The attorneys at Long & Long have represented thousands of home and business owners in states across the nation. From Hurricanes Katrina, Gustav, Ike, Ivan, Sandy to Harvey, our attorneys have dedicated their legal practice to fighting insurance companies on behalf of policyholders.

We are experienced flood and wind damage attorneys. We know exactly how to help.

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Brian Houghtaling

Partner / Attorney

brian@houghtalinglaw.com / 504.456.8629

Brian Houghtaling focuses his practice on residential and commercial property flood insurance claim disputes. From Hurricanes Sandy, Katrina, Gustav, Ike and Ivan, he has personally handled over 3,000 property claims resulting in more than $100 million in funds for his clients.

As a native New Orleanian, Mr. Houghtaling and his family were victims of Hurricane Katrina. The unjust treatment his family, friends and neighbors received from their insurance companies led Mr. Houghtaling to dedicate his work to helping those affected by unfair insurance practices. He handled over 1,000 Hurricane Katrina claims resulting in millions in recovery for his clients.

Most recently, Mr. Houghtaling handled over 1,000 New York and New Jersey Hurricane Sandy claims. During Hurricane Sandy litigation, Mr. Houghtaling was the attorney who discovered a fraudulently altered engineering report. The report had been deliberately changed in order to wrongly deny a policyholder’s claim for structural damage. Mr. Houghtaling confronted the National Flood Insurance Program head on with undeniable proof of fraud perpetrated on Sandy victims. This widely publicized discovery dramatically impacted the lives of thousands of Hurricane Sandy victims, and the flood insurance industry at large. Mr. Houghtaling’s revelation about the rampant fraud and underpayment in the National Flood Insurance Program led to FEMA’s public admissions of wrongdoing and the re-opening of over 144,000 previously closed flood claims. Mr. Houghtaling’s relentless efforts on behalf of policyholders changed the course of history for FEMA and the National Flood Insurance Program.

Mr. Houghtaling’s litigation experience also extends beyond property insurance. He was a passionate and effective advocate for Gulf Coast residents and business owners who suffered damages as a result of the BP Oil Spill. Mr. Houghtaling is an avid fisherman and owns shrimp and oyster businesses in Louisiana, both of which felt the effects of the BP Oil Spill. Mr. Houghtaling represented fishermen, residents and businesses along the entire Gulf Coast in an effort to find justice after a tragedy that personally affected him and so many Gulf Coast natives.

With both law and Master of Business Administration degrees, Mr. Houghtaling brings a depth of knowledge to his practice. Mr. Houghtaling earned his Juris Doctor at the Loyola University School of Law and a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor of Science at the University of New Orleans.

Mr. Houghtaling was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 2006 and is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is a member of the New Orleans, Louisiana, American and Federal Bar Associations, the Louisiana and American Associations for Justice, the National Association of Public Adjusters, the National Apartment Association, the Apartment Association for Greater New Orleans and the Sigma Iota Epsilon Management Fraternity.



Partner / Attorney

bennett@longandlong.com / 251.432.2277

C. Bennett Long is a native and life-long resident of Mobile, Alabama. In 2005, he was admitted to the Alabama State Bar, U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Alabama.

Mr. Long has represented clients in several thousand first party property claims as a result of Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina in addition to other catastrophic events such as fires, tornadoes, wind, hail storms and man-made disasters.

Most recently, Mr. Long represented hundreds of clients with property insurance claims from the recent string of devastating tornadoes.

Mr. Long and his partner also represent a wide array of businesses and individual clients through the court-supervised class action settlement process resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, which was the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.


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Cate E. Biggs

Partner / Attorney

cate@longandlong.com  / 832.702.0032

Cate Biggs has recovered over $100 million dollars for her clients on their undervalued and underpaid insurance claims. Throughout the flood insurance industry, she is regarded as a fierce yet tactful adversary, establishing herself as a results driven lawyer who remains committed to helping her clients navigate through their insurance claims. Assisting home and business owners in rebuilding their property and their lives after a catastrophic loss has become the focus of her practice.

