Born and raised in Old Metairie, I attended The Academy of the Sacred Heart for fifteen years, graduating in 1992. Eager to experience the world outside of New Orleans, I enrolled at the University of Dallas, a small, Catholic, liberal arts college steeped in the Western Tradition where I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Philosophy in 1996. My sophomore year, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to study with 87 of my classmates at the University of Dallas’ campus in Rome, Italy. Extensive travel of Italy and Greece under the tutelage of my professors, and backpacking across Europe with my close friends, I embraced my deep and abiding love of history and discovered the joys of experiencing different cultures and meeting new people.
My lifelong dream of being a lawyer was achieved in 1999 when I graduated from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans, passed the bar exam, and was sworn into the Louisiana Bar. I was a judicial law clerk for the late Honorable Sheldon J. Fernandez in the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson where we heard criminal, civil and domestic matters. From there, I joined my father’s law firm as an insurance defense and commercial litigation association. My wanderlust reared its head again in 2002, when I moved to Houston, Texas and pursued opportunities in-house with some of the world’s largest oilfield services providers. I was licensed to practice law in Texas in 2006. Over the course of those 15 years in Houston, some of my key accomplishments as a corporate generalist included:
- Defending a client against a United States Coast Guard investigation into the grounding of the Shell’s arctic drilling rig, KULLUK;
- Investigating a global competitor for theft of intellectual property and corporate raiding in the United States, United Kingdom, Norway, Singapore, Dubai, Mexico, and Brazil;
- Conducting multiple investigations into allegations of improper payments to government officials in high risk countries;
- Travelling around the world representing clients in multi-million-dollar contract negotiations;
- Training lawyers and lay people on such topics as navigating U.S. litigation, contract reviews, conducting internal investigations, and the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.
The famous New Orleans writer, Chris Rose wrote: “She is a New Orleans girl and New Orleans girls never live anywhere else and even if they do, they always come back.” This New Orleans girl came home in 2016 and spent 2 years in-house with Ochsner Health System providing a variety of general corporate legal and transactional support. The lure of litigation, however, was seductive and I joined Scott Vicknair, LLC on May 1, 2019. Since then, I have enjoyed building a diverse practice representing a broad spectrum of clients including individuals and businesses, both large and small. A practicing lawyer for over 20 years, I bring a wide range of experience to commercial and construction litigation, general counsel services, and personal injury litigation.
A single mother of two young boys, I am actively involved at my boys’ school and with all three of my alumnae associations. A huge history buff, I am always reading – usually about European World War II and the Holocaust. Most of all, however, I am that unique lawyer who absolutely loves being a lawyer. I find the law endlessly fascinating, practicing law deeply satisfying, and helping people to navigate difficult times.