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Nancy Scott Degan

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Nancy Degan, office managing shareholder in the New Orleans and Mandeville offices, serves on Baker Donelson's Board of Directors and is a member of the Business Litigation Group.

Featured Experience

Saved a national bank over $25 million when a high-profile commercial real estate developer sought to rescind a $40 million interest rate swap and obtain lost profits associated with modifications to a hotel that the plaintiff contended were necessitated by the bank's refusal to extend a letter of credit. Court granted motion for summary judgment and affirmed in Fifth Circuit.

2013
Obtained $3.5 million summary judgment in securities fraud case.
2013
Obtained a $2.7 million summary judgment for a national oil and gas producer in a breach of contract action.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Degan has extensive experience helping businesses and business people resolve their disputes through negotiations, trials, arbitrations and appeals. She handles bank litigation, oil and gas disputes, shareholder actions and other securities litigation, and various business torts.

Ms. Degan served as chair of the 60,000 member American Bar Association Section of Litigation in 2015, and now chairs the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary, which reviews qualifications for presidential nominations to the Federal bench. She is the author of numerous articles and other works regarding commercial litigation, mineral law and evidence.

Representative Matters
  • Regularly represents banks in a variety of cases, including interest rate swap litigation, breach of contract and lender liability claims.
  • Successfully defended numerous companies in disputes with their shareholders.
  • Saved a national bank over $25 million when a high-profile commercial real estate developer sought to rescind a $40 million interest rate swap and obtain lost profits associated with modifications to a hotel that the plaintiff contended were necessitated by the bank's refusal to extend a letter of credit. Court granted motion for summary judgment and affirmed in Fifth Circuit.

    (2013)
  • Obtained $3.5 million summary judgment in securities fraud case. (2013)
  • Obtained a $2.7 million summary judgment for a national oil and gas producer in a breach of contract action.
  • Successfully represented the international manufacturer of products supplied to energy companies.
  • Successfully represented an international hair care manufacturer and majority stockholder against breach of contract and unfair trade practices claims brought by a distributor.
  • Represented mineral producers and lessees in royalty and legacy litigation.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Listed among top 10 attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Super Lawyers (2010 – 2013), listed among top 25 female attorneys in the state since 2007; listed as among top 50 attorneys in Louisiana (2014 – 2015); listed as among top 50 attorneys in New Orleans (2014 – 2015) 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003  
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2017 New Orleans Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy)
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers since 2010
  • Named a Benchmark Litigation "Local Litigation Star" for Louisiana (2014 – 2017) 
  • Recognized as a Benchmark Litigation "Top 250 Women in Litigation" for Louisiana (2015 – 2017)
  • 2006 "Leader in the Law," New Orleans CityBusiness magazine   
  • Recognized as a "Top Female Achiever" by New Orleans Magazine (2012)
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine (2010 – 2016)
  • Member Loyola University College of Law Visiting Committee 
  • Adjunct Professor of Law – Loyola University Law School (2002 – 2003) (Courts in a Federal System)
  • Recipient of the Firm-wide Pro Bono Award (2015)
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation, Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year (2008 and 2014)  
  • President – Loyola Law Alumni Association (1990) and University of New Orleans International Alumni Association (2004)
  • Former Board Member – WWNO-FM (Public Radio) and Poydras Home
Publications
Speaking Engagements
Press Releases

Awards

Education

  • Loyola University, J.D., 1983, magna cum laude 
    • Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review
  • University of New Orleans, B.A., 1979, cum laude, with honors in English

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1983 (all federal and state courts)
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1993

Nancy Degan offers dispute resolution services to clients from a variety of sectors. She acts on energy lawsuits, financial institution litigation, securities matters and other disputes. Clients praise her pragmatic approach to cases. One stated: 'She solves her clients' issues in the most efficient manner possible.' Another noted that 'she was very attentive to what it takes to win.'

Nancy Degan concentrates on business disputes, which include shareholder actions and securities litigation. Her experience includes acting for oil and gas, financial services and hospitality clients.

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