Donna Fraiche

201 St. Charles Avenue
Suite 3600
New Orleans, Louisiana 70170
T: 504.566.5201
F: 504.636.3901
Chase North Tower
450 Laurel Street
20th Floor
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70801
T: 225.381.7000
F: 225.343.3612

Donna Fraiche is a shareholder in the New Orleans and Baton Rouge offices of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and a member of the Health Law and Public Policy Departments.  She is chair of the Firm's Nominating Committee and past chair of Women's Initiative.  Ms. Fraiche serves as the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans. She served as the first female President of the organization now known as the American Health Lawyers Association and is currently a Fellow of the Association.  She concentrates her practice in the general representation of health care organizations, companies and individuals in major regulatory, public policy and litigation efforts.  Chair of the Louisiana Health Care Commission, Ms. Fraiche is a former member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) and served as Chair of the Long Term Community Planning Task Force and the Health Care Committee. She is President of the Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society and was the LRA delegate to the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative chartered to develop and oversee the blueprint for health care policy in Louisiana. She has served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of Loyola University and delivered the commencement address at the Law School graduation in 2001. She served as President and Chair of the Board of the World Trade Center, was a founder of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and is a diplomate of the American College of Health Care Executives. Ms. Fraiche is Past-President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

Ms. Fraiche has served on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University's School of Public Health and Administration and served as a preceptor for the residency program in health systems management.  She is Past President of the Louisiana chapter of Appleseed, a network of public interest justice centers, and served on the board of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project.  She is a former appointee of the Committee to Evaluate Requests for the Creation of Appellate Judgeships and a former member of the Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee by appointment of the Louisiana Supreme Court.  She participated in the Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana 2005 program.  She has served as a delegate to the Conference, "Governing in the Global Age" at George Washington University, The Elliot School of International Affairs.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • "Marketing Inside Your Practice & Outside the Firm While Building Your Personal Brand," American Bar Association's Law Practice Division Fall Meeting (October 2016)
  • "Life, Death & the Courts: A Study of End of Life Decisions," 24th Annual Judge Alvin B. Rubin Symposium, New Orleans Federal Bar Association (May 26, 2016)
  • "Legal and Policy Trends in Healthcare," The VHA Georgia 2016 MEC Institute, Greensboro, Georgia (January 14, 2016)
  • "Cultivating Leadership Panel," Huron Healthcare 6th Annual CEO Forum (October 30, 2015)
  • "Louisiana Recovery Authority: Rebuilding South Louisiana in the Wake of Katrina & Rita," panelist, Official Katrina 10 Events (August 2015)
  • "It's Raining Women! The Secret Art to Building a Network and Rainmaking," American Health Lawyers Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (July 2015)
  • "Mental Health and Addictive Disorders - A Closer Look at Coverage Issues," emcee and panelist, 2015 Annual Health Care Conference, Louisiana Department of Insurance/Louisiana Health Care Commission (March 10, 2015)
  • "I Need You, The Affordable Care Act – 2015 Update," 26th Annual Summer School Revisited CLE, Louisiana Bar Association (December 11, 2014)
  • "Reinventing Health Law and Policy: The Louisiana Experiment," chair/emcee, Louisiana State Bar Association's CLE program (November 14, 2014)
  • "Boom Along the River Region: The Path Forward," panelist, CPEX Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 12, 2014)
  • "'I Need You' — The Affordable Healthcare Act," Louisiana State Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Sandestin, Florida (June 7, 2014) 
  • "Risk Management in Health Care Organizations, Part IV: The Future of ERM in Health Care: To Infinity and Beyond," co-presenter, AHLA webinar (May 20, 2014) 
  • "Louisiana's Private Health Insurance Market: Effects of the Transitional Relief on Rates in the Marketplace," panel moderator, 2014 Annual Health Care Conference hosted by the Louisiana Department of Insurance/Louisiana Health Care Commission, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May 16, 2014)
  • "Disruptive Physicians Part 2 – When to Call Your Attorney," "Credentialing, Privileging and Peer Review" and "The ACA & Legal Updates," featured speaker, The Institute for Medical Staff Leadership's Chief of Staff Boot Camp (March 12, 2014)
  • "Women's Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act," American Medical Student Association's Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 7, 2014)
  • "Female Powerbrokers Q&A: Baker Donelson's Donna Fraiche," Firm360 (February 11, 2014)
  • "Affordable Care in the Global Context," Baton Rouge Rotary Club (November 2013)
  • "The Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform: Louisiana & Beyond," LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (November 14, 2013)
  • "The ACA in the Global Context: US & Japanese Healthcare Systems," Baton Rouge Rotary Club (November 13, 2013)
  • "Health Care Reform and You: Professional Viewpoints," panel leader, Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's Fall Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October 31, 2013)
