1 JF Jones Fussell, L.L.P.
2 Experience You Need. Results You Want. Jones Fussell, L.L.P. is a full service law firm located in Covington, Louisiana and is dedicated to providing high quality and responsive legal services to our clients in the greater New Orleans area since Our attorneys are a formidable team of highly experienced and skilled negotiators and litigators. The primary focus of our practice is the representation of businesses, business professionals, entrepreneurs and insurance companies, whether it involves negotiating an agreement, closing a deal, providing advice and counsel, or pursuing their interests in court. We also provide legal services to individuals who have need for our expertise in family law, criminal law and personal injury. When you choose Jones Fussell for your legal needs, we will provide you with expertise geared to your specific legal issue; a thorough evaluation of legal risks balanced against your objectives; clear explanations of your legal options; and timely resolution of your legal problems. We believe very strongly in maintaining regular, direct and straightforward communication with our clients, providing innovative, creative and quality representation, and expeditious handling of each matter. We believe that your choice of Jones Fussell for legal representation provides you with the best chance for success with your business and personal objectives.
3 Attorneys William J. Jones Jr. Partner William J. Jones, Jr. has been a partner in Jones Fussell since its inception. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability and ethical rating afforded by that service. Mr. Jones has 50 years experience in multiple fields, including as a City Attorney, Chairman of a Planning and Zoning Commission, real estate matters, business and contract matters, hospital law, successions and estates, real estate litigation, and eminent domain litigation. Mr. Jones has tried numerous eminent domain cases. Mr. Jones has been corporate general counsel for St. Tammany Parish Hospital for about 20 years. He had previously been corporate general counsel for two other hospitals. A. Wayne Buras Partner A. Wayne Buras is a partner at the firm of Jones Fussell, L.L.P., in Covington, Louisiana. Wayne received a Bachelor degree in Business Administration from Southeastern Louisiana University, and his Juris Doctorate in 1975 from the Louisiana State University Law School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Following a judicial clerkship in the 22nd Judicial District Court in St. Tammany Parish, he began the practice of law in St. Tammany Parish, joining the firm of Jones Fussell in the year Wayne s practice is primarily based in business transactions, representation in banking transactions, entity formations, planning and zoning, and real estate development. Wayne is a licensed title insurance agent representing First American Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company, and in connection therewith has closed numerous large commercial transactions for multiple lenders, including, but not limited to, shopping centers, multi-family housing developments, storage facilities, hotels, and real estate developments. He also represents local financial institutions and clients in real estate investments and business opportunities. Wayne routinely provides counseling, drafting, and representation for clients in formation of business entities, business sales and combinations, acquisitions, real estate leases and purchase agreements, development agreements, and representations before public bodies regarding planning and zoning. Wayne is actively involved as a member/manager of commercial entities engaged in business endeavors in St. Tammany Parish and is a member of the executive committee of the Northshore Business Council. Memberships: Louisiana Bar Association, Northshore Business Council, Northshore Business Council Executive Committee Jeffrey D. Schoen Partner Jeffrey D. Schoen is a 30 year partner at Jones Fussell, L.L.P., where he has practiced for his entire career, with experience and expertise in numerous areas, but with primary attention in the business, real estate, transaction, and regulatory arenas. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability and ethical rating afforded by that service. Presently, Mr. Schoen s practice is primarily focused on representation of businesses of all types, including the handling of real estate and business transactions of all types, procurement of entitlements for development projects and regulatory work in connection therewith (including local planning, zoning, and Council matters of all types), and other general matters such as corporate, contracts, wills, collections, successions, and general business. Mr. Schoen has handled more planning and zoning cases before the Parish of St. Tammany Planning and Zoning Commissions, as well as the former Parish Police Jury and current Parish Council, than any other practitioner in St. Tammany Parish over the past 32 years, having enjoyed much success thereby allowing his clients to develop business opportunities throughout St. Tammany Parish. (cont d)