Ms. Biggs has been the lead attorney on thousands of first party litigation cases, heading litigation teams from Houston and New Orleans, in state and federal courts in Texas, Louisiana and New York. She is known for her work ethic and has extensive experience in all phases of litigation from discovery to depositions and hearings through to trial. She maintains her client’s best interest as her first and foremost concern.

In one of the most recent storms, Ms. Biggs was an integral part of the litigation team that discovered fraudulent engineering reports used to deny flood policyholders’ claims. This discovery led to FEMA’s admission of fraud and systematic underpayments in the adjustment of NFIP flood claims. As a direct result, FEMA set up the unprecedented Hurricane Sandy Claims Review program, which led to additional payments for thousands of NFIP policyholders who were previously underpaid.

Ms. Biggs is a native of Southern California, who has called Texas home for the past 15 years. She graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas with honors. Attending South Texas College of Law on an academic scholarship she went on to graduate cum laude, with numerous academic achievements, including the dean’s honor list and an academic merit scholarship. She was the only student in her class that passed the Texas bar before she graduated from law school. Ms. Biggs was also involved in the nationally recognized Mock Trial and Moot Court programs, and was selected as the best speaker at the Garland R. Walker Mock Trial Competition.

She is licensed by the State Bar of Texas and Louisiana and admitted to practice in various federal courts throughout the country.

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Andrea F. Butler

Partner / Attorney

addie@longandlong.com  / 832.207.2821

Since beginning her practice, Andrea (“Addie”) Butler has been fundamental in achieving successful results for a wide range of clients in state and federal courts in Texas, New York, and several other states. Ms. Butler’s practice focuses primarily on residential and commercial insurance coverage disputes, consumer law, contractual disputes and general civil litigation.

She has represented hundreds of home and property owners recovering from the devastating effects of Hurricanes Ike and Sandy, and is a relentless advocate for policyholders both in and out of court. Ms. Butler has successfully recovered millions on behalf of those victimized by their insurance companies. She is currently assisting home and business owners who are fighting for fair insurance payments in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Ms. Butler was admitted to the Liberal Arts Honors program at the University of Texas at Austin, where she earned her bachelor’s degree in government. She earned her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center, where she also participated in the nationally recognized moot court program, the editorial board of the Houston Business and Tax Law Journal, and the Law Center Honor Board.

Ms. Butler is a member of the Houston Bar Association and is licensed to practice law in Texas and various federal courts across the country. She is married to her college sweetheart and a mother to two young children.




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Mr. Long was born and raised in Mobile, Alabama. He obtained his bachelor of science degree in political science from Spring Hill College, where he graduated magna cum laude in 1989. He earned his doctor of jurisprudence from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1992.

Mr. Long has been counsel in numerous multimillion-dollar cases. His practice areas include injuries involving admiralty and maritime law and the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill claims.

He is an AV Preeminent Rated Attorney by Martindale-Hubbell, the international directory of lawyers, a rating achieved by only 5% of attorneys. The rating indicates that the attorney “has reached the height of professional excellence” and is “recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity” based upon peer review ratings by members of the Bar and Judiciary.


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N. Staples Wood


staples@nswoodlaw.com  /251.432.2277

N. Staples Wood, a native Mobilian, has been practicing law since 2006. Mr. Wood began his career as an Assistant District Attorney. He began focusing on personal injury when returning from an overseas deployment with the Alabama National Guard in 2013. Since that time he has continued serving the Armed Forces as a Captain in the Alabama National Guard as a Judge Advocate. He focuses on motor vehicle accidents, wrongful death, commercial liability, maritime law, catastrophic dog bites, and product liability.

Mr. Wood graduated with a B.S. from Birmingham Southern College, earned his law degree from Cumberland School of Law, J.D and has an M.B.A. from Augusta University. He is a member of the Mobile County Bar Association, Georgia Trial Lawyer’s Association, Mississippi Association for Justice and the National Guard Association of Alabama. Mr Wood is admitted to practice in Alabama, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi.

When he is not fighting for the rights of injured victims, he enjoys spending time with his wife and two children, hunting, going to the beach and snow skiing.