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Renee F. Smith Auld

Renee F. Smith Auld

also known as Renee F. Smith

About me

Renee has over 17 years of extensive litigation experience representing clients in various areas of the law.    She is an aggressive litigator who has been highly successful in defending local government agencies and national insurance companies in all aspects of litigation including class actions.    Renee  has significant experience in the areas of mass media and telecommunications law, and holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in Communications.    Her litigation experience is broad based including trials, appeals and writs before state and federal courts.    Renee has been recognized as a top local lawyer by New Orleans Magazine.     She is the recipient of the New Orleans City Business Newspaper's 2008 Leadership in Law Award, and enjoys an "AV" Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating.     Renee is admitted to legal practice in Louisiana and Texas.

Admissions to Practce:

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


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


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



Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 85%
    1 year
  2. Employment & Labor: 5%
    1 year
  3. Appeals: 5%
    1 year
  4. Education: 3%
    1 year
  5. Entertainment: 2%
    1 year

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Contact info

Degan, Blanchard & Nash

400 Poydras St.
Suite. 2600
New Orleans, LA, 70130


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200110/19/2015
LAEligible to practice law199508/07/2013
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Lawyers in New OrleansNew Orleans Magazine2009
Leadership in Law Award, 2008CityBusiness' Leadership in Law Award2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselDegan, Blanchard & Nash2012 - Present
ShareholderAaron, PLC2012 - 2014
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Research InstituteMember2011 - Present
Louisiana Association of Defense CounselMember2010 - Present
New Orleans Association of Defense CounselMember2010 - Present
Texas Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Sanders v. Orleans Parish School Board, 916 So. 2d 1066 (La. 2005)Motion for Summary Judgment was granted.
Tatum v. Orleans Parish School Board, 982 So.2d 923, (La.App. 4 Cir. 4/9/08), writ denied, 989 So.2d 102 (La. 8/29/08).Motion for Summary Judgment affirmed by the Fourth Circuit. The Louisiana Supreme Court denied the Plaintiff's writ application for review.
City of New Orleans v. Bellsouth Telecommunications, Inc.Judgement in favor of the City, our client
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawCommunicationsMaster's of Arts1994
Loyola University New OrleansCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Dirty Litigation Tactics: How to Deal with the “Rambo” LitigatorUsing Effective Remedies to Combat "Rambo" Litigation2012
Music Law 101Ethics in Film and Music2011
Loyola Law School Skills ClassPersuasive Appellate Writing2009
Open Meetings, FOIA & Managing Electronic Records: The Impact of Techonology on Legal Requirements of Public RecordsE-Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure2008
Open Meetings, FOIA & Managing Electronic Records: The Impact of Techonology on Legal Requirements for Public RecordsPersonnel and School Board Records2008
Open Meetings, FOIA & Managing Electronic Records: The Impact of Technology on Legal Requirements of Public RecordsLouisiana Open Meetings Law2008
Loyola Law School Skills ClassPersuasive Appellate Writing2008