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deal with and different transactional
projects that you’re going to be asked to
You really have to know a lot. An
adversary proceeding in a bankruptcy
can involve any number of legal
issues. So, every opportunity I had to
do something new or different than
I had done before, whether it was in
the bankruptcy context or not, I did
it, because that’s another skill I have
under my belt. I can say, “I’ve done that
before. I can handle it.” So, my advice
would be to diversify your practice and
take on whatever you can as a young
attorney and work your tail off so that
you have as many skills as possible
and can step up to the plate and do
anything that may be needed of you.
Q What about outside the office? What are you passionate about
when you’re not at work?
I like to be active to work
off some of the stress that my career
creates in my life. I love running and
being outdoors. I also love yoga. And
most importantly, I love hanging out
with my French bulldog LeRoi Brown.
Q How old is LeRoi Brown?
He’s going to be four
years old in a few months.
Q Is he a New Orleans native?
He’s from Oklahoma. He
came to New Orleans on a plane to me
for my birthday a few years ago, and he
was the best present I ever got. He was a
surprise—he was sitting in my living
room, all one pound of him. He is the
cutest thing in the world.
Q What might people who only know you professionally be most
surprised to learn about you?
I love to paint. I’ve always
been a painter since I was a little child. If
you come over to my house, all of the
paintings are paintings I have done. I
have one in my office and a few in
friends’ houses. It’s something I really like
to do. I do acrylics, large-scale acrylics.
Q What are your subjects?
I do a lot of landscapes,
some nudes, and some abstract art. Lots
of different stuff.
Q What items are at the top of your bucket list?
When I lived in
California, I loved surfing, at least when I
lived in Los Angeles, and I’ve always
wanted to go to South Africa to go
surfing. I hear that it’s very beautiful
there. I’d say as far as a big grand thing,
that would be number one on my bucket
list, to plan that trip.
James Taylor is my favorite singer,
so maybe to hear him live again.
I’ve heard him three times in my
life, so maybe one more time.
Q I see that you do a lot of fundraising.
I do. Right now, I’m
working on a fundraiser called Soul
Revival, which raises funds for the
Legacy Donor Foundation, which raises
awareness of organ, eye, and tissue
donation and the need for that in our
community. This year is a very special
year for that because my very best
friend’s father, who founded the
organization, died last year after getting a
transplant. So it means a lot to us to be
working on that this year.
I also do work for the Good Shepherd
School, which is just a few blocks from
my office. It’s an amazing educational
institution for underprivileged
children in New Orleans. It’s so
rewarding to be involved in that and
see the difference that it can make
in the lives of those children.
And then I work with the Hispanic
Heritage Foundation in New Orleans,
raising money for scholarships
for Hispanic students in the
greater New Orleans area.
It all gives you a lot of perspective.
You can get caught up in the day to
day struggles of being a lawyer, and
you can see that there are people who
have much greater struggles in this
world than I do and need my help.
Q Is there anything you’d like to add?
If anyone reads the article
and they’re in New Orleans and want to
talk about bankruptcy and restructuring
work, I’ll take them out for a hurricane. I
don’t mind taking a trip down to Pat
O’Brien’s every once in a while. J