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Nancy Scott Degan

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

Featured Experience

Prevailed at trial in breach of contract suit between members of limited liability company.

Won $2.7 million for a national oil and gas producer in a breach of contract action.

Obtained dismissal of case for international hair care manufacturer and majority stockholder sued for breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

Professional Biography

Overview

Ms. Degan has extensive experience helping businesses and business people resolve their disputes through negotiations, trials, arbitrations and appeals. She handles breach of contract matters, bank litigation, oil and gas disputes, shareholder actions and other securities litigation, as well as a variety of business torts.

Ms. Degan served as chair of the 60,000 member American Bar Association Section of Litigation in 2015, and in 2017, as chair of 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 scholarly works regarding commercial litigation, mineral law and evidence.

Ms. Degan is a member of the American Law Institute (ALI), the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly works to clarify, modernize and otherwise improve the law. She speaks regularly at ABA, Louisiana and New Orleans Bar Association meetings, and the LSU Mineral Law Institute on substantive and procedural topics, trial practice and leadership skills.

Representative Matters
  • Regularly represents banks in a variety of breach of contract and lender liability claims.

  • Successfully defended numerous companies in disputes with their shareholders.
  • Prevailed at trial in breach of contract suit between members of limited liability company.

  • Obtained $3.5 million summary judgment in securities fraud case.

  • Won $2.7 million for a national oil and gas producer in a breach of contract action.

  • Successfully defended the international manufacturer of products supplied to energy companies.

  • Obtained dismissal of case for international hair care manufacturer and majority stockholder sued for breach of contract and unfair trade practices.

  • Regularly represents hotel owners and operators on various issues. 

  • Represented mineral producers and lessees in royalty and legacy litigation.
  • Won judgment for national bank sued for recession of $40 million interest rate swap.

  • Represents directors and officers of corporations sued for breach of fiduciary duty.

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 (2009 – 2017); listed as among top 50 attorneys in New Orleans (2013 – 2017) 
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2003  
  • 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)
  • Recognized as a "Top Female Achiever" by New Orleans Magazine (2012)
  • 2006 "Leader in the Law," New Orleans CityBusiness magazine   
  • Recognized as a "Top Lawyer" by New Orleans Magazine (2010 – 2017)
  • Named to New Orleans CityBusiness Women of the Year (2008 and 2014)  
  • 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
  • Record of service on various local charitable and educational boards, and for Homeless Experience Legal Protection (H.E.L.P.)
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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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