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      Local litigation firms                          Local litigation stars                                    Pauline Hardin
                                                                                                                Jones Walker Waechter Poitevent Carrère &
                                                                                                                Denègre
      Highly recommended                              Donald Abaunza                                            Business, Commercial, Labor
                                                      Liskow & Lewis
      Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz     Admiralty, Commercial, Energy                             Russ Herman
                                                                                                                Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar
      Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver       W Arthur Abercrombie, Jr                                  Commercial, Personal Injury, Product Liability
                                                      Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips
      Jones Walker                                    Class Actions, Insurance, Product Liability, Toxic Tort   Michael Hunt
                                                                                                                Phelps Dunbar
      Liskow & Lewis                                  John Anjier                                               Business, Commercial, Construction, Insurance
                                                      Liskow & Lewis
      Phelps Dunbar                                   Professional Liability, Securities                        G William Jarman
                                                                                                                Kean Miller Hawthorne D’Armond McCowan &
      Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann                   Blake Arata                                               Jarman
                                                      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan                   Commercial, Oil & Gas, Product Liability
                                                      Oil & Gas
      Recommended                                                                                               H Alston Johnson III
                                                      Judy Barrasso                                             Phelps Dunbar
                                                      Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver                 Appellate, Commercial, Insurance, Toxic Tort,
      Adams and Reese
                                                      Class Actions, Commercial, Insurance                      Regulatory Investigations
      Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis &
                                                      Brett Barriere                                            Gladstone Jones III
      Swanson
                                                      Phelps Dunbar                                             Jones Swanson Huddell Garrison
      Frilot                                          Bankruptcy, Class Actions, Commercial, Securities         Antitrust, Environmental, Mass Torts

      Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer   Mark Beebe                                                W Shelby McKenzie
                                                      Adams and Reese                                           Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips
      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan         Antitrust, Class Actions, Securities                      Insurance, Education

      Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar                     Charles Cerise, Jr                                        Gerry Meunier
                                                      Adams and Reese                                           Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer
      Kean Miller Hawthorne D’Armond McCowan &        Casualty, Insurance, Product Liability, Toxic Torts       Class Actions, Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury,
      Jarman                                                                                                    Product Liability
                                                      Roy Cheatwood
      Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert      Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz               Loretta Mince
                                                      Commercial, Securities, Oil & Gas                         Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis &
      Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips                                                                           Swanson
                                                      Miles Clements                                            Commercial, Media, Tax
                                                      Frilot
                                                      Agriculture, Commercial, Employment,                      Harry Philips, Jr
                                                      Environmental, Product Liability                          Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips
                                                                                                                Appellate, Civil, Insurance, Product Liability
                                                      Donna Phillips Currault
                                                      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan                   Richard Sarver
                                                      Class Actions, Employment                                 Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver
                                                                                                                Environmental, Product Liability, Toxic Tort
                                                      Leonard Davis
                                                      Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar                               Kyle Schonekas
                                                      Business, Class Actions, Commercial, Construction         Schonekas Winsberg Evans & McGoey
                                                                                                                Commercial
                                                      Ewell Eagan
                                                      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan                   Lawrence Simon, Jr
                                                      Commercial                                                Liskow & Lewis
                                                                                                                Commercial, Oil & Gas
                                                      George Freeman III
                                                      Barasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver                  James Swanson
                                                      Regulatory Investigations, Securities                     Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis &
                                                                                                                Swanson
                                                      George Frilot III                                         Class Actions, Intellectual Property, Insurance,
                                                      Frilot                                                    Product Liability, Securities
                                                      Admiralty, Energy, Mass Torts
                                                                                                                Steven Usdin
                                                      James Garner                                              Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver
                                                      Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert                Commercial, Insurance
                                                      Commercial, Insurance, Professional Liability, Toxic
                                                      Tort



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R Patrick Vance
Jones Walker
                                                   Future stars
Antitrust, Appellate, Bankruptcy, Class Actions,
Commercial, Professional Liability                 Celeste Coco-Ewing
                                                   Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver
Phillip Wittmann
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann                      Meredith Cunningham
Antitrust, Class Actions, Commercial, Product      Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver
Liability
                                                   Demarcus Gordon
                                                   Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan

                                                   Genevieve Hartel
                                                   Jones Walker

                                                   Craig Isenberg
                                                   Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver

                                                   Michael Pinkerton
                                                   Frilot

                                                   H Minor Pipes III
                                                   Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver




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      Louisiana                                                                                                      With a litigation practice focusing on
                                                                                                                  business, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy
                                                                                                                  matters, R Patrick Vance is highly regarded by
                                                                                                                  peers. “Patrick Vance at Jones Walker is a
                                                                                                                  terrific litigator and very good all around
                                                                                                                  lawyer – multidimensional, lots of areas of
      Louisiana law firms largely have been spared from the economic crisis, buffered                             expertise,” says a competitor. Vance has
                                                                                                                  tackled more than 300 commercial disputes in
      by Hurricane Katrina-related litigation. However, with much of that work winding                            a broad array of areas. His clients include
      down, lawyers are seeing an uptick in Chinese drywall and securities matters. The                           banks, telecommunications companies, and
      BP oil spill also promises to keep litigators occupied for quite some time, as sev-                         health care providers.
