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Donna D. Fraiche

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New Orleans
T: 504.566.5201
F: 504.636.3901
Baton Rouge
T: 225.381.7001
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.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Fraiche 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.

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)
  • Co-chair – Baton Rouge's Mayor-Elect, Sharon Weston Broome's Transition Team (2017)
  • 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
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, 2016)
  • "Legal and Policy Trends in Healthcare," The VHA Georgia 2016 MEC Institute, Greensboro, Georgia (January, 2016)
  • "Cultivating Leadership Panel," Huron Healthcare 6th Annual CEO Forum (October, 2015)
  • Panelist – "Louisiana Recovery Authority: Rebuilding South Louisiana in the Wake of Katrina & Rita," 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)
  • Emcee and Panelist – "Mental Health and Addictive Disorders - A Closer Look at Coverage Issues," 2015 Annual Health Care Conference, Louisiana Department of Insurance/Louisiana Health Care Commission (March, 2015)
  • "I Need You, The Affordable Care Act - 2015 Update," 26th Annual Summer School Revisited CLE, Louisiana Bar Association (December, 2014)
  • Chair and Emcee – "Reinventing Health Law and Policy: The Louisiana Experiment," Louisiana State Bar Association's CLE program (November, 2014)
  • Panelist – "Boom Along the River Region: The Path Forward," CPEX Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (November, 2014)
  • "'I Need You' - The Affordable Healthcare Act," Louisiana State Bar Association's Annual Meeting, Sandestin, Florida (June, 2014)
  • Co-presenter – "Risk Management in Health Care Organizations, Part IV: The Future of ERM in Health Care: To Infinity and Beyond," AHLA webinar (May, 2014)
  • Panel Moderator – "Louisiana's Private Health Insurance Market: Effects of the Transitional Relief on Rates in the Marketplace," 2014 Annual Health Care Conference hosted by the Louisiana Department of Insurance/Louisiana Health Care Commission, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (May, 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – "The ACA & Legal Updates," The Institute for Medical Staff Leadership's Chief of Staff Boot Camp (March, 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – "Disruptive Physicians Part 2 - When to Call Your Attorney," The Institute for Medical Staff Leadership's Chief of Staff Boot Camp (March, 2014)
  • Featured Speaker – "Credentialing, Privileging and Peer Review," The Institute for Medical Staff Leadership's Chief of Staff Boot Camp (March, 2014)
  • "Women's Health Policy and the Affordable Care Act," American Medical Student Association's Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (March, 2014)
  • "The Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform: Louisiana & Beyond," LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center (November, 2013)
  • "The ACA in the Global Context: US & Japanese Healthcare Systems," Baton Rouge Rotary Club (November, 2013)
  • "Affordable Care in the Global Context," Baton Rouge Rotary Club (November, 2013)
  • Panel Leader – "Health Care Reform and You: Professional Viewpoints," Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum's Fall Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October, 2013)
  • "How Health Care Reform Affects Your HFA [Housing Finance Agency]," National Council of State Housing Agencies Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (October, 2013)
  • "The Affordable Care Act & Health Care Reform: Louisiana and Beyond," 2013 Annual Fall Judges Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana (October, 2013)
  • "Top 10 Questions Doctors Want to Know," NMA Annual Meeting, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (July, 2013)
  • "AMRPA Regional Meeting" (June 2013)
  • "The National Health Care Reform Act," LSBA Annual Meeting and LSBA/LJC Summer School, Sandestin, Florida (June, 2013)
  • Moderator – "Medical District Policy Forum," Xavier University (February, 2013)
  • "The ACA & The Supreme Court Decision," Institute for Medical Leadership's Boot Camp, Orlando, Florida (February, 2013)
  • "Health Care Legal Updates," Institute for Medical Leadership's Boot Camp, Orlando, Florida (February, 2013)
  • Moderator – "Cincinnati: Redeveloping Our City's Core Using Innovative Financing Practices," CPEX's Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, LA (November, 2012)
  • "Healthcare Reform and the Supremes," Louisiana State Bar Association's CLE program, New York, New York (November, 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, 2012)
  • Moderator – "Are We Leading Change?," Louisiana Smart Growth Summit, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (August, 2012)
  • Keynote Address, 2012 International Business Conference for Women & Minorities hosted by the Mississippi World Trade Center, Gulfport, Mississippi (July, 2012)
  • Panel Moderator – "After the Oil Spill," Committee of 100 Annual Spring Legislative Briefing (April, 2012)
  • "Federal Health Care Reform Update," Annual Health Conference sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Insurance and the Louisiana Health Care Commission (April, 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, 2011)
  • Moderator – "Care for the Uninsured/Underinsured," ACHE Panel Discussion, Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, Medical and Healthcare Services Workshop, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (October, 2011)
  • "Health Care and Life Sciences the Louisiana/New Orleans Way," Tulane Association of Business Alumni's 32nd Annual Tulane Business Forum (September, 2011)
  • "Women, Health Inequalities & Social Change," Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana (April, 2011)
Press Releases

Donna Fraiche garners high praise from the market, with interviewees describing her as 'tenacious,' 'incredibly bright,' and 'extremely well connected.' She recently acted for Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center in a Cooperative Endeavor Agreement with the State of Louisiana and other bodies for the transfer of public hospital and medical education programs to a public-private collaboration.

She is poised but relentless.

Director of Risk Management and Litigation at an international not-for-profit health system

Clients describe Donna Fraiche as 'very highly regarded and well connected, with a stellar reputation in terms of her knowledge and her ability to think outside the box.' She comes highly recommended for her expert healthcare practice, which draws on significant public policy expertise. 

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