Katie E. Lasky, Member

Katie E. Lasky

Katie E. Lasky, Member

Katie Lasky has been practicing law since 2003 in the fields of complex commercial and bankruptcy litigation. She joined the firm in 2008, and since 2012, has coordinated the firm’s commercial litigation practice. Katie ensures that the cases Jones Swanson handles proceed expeditiously and progress towards a timely resolution. Her commercial litigation practice focuses on corporate financial matters, such as tax strategy litigation, contract and intellectual property disputes and breach of fiduciary duty claims. She has also handled health care disputes, land use issues and mass tort matters.

Katie has assisted firm clients with such matters as pursuing a network of affiliated companies for fraudulent conveyances, breach of contract and fraud; and seeking damages arising out of the collapse of the Stanford Financial Group. Katie’s work also includes pursuing a breach of fiduciary duty claim against the former officers and directors of a bankrupt company; pursuing a private lender for failing to fund a large construction loan; and leading the firm’s charge against BP on behalf of a wide variety of clients damaged by the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico, both inside and outside of the settlement.

Katie was the lead associate on a suit the firm filed in 2007 on behalf of two local New Orleans technology companies that had devised the first successful citywide wireless video surveillance system in the United States, as recognized by national news outlets including USA Today and HDNet. One of the defendants settled with plaintiffs for a generous amount before trial and, on November 2, 2009, after six weeks of trial, a jury rendered verdict in favor of plaintiffs and against the rest of the defendants in the amount of $16.3 million, finding that Dell, Inc. and other defendants had, among other findings, conspired to violate Louisiana’s fair trade practices act. Two of the individual defendants, one a former City of New Orleans official and the other a contractor to the City, were subsequently prosecuted by the federal government for crimes arising out of the events uncovered through the civil suit. The City official pled guilty while the contractor was convicted and sentenced to 17½ years in prison.

Prior to joining Jones Swanson, Katie worked for five years with Phelps Dunbar LLP, a regional law firm based in New Orleans, where her practice focused on commercial litigation and bankruptcy-related litigation, including the prosecution of breach of fiduciary duty cases against the former officers and directors of a large regional grocery chain and a national sportswear manufacturer, as well as the representation of a Chapter 7 Trustee in approximately fifty separate adversary cases filed in the Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Alabama.

Katie graduated, cum laude, from Georgetown University Law Center in 2003 after receiving her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from Cornell University in 1998.

EDUCATION

Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, D.C., 2003, J.D., cum laude; Recipient of Dean’s Certificate for special and outstanding service to GULC
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 1998, A.B., magna cum laude with distinction in all subjects; Recipient of Anne MacIntyre Litchfield Prize for outstanding senior woman majoring in History

ADMITTED

Louisiana, State Courts of Louisiana
New Jersey, State Courts of New Jersey
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit

AFFILIATIONS

Member, Louisiana State Bar Association

HONORS/APPOINTMENTS

Member, Louisiana Bar Foundation, Grants Committee, 2014.
Recipient of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project’s 2013 Leadership Award.
Named one of New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine’s 2013 “Women of the Year.”
Recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s 2013 Leah Hipple McKay Award for outstanding volunteerism.
Named in the 2016 Best Lawyers peer-review publication for Commercial Litigation
Named “Super Lawyer Rising Star” in Business Litigation, 2013-2014.
Named “Super Lawyer” in Business Litigation, 2015-2016.
2013 Immediate Past Chair, Board of Directors, New Orleans Pro Bono Project (Chair, Jan. 2012 – June 2013).
2007-2011 100+ Hour Volunteer, New Orleans Pro Bono Project.
2006 Pro Bono Publico Award, Louisiana State Bar Association, for outstanding pro bono service to Louisiana’s indigent.
Committee For a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee, Graduate of 2004 Metropolitan Leadership Forum.
Member, Board of Directors, Association for Women Attorneys, 2006-2013.

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

“Discovery and Ethics- What Do You Really Need and How to Get It,” panel presentation, Louisiana State Bar Association Trial Practice CLE, December 17, 2012.
“10 Things Every Good Associate Should Know,” panel presentation, Big Easy Bootcamp, November 2013.

REPRESENTATIVE COMMERCIAL CASES

In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon.”
Active Solutions, et al. v. Dell, Inc., et al.
BCR Safeguard Holding, LLC, et al. v. Morgan Stanley Real Estate Advisor, Inc., et al.
Conwill v. Greenberg Traurig, L.P., et al.
Ducote Jax Holdings, L.L.C. v. Bradley.

REPRESENTATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CASES