      eral have been tapped to handle disputes that as of now, at least on the defense                               Having tried more than 150 jury trials,
      side, are confidential. The plaintiffs bar, meanwhile, is publicly assembling claims                        Pauline Hardin is noted for her strong criminal,
                                                                                                                  business, commercial, and labor practice.
      against the beleaguered oil company on behalf of businesses in the seafood                                  Individuals and corporations retain her in civil
      industry, aiming to recover the economic losses they have suffered.                                         and criminal proceedings involving health care
                                                                                                                  fraud defense due to her vast experience in that
      Highly Recommended firms                              defendants and it’s very telling when you see         subject matter. Hardin previously served as a
                                                            your attorney working with other attorneys,           first assistant US attorney and as an assistant
      Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell &                     and the egos involved, that they will seek out        district attorney.
      Berkowitz                                             her opinion and put her forth as a
      Founded in 1888 in Tennessee, Baker Donelson          spokesperson,” says a client. “I think that           Liskow & Lewis
      Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz has more than            speaks volumes.” Clients choose Richard               Liskow & Lewis excels in a wide range of
      550 attorneys and public policy advisers in 15        Sarver for his product liability expertise. “He’s     practice areas and is particularly noted in
      offices throughout Georgia, Louisiana, and            really one of the best I’ve ever seen,” says a        energy litigation. “I’ve always considered them
      Alabama. Nationally recognized in product             client. “He does it all by being extremely            to be one of the top firms in the area, and
      liability, Baker Donelson handles class actions,      professional. He always shows the utmost              certainly in oil and gas litigation they excel,”
      mass tort litigation, and cases involving serious     respect, but at the same time he’s aggressive.”       says a peer. More than 100 attorneys in offices
      personal injury or death. The firm represents         Of founder Steven Usdin, a client says: “Steve        in New Orleans, Lafayette, and Houston serve
      companies in various industries, ranging from         is a very strong litigator. He reads the situations   businesses along the Gulf Coast. Brian Jackson,
      mining to tobacco. In an effort to expand its         in a balanced way. He’s not intimidated. He’s         former head of the firm’s government
      health care team, the firm added six attorneys        very thorough and very client-conscious. ...          investigations and white-collar criminal
      to its New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices            Steve thinks about what it means for the client       defense group, was recently confirmed by
      this year. All have significant health law            long after the case is resolved.”                     Senate vote as a district court judge. Donald
      experience and previously practiced in the               Barrasso Usdin has won significant victories       Abaunza focuses on admiralty, energy, and
      Louisiana firm of McGlinchey Stafford.                in recent months, including a case involving          commercial law. At present, he is defending a
          Praised by peers for his intellect and trial      thousands of lawsuits filed by medical                company involved in an accident in the
      prowess, Roy Cheatwood heads Baker                    providers against Liberty Mutual in the               Philippines that killed more than 4,000 people.
