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Three College of Law Alumni Among New Orleans CityBusiness’ Ones to Watch in Law

New Orleans CityBusiness highlighted three College of Law alumni in their 2017 “Ones to Watch” feature.  They are Eric Simonson, J.D. ’92, Jedd Malish, J.D. ’95, and Mary Nell Bennett, J.D. ’09.

Jedd S. Malish
of counsel
King Krebs & Jurgens PLLC

Jedd Malish is a skilled and experienced litigator who has represented clients throughout Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. He has handled a wide array of maritime matters including collisions, allisions, sinkings, salvage, pipeline ruptures, pollution, commercial disputes, insurance coverage, subrogation, recreational boating accidents and defense of personal injury and wrongful death claims arising under the Jones Act, LHWCA and general maritime law. Malish has also counseled clients in the drafting and negotiation of master service agreements, marine transportation agreements, purchase order terms and conditions and warranty provisions.

Malish received his juris doctorate from Loyola University and his bachelor of arts degree in history from Tulane University. He is a native of Philadelphia and remains an avid Eagles fan.


Eric Simonson
McGlinchey Stafford PLLC

Eric Simonson is a member in McGlinchey Stafford’s commercial litigation group. He is an experienced trial attorney, representing a variety of business entities in a wide range of commercial contract disputes, lease disputes and other related commercial litigation matters. He also represents numerous banks, mortgage lenders and mortgage loan servicers in an array of disputes with their customers and vendors. Simonson has represented clients in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, California, Ohio, New York, Arkansas and Oklahoma. And he has argued on multiple occasions before the Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal as well as the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. He also has a construction litigation practice that involves both commercial and residential property, and has lectured on a wide range of litigation topics. Additionally, Simonson has represented companies in a variety of bankruptcy matters in Louisiana, Florida, Georgia, Michigan, Ohio and Massachusetts, with representation including the defense of Bankruptcy Rule 2004 examinations sought by the U.S. Trustee.

Simonson is a member of McGlinchey Stafford’s management committee, and he is the section head for the commercial litigation practice in the firm’s New Orleans and Cleveland offices. He also serves as a member of the firm’s recruiting, diversity, technology advisory, member nominations and member compensation committees. He was recognized in the 2017 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers for both business litigation and class action/mass torts: defense. He received his juris doctorate from Loyola University and was a member of the Loyola Law Review, Loyola Moot Court board and National Moot Court team. He also received his MBA from the University of New Orleans and his bachelor of science degree in finance from LSU.


Mary Nell Bennett
Smith & Fawer LLC

For the past six years, Mary Nell Bennett has worked as an associate attorney at the law firm of Smith & Fawer. She is currently a senior associate attorney and is responsible for representing landowners throughout Louisiana in the areas of eminent domain and property litigation. During her tenure with Smith & Fawer, she has helped the firm secure millions of dollars in verdicts against government entities for the taking of private property. She also practices generally in the area of complex commercial litigation. Prior to joining Smith & Fawer, Bennett handled multi-district litigation cases all over the country. During law school, she clerked at the U.S. Attorney’s office and also for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office.

On several occasions, Bennett has presented a continuing legal education course on eminent domain for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s annual summer school meeting. She also presented on the topic of experts in eminent domain litigation for a national landowners’ organization, The Owners’ Counsel of America, and on the topic of expropriations in Louisiana for the National Business Institute for Continuing Legal Education. Bennett is a member of the Louisiana Bar and New Orleans Bar Associations and a team member and on the advisory board for Hogs for the Cause. She received her juris doctorate from Loyola University and her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Mississippi.

New Orleans CityBusiness: Ones to Watch - Law