4 Attorneys (cont d Jeffrey D. Schoen) Mr. Schoen places special emphasis on his personal availability and attention to all matters within his practice, including prompt return of telephone calls and s. His experience and success allows him to provide advices to clients that enhance their opportunities to reach their objectives in an effective, expedient, and cost efficient manner. In addition to being a full equity partner and practicing full-time, Mr. Schoen also handles many of the administrative matters for the Firm, serving as its Managing Partner. Mr. Schoen graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in 1978, where he was selected to Law Review, as well as attained Order of the Coif and Moot Court (finalist) at the Louisiana Supreme Court. John R. Walker Partner John R. Walker is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Northern District of Florida, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability and ethical rating afforded by that service. Mr. Walker brings 30 years of experience devoted to serving the litigation needs of his clients. Mr. Walker s practice is focused on business, real estate, employment and construction litigation of all types, as well as premises liability, professional liability defense for nursing homes, hospitals, physicians, dentists, allied medical facilities and insurance agents, aviation, transportation liability, products liability, insurance coverage and defense of ERISA claims. In addition to local business concerns, real estate firms and construction companies, his clients include insurance companies, manufacturers, national retailers, health care providers, insurance agents, helicopter and fixed wing transportation companies, fixed based aviation operators, and trucking companies. Mr. Walker has tried numerous cases to verdict in all federal courts in Louisiana and in numerous state courts throughout Louisiana, including many cases with multi-million dollar exposures. Representative notable reported cases: In Re Katrina Canal Breaches Litigation, 524 F. 3rd 700 (5th Cir. 2009). (Mass tort case involving the defense of an action brought by the Attorney General of Louisiana on behalf of several thousand homeowners). Arceneaux v. Amstar, 921 So. 2d 189 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2006). (Mass tort action involving several hundred plaintiffs against a sugar refinery). South Central Bell v. Milton J. Womack & Associates, 744 So. 2d 635 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1998). (Construction litigation involving the new Social Sciences building on the campus of Southern University). Grissette v. Thomas, 704 So. 2d 1215 (La. App. 1 Cir. 1997). (Construction case involving catastrophic injuries tried to a no liability verdict). Sam J. Collett, Jr. Partner Sam J. Collett, Jr. is a well respected civil litigation and criminal defense attorney with 30 years of broadbased experience at the pretrial, trial, and appellate levels in both state and federal courts. He has successfully handled a wide variety of legal matters for clients, ranging from civil and commercial litigation, personal injury, medical malpractice, criminal defense, family law (divorce, child custody and community property law), and probate matters, among others. Sam has earned Martindale Hubbell s highest AV Preeminent attorney peer review rating for legal ability and ethical standards with a perfect 5.0 out of 5.0 score. Sam partnered with Jones Fussell, L.L.P., as a full equity partner, in January 2009 after practicing in Bogalusa, Louisiana, for over 28 years where he founded the Collett and Amacker Law Firm in He has been appointed as Special Prosecutor in the 22nd Judicial District Court and has served as Judge Ad Hoc in the City Court of Bogalusa. (cont d)
5 Attorneys (cont d Sam J. Collett, Jr.) Sam received his Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University School of Law in For his undergraduate work, Sam attended Southeastern Louisiana University, graduating with a B. A. In He is admitted to practice in all State of Louisiana Courts and various Federal Courts. He is currently a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Greater Covington Bar Association and the Washington Parish Bar Association (President ). Born & raised in Bogalusa, Louisiana, Sam now resides in Covington with his wife, Tonda Spillman Collett. They have one son, Sam J. Collett, III. Margaret H. Kern Partner Margaret H. Kern has been a partner in Jones Fussell since She has over 25 years in trial and casualty litigation experience in state and federal courts. She is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability and ethical rating afforded by that service. Ms. Kern is a family law specialist certified by the Louisiana State Bar Association Board of Legal Specialization, with experience in all areas of family law, including custody, support and complex issues of property division. Ms. Kern also has extensive litigation experience in the areas of medical malpractice and civil rights, and has tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court. Since 1999, Ms. Kern has served as the general counsel for the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff in civil and tax matters. Her clients include St. Tammany Parish Hospital and the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff. Representative notable reported cases: Amaraneni v. Amaraneni, (1st Cir. 2009). (Community property partition involving valuation of community business interests and classification of post-divorce business income.) Tenet Healthsystems Hospitals v. St. Tammany Parish, 762 So.2d 1144 (1st Cir. 2000). Burge v. Canulette, 336 F.3rd 363 (5th Cir. 2003). (Civil rights suit for wrongful imprisonment resulting in finding of no liability.) Calvin P. Brasseaux Partner Calvin P. Brasseaux has been a partner with the firm since 1999, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate, securities, finance, intellectual property, employment law, and general business. