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Donna Phillips Currault

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201 St. Charles Avenue
40th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170-4000

504.569.1862 (direct line)
504.582.1121 (fax)
dcurrault@gamb.law

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Education
Tulane University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
Loyola University, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Bar Admissions
Louisiana (1989)
Practice Areas

Donna Currault’s practice centers on complex litigation including class action defense in state and federal courts. A significant portion of her practice is also devoted to handling cases and advising clients on employment matters such as employment agreements with non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, employment policies and procedures and employee handbooks.

Prior to joining the Firm, Donna served one year as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Morey L. Sear, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Donna graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School where she served as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing program and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She was also a member of Tulane Law Review and served as its Managing Editor from 1988-1989. 

Representative Matters:

  • Craig Johnson v. Target Logistics Management, LLC, USDC SDTX NO. 4:15-cv-1490 (2017) (jury verdict for Defendant on FMLA, ADA, retaliation and tort claims)
  • Gremillion v. Cox Communications LLC et al., USDC EDLA No. 16-9849 (2017) (summary judgment finding no joint employer status on FLSA collective actions) 
  • Crosby v. Cox Communications LLC, USDC EDLA No. 16-6700 (2017) (summary judgment finding no joint employer status on FLSA collective actions)
  • Hiers v. DuFreche, No. 2012-1132 (La.App. 1 Cir. 10/24/13) (2013 WL 8445626) - (appellate counsel for title insurer)
  • MGD Partners, LLC and Coves of the Highland Community Development District v. First American Title Insurance Company, 2011 WL 3962568 (5th Cir. 9/8/2011) (summary dismissal of claims under title insurance policy)
  • KeyBank National Association v. Perkins Rowe Associates, LLC, Civil Action Nos. 09-497 c/w 10-552 (M.D. La.) (defense of mortgagee against construction lien claims)
  • Wayne Day v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2010 WL 2545345 (E.D. La. 6/17/2010), aff'd, 2011 WL 2203081 (5th Cir. 6/17/2011); 2008 WL 718142 (E.D. La. 3/14/2008), aff'd, 304 Fed. Appx. 296, 2008 WL 5381312 (5th Cir. 12/23/2008) (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and Louisiana Military Service Relief Act)
  • Cindy Bouvier v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., 350 Fed. Appx. 917, 2009 WL 3444765 (5th Cir. 10/26/2009) (gender discrimination)
  • Trazila Paul v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., 309 Fed. Appx. 825 (E.D. La. 3/31/2008) 2008 WL 915298 (sexual harassment), aff'd, 2009 WL 270178 (5th Cir. 2/5/2009)
  • Barbara Ginn v. The Folger Coffee Company, 2007 WL 4114343 (E.D. La. 11/15/2007); 2008 WL 4909319 (purported class action for violation of employee privacy rights)
  • Roy Michael Brauninger v. Motes and Default Management Solutions, Inc., 2006 WL 3406738 (E.D. La. 11/22/06) and 2007 WL 128809 (E.D. La. 1/16/2007) (summary judgment on gender, race and age discrimination claims), aff'd, 260 Fed. Appx. 634, 2007 WL 4467583 (12/20/07), cert. denied, 553 U.S. 1065 (2008)
Representative Reported Cases:
  • Martin v. Sterling Associates, Inc., 72 So. 3d 411 (La. Ct. App. 2d Cir. 8/10/2011), 2011 WL 3477055 (timely wage payment)
  • One River Place v. Axis Surplus Insurance, 629 F. Supp. 613 (E.D. La. 2009)
  • Riddle v. Simmons, 965 So. 2d 998 (2d Cir. 9/19/2007) (sheriff’s costs); 922 So. 2d 1267 (2d Cir. 2/16/2006) (insurance dispute)
  • Dumont v. Charles Schwab & Co., 2000 WL 1023231 (E.D. La. 7/21/2000) (class action fairness hearing on settlement); 717 So. 2d 1182 (La. Ct. App. 4th Cir. 1998) (writ application from denial of Exception of No Cause of Action based on federal preemption); 670 So. 2d 548 (La. Ct. App. 4th Cir. 1996) (appeal of class certification)
  • Cecil H. Walker, et al v. NERCO, Inc., et al, 134 F.3d 368 (5th Cir. 1997) (summary judgment dismissal of numerous claims by members of de-certified class action for age discrimination based on their failure to qualify for a severance package because they were over 40 years old but too young to qualify for severance)