      Donelson’s Louisiana offices. His diverse             Louisiana Office of Workers Compensation.                Liskow & Lewis recently secured a dismissal
      commercial practice includes construction law,        With unsatisfied medical providers seeking tens       of all claims brought by the Terrebonne Parish
      trade secrets, oil and gas, and legal malpractice.    of millions of dollars in penalties and attorney      tax assessor alleging tax collection and related
      He was lead trial counsel in Hurricane Katrina-       fees, the firm filed for declaratory judgment         fraud claims against the firm’s group of clients.
      related litigation involving allegations of           and breach of contract action in federal court        A federal court judge in the Eastern District of
      injuries acquired from formaldehyde exposure          on behalf of Liberty Mutual against certain           Louisiana found that the tax assessor did not
      while living in FEMA trailers. The multidistrict      providers, arguing they were not entitled to          have the authority to file such claims. The firm
      litigation involved thousands of plaintiffs and       money beyond the terms set in their preferred         also recently obtained a reversal in the
      ended when Cheatwood obtained a unanimous             provider organization contracts. The court            Louisiana Supreme Court in a decision
      verdict to dismiss all claims and remove his          agreed with the firm and issued an injunction         involving an oil and gas operator who sought
      client from the bellwether case.                      preventing the providers from pursuing claims         protection of a concursus proceeding in order
                                                            against Liberty Mutual in the OWC and                 to sort out competing claims to substantial
      Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver             elsewhere. The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals         royalties. The district court had held that a
      Founded less than a decade ago, Barrasso              affirmed the decision.                                claimant’s fraud claim was not sufficient for a
      Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver has                                                                        concursus without further investigation by the
      quickly become one of the state’s premier law         Jones Walker                                          operator. Once retained as appellate counsel,
      firms. Its lawyers specialize in handling             Established in 1937, Jones Walker is one of the       Liskow & Lewis secured a reversal of the
      commercial matters involving multidistrict            largest firms in the Gulf South. The firm has         decision, effectively restoring the concursus as
      litigation and class actions. A client says the       nearly 300 attorneys in Alabama, Arizona,             a “safe harbor” for oil and gas operators faced
      firm was chosen “based on litigation skills,          Washington, DC, Florida, Louisiana, and               with competing royalty claims.
      knowing they had the versatility to handle            Texas, all of whom handle broad-based
      property and casualty matters as well as a solid      litigation matters. “Jones Walker is a very           Phelps Dunbar
      respected reputation from the bench.” A peer          strong full-service firm,” says a competitor. Of      Founded in 1853 in New Orleans, Phelps
      notes the firm’s excellent reputation, saying it is   its three offices in Louisiana, New Orleans is        Dunbar is noted for its commercial litigation
      “very well regarded and has a high quality of         the oldest and largest, with more than 140            practice. With nearly 100 attorneys, the
      lawyers.”                                             attorneys. The firm announced this year its           firm’s New Orleans office is its largest in the
          Founder George Freeman III is described by        expansion of the energy team as a response to         region and handles matters including
      competitors as “capable,” “smart,” and “well          the BP oil spill, effectively combining attorneys     admiralty, employment, insurance, and tort.
      prepared.” Judy Barrasso is noted for her             from various sectors in the energy industry,          A peer calls it a “very strong firm, very strong
      commercial litigation and insurance practice.         including oil and gas, natural resources, and         in insurance and commercial litigation.” The
      “I’ve seen her in a group setting among co-           hydropower and mining.                                Baton Rouge office, established in the 1980s,

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benefits from its location in the capital and          Adams and Reese recently represented a        matters for The Times-Picayune. Mince
excels in regulatory matters. The firm              food manufacturer against fraud allegations      represents the paper and journalist Jarvis
consistently works with governmental                and $24 million sought in damages,               DeBerry in a defamation suit filed by New
agencies like the Department of Insurance           eventually obtaining a defense verdict of $1.1   Guinea native Hup Daniel Wemp. Wemp’s
and the Secretary of State.                         million in a counterclaim for breach of          suit involves a Times-Picayune editorial
   Brent Barriere is versatile in the               contract. In its representation of a large       referencing a New Yorker piece written by
commercial litigation matters he handles. He        pharmaceutical and chemical manufacturer,        scientist and author Jared Diamond, against
has represented defendants in former                the firm won a reversal of a $1.75 million       whom Wemp has also filed a lawsuit. Of
shareholder suits and class actions, as well as     judgment that held the company accountable       Swanson and Mince, a client says, “They’re
clients in the largest fraudulent conveyance        for the damages incurred to crawfish crops       just smart. They’re responsive. They don’t
case in state history. H Alston Johnson III         from the use of pesticides. The class action     make too many mistakes.”
