One Texas Centre
415 Texas Street, Ste. 101
Shreveport, LA 71101
M-F: 8:30 am - 5:30 pm
Neil T. Erwin, JD
Neil Erwin’s law practice has focused for over 35 years on practical, creative solutions in the field of local government law. This has included, when necessary, litigation of rights and obligations.
During his career, he has had the privilege to represent both governmental bodies and businesses (including Wal-Mart, Kroger, Safeway, and Rite-Aid), gaining a unique perspective and understanding of the problems and opportunities of different sides.
This perspective and experience allows the creation of customized, practical approaches to assist in achieving client’s unique goals and projects aimed at community growth.
He is admitted to legal practice in both Louisiana and Texas.
Professional & Community Involvement
Extensive zoning and land use regulation legal services for local governments on a regular and comprehensive outsourced basis, which can be coordinated with the principal municipal or parish attorney.
Legal advice and management assistance in developing future land use plans mandated by law as well as inclusive master planning and subdivision regulation.
Economic development, including public-private partnerships, cooperative endeavor/intergovernmental agreements, and special districts.
General legal representation of local government, including administrative, real estate, contracts, and local-state relations (including changes in law from drafting through coordination of enactment efforts).
Litigation representation in a broad range of complex governmental and commercial legal matters (including zoning and land use, lease rights, access control, and contract interpretation and enforcement).
LSU Law Center
Editor, Louisiana Municipal Law Journal
Attended Washington University (St. Louis) School of Law, 1974-75
Southern Methodist University
BFA Political Communications, 1974
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- State Bar of Texas
- Louisiana City Attorneys Association (President, 2012)
- Urban Land Institute (Associate Member)
- International Municipal Lawyers Association
- Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (Past Chair)
- Top Attorneys, Shreveport-Bossier (SB Magazine)
- LSUS Chancellors Advisory Board (Past Chair)
- Southern University-Shreveport “Southern Gentleman” Award, 2014
- Member, Past Captain & King, Krewe of Justinian
- Member, Center for Planning Excellence (CPEX)
- Member, First Presbyterian Church, Shreveport
“Who Rules? State-Local Government Preemption Controversies in Louisiana” , Louisiana City Attorneys Association, Fall, 2016
“Who Are You Calling Arbitrary? A Guide to Help Protect Your Land Use Decisions Without Inviting Lawsuits”, Louisiana Chapter, American Planning Association, Winter, 2016
“Who Are You Calling Arbitrary? A Guide to Help Protect Your Land Use Decisions Without Inviting Lawsuits”, Louisiana Municipal Association, Summer, 2015
“The Troublesome Top 5 Nuisances of Louisiana Communities and Your Legal Arsenal For Solving Them”, Louisiana Municipal Association, Summer, 2015
“Nonconforming Uses”, Louisiana City Attorneys Association, Spring 2014
“ABC’s of Planning and Zoning”, Louisiana City Attorneys Association, Fall, 2010; Louisiana Parish Attorneys Association, Winter, 2011
“A Downtown Renaissance: Revitalizing Main Street and Overcoming the Legal Hurdles”, Louisiana City Attorneys Association, Spring, 2010
“The Role of the Comprehensive Plan in Creating a Sense of Place”, Panel Moderator, Louisiana Chapter American Planning Association, 2009
Chair, Annual Upstate Louisiana Land Use Planning and Real Estate Development Conference, 2007 & 2008 (LSU-Shreveport)
Seminar chair or co-chair, Zoning and Land Use in Louisiana, 2003 – 2006, Shreveport, Bossier City, Baton Rouge, Lafayette (Lorman)
Seminar chair, Advanced Zoning and Land Use in Louisiana, 2004 & 2005, Baton Rouge (Lorman)
Chapter author: “Sandra Day O’Connor, Tall in the Saddle.”
Leaders of the Pack: Great Justices of the U. S. Supreme Court
(William D. Pederson, Editor; Peter Lang Publishing, New York, 2003).
Chapter co-author: “Inactive and Abandoned Sites.”
Louisiana Environmental Handbook
(Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, Rochester, 1997 & 1998).
Creative Smart Growth Advice for Government and Business Solutions
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