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest legal ability and ethical rating afforded by that service. He has extensive experience representing clients in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities and venture capital transactions, merger and acquisition transactions that involve the purchase and sale of businesses of all sizes, sophisticated commercial and residential real estate acquisitions, development, financing, and leasing, and the formation of limited liability companies, corporations, limited partnerships and joint ventures. He also has experience in various intellectual property matters, including software licensing and state and federal trademark licensing, as well as health care and employment law. He is Past Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association Section of Corporate and Business Law and is also a member of the Federal Regulation of Securities Committee of the Business Section of the American Bar Association. Mr. Brasseaux graduated from Louisiana State University Law School in 1983, where he was Order of the Coif and a member and editor of the Louisiana Law Review. Before joining Jones Fussell, L.L.P., Mr. Brasseaux practiced for 15 years with the firm of Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson, L.L.P. in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to joining Stone, Pigman, Walther, Wittmann & Hutchinson, L.L.P. he served for one year as a law clerk to the Honorable Albert Tate, Jr. on the United State Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
6 Attorneys Paul J. Mayronne Partner Paul J. Mayronne began his practice in St. Tammany Parish in 1998 and has been a partner in the law firm of Jones Fussell, L.L.P., in Covington, Louisiana since He received a Bachelor s degree in Economics from Louisiana State University in 1992, and his Juris Doctorate in 1998 from Loyola University Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana where he graduated Cum Laude. Paul s practice is primarily based in the representation of businesses of all types, including the handling of real estate and business transactions, entity formations, procurement of entitleties, including planning and zoning approvals and regulatory work. Paul s practice areas also include representation of utility companies, general corporate, business litigation, contracts, wills, collections, successions and general business. Paul is a licensed title insurance agent representing First American Title Insurance Company and Chicago Title Insurance Company, and in connection therewith has closed a variety of complex transactions for multiple lenders. Paul has also acted as general counsel for one of St. Tammany Parish s largest private utility companies over the last ten years. Paul is a member of the Louisiana and Covington Bar Associations. Bailey Dirmann Morse partner Bailey Dirmann Morse joined Jones Fussell in Bailey enjoys a diverse practice, ranging in areas from family law to medical malpractice and general corporate and casualty defense. In addition to appearing before the local courts, Bailey has litigated cases before the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal where she has had the opportunity to brief cases and participate in oral arguments before various panels of judges. Bailey earned her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2008 where she served as a member of the Law Review Board as the Practicum Editor. Her other achievements include: Having her Law Review Comment published in the Spring 2008 edition of the Loyola Law Review. Receiving the Samuel R. Exnicios Moot Court Award for placing fourth overall in the 2006 Loyola Moot Court Competition. Being named to the Loyola Moot Court Evidence Team and participating and placing in the Top 16 at the Jerome Prince Memorial Evidence Competition at Brooklyn Law School. Graduating magna cum laude from Loyola University College of Law and receiving the William L. Crowe, Sr., Scholar designation. Bailey is a member of the Louisiana and Covington Bar Associations as well as the Junior League of Covington.
7 Practice Areas Jones Fussell is defined by its considerable knowledge base and proactive approach to addressing legal and business challenges in the firm s core practice areas. Real Estate Our real estate attorneys have the highest of reputations in the region in connection with the handling of all types of real estate matters, both transactional as well as litigation. We have two full-time abstractors who work exclusively for Jones Fussell and can service all parishes in the region, including, but not limited to St. Tammany, East Baton Rouge, Livingston, Orleans, Jefferson, Washington, and Tangipahoa. We handle all types of transactions and work for private individual, local companies, and national firms. William J. Jones, Jr., A. Wayne Buras, Jeffrey D. Schoen, Calvin P. Brasseaux, and Paul J. Mayronne make up our real estate team. Procurement of Abstracts Examination of Land Titles Procurement of Real Estate Tax Information Providing Title Insurance and Title Opinion Letters Cash Sales Credit Sales (Owner Financing) Donations Acts of Exchange Partitions Banking Transactions/Documents (of all types) Business & General Litigation Casualty & Insurance Defense