Jaimmé Collins, J.D. ’05 was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation and general business.

Shelly Spansel, J.D. ’05 was elected to partnership with the New Orleans office of Adams and Reese. She practices in various areas of litigation, including labor and employment litigation and healthcare litigation.

Larry Curtis, J.D. ’77, Lafayette, La., was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers as one of Louisiana’s top 50 lawyers. He has been listed in the practice areas of maritime/transportation law every year since its inaugural publication in 2007. Larry was also listed in the 2012 edition of Woodward & White’s publication and The Best Lawyers in America. He currently serves as president of the Lafayette Bar Association.

Brendan Doherty ’00, J.D. ’03 was appointed litigation manager in the Houston, Texas, office of Gieger, Laborde & Laperouse, L.L.C.

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Ryan Kent Howell Nevin, J.D. ’11, Nashville, Tenn., joined The Nevin Law Firm as an associate. He practices in the areas of bankruptcy, estate planning, debt relief, adoptions, probate, real estate, and general practice.

Jonathan R. Katz, J.D. ’05, Metairie, La., was elected to partnership with Jones, Walker, Waechter, Poitevent, Carrere & Denegre L.L.P.   Press release:

Brent Wood, J.D. ’79, PA manager with Chevron Corporation in Covington, La., was elected secretary of the board of the Louisiana Association of Business and Industry.

Wesley M. Plaisance, J.D. ’07 joined the New Orleans office of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., as an associate. His practice includes gaming, commercial litigation, and bankruptcy and loan restructuring.

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Billy Gaudet, J.D. ’82, Adams and Reese partner in the firm’s New Orleans office, was named a Litigation Practice Group Leader.






Thomas Hosty, J.D. ’92, Oklahoma City, Okla., has been recognized three times in Super Lawyers for criminal defense. He specializes in Oklahoma DUI law.

Nancy Scott Degan, J.D. ’83, of the New Orleans office of the law firm Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, P.C., was nominated to lead the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Section of Litigation, which is the ABA’s largest specialty section, having approximately 60,000 members. She will assume the role of vice chair of the Section of Litigation in August 2012 at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting. She will serve as vice chair from 2012 to 2013, and as chair-elect from 2013 to 2014.


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