executive Council, WWNO
  • Member and Committee Co-Chair, Goldring Family Foundation Center for Jewish-Multicultural Affairs
  • Former Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans; Former Member, Executive Committee
  • Former Board Member, Congregation Temple Sinai
  • Former Member, LSU Health Sciences Center Department of Psychiatry Advisory Board 
  • Former Board Member, Metropolitan Crime Commission

Special Experience

  • Licensed Title Insurance Agent
  • Executive Editor, Environmental Affairs Law Review, 1977-1978, Boston College Law School
  • Law Clerk to the Hon. Fred J. Cassibry (U.S.D.C., E.D. LA.) 1978-1979

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