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Renee F. Smith Auld

Renee F. Smith Auld

also known as Renee F. Smith

Practice areas:

Insurance, Appeals, Employment & Labor, Education, Entertainment

Renee Smith Auld

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


 

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  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

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 200105/03/2015
LAEligible to practice law199508/07/2013

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
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
ShareholderAaron, PLC2012 - 2014
Of CounselDegan, Blanchard & Nash2012 - Present

Associations
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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Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University New Orleans College of LawLawJuris Doctorate1994
Loyola University New OrleansCommunicationsMaster'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