Firm History

Fishing on the dock
Herman Midlo preparing for his next trial.
Rene Lehmann

Rene Lehmann as he starts his legal career.

In the early years
Herman Midlo at the beginning and end of his life as an active lawyer.

Rene and Razele Lehmann.

332 Chartres St.
Original French Quarter Office
Founded in 1927

Herman Midlo, Rene’s father-in-law and Larry’s grandfather, began practicing law in 1927. While working as a tailor on South Rampart Street, he attended Loyola Law School at night, and then began to serve the customers of his tailor shop in a legal capacity. He built his law practice by championing the rights of many by fighting for rights of workers, members of religious organizations and minority groups. He developed a thriving real estate practice by arranging private mortgage financing thus making home ownership available to minorities during the Jim Crow era.

Herman’s son-in-law, René Lehmann, became his partner in 1950 practicing under the name of Midlo & Lehmann at 332 Chartres Street in the French Quarter until moving to larger offices in 1984. René developed the foundation for the firm’s present emphasis on estate, charitable and business transition planning.

William D. Norman, Jr. joined the firm in 1968 to practice in the oil and gas arena and has also become a catalyst for the firm’s charitable planning through his involvement in Jewish community service.

Rene’s son, Larry, joined the firm in 1977 and along with Aaron Marcus, who became a member of the firm in 1991, expanded and further developed the firm’s trust and estate practice. Aaron remained with us until his untimely death in 2008. Laura Fine, our newest partner, began her career as an associate shortly after Aaron’s passing and has quickly achieved partnership status in recognition of her professional excellence and hard work.

Herman Midlo and Rene Lehmann built the firm on a philosophy of respecting everyone, and truly caring for their clients. Today, descendants of their first clients trust us as their primary advisors. Laura Fine represents the beginning of the fourth generation of a law firm built on helping clients transfer their values in addition to their valuables.