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Represented a developer in the multi-phase development of a 72-acre mixed use site, including an office park and retail uses. Assisted the client in acquiring and assembling parcels, drafting the CCR's governing the site, negotiating a complex build-to-suit lease with a major international tenant and the sale of portions of the site to third-party developers.

Advised an international chemical company on zoning and land use matters in connection with the development of a large chemical manufacturing campus in south Louisiana.

Represented a heavy construction company in the purchase of a 60-acre industrial site for the development of a materials plant for a major market expansion.

Represented an automobile dealer in the purchase and development of two auto dealerships on 12 acres, which anchor a new phase of an adjacent shopping center development.

Represented a Canadian energy company with the development of proposed natural gas storage projects, including the acquisition of the main storage sites and corresponding pipeline and related easements, due diligence, permitting and financing.

Represented an international oil and gas services company in the reorganization of its Louisiana facilities, including the sale and acquisition of various sites and negotiation of a lease for a 17-acre primary operations site.

Acted as local counsel to a Chicago-based hotel developer in the acquisition and $10 million redevelopment of a historic hotel property in New Orleans.

Represented a municipality in the acquisition of a large, privately-owned sewerage and water system, including numerous fee-owned parcels, servitude agreements, water wells, sewer treatment plants and platted rights and facilities in roughly 135 subdivisions and service areas, in addition to facilities serving commercial customers.

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional and Civic Activities

Mr. Slaton is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a member of the American Bar Association Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section, in which he previously served as chair of the section's Land Use and Environmental Group. He is a member of the Louisiana State, Baton Rouge and New Orleans Bar Associations. He is also on the Board of Directors of the Center for Planning Excellence and is a board member of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber.

Honors & Awards

Honors & Awards

Mr. Slaton has been named to the Best Lawyers in America in the field of real estate law from 2013-2018 and was the 2017 "Lawyer of the Year" in Baton Rouge for real estate law. New Orleans magazine has recognized him as a "Top Lawyer" in real estate law and land use and zoning law. Mr. Slaton is AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbard.

News & Events


"Beyond Slip and Fall: Premises Liability in an Age of Mass Shootings," American College of Real Estate Lawyers 2018 Spring Meeting, March 24, 2018.

"Zoning Considerations," National Business Institute Attorneys' Guide to Local Government Law seminar, November 9, 2015.

"Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate:  Zoning and Land Use," American Bar Association (ABA) eCLE series, May 27, 2015.

"Land Use Law," Legal Issues for Louisiana Civil Engineers and Surveyors, May 6, 2015.

"Fundamentals of Commercial Real Estate: Commercial Real Estate Development," panelist, American Bar Association (ABA) eCLE series, May 21, 2013.

“Master the Message,” panelist, Smart Growth Summit, November 27, 2012, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

“Balancing the Scales of Justice and Your Life,” panelist, New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA) Big Easy Bootcamp, October 19, 2012, and October 15, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana.

“On the Waterfront and Other Shooting Locales -- What to Know About Site Selection Agreements,” panelist, NOBA Real Property Committee meeting, April 24, 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana.

"Property Rights, Political Drama and Smart Growth: The Challenge of Sustainable Development in 2011,” moderator, American Bar Association (ABA) 2011 Annual Meeting, August 5, 2011, Toronto, Ontario and live webcast and teleconference ABA eCLE program on December 7, 2011.

"Financing the Deal 101," moderator, Urban Land Institute program, July 19, 2011, New Orleans.

"Liquor License Issues in Real Property Transactions," speaker, NOBA Real Property Committee Meeting, February 25, 2010, New Orleans, Louisiana.


“Navigating the Political Challenges to Sustainable Development,” author, ABA Probate & Property magazine, July/August 2012.

Louisiana Civil Practice Forms, Real Estate, 2005-present. Annually review, update and edit the real estate legal forms chapter of the West Publishing practice forms series for Louisiana.

"Storming the Castle: Surrendering the Sanctity of the Home to the Will of the Masses -- Amending Building Restrictions Under 1999 La. Acts 309," Louisiana Law Review, Vol. 60, No. 3, Spring 2000.

Practice areas

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana


Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, J.D., 2001

  • Order of the Coif
  • Member, Louisiana Law Review

Louisiana State University, B.A. in Mass Communications, 1994

James Slaton Best Lawyers

James Slaton Best Lawyers - Lawyer of the Year

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