focuses on appellate litigation, particularly in    was filed by buyers and processors who
tort, insurance coverage, and administrative        alleged their businesses had been adversely      Frilot
law. He’s presently handling class-action suits     affected. In April 2009, the Louisiana Third     Frilot is a relatively young firm recognized
at the state and federal levels regarding post-     Circuit Court of Appeals found that a person     for its general litigation practice. With more
hurricane insurance coverage issues.
according to a peer, Johnson is “known very
much as the foremost guy in issues of
insurance in Louisiana.” Michael Hunt
handles virtually all areas of commercial           “Judy Barrassofor her commercial litigation andFreeman &
                                                    Sarver] is noted
                                                                     [at Barrasso Usdin Kupperman
                                                                                                    insurance
litigation, including business, construction,
and insurance matters. His casework has
included disputes in the chemical                   practice. ‘I’ve seen her in a group setting among co-defendants
manufacturing, insurance, and construction
industries.
                                                    and it’s very telling when you see your attorney working with
                                                    other attorneys, and the egos involved, that they will seek out her
Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann
Since its inception in 1929, Stone Pigman
Walther Wittman has been known to hire the
                                                    opinion and put her forth as a spokesperson,’ says a client.                          ”
most accomplished law school graduates,
with an ability to translate that success into
the courtroom. In its early years the firm          could not recover losses without owning or       than 40 years of experience, founding partner
represented retail dealers in opposition of         having some other proprietary interest in the    George Frilot III is considered a leading
resale price-fixing laws, eventually appearing      damaged property.                                attorney in energy and environmental
before the Supreme Court. Stone Pigman                Charles Cerise, Jr, handles a variety of       matters. He has tried cases involving offshore
expanded its litigation practice in the 1970s       matters, including maritime, toxic tort,         industrial catastrophes, class action suits, and
and is now considered a preeminent law firm,        energy, and environmental contamination.         product liability disputes, garnering
particularly in matters relating to product         He has significant experience in multiparty      throughout his career several distinctions in
liability, securities, and intellectual property.   and class-action suits. Recognized as a          the legal community.
   With more than 50 years of experience,           leading antitrust lawyer, Mark Beebe also           With Frilot, Miles Clement founded the
Phillip Wittmann handles commercial, class          concentrates on securities and business and      firm in 1995 in New Orleans and is its senior
action, toxic tort, product liability, and          contractual disputes. He has vast experience     jury trial and complex case litigator. His
antitrust disputes. “I think that still even        arguing before the Court of Appeals for the      practice spans several business and
today, Phil Wittmann is regarded as the             Fifth Circuit, the federal district courts of    commercial matters, including admiralty and
biggest name in the litigation area – very          Louisiana, Mississippi, and Pennsylvania,        maritime, employment, and construction.