  • "How Health Care Reform Affects Your HFA [Housing Finance Agency]," National Council of State Housing Agencies Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 21, 2013)
  • "The Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform: Louisiana and Beyond," 2013 Annual Fall Judges Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October 9, 2013)
  • "Top 10 Questions Doctors Want to Know," with Linda Klein, NMA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July 30, 2013)
  • "The National Health Care Reform Act," LSBA Annual Meeting and LSBA/LJC Summer School, Sandestin, Florida (June 6, 2013)
  • "Medical District Policy Forum," Moderator, Xavier University (February 20, 2013)
  • "The ACA & The Supreme Court Decision," and "Health Care Legal Updates," Institute for Medical Leadership's Boot Camp, Orlando, Florida (February 2, 2013)
  • "Cincinnati: Redeveloping Our City's Core Using Innovative Financing Practices," moderator, CPEX's Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, LA (November 26-28, 2012) 
  • "Healthcare Reform and the Supremes," Louisiana State Bar Association's CLE program, New York, New York (November 16, 2012)
  • "Healthcare Reform and The Supremes: A Legal and Public Policy Analysis of The Affordable Care Act Legal Challenges and Prospects," LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (November 1, 2012)
  • "Are We Leading Change?" moderator, Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (August 29, 2012)
  • Keynote Address, 2012 International Business Conference for Women & Minorities hosted by the Mississippi World Trade Center, Gulfport, Mississippi (July 27, 2012)
  • "After the Oil Spill," panel moderator, Committee of 100 Annual Spring Legislative Briefing (April 11, 2012)
  • "Federal Health Care Reform Update," Annual Health Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Insurance and the Louisiana Health Care Commission (April 10, 2012)
  • "Medicaid Supreme Court Cases and CMS Proposed (a)(30)(A) Rules," American Health Lawyers Association Annual Medicare and Medicaid Institute, Baltimore, MD (March 2012) 
  • "Healthcare Reform Update," Louisiana Hospital Association, 22nd Annual Health Law Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 2, 2011)
  • "Care for the Uninsured/Underinsured," Moderator, ACHE Panel Discussion, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, Medical and Healthcare Services Workshop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October 27, 2011)
  • "Health Care and Life Sciences the Louisiana/New Orleans Way," Tulane Association of Business Alumni's 32nd Annual Tulane Business Forum (September 30, 2011)
  • "Women, Health Inequalities & Social Change," Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 13, 2011)
  • "CMS Issues Final Rule for Physician Ownership of Hospitals," Impact Lawbrief, Louisiana Hospital Association (October/November 2010)
  • "Health Care Reform," New Orleans Downtown Rotary Club (November 17, 2010)
  • "PPACA or ACA -- A _____ by Any Other Name: Is Health Care Reform Really New?" 21st Annual Louisiana Hospital Association's Health Law Symposium, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November 3, 2010)
  • "Disclosing Bad Outcomes," presentation to the medical staff at Northeast Georgia Medical Center with Gina Greenwood, Gainesville, Georgia (October 25, 2010)
  • Panelist, "The Way Forward," AARP seminar, "Chronic Care Management in the Community - A Summit of Louisiana Leaders," New Orleans, LA (October 19, 2010) 
  • "Delivering the Client's Expectations," Merrill Lynch 2nd Annual Women's Symposium (October 7, 2010)
  • Spokesperson, "Support the People and the Gulf Coast Economy," campaign (2010)
  • "Louisiana Update: It's Not Just About Medical Malpractice Anymor$," CHRISTUS Health Annual Risk Management Council meeting, Houston, Texas (September 16, 2010)
  • "The Impact of Federal Health Care Reform on Louisiana and Medicaid," CHRISTUS Health Louisiana Annual Retreat, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 28, 2010)
  • "Health Care Reform," Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center, Medical Staff Presentation, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (April 27, 2010)
  • Emcee, Louisiana Department of Insurance/Louisiana Health Care Commission, 2010 Annual Health Care Conference, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (March 23, 2010)
  • "Health Care Reform," Junior League of New Orleans (March 2, 2010)
  • "Pro Bono and Public Service Work – Serving the Community, Serving Your Clients,, Moderator, New Orleans Bar Association (December 17, 2009)
  • "Health Care Reform: A Louisiana Perspective," Panelist, Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Louisiana Public Square, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (September 23, 2009)
  • "Being Prepared: Lessons Learned through the Prism of Katrina," American Society for Medical Association Counsel (ASMAC), Interim Meeting, Orlando Florida (November 10, 2008)
  • Testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery, "GAO's Analysis of the Gulf Coast Recovery: A Dialogue on Removing Obstacles to the Recovery Effort," Washington, D.C. (April 12, 2007)
  • "The State of the State through the Eyes of an LRA Board Member,” Granite Loan Management (2006) Strategies for Success in Construction Lending Seminar (December 7, 2006)
  • "Louisiana's Reconstruction Plan," Equity International, 2006 Homeland & Global Security Summit and The Gulf Coast Reconstruction Summit (April 12, 2006)
  • "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow: The Impact of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita on Louisiana Communities," Louisiana Recovery Authority/Women of the Storm presentation
  • "Everybody Can Make Rain" in Marketing Success Stories: Conversations with Leading Lawyers, ABA Law Practice Quarterly, 2d. Ed. (2004)
  • Testimony, "Structure of the Hospital Industry in the 21st Century," Joint Economic Committee Hearing, U.S. Congress

