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Life Insurance Real Estate

New Orleans, LA, 70121
March 29, 2018

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New Orleans, LA 70121 SUMMARY

Seasoned attorney offering 27 years of experience and a diverse legal background, primarily in bankruptcy and commercial litigation and transactional arenas with an exceptional track record of providing strategic advice to corporate clients, as well as individuals and businesses on civil related matters. Considerable expertise in the areas of bankruptcy reorganization, loan workouts and recently, plaintiff personal injury.


MORRIS BART, LLC Sept., 2016-Present

Associate, Mass Tort Litigation and Plaintiff Personal Injury Interface with over 1500 clients.

Prepare cases for filing in multiple district litigation (“MDL”) matters and monitor various MDL matters pending across the country (Talc, Xarelto, Taxotere, Abilify, etc.) HELLER, DRAPER, PATRICK, HORN & DABNEY May, 2015-Present Of Counsel

Transactions and Bankruptcy Litigation

CAPITAL ONE, National Association, New Orleans, LA. 2006-Nov.2014 Director and Assistant General Counsel

In-house counsel for a Fortune 500 Corporation, providing support to its nationally chartered bank with operations in Louisiana, Texas, New York, New Jersey, Washington, DC, Virginia and Maryland.

• Handled a high volume litigation portfolio comprised of criticized commercial loans valued at $250,000.00 to $50,000,000.00;

• Worked closely with various lines of business including Small Business Banking, Branch Distribution and Commercial Underwriting groups;

• Prosecuted and monitored law suits across the Bank’s footprint, as well as manage Outside Counsel who litigated those law suits on behalf of the bank;

• Prepared reports, drafted legal opinions and made legal recommendations to Bank Officers and legal management when requested;

• Drafted various transactional documents related to loan workouts, including forbearance agreements, settlement agreements, loan modifications, etc.

• Managed high volume consumer/home loan portfolio from 2006-2008;

• Managed bank’s adverse litigation matters from 2006-2008.

• Supervised and managed team of five paralegals handling and drafting Louisiana civil litigation and bankruptcy litigation from 2006-2008. PAN-AMERICAN LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, New Orleans, LA 1997-2006 2nd Vice President and Staff Attorney

In--house counsel for an international life insurance company, representing the investment department and eventually handling all issues related to the domestic insurance operations.

• Provided direct legal advice, support and assistance to the Investment department, handling commercial loan workouts, leases, and various contract issues (1997-2006).

• Provided legal advice various departments involved in company’s domestic insurance operations, including agency, claims, sales and marketing (2004-2006).

• Managed all bankruptcy matters.

DRAPER & CULPEPPER, LLC, New Orleans, LA 1994-1997 Associate

Primarily practiced in the area of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, generally representing corporate debtors.

Friend, Wilson, Draper & Bowling, New Orleans, LA

Associate 1990- 1994

Primarily practiced in the area of corporate restructuring and bankruptcy litigation, generally representing corporate debtors.


Doctorate of Jurisprudence conferred May, 1990, Cum Laude TULANE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW, New Orleans, Louisiana Academic Standing: Rank: 30/263; GPA: 3.445/4.0

Senior Fellow (1989-1990) taught legal research and writing. Received Adams & Reese Scholarship (1989) for outstanding student in Civil Law Curriculum. Bachelor of Arts, Drama & Communication, May 1985



Board of Directors- The Pro Bono Project (2016 and 2014) Board of Directors-Association of Corporate Counsel, Louisiana Chapter (2010-2015) Board of Directors-PALIC Federal Credit Union (1999-2006) AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

The Pro Bono Project Award for Distinguished Service December 2015 Panelist, Vulture Venturers for CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) of New Orleans (August, 2010)

Panelist for several conferences produced by Information Management Network (IMN) for Real Estate Workouts and Special Asset Officers in Florida, Georgia and Illinois.

(2011- 2014)

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