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Danielle M. Aymond

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Danielle Aymond concentrates her practice on disaster relief and emergency management, utilizing a background with the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness and the Louisiana Army National Guard to provide advice on key emergency regulatory issues.

Professional Biography

Overview

Danielle Aymond joined Baker Donelson after serving as executive counsel of the Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP). While serving in this role, she was the state's legal advisor through five presidential declared disasters, including the Great Floods of 2016. She is also a Captain in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

Captain Aymond authored legislation during the 2017 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature that updated the Emergency Management Assistance Compact (EMAC). She also authored two bills in the 2018 Regular Session that updated dozens of emergency management statutes, including creating a new process through which volunteers are named agents of the state in a disaster. Captain Aymond served on a Federal Emergency Management Legislation Reform Committee organized under the National Emergency Management Association (NEMA) that assisted in the writing and passage of the Disaster Recovery Reform Act of 2018. She also served as the legal chair for NEMA's Response and Recovery Committee and was asked to serve as the legal chair of NEMA for 2019.

Captain Aymond entered the Louisiana National Guard's Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2011, and she currently serves as deputy regional defense counsel. Her previous assignments include trial counsel of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, trial defense counsel, and command judge advocate for the Louisiana Aviation Command. Captain Aymond served as a full-time attorney-advisor from 2013 to 2016 in the Office of the Staff Judge Advocate of the Louisiana National Guard. Captain Aymond is a 2008 graduate of the Military Police Individual Training Academy, a 2011 graduate of the Louisiana National Guard Officer Candidate School, and a 2013 graduate of the Army Judge Advocate School. Captain Aymond is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Law of Domestic Operations course at the Judge Advocate School in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Professional Honors & Activities
  • National Emergency Management Association (2016 – present)
  • Federal Emergency Management Legislation Reform Committee (2018)
  • National Guard Association of Louisiana (2011 – present)
  • Louisiana National Guard
    • Louisiana Cross of Merit
    • Louisiana Emergency Service Award
    • Louisiana Commendation
    • Leadership Honor Graduate Officer Candidate School
  • United States Army
    • Two Commendation Medals
    • National Defense Service Medal
    • Army Service Ribbon
    • Army Reserve Component Overseas Training Ribbon
    • Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal
Speaking Engagements
  • "State Disaster Legislation," NEMA Annual Forum (October 2018)
  • "Louisiana Shelter at Home: Final Numbers," NEMA Mid-Year Forum (March 2018)
  • "Federal Contracting," National Sheltering and Housing Conference (2018)
  • "Procurement Tools," NEMA Annual Forum (September 2017)
  • "Louisiana Shelter at Home: Contracting and Oversight," NEMA Mid-Year Forum (March 2017)
  