Patrick Ragan Richard

Ragan Richard practices in the area of corporate business, real estate and finance. He focuses in the areas of commercial transactions; agricultural, corporate and franchise law; real estate; finance; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and corporate governance.

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Ragan Richard practices in the area of corporate business, real estate and finance. He focuses in the areas of commercial transactions; agricultural, corporate and franchise law; real estate; finance; mergers, acquisitions and divestitures; and corporate governance.

Mr. Richard represents individuals, small and large companies, developers, franchisees, and underwriters, and leads legal teams in the acquisition, financing, development, operation and sale of commercial, industrial and agricultural properties and businesses.

His practice includes representation of banking and lending institutions and borrowers in financing transactions, drafting and negotiating contracts, leases, and servitude agreements, acquiring and developing real estate and commercial business establishments, representing owners of large franchise chains, representing owners of multifamily apartment complexes and hotels, representing utilities, agriculture and marketing cooperatives and trade associations, representing industrial clients in all phases of project development, construction and operations, drafting and enforcing subdivision and condominium restrictions for highly regulated developments, entity and joint venture formation, general counseling of both established and emerging businesses, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, and debt and equity financing and restructuring.

Mr. Richard serves as general counsel to many of his clients and assists them, with the help of other experienced Phelps Dunbar attorneys, in developing and executing their business strategies. He has the privilege of representing a diverse group of clients, learning about their business and assisting with its growth and progress. His background in biomedical engineering helps him address business challenges and find creative solutions. He considers the friendships developed with his clients as one of his practices greatest rewards.

Mr. Richard also serves as the managing partner of the Baton Rouge office, as a member of the firm’s Policy and Planning Committee and as chair of the firm’s Operations Committee.

Experience

  • Representation of an agricultural marketing cooperative composed of sugar cane growers, landowners and mills in its vertical integration into sugar refining through the formation, negotiation and development of Louisiana Sugar Refining, LLC, an entity owned by a large segment of the Louisiana sugar industry and Cargill, Incorporated.
  • Representation of Popeyes largest franchisee in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 160 quick service restaurants.
  • Representation of a public utility provider in the development, engineering, procurement and construction of numerous substations and switching stations throughout the southern region.
  • Representation of a nonprofit organization in its public private partnership with Louisiana State University in the transformative development of over 28 acres on the LSU campus known as the Nicholson Gateway Project.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the acquisition, development, financing and operation of over 2 billion dollars’ worth of multifamily apartment complexes, hotels and condominiums throughout the southeast region.
  • Lead counsel to large industrial clients in all phases of project inception, development, economic benefits, financing, construction and operation.
  • Representation of multiple clients in the organization, acquisition, financing and sale of large corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.
  • Representation of multiple developers in the acquisition, development and financing of large tracts of land for retail, commercial, agricultural, industrial, residential and mixed use developments.
  • General counseling to franchisees of large restaurant chains, marketing cooperatives, trade associations, developers and small and large business owners alike.
  • General counsel to the American Sugar Cane League of the USA, Inc.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Louisiana Land Title Association
  • Baton Rouge Property Lawyers Association
  • Louisiana Bankers Association
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation (Corporate Campaign Committee)
  • Baton Rouge City Club (Board of Directors)
  • Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church (past president of School Board and Parish Council)
  • St. Joseph’s Academy (Facilities Committee)
  • Legatus Member

Recognition

  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Banking and Finance Law, Franchise Law, Real Estate Law (Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year: Banking and Finance Law, 2017)