  • Murphy v. Community Health Network of Louisiana, Inc., et al., 712 So. 2d 296 (La. Ct. App. 5th Cir. 1997) (appeal from trial court's dismissal via exception of no cause of action based on ERISA preemption)
  • Walk Haydel & Associates v. Coastal Power Corporation, 934 F. Supp. 209 (E. D. La. 1996) (remand to state court)
  • Guastella v. Pan American Life Insurance Company, 668 So. 2d 1174 (La. Ct. App. 5th Cir. 1996) (affirming summary judgment ruling)
Published Works & Presentations:
  • Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett Duck Lunch, Speaker, Drafting and Enforcing Confidentiality and Non-Solicitation Agreements (October 2017)
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana: Bench-Bar Conference, Speaker, Frequently Arising Procedural Issues (September 28, 2017)
  • New Orleans Federal Bar Association: Federal Practice Series, Speaker, Removal and Remand (March 16, 2016)
  • Federal Bar Association: MyLawCLE video webinar, Speaker, USERRA, FMLA and ADA Issues for Returning Service Members (November 6, 2015)
  • Federal Bar Association: Annual Meeting and Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah, Speaker, Returning Our Wounded Warriors to Work: USERRA, FMLA and ADA Issues (September 10, 2015)
  • New Orleans Federal Bar Association: Federal Practice Series, Speaker, Fundamentals of Rule 12 (March 26, 2015)
  • New Orleans Federal Bar Association: 20th Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium, Moderator on Professionalism: Perspectives from the Bench; Ethics in Settlement Negotiations (May 24, 2012)
  • Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements in Louisiana, GAMDE Duck Lunch (October 6, 2011)
  • Ethics and Professionalism Issues in Criminal Inquiries to a Corporation and Officers, New Orleans FBA: 166h Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium (March 15, 2008) 
  • State Law Wage and Hour Issues, Lorman Business Center: Employee Discharge and Documentation in Louisiana (Feb. 12, 2008)
  • The Attorney-Client Privilege: A Pandora’s Box, New Orleans FBA: 14th Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium (May 18, 2006)
  • Recording Keeping and Notice under the FMLA; Special FMLA Issues, Lorman Business Center: Advanced Topics in the Family and Medical Leave Act (Feb. 24, 2006)
  • Wages Upon Termination;  Non-Competition Agreements and Trade Secrets, Lorman Business Center: Louisiana State Law Employment Issues (2005)
Professional Activities/Affiliations:
  • Louisiana State Bar Employment Law Advisory Committee - Louisiana State Bar Committee on Legal Specialization (2015-present)
  • Louisiana State Bar Examiner - Code I - Louisiana Supreme Court Committee on Bar Admissions; Examiner Code I (2016 - present); Asst. Examiner Code I (2009 - 2015)
  • Federal Bar Association - Immediate Past Chair of the Labor and Employment Section (2016-2017) Chair (2015-2016); Vice-Chair (2014-2015); Secretary (2013-14); Treasurer (2012-13); Editor, The Labouring Oar (2013-14); Chapter Representative of New Orleans Chapter (2011-12)
  • Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter - Director, NO Chapter Board of Directors (2002-present); Editor of NOFBA's Publication "The Advocate" (2008-09); NOFBA's Annual Rubin Symposium Chair/Committee Member (2005-2012); NOFBA's CLE Committee Chair (2013-present)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Member and Fellow)
  • American Bar Association (Member and Fellow)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (Member)
Honors:
  • Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association's Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award
  • Listed in Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation - Labor and Employment - (Since 2012)
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyers" - Labor and Employment Law (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Commercial Litigation; Employment Law (Since 2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America - Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law-Individuals in New Orleans (2015)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers - Employment & Labor (2007-2011, 2015-2018); Rated as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers (2016)
  • Chambers USA - Labor & Employment (2016)



   





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