Jones Swanson, Fishman Haygood collaborate to form new international arbitration practice

NEW ORLEANS, LA (September 7, 2016) – Jones, Swanson, Huddell & Garrison, LLC is pleased to announce its alliance with the New Orleans and Baton Rouge firm of Fishman Haygood to develop a new international arbitration practice.

Jones Swanson and Fishman Haygood have collaborated for years on numerous projects. This is the first time, however, that the two firms have developed an entirely new practice area together. This practice will draw on both firms’ resources and legal talents.

At the center of the new practice will be Jones Swanson Special Partner Jennifer Morrison Ersin, who joined the firm earlier this year, and who has advised on arbitrations in all sectors, including natural resources, agribusiness, and construction.

Ms. Morrison Ersin—who divides her time between New Orleans and Istanbul, Turkey—has more than a decade of experience representing clients in international, commercial and investment arbitrations involving European, American, Turkish and Central Asian parties. She focuses her practice in disputes arising from large-scale infrastructure projects.

“It’s an exciting moment for both of our firms,” said Fishman Haygood Managing Partner Jim Swanson, who spearheaded the new strategic project with Jones Swanson Founding Member Gladstone Jones. “We’ve certainly worked on some big, complex cases together, and I’ve represented clients in lots of arbitrations, but now this international practice will give us a chance to put our experience to work in a whole new context.”