Lawrence E. Chehardy
Lawrence Chehardy is one of the founding members of the firm. For thirty-four
years, Lawrence Chehardy also served as the Assessor of Jefferson Parish,
and was the leading authority on Louisiana’s property tax laws.
Mr. Chehardy has testified before numerous legislative committees regarding
property tax laws and property tax exemptions.
During his years as Assessor, Lawrence Chehardy served as President, Vice-president,
and Treasurer of the Louisiana Assessors’ Association. He also served
on numerous boards and committees of the association. In addition to speaking
to numerous local organizations and civic groups, Mr. Chehardy has also
been a guest speaker at the American Bar Association’s Continuing
Legal Education Seminar for lawyers as well as the International Association
of Assessing Officers’ continuing education seminars.
His career spans four decades and Mr. Chehardy has been responsible for
significant legislation on numerous occasions. For example, he is the
principal architect of post-Katina and post-Rita legislation that insures
that property owners whose property was damaged as a result of these hurricanes
would not be unfairly taxed on the full value of their property but rather
on the value of their property in its damaged condition. This legislation
has helped significantly with the rebirth and revitalization of those
areas devastated by the storms by reducing the property tax burden in
Outside of his legal and tax career, Mr. Chehardy has extensive knowledge
of politics, political campaigning, and the political process, and has
been instrumental in the election of numerous candidates through endorsements
as well as campaign strategy.