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We have been in business since 1980, serving the Gretna and Greater New Orleans areas.  Our attorneys have over 75 collective years of experience representing individuals and businesses in a wide array of case types. 

We handle all types of family law cases, including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, community property partitions, paternity, and more.  We also offer estate planning services including the drafting of wills, trusts, powers of attorney, living wills, and more.  Our probate attorneys can help with all your succession needs.  We also handle personal injury claims for our former clients and new clients alike.  Finally, our creditor’s rights team handles collections, repossessions, foreclosures, and evictions statewide.

Our experience and diverse client base provide us the privilege to serve people from all walks of life.  Whatever your legal situation, we will strive to make the process as timely and stress-free as possible.  When necessary, we will zealously pursue your claim or vigorously defend you in and out of court, fighting to get the results you deserve.

“100% a straight shooter, not one of those attorneys that tells you what you want to hear. His advice is practical and he is very effective when it comes to getting the job done.”

~ Client

“Compassionate, interested in clients’ lives aside from area of representation, involved in the community, supportive of new attorneys.”

~ Attorney

“It has been a pleasure working with you through this ordeal.  You have a very welcoming spirit and a great attitude.”

~ Debtor/Opposing Party


Our offices are conveniently located in Gretna near the Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines court houses.  Our lawyers routinely litigate cases in Gretna, Metairie, New Orleans, Algiers, Belle Chasse, Pointe a la Hache, Chalmette, Covington, Slidell, Hammond, Amite, Gonzales, Baton Rouge, Hahnville, Edgard, and Convent.

We also serve our banking and financial clients statewide in all State and Federal courts in Louisiana.

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  • Brady J. Smith - Brady SmithBrady Smith Joins Firm
    In Firm News
    Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC adds Brady Smith as Of Counsel: Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Brady Smith to the firm.  Brady brings over 8 years of experience to the firm where his practice will focus on family law, estate planning, successions, and real estate transactions. Brady is a native of New Orleans where he attended Jesuit High School.  He then attended LSU where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science with a [READ MORE]
  • naming a tutor in your willThe Importance of Naming a Tutor in your Will
    In Estate Planning, Family Law
    Naming a Tutor in your Will is a Crucial Step: It’s difficult to think about the situation where a young child loses both of his or her parents, but this is the time when a tutor would step in to take care of the child.  Naming a tutor is often overlooked when preparing a last will and testament, especially when someone writes their own will.  In many instances though, naming a tutor is the main reason for writing a will.  It is not uncommon for someone’s final wishes to [READ MORE]
  • Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC Article Published
    In Firm News
    Magazine Selects Partner for Publication: Bowes, Petkovich & Palmer, LLC is pleased to announce that the Louisiana Notary Association selected one of Maro Petkovich, Jr.’s articles for publication in its periodical, Signed & Sealed.  The firm was honored to receive the surprising news of the Association’s interest in its article on Forced Heirship and Collation and happily facilitated their publication of the article. Maro Petkovich, Jr. serves as the managing [READ MORE]
  • bankruptcy law firmWhat Happens When a Debtor Fails to List a Debt in Bankruptcy
    In Creditors' Rights
    Debt May Survive Discharge When a Debtor Fails to List a Debt in Bankruptcy: It is required that a debtor list all of his or her creditors and their most current address in the bankruptcy schedules.  If they fail to do so, a judge may not discharge the debt.  Listing all debts is required so that the court can properly notify the creditors by mail.  Creditors have important rights in a bankruptcy, such as filing proofs of claim and objections, and not listing them deprives them [READ MORE]
  • Five-Star Review
    In Testimonials
    Five-Star Review! “They were very helpful and caring. They are great at communicating each step of the way. I am glad I chose them during a difficult time and recommend them to anyone who is looking for good counsel.” Louisiana Family Law Attorneys: We are a Gretna law firm that has served the New Orleans area since 1980.  Our family law attorneys are highly experienced at handling divorces, custody, child support, alimony, property [READ MORE]


2550 Belle Chasse Highway
Suite 200
Gretna, Louisiana 70053



504-368-2700 (main)

504-368-2900 (fax)


Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

We are available by appointment during non-business hours.