Beau P. Sagona
Beau P. Sagona is recognized as a leader in his practice areas. He is board-certified as an Estate Planning and Administration Specialist by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. Courts recognize him as an expert on retirement plan issues. He has served as special master in divorces as well as successions.
Mr. Sagona is one of the few attorneys in the state of Louisiana who extensively practices in the micro-niche area of Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDROs). Mr. Sagona prepares QDROs and court orders dividing government retirement benefits, such as state, federal and military benefits. The complexity of this practice arises from having to satisfy the legal requirements of the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), as well the contractual requirements of employer and plan administrator guidelines and procedures. His practice not only involves assisting his clients, but also other attorneys, in the valuation and division of retirement benefits.
Mr. Sagona’s practice also includes advising clients regarding end of life matters. His estate planning work includes the preparation of wills, trusts, and powers of attorney. He also regularly assists clients after their loved ones have passed, advising clients regarding the administration of successions. On occasion, his practice involves litigating with creditors or other heirs.
After passing his bar examination, Mr. Sagona opened a solo law practice. Twelve years later, he began working as an associate at a small law firm across from the Jefferson Parish Courthouse. Since November 2007, he has been a member of The Derbes Law Firm, LLC. He currently serves as a hearing committee chair for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and is also a volunteer with The Pro Bono Project. Beau is married to the former Gretchen Ann Grieshaber, with whom he has two sons, Daniel and Thomas.