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Chehardy Sherman lawyers have extensive experience in many fields of law. Standing (left to right): P.J. Stakelum III, George Recile, David Sherman, Jacqueline Griffith, Steven Hayes. Seated (left to right): Michael Ellis, Lawrence Chehardy, Julian Murray.

Step inside David Sherman's heavily fenestrated office at Chehardy Sherman (1 Galleria Blvd., Suite 1100, Metairie, 833-5600; www.chehardy.com) law firm, and the surroundings reveal a New Orleanian who's enthusiastic about his community. A glass fleur de lis serves as a paperweight. There's a framed photo of Sherman decked out in royal finery from his reign as King Argus during Mardi Gras 2010. A seersucker jacket hangs from his door.

  "From the Monday after Easter to the Friday before Labor Day, I only wear seersucker," says Sherman, a partner at Chehardy Sherman who has 33 years of experience practicing law. "I seriously put all my navy and gray suits away. I have to be fashionably correct."

  His devotion to New Orleans and all its quirks is a quality endemic to the law firm, which has served the city for 22 years. "We have a good mix of attorneys who can handle any legal need ... from estate planning or will preparations to contract negotiations and real estate," says managing partner Lawrence Chehardy.

  The firm's 25 lawyers can address legal issues at the parish, state or federal levels. Because these lawyers practice in different fields of law, clients have access to a range of professionals who can assist with any legal issue that arises.

  Chehardy Sherman also makes community outreach a priority. Sherman is a founding member of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, a nonprofit organization that works to attract sporting events like the NBA All-Star game and the AAU Junior Olympics to New Orleans.

  "As far as the firm is concerned, we're very proud of it," Sherman says. "Our advertising uses the phrase 'firm for all.' Not only do we make our own living, but we're involved in various aspects of the community, and we also give back."

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