Our casualty and insurance defense attorneys have an outstanding reputation for effective representation of insurance companies and self-insured clients. We serve clients ranging from large multi-national insurance companies and corporations to local businesses, professionals and domestic insurers. John R. Walker, Sam J. Collett, Jr. Margaret H. Kern and Bailey Dirmann Morse make up our insurance and casualty defense team. Casualty Defense Products Liability Premises Liability Professional Liability Employment Issues Transportation Concerns Environmental Claims/ Litigation Insurance Coverage Maritime ERISA Health Insurance Litigation Aviation Litigation We have a skilled and experienced business litigation team ready to provide the highest standard of court representation possible. Result oriented and comprehensive strategic planning, proven adaptability and a thorough understanding of our clients objectives are some of the key attributes that our litigation team brings to business litigation cases. John R. Walker, Sam J. Collett, Margaret H. Kern and Bailey D. Morse make up our business and general litigation team. Business Litigation General Litigation Banking Litigation Construction Litigation Arbitration Real Estate Litigation Unfair and Deceptive Trade Practices Employment Disputes and Non-Compete Agreements Contractual Disputes Corporate Governance/ Shareholder s Disputes Securities Fraud under Federal and State Law Shareholder s Rights UCC
8 Practice Areas Finance Jones Fussell, L.L.P. has a long history of assisting clients with all of their finance needs. Being recognized on the approved closing list for nearly all banks and lending institutions in the region, our Firm can help its clients procure and close financing packages for all types of business ventures and real estate developments. Procurement of Financing Negotiation of Term Sheets and Commitment Letters Representation of Lender, Representation of Borrower, Production of Loan Closing Documents, Opinion of Counsel Letters, Loan Closings (all types) Mortgages, Collateral Mortgages, Multiple Indebtedness Mortgages Uniform Commercial Code Financing Ship s Mortgage Financing Land Use & Development Jones Fussell, L.L.P. has an outstanding reputation in the land use and development area, clearly having more expertise and experience than any other law firm in St. Tammany Parish in connection with local regulatory land matters, such as planning, zoning, subdivision, variances and the like. We regularly practice before all municipalities (cities of Covington, Mandeville, Abita Springs, Slidell, and Pearl River) as well as the St. Tammany Parish Zoning Commission, Planning Commission, Board of Adjustments, and most often the St. Tammany Parish Council. Our Firm is considered the go to group if a client needs to procure a regulatory approval and/or entitlement from a local governmental body in connection with a proposed land use and development or other form of local legislation. Corporate & Securities Our corporate and securities attorneys have an outstanding reputation for effective representation of clients of all sizes in the formation, capitalization and governance of business of all kinds and sizes. William J. Jones, Jr., A. Wayne Buras, Jeffrey D. Schoen, Calvin P. Brasseaux, and Paul J. Mayronne make up our corporate and securities team. Entity Formation (Corporations; Non-Profit Corporations; LLCs; Partnerships; Limited Partnerships; Joint Ventures) Governance (Shareholders Agreements; Partnership Agreements; Operating Agreements; Buy-Sell Agreements; Voting Trusts; Support Agreements; By-Laws) Executive Employment Agreements Stock Option and Incentive Compensation Plans Profit Participation Agreements Investment Agreements Venture Capital Financing Bond Financings Private Placements and Public Offerings of Securities SEC and Blue Sky Compliance Investment Advisor Registrations Zoning Resubdivision Variances Subdivision Approvals Wetlands Permit Applications Overseeing Preparation of Drainage, Paving, Traffic, and Wetlands Studies Applications (All Types) Restrictive Covenants Condominium Declarations
9 Practice Areas Mergers & Acquisitions Our merger and acquisition attorneys have an outstanding reputation for effective representation of clients of all sizes in connection with the purchase and sale of businesses of all types and sizes. William J. Jones, Jr., A. Wayne Buras, Jeffrey D. Schoen, Calvin P. Brasseaux, and Paul J. Mayronne make up our mergers and acquisitions team. Asset Purchase Agreements Stock Purchase Agreements Franchise Agreements Mergers and Consolidations Hart Scott Rodino Compliance WARN Act Compliance SEC Compliance Business Separation Agreements Shareholder Disputes Business Transactions Our business transaction attorneys have an outstanding reputation for effective representation of clients in the preparation of custom contracts for transactions of all types. William J. Jones, Jr., A. Wayne Buras, Jeffrey D. Schoen, Calvin P. Brasseaux, & Paul J. Mayronne make up our business transactions team. Confidentiality Agreements Consulting Agreements Development Agreements Dealer/Distribution Agreements Employment Agreements and Employee Manuals Escrow Agreements Franchise Agreements Letters of Intent and Memorandums of Understanding Licensing Agreements Listing/Brokerage Agreements Marketing Agreements Management Agreements Manufacturing Agreements Non-Competition Agreements Purchase Agreements (of all types) Security Agreements Supply Agreements Trademark and Copyright Registrations Jones Fussell, L.L.P. is proud to have been an integral part of numerous and varied business successes of our clients. Family Law Jones Fussell has a team of experienced and savvy family law practitioners, led by Margaret H. Kern, who is a family law specialist certified by the Louisiana State Board of Legal Specialization. Margaret is joined by Sam J. Collett, Jr. and Bailey Dirmann Morse on the family law team. Our experience in family law includes the following types of matters: Divorce and Annulments Child Custody and Visitation Pre-nuptial agreements Alimony and support Name Changes Termination of parental rights Child support Post judgment modification Paternity actions Conservatorship Guardianships Adoptions
