Carver Darden Associates Promoted to Partner

NEW ORLEANS – Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux LLC announced in a press release that Seth E. Bagwell and Brandon T. Darden have been promoted at the firm effective Jan. 1, 2019. 

Seth E. Bagwell was promoted from associate to partner at the firm. He practices in oil and gas law, commercial litigation, successions, and estate planning. He represents landowners, mineral lessees, and oil and gas operators in a wide variety of disputes involving blowouts, environmental contamination (“legacy lawsuits”), royalty payments, severance taxes, joint interest billing, breach of contract, joint operating agreements, mineral leases and servitudes, and claims for insurance coverage and indemnity. He also advises clients with respect to their estate planning needs, including drafting wills, general and medical power of attorney agreements, trusts, and living wills (end-of-life directives).

Bagwell has experience handling construction law claims against subcontractors and general contractors under the private and public works acts. He has also negotiated onshore and offshore drilling contracts and master service agreements for mid-level oil and gas companies. He received his Bachelors of Science in Business Administration from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008.

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In 2011, Bagwell graduated cum laude and received his Juris Doctor and Bachelors of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He also participated in an externship with Judge Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in the fall of 2010.

Brandon T. Darden was promoted from associate to partner at the firm. He practices primarily in the areas of oil and gas law, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy. He also handles general business advices, including counseling clients on how to avoid litigation. Darden has a wide range of experience in the oil and gas industry, representing clients in negotiations and disputes over joint operating agreements, pipeline rights of way, and natural gas processing agreements. His litigation experience also includes the handling of complex contract disputes, international fraudulent transfers, expropriation and other property ownership disputes, real estate commission disputes, debt collection actions, and arbitrations. He has experience in the construction, heavy-haul transportation, and banking industries as well.

Darden is licensed to practice law in both Louisiana and Texas.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in History and Medieval Studies from Southern Methodist University in 2008, where he also received his Phi Beta Kappa key. He obtained his Juris Doctor from the Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University in 2011. While attending SMU, he was the Case Note & Comment Editor for the Science and Technology Law Review and his Law Review Comment appeared in the Spring 2010 edition of that publication.

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Darden also served on the Dedman School of Law’s Board of Advocates Executive Council and competed on several mock trial teams. While in law school, he also interned for Judge Harlin D. Hale of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas.

Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux LLC represents clients throughout the Gulf Coast region in both litigation and transactional business matters. 


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