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2011 New Orleans Health Care Lawyer of the Year
  • At Large Member – American Hospital Association's Committee on Governance (January 2017)
  • Recipient – Louisiana State University's Women's Center's 2014 Esprit de Femme award
  • Recipient – Louisiana State Bar Association's Friend of Pro Bono award
  • Delegate to Vision 2020, one of only 100 chosen nationally (2010)
  • President – Louisiana Supreme Court Historical Society
  • Board Member – Baton Rouge Area Foundation Board of Directors
  • President and Board Member – Louisiana Appleseed
  • Board Member – Louisiana State University Museum of Art
  • Board Member – New Orleans Opera
  • Member – Committee of 100
  • Board Member – Louisiana Blueprint
  • Board Member – Woman's Hospital Board of Directors (2013 – present)
    • Executive Committee (2015)
  • Member – American Heart Association, Circle of Red
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 1993; Government Relations Law and Health Care Law
  • Listed in Who's Who in America since 1993
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2003
  • Named to the Lawdragon 3000 (2010)
  • Named an Outstanding Physician Fraud and Compliance Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2009)
  • Named as a Leading Health Care Attorney by Legal Media Group (2006)
  • Listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007
  • Listed as among top 25 female attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007 – 2014)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine (2010, 2012, 2013, 2015) 
  • Named to "Leadership in Law," New Orleans CityBusiness (2008)
  • Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans
  • Member – New Orleans Tax Fairness Commission
  • Member – Greater New Orleans, Inc.
    • Coalition for Coastal Resilience and Economy
    • Nominating Committee
  • Member – International Engagement Committee for the New Orleans 2018 Commission (2015 – 2018)
  • Former Chair – Long Term Community Planning Task Force, Louisiana Recovery Authority and Board Member
  • Past Chair – Louisiana Health Care Commission
  • Past Board Chair – Trustees of Loyola University, New Orleans
  • Member – Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative
  • Board Member – The Pro Bono Project (New Orleans)
  • Board Member – The Center for Planning Excellence (Baton Rouge)
  • Board Member – Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum
  • Board Member – Louisiana Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Association
  • Member at Large – Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum Executive Committee
  • New Orleans CityBusiness, Women of the Year (2006)
  • Named to Greater Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2007 Influential Women in Business
  • Former President and Board Chair – World Trade Center, New Orleans
  • Past President – Louisiana Bar Foundation (2005)
  • Elliot Fellow – Delegate to "Governing in the Global Age," George Washington University, The Elliot School of International Affairs
  • Member – Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, Leadership Accountabilities Task Force
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow – American Health Lawyers Association
  • Recipient – The Kevin and Jeanne Poorman Jazz Lifestyle Award (2013)
  • Recipient – Pro Bono Champion Award, American Health Lawyers Association (2012)
  • Recipient – Weiss Humanitarian Award (2012)
  • Former Member – Judicial Campaign Oversight Commission
  • Past Adjunct Faculty Member – Tulane University School of Public Health and Administration
  • Past Chair – Women Rainmaker's Division, American Bar Association, Law Practice Management
  • Member – International Women's Forum
  • Chair – Baker Donelson’s Women's Initiative Committee
  • St. Elizabeth's Guild, 2005 Volunteer Activist
  • Named an Outstanding Hospital Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2005)
  • Laureate – Chase Bank Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame (2007)
  • Recipient – Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations Heroine Award (2007)
  • Recipient – Loyola University New Orleans, Integritas Vitae Award (2006)
  • Recipient – 2004 President's Award, New Orleans Bar Association (first female recipient)
  • Recipient – 2002 Joseph W. Simon, Jr. Memorial Award, the highest honor given by the New Orleans Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • Order of the Mark, World Trade Center of New Orleans (highest award)
  • Recipient – Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Award, Loyola University, School of Law
  • Recipient – Outstanding Person Award, Family Service of Greater New Orleans
  • Recipient – Role Model Award, Young Leadership Council
  • Recipient – Role Model Award, Girl Scouts of America, Southeast Louisiana Chapter


  • Louisiana, 1975
  • District of Columbia, 1984 (currently inactive)


  • Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1975
  • Louisiana State University
  • St. Mary's Dominican College