10 Practice Areas Personal injury Jones Fussell has represented clients throughout the State of Louisiana in a variety of cases involving accidental injury causing minor to severe injuries and death. The personal injury team is led by Sam J. Collett, Jr., who is joined by Margaret H. Kern and Bailey Dirmann Morse. When you engage Jones Fussell in a personal injury matter, we will explore all avenues on your behalf with the goal of achieving the best result possible, whether it be through an out-of-court settlement or trial. The types of cases we handle include, but are not limited to: Motor vehicle accidents Medical malpractice Defective products Accidents caused by premises hazards Maritime cases Wrongful death Construction site accidents Industrial accidents Electrical and fire accidents Health Care Law Our business transaction attorneys have an outstanding reputation for effective representation of health care clients. William J. Jones, Jr., Jeffrey D. Schoen, and Calvin P. Brasseaux make up our team for health care governance, compliance, and transactional practice. John R. Walker, Samuel J. Collett, Margaret Kern, and Bailey Morse make up the health care litigation team, handling medical and dental malpractice as well as general liability defense for health care facilities. Governance, Compliance and Transactional Practice: Corporate Governance Louisiana Regulatory Issues for Hospital Service District Charitable Organization Compliance (501(c)(3)) Provider/Regulator Relationship (Fraud and Abuse; Referral) Payor/Provider Relationship (Medicare and Medicaid Reimbursement) Health Care Law (cont d) Provider/Patient Relationship (HIPAA Compliance) Provider/Physician Relationship (Physician Employment Agreements) Provider/Staff Relationship (Employee Manual) Provider/Third Party Relationships (Miscellaneous Contracts) Louisiana Public Bid Law Compliance Louisiana Procurement Code Compliance Provider Liability Issues Medical Malpractice Defense for Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Dentists, and Allied Medical Facilities General Liability Defense for Hospitals, Nursing Homes, Dentists, and Allied Medical Facilities Criminal Law Jones Fussell has represented clients throughout the state of Louisiana facing a range of criminal charges, from minor traffic violations to major felonies. Jones Fussell has established relationships with criminal court judges and prosecutors which helps to ensure the most fair and reasonable results possible for our criminal defense clients. Sam J. Collett and Bailey Dirmann Morse make up our criminal law team. When you engage Jones Fussell in a criminal matter, we will explore all avenues on your behalf. The actions we may take once engaged as counsel include: Reviewing the evidence and determine what is inadmissible or inaccurate Investigating to find witnesses and documents that help your defense Negotiating to reduce the charges Negotiating to dismiss the charges Interviewing possible witnesses for the prosecution for errors and exaggerations Reviewing documents of the prosecution for flaws and omissions Determining what experts may be needed for the defense and get them on board Negotiating a plea settlement with the prosecutor Trying the case, if necessary
11 Representative Clients AAA Auto Insurance American Summit Insurance Company AT&T Archdiocese of New Orleans Auto Title Express Bennett Brothers Development, LLC Best Buy Stores, LP Canal Indemnity Company Catlin Insurance Company Capital One, N.A. Catholic Mutual Group Christwood CMP Coatings, Inc. CNA Insurance Companies Dugas Energy Corporation ESIS Erwin Insurance Agency, Inc. Fountain Investments Hornbeck Offshore Operators ICOM Capital James River Insurance Company Lavigne Oil Company, L.L.C. Lavigne Oil Company of Baton Rouge, L.L.C. Liberty Self Storage, LLC Lonesome Development, L.L.C. LOOP, L.L.C. Louisiana Nursing Home Self-Insurance Trust Louisiana Sheriff s Risk Management Association Maurmont Properties, L.L.C. McMath Construction, Inc. National Lloyds Insurance Company Omega One Insurance Company P & W Industries LLC Parish Concrete LLC Poole Lumber Company Racetrac Petroleum, Inc. Resource Bank Rotolo Consultants St. Tammany Homestead Savings & Loan St. Tammany Parish Hospital St. Tammany Parish School Board St. Tammany Parish Sheriff St. Tammany Physicians Network Tammany Holding Corporation Tulane University Utilities Inc. of Louisiana Wainer Companies Whitney National Bank Zen-Noh Grain Corporation
12 JF Experience You Need. Results You Want. Jones Fussell, L.L.P. Northlake Corporate Park, Suite Service Road East US Highway 190 Covington, Louisiana Phone: (985) Fax: (985) Mailing Address: P.O. Box 1810 Covington, Louisiana