About Us

Our History

In 1876, Frank A. Gallaugher moved to Lake Charles from East Baton Rouge Parish and founded a law practice that has continued to the present day. Attorneys Arsene P. Pujo, Clement D. Moss, and Cullen R. Liskow, founder of the nationally recognized law firm Liskow & Lewis, all practiced with the firm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

In 1959, senior partner John B. “Spike” Scofield joined the firm, and it became known as Porter & Scofield. Richard E. Gerard joined the firm in 1969. In 2012, Patrick D. Gallaugher, a longtime partner and great-grandson of the firm’s founder, was added to the firm name.

Our Philosophy

Whether we are working on a case for a multinational corporation, a family-owned business, or an individual, we bring the same commitment to providing high-quality legal representation to every case.

Our lawyers listen to each client’s concerns and goals before developing a personalized legal strategy to address them.

Our Experience

The collective experience of our attorneys and support staff across a broad cross section of practice areas rivals that of firms throughout Louisiana. We combine big-firm qualifications with the personal attention of smaller, boutique firms.


Our Commitment

Every one of our attorneys is readily available and quick to respond when you have questions. We keep our clients informed at every step of their legal matter, framing all options and possible outcomes in a manner that is easy to understand. By establishing clear lines of communication, we aim to eliminate surprises and allow our clients to be involved in the decision-making process if they so choose.

We invite you to contact us to discuss your legal matter. We can answer your questions, review the facts of your case, and provide a straightforward assessment in order to recommend the best steps that you should take.