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Katie L. Dysart

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Katie Dysart is an experienced commercial litigator who focuses on the defense of companies including financial institutions in a wide variety of trial and appellate cases and arbitrations. 

Featured Experience

Obtained favorable judgment in breach of contract action after eight-day bench trial.

Obtained early dismissals of purported nationwide class actions through early motion practice.

Successfully resolved nationwide class action against corporation in TCPA actions.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Dysart offers clients a broad range of business litigation experience with a focus on consumer-related litigation and class action defense, including residential mortgage lending and servicing litigation, as well as lender liability claims.

Ms. Dysart also devotes a significant portion of her practice to general trial practice and appellate work. She is experienced in labor and employment issues, including the defense of nationwide collective actions brought under the Fair Labor Standards Act. In addition, Ms. Dysart has extensive experience defending, counseling and advising foreign and domestic insurers on first- and third-party coverage issues relating to various claims under the laws of multiple states.

Representative Matters
  • Obtained favorable judgment in breach of contract action after eight-day bench trial.

  • Obtained extremely favorable settlement in TCPA matter involving arguably unauthorized calls.

  • Represented corporations and financial institutions in TCPA actions, including but not limited to, a proposed nationwide class.

  • Obtained early dismissals of purported nationwide class actions through early motion practice.

  • Successfully resolved nationwide class action against corporation in TCPA actions.

  • Prevailed before the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, which upheld a district court judgment dismissing a suit which sought to annul a bank's "executory process" foreclosure and recover damages for the allegedly wrongful seizure and sale of the mortgaged premises. This decision established favorable federal precedent barring similar actions grounded upon technical procedural and/or evidentiary issues within Louisiana executory process foreclosure proceedings.

  • Prevailed on behalf of multiple mortgage servicers in an action before the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in a federal civil RICO Act suit brought on behalf of multiple Louisiana parish clerks, related to alleged improprieties involving the recordation and administration of mortgage loan assignments; court dismissed the entire action with prejudice.

  • Represented a residential mortgage company in a contentious foreclosure action involving a damaged property. Negotiated a loan modification entitling the debtors to recover the property upon compliance with the terms of the agreement, which included making repairs. Negotiated a new agreement allowing the debtors to obtain refinancing after they defaulted. Returned to court after the debtors failed to obtain refinancing and ultimately the collateral was returned to the lender, in a repaired state.
Professional Honors & Activities
  • Member – Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Louisiana Bar Foundation's Greater Orleans Community Partnership Panel
  • Vice Chair – American Bar Association Litigation Section, Trial Evidence Committee
  • Listed as a Louisiana Rising Star in Louisiana Super Lawyers in Banking (2015 – 2019)
  • Fellow – Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • Member – Louisiana Bank Counsel
  • Named a member of New Orleans City Business 2018 class of "Women of the Year"
Publications
Speaking Engagements
  • Co-presenter – "Trial Direct and Cross Examinations," The Jurist Speak Out, 34th JDC Bar Convention (July 2019)
  • Co-chair and Moderator – "Standing Out Before Standing Up: A Guide to Written and Oral Arguments from the Benches and Trenches," LSBA Seminar (November 2018)
  • Moderator – "Top Five 'Unappealing Evidentiary Mistakes,'" ABA Section of Litigation, Appellate Practice and Trial Evidence Committees Roundtable (October 2017)
  • Moderator – "View from the Bench: Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," ABA Section of Litigation, Trial Evidence Committee Roundtable (July 2016)
  • "FDCPA Overview: Who Can Be Sued And For What?," Defending Against FDCPA Claims Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2015)
  • "Early Dispute FDCPA Defense Considerations and Strategies," Defending Against FDCPA Claims Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2015)
  • "Remedial Action in Seven Southeastern States: Louisiana," webinar (April 2014)
  • "The ABC's of Foreclosures - Commercial Foreclosures," LSBA Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2013)
  • Co-chair – "Consumer-Mortgage Law: The Players, Procedures, Practices and Pitfalls," LSBA Seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (November 2013)
  • Collection Law Tips and Strategies, seminar, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2013)
  • Co-presenter – "The Fair Labor Standards Act: Recent Developments and Audits," Baker Donelson Employment Law Seminar for Employers, New Orleans, Louisiana (May 2012)
  • Co-presenter – "Notice Issues in the Context of FLSA Collective Actions," ABA/EEO Committee for Liaison with EEOC, OFCCP and DOJ CLE (April 2012)
  • "Top Reasons Claims Are Denied from the Insurer's Perspective," Top Property Insurance Bad Faith Claims CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana (March 2012)
  • "Fair Debt Collection Practices Act," Collection Law Tips and Strategies CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana (April 2011)

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D., 2007, with Law Review Honors
    • Member – Loyola Law Review
    • Member – Federal Bar Association
    • Member – St. Thomas More Inn of Court
    • Recipient – LaNasa Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • Loyola University, B.A., 2004, with Honors 

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • United States District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

Featured Media

Tips for Professional Women
Publication / April 23, 2019
Baker's Dozen: Best Self-Care Tips
Publication / April 23, 2019

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