Van R. Mayhall, Jr.

USA: Louisiana

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson LLP
One American Place
301 Main Street, Suite 2300
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Tel: 225.381.8009
Fax: 225.387.5397


Van R. Mayhall, Jr., is the senior partner in the Baton Rouge office and is a former Chairman of the firm’s Executive Committee having served six years as such. He has extensive legal experience with strategic and enterprise legal issues affecting ongoing businesses.

Mr. Mayhall advises boards of directors and senior management on such issues and for over 40 years has practiced in the areas of corporate and business law; business transactions, tax and securities; insurance regulatory; selected litigation and alternative dispute resolution.

Mr. Mayhall is recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Louisiana in the area of Corporate/M&A for 2017.


Georgetown Law, Washington, D.C., Master Law Taxation, 1979

Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Juris Doctorate, 1971
(Associate Editor of the Louisiana Law Review from 1970-1971; Order of Coif, Phi Alpha Delta, and Phi Kappa Phi)


Louisiana State and Federal Courts, 1971; U.S. Tax Court and the Supreme Court of the United States, 1979

  • Member Baton Rouge, State of Louisiana, and American Bar Associations
  • Board Certified Tax Attorney and a former Director of the Louisiana State Bar Association Specialization Board
  • Chairman of the Section on Taxation for the Louisiana State Bar Association from 1990-1991
  • Member of the Federation of Regulatory Counsel “FORC.”
  • Member of American Bar Association’s Committee on Insurance Companies
  • 2016 Future Pac Chair
  • Downtown Development District, 2009-2010 Chair; past Vice Chair, Secretary, and Board member
  • Past Chair of the Audit Committee of the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System and Former Member of the Board of Directors of Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center
  • Vice Chair and Member of the Board of Directors of the East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority
  • Chair of the Board and Member of the Executive Committee and Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce, 2015
  • Chair of Crime Issues Council and the Good Growth, Infrastructure & Transportation Issues Council of the Baton Rouge Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chair of the Dinner Committee for the 2007 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Awards Gala in August 2007.
  • Former Chairman of the Governmental Affairs and Community Development Division of the Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area United Way and Campaign Chair for 2007
  • Founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Clara Barton Society of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross
  • Past Member of Alumni Board of Trustees, LSU Law Center
  • Past Co-Chairman of the Louisiana Tax Institute
  • 1987 Graduate of Leadership of Greater Baton Rouge and past Graduate of Leadership Louisiana
  • Past President, Member of the Board of Governors of City Club of Baton Rouge
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers in the area of Business/Corporate since 2007
  • Selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017
  • Recommended Insurance Attorney by A.M. Best
  • Outstanding service award, Crime Council Chair, 2012, Baton Rouge Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Awarded the “Volunteer of the Year” Award by the Capital Area United Way, 2010
  • AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected Lawyer of the Year, in Government Relations Practice in Baton Rouge by The Best Lawyers in America® 2017
  • Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana – Corporate/M&A, 2017
For decades, BSW has been home to one of the largest mergers, acquisitions and transactional groups in Louisiana. Today, our corporate group has more than 200 years of combined practice experience, and handles acquisitions, sales, mergers, separations, equity placements and other transactions for a wide variety of private and public clients.

As the structure of most transactions is heavily tax law dependent, the majority of our transactional attorneys have a masters of law in taxation and/or are board certified tax specialists. Complex transactions typically require experience across a number of different legal areas, and our corporate group is supported by our large labor group, governmental relations group, commercial litigation group, insurance regulatory group, and banking and finance group.

In addition to the basics of corporate practice such as devising marketing and negotiation strategies, designing deal structure, and drafting transitional document packages, our attorneys offer many years of experience with helping our clients: identify potential buyers or targets, identify sources of venture capital and other equity to fund transactions, identify lending resources for leveraged transactions, and value and price businesses for transactional purposes across most industries, including insurance, health care, retail, manufacturing, construction, software, oil and gas, petrochemical, environmental, maritime, and service industries, to name a few.

Established in 1928 in Baton Rouge, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P. (“BSW”) is one of the oldest law firms in the state of Louisiana. We take great pride in our long history of client service. With almost 70 attorneys, the firm is among the largest firms in the state and one of the larger law firms in the South. BSW’s clients range from individuals and start-up companies, to Fortune 500 corporations, governmental entities and not-for-profit institutions.

Further, one of the hallmarks of the firm is its devotion to providing the highest quality of legal services to our clients in a manner consistent with their objectives and cost concerns and in a personalized environment that facilitates the mutual trust and respect necessary for a successful attorney-client relationship. The firm continually achieves this objective by implementing an integrated team approach. This team approach enables clients to call upon the guidance of any and all of our attorneys whose experience in various legal and business matters spans many disciplines. In this manner, we are able to provide our clients with specific and in-depth advice that they require in order to achieve their goals.

Since the firm was established, two standards have remained constant: to strive for legal excellence and to be involved in the communities in which we work and live. The members of our firm have served or now serve as presidents, directors, and officers of community and business organizations. Past and present members of our firm have served the city and state as appointed or elected officials. BSW attorneys are active in Bar Activities, having served as officers and directors in the American, Louisiana, Baton Rouge and New Orleans Bar Associations. Our attorneys have been leaders in numerous business associations serving as Chairs of the Board of Directors of local Chambers of Commerce and the State Chamber of Commerce. The firm maintains a staff of highly trained legal assistants, including Certified Public Accountants, and our employees use the most advanced systems and equipment available to deliver an effective and economical legal product with a focus on client service.

Simply stated, our primary focus is growing and protecting each client’s business. We routinely advise businesses on numerous operational and ownership issues, assisting them in anticipating issues that may be encountered in pursuing their business and corporate strategies. Whether it is negotiating contracts, advising on management restructures or assisting in the purchase or sale of a business, our attorneys possess the skill set to help our clients achieve their goals.

Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana – Corporate/M&A
Chambers & Partners, 2017