2019 Top Attorneys: Nelson & Hammons
Medical Malpractice • Physician Negligence • Nursing Negligence • Hospital Negligence
Nelson & Hammons, A Professional Law Corporation, was formed in 1977 by Sydney B. Nelson, who has now retired, and John L. Hammons. Since 1980, the firm has been dedicated to the investigation and handling of meritorious medical malpractice claims.
John Hammons graduated from Northeast Louisiana University, magna cum laude, in 1973 with a B.A. in government. He then graduated from Louisiana State University Law School with a J.D. in 1976, where he received the award of First Place in the Robert L. Tullis Moot Court Competition. Over his career, Hammons has handled hundreds of malpractice cases and has been featured in Super Lawyers continuously since 2007.
Cornell Rushing Flournoy grew up in Shreveport and graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a B.A. in English in 1980. She graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in 1984 and returned to Shreveport to clerk in the First Judicial District Court, Caddo Parish. She joined Nelson & Hammons in 1986. Flournoy has been a diplomate of the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys continuously since 2009.
William Murray graduated from Louisiana State University Shreveport, summa cum laude, with a B.A. in accounting in 2004, and an M.B.A. in 2005. Murray graduated from Louisiana State University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor/Diploma of Civil Law, in 2010, where he received the award of First Place in the Ira S. Flory Trial Advocacy Competition. Murray began practicing law in Shreveport at Mayer, Smith, & Roberts, and joined Nelson & Hammons in 2012. He was selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2018 and 2019.
Phillip Prejean graduated from the University of Southern California with a B.S. in mechanical engineering in 2007. Phillip graduated from Louisiana State University Law School, earning his Juris Doctor/Diploma of Civil Law, in 2015 where he received the award of Outstanding Contributions to Excellence in Advocacy Programs. Phillip joined Nelson & Hammons in 2018.
Nelson & Hammons has offices in Shreveport and Lafayette. The main office is located in downtown Shreveport in a historic, three-story building, which is on the National Register of Historic Places. The building was purchased by the founding partners and has been renovated, but it still retains its early 1900’s charm.