smart and capable person,” says a                   and the state courts of Louisiana, Texas, and    “He’s not hesitant to try a case, which I
competitor. His impressive list of clients          DC. He has represented significant clients       always think is great,” notes a peer. He has
includes ConocoPhillips, Dole Food, Merck,          including Goldman Sachs and Credit Suisse.       served as lead trial attorney in 70 cases that
and ExxonMobil. Though peers unanimously                                                             went to verdict or judgment, and has argued
name Wittmann as the linchpin of the firm,          Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis &         before the Louisiana Supreme Court, the US
they wonder about the depth of its litigation       Swanson                                          Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the US Sixth
team, especially with the departure of some         Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis &         Circuit Court of Appeals, and the US Court
of its talent to join other firms or to form        Swanson has a strong general commercial          of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Clements
their own. “He tries the cases; he brings in        practice and often represents government         recently served as lead counsel in representing
the business,” notes a market observer.             entities and corporations. A client says         technology company ION Geophysical
                                                    Fishman Haygood is “really good at               against a battery manufacturer that
Recommended firms                                   underwriting cases. You don’t go down some       misappropriated         ION’s      confidential
                                                    road you can’t win.” James Swanson has a         information and trade secrets. The case
Adams and Reese                                     diverse litigation practice and often finds      originally had been dismissed in district court
Formed in 1951 in New Orleans, Adams and            himself adverse to significantly larger firms.   in 2007 but, once Frilot was retained, was
Reese has grown to 13 offices throughout the        One such case involves auction rate securities   remanded for trial. At the end of the two-
southern US and Washington, DC. The firm’s          issued by his client who faces charges of        week jury trial in late 2009, the jury awarded
litigation practice excels in energy contracts      alleged misrepresentations and improper          ION more than $21 million in damages.
and bankruptcy matters. The firm emerged            conduct by Merrill Lynch. “Jim Swanson is a
among the top 200 grossing firms in the US          very good trial lawyer, highly principled,”      Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier &
this year amid the global economic crisis, a        says a competitor. “Truthfully, if we have       Warshauer
statistic that can be partly attributed to the      someone and we can’t work with them, I send      Established in 1949, Gainsburgh Benjamin
cutbacks the firm made following Hurricane          them to Jim.” Loretta Mince has a robust         David Meunier & Warshauer is one of the
Katrina.                                            media law practice and handles various           state’s oldest and largest law firms solely

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      handling wrongful death and personal injury         class actions on behalf of a utility company       Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert offers a wide
      claims. “When you have them on the other            and national brokerage and retail firms.           spectrum of litigation expertise in matters
      side, it’s going to be a tough battle, but it’s                                                        ranging from car accidents to employment
      going to be professional and intellectual and       Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar                        law. Litigation star James Garner focuses on
      ethical,” says a competitor. Its general tort       Herman Herman Katz & Cotlar is known for           commercial litigation and has served as lead
      litigation practice includes a mastery of           its aggressive litigation style, honed from 60     counsel in a variety of class-action cases,
      admiralty, product liability, professional          years of trying landmark cases. The New            including asbestos and benzene exposure. A
      negligence, railroad, and securities fraud          Orleans firm set precedent in public school        peer says the firm is “all about Jim Garner,”
      matters. “Certainly Gainsburgh is the               integration, women and minority rights, and        whom competitors describe as “extremely
      premier injury plaintiff in town,” notes a          in the 1970s, following the Howard Johnson         hardworking” and the “essential operator
      peer. The firm is doing significant BP oil spill-   sniper case, the transformation of hotel           of that firm.” Garner is co-counsel in a
      related work and has filed claims on behalf of      security standards. In the 1990s, the firm led     class-action suit against BP entities for
      injured Deepwater Horizon workers,                  negotiations among 60 firms and tobacco            damages Louisiana fishermen suffered
      commercial fishermen, property owners,              companies in Medicare claims for tobacco-          following the oil spill. In addition to Sher
      seafood distributors, and other businesses.         related disease and death, culminating in a        Garner, the suit was filed in May by firms in
      Gainsburgh        Benjamin     is   adept     at    $4.6 billion recovery. The firm again is           Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.
      environmental and admiralty issues, having          making headlines this year representing            Garner has spent his recent years working
      dealt with matters arising from the Murphy          restaurant owners in a class-action suit           on Hurricane Katrina and Rita-related
      oil spill, FEMA trailers, and Hurricane             against BP and its entities for economic losses    litigation, in one case serving as lead trial
      Katrina. Well-known plaintiffs lawyer Gerald        suffered following the oil spill. Russ Herman      counsel for corporations seeking $1.5
      Meunier has been appointed by the federal           is the firm’s marquee litigator. In 2007, he       billion in damages.
