Renee Smith

Office Address:
201 St. Charles Ave., Suite 3800
New Orleans, LA 70131

(504) 569-1800

   

Renee Smith

Aaron, PLC, Shareholder

Attorney Profile
(504) 569-1800

Contact Information
Tel: 504.569.1809
Fax: 504.569.1801
 
Career Overview
Renee has over 15 years of experience as an aggressive litigator who has been highly successful in defending local governing boards and national insurance companies in both state and federal courts. Having obtained a Master’s of Arts in Communications, Renee also has significant experience in the areas of mass media and telecommunications law. Renee’s practice also focuses on appellate advocacy, as she has obtained favorable decisions on various matters involving complex litigation.
 
Education
Bachelor of Arts, Loyola University, New Orleans (1990)
Master of Arts, Loyola University, New Orleans (1994)
Juris Doctor, Loyola University, New Orleans (1994)
 
Other studies:
Metropolitan Leadership Forum (Sponsored by the Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee), 2007
Loyola Institute of Politics, 2008-2009
 
Admissions to Practice
Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1995
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana, 1996
Supreme Court of Texas, 2001
U.S. Court Appeal, Fifth Circuit, 2008
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2008
 
Areas of Practice
Insurance Defense
Complex Commercial Litigation
Education Law
Mass Media Law
Telecommunications Law
Labor and Employment
Nonprofit and Charitable Organizations
Libel, Slander and Defamation
Class Action Defense
Entertainment Law
Toxic Torts
Municipal Law
 
Honors and Awards
·    A-V” Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory (2008 - Present)
·    Recipient, New Orleans City Business’s Leadership in Law Award, 2008
·    Recognized as a Top Local Lawyer, New Orleans Magazine, 2009
 
Professional Memberships/Activities
·    Louisiana State Bar Association
·    Texas Bar Association
·    Defense Research Institute
·    Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
·    New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
·    Assistant Bar Examiner, Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions
·    Judge, Loyola School of Law’s 59th Annual National Moot Court Competition, 2008
 
Teaching and Publications
·    CLE Presenter of "Open Meetings," "Federal and State Laws Regarding School Board Employees and Student Records," and "E-Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" during the CLE "Open Meetings, Freedom of Information Act & Managing Electronic Records," (Medical Educational Services, Inc./Professional Development Network), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2008
·    Instructor, “Persuasive Appellate Writing,” Skills Curriculum class, Loyola College of Law
·    Instructor, Baton Rouge College of Paralegal Studies, “Legal Writing,” “Legal Research,” “Litigation: Commencement of an Action,” and “Insurance Law” Metairie, Slidell, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, 2002 & 2005
 
Civic, Community and Business Activities (Current Only)
·    Board Member, Board of City Trusts, City of New Orleans
·    Board of Directors, Loyola University Alumni Board, At Large Representative
·    Board Member, Algiers Economic Development Foundation
·    First Vice President, League of Women Voters of New Orleans
·    Member, World Affairs Council of New Orleans
·    Member, French-American Chamber of Commerce
·    Member, Crescent City Cyclists
 
 

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