      court in New Orleans to serve on the                successfully negotiated a $4.85 billion
      plaintiff’s steering committee in the Chinese       settlement with Merck in Vioxx litigation. A       Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips
      drywall cases. The cases involve injury             peer says he is “effective, very aggressive, not   Founded in 1912, Taylor Porter Brooks &
      acquired from toxins allegedly emitted by           in an unprofessional or obnoxious way.”            Phillips has a strong general litigation
      Chinese-made drywall installed in homes.                                                               practice serving small businesses and Fortune
      “Judges respect him,” says a competitor.            Kean      Miller    Hawthorne    D’Armond          500 companies. “They’re a really good firm
      “He’s ethical and professional. If you’re in a      McCowan & Jarman                                   with several very good lawyers,” says a
      case with him, it’s going to be hard fought...      Founded in 1983, Kean Miller Hawthorne             competitor. Harry Philips, Jr, focuses on
      just the caliber of professionalism makes it a      D’Armond McCowan & Jarman is Baton                 federal civil trial and appellate litigation,
      challenge, but you appreciate that.”                Rouge’s largest law firm. Its strong               while managing partner W Arthur
                                                          commercial litigation practice serves local        Abercrombie, Jr, handles insurance defense
      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan             businesses and Fortune 500 companies in            disputes, primarily involving class actions,
      Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan             matters including intellectual property,           toxic tort defense, and product liability
      is a premier litigation firm for oil and gas        insurance coverage, and construction law.          matters. W Shelby McKenzie has tried
      disputes. More than 70 attorneys comprise           The firm represented a Fortune 50                  hundreds of cases involving insurance
      the firm’s offices in Texas and Louisiana.          technology company in which the plaintiff          coverage, tort, product liability, contracts,
      Former New Orleans City Attorney Blake              sought more than $7 billion for breach of          mineral rights, and discrimination issues.
      Arata is a skilled oil and gas litigator, while     contract and unfair trade practices. With          “Shelby McKenzie is probably the dean of
      Donna Phillips Currault handles litigation,         more than 35 years of experience, G William        insurance lawyers in the state,” says a peer.
      including class action suits and employment         Jarman handles energy, environmental, toxic        “He’s outstanding in the court. He knows the
      matters, in state and federal courts. Ewell         tort, product liability, and commercial            law inside and out. He’s got great judgment –
      Eagan, Jr, has a vast commercial litigation         litigation matters.                                a top-notch lawyer.” He represents a group
      practice that covers securities, energy,                                                               of excess insurers in a class action suit
      banking, and health care matters. He has            Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert         brought by 16,500 people seeking damages
      significant experience defending consumer           With 35 attorneys on its roster, Sher Garner       related to chemical exposure.




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LORETTA G. MINCE                                                                 JAMES GARNER
                     FISHMAN HAYGOOD PHELPS WALMSLEY                                                 SHER GARNER CAHILL RICHTER KLEIN &
                     WILLIS & SWANSON LLP                                                            HILBERT LLC
                     201 St Charles Avenue, 46th Floor                                               909 Poydras Street
                     New Orleans, LA 70170-4600                                                      Suite 2800
                     Tel: 504 586 5273                                                               New Orleans, Louisiana 70112
                     Fax: 504 586 5250                                                               Tel: 504 299 2100
                     Email:lmince@fishmanhaywood.com                                                 fax: 504 299 2300
                     www.fishmanhaygood.com                                                          Email: jgarner@shergarner.com
                                                                                                     Web: www.shergarner.com
Ms. Mince is a partner in the Litigation Section. She practices in the area of
media law, and regularly represents The Times-Picayune newspaper and             Mr Garner, a member of the firm is a trial lawyer specializing in commercial
others in such litigation. Ms. Mince also practices in the area of               and complex litigation. He has been lead counsel in cases in New Mexico,
commercial litigation, and regularly represents the State of Louisiana           Kansas, Arizona, Indiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas,
Department of Revenue in tax litigation.                                         involving complex and class action litigation ranging from asbestos
                                                                                 exposure, benzene exposure, mass closings of big box retailers, noise
In her media law practice, Ms. Mince represented ProPublica and The              pollution, and financial litigation. He is admitted to practice before the
Times-Picayune in several disputes with the New Orleans Police                   federal courts in Arkansas and Mississippi and all courts in Texas and
Department and Orleans Parish Coroner Frank Minyard related to the               Louisiana. He serves as regional counsel for several companies.
investigations into police misconduct following Hurricane Katrina. Ms.
Mince also currently represents The Times-Picayune and CNN in litigation         Mr Garner has served and is serving as lead trial counsel for several
over the public's right of access to records related to the deaths at            corporations seeking in excess of $1.5 billion in damages related to
Memorial Medical Center following Hurricane Katrina. Other litigated             Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These include Xavier University of Louisiana,
matters include suits seeking access to court records in the criminal,           Dillard University, Children's Hospital of New Orleans, Universal Health
racketeering and civil cases involving former New Orleans Chief                  Services, Pioneer Resources, Touro Infirmary, St Augustine High School,
Technology Officer Greg Meffert, former Judge Alan Green, former Judge           Imperial Trading, Coleman A Adler and Sons as well as Safeguard Storage
Ronald Bodenheimer, former US Congressman William Jefferson, Al                  Corporation. Mr Garner was lead advocate in two of the seminal Katrina
Copeland, Corey Miller ("C-Murder"), former District Attorney Eddie Jordan,      insurance cases argued to the Louisiana Supreme Court and United States
former East Jefferson Levee District Director Alan Francingues, former           Fifth Circuit.
Judge C Hunter King, former Insurance Commissioner Jim Brown, and
Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young.                                          Mr Garner has also served as lead trial lawyer in complex construction
                                                                                 litigation involving the Federal Bureau of Investigation Building in New
In addition to access matters, Ms. Mince has successfully defended The           Orleans, The Astor Crowne Plaza Hotel, The St James Hotel, The Hilton
Times-Picayune, The New York Times, ProPublica and others in a variety of        Garden Inn Convention Center, The Hotel Le Cirque, as well as
defamation lawsuits. Since 2007, Ms. Mince has been named as a leading           Woldenberg Village Nursing Home and Assisted Living Facility.
lawyer in commercial litigation by Chambers & Partners, who has called her
a "bright, organized and meticulous" lawyer with a "superb practice." In         While attending Tulane Law School, Mr Garner served as a member of the
2010, she was named to the New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law            board of editors for 1987-1988 and managing editor of the Tulane Law
class, which recognizes the area's 50 leading legal professionals based on       Review for 1988-1989. He is also a member of the Order of the Coif. As
their professional and community achievements.                                   an undergraduate at Tulane, he was a member of the Tau Beta Pi, Phi Eta
                                                                                 Sigma, Omega Chi Epsilon, and Omicron Delta Kappa honorary societies.
In commercial litigation, Ms. Mince has represented clients in a variety of
matters, including securities fraud class actions and commercial disputes        Professional and civic activities include: American (member); Louisiana
involving Wallace Drennan, Inc., T.L. James, ASCO Freight Management,            (member) and Federal (director, membership chair, recording secretary,
Berk-Cohen Associates, and SMG (the company managing the Louisiana               treasurer, president elect and vice-president, president and National
Superdome and New Orleans Arena). In her tax practice, she has                   Council Delegate, member) Bar Associations; Defense Research Institute
represented the Louisiana Department of Revenue in a variety of state            (member); Louisiana Association of Business and Industry (member);
corporate income and franchise tax suits against International Paper,            Louisiana Bankers Association (member); Holy Cross High School (board
Florida Gas Company, Shell Oil, Lafarge North America, Argosy Gaming,            member); Our Lady of Holy Cross College (Development Board); Tulane
BP Products North America, BP Oil Supply, United Artists, and others.            University (Admissions Council and Externship Committee); Tulane Law
                                                                                 Review board of advisory editors; St Catherine of Siena Cub Scout Pack
Ms. Mince graduated cum laude from Tulane University in 1992. She                230 Den Leader.
obtained her JD, magna cum laude, from Loyola University School of Law
in 1998, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review. Ms. Mince
was elected a fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation in 2006 and is a
member of Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations. She
regularly speaks and lectures in the area of media law, and is on the faculty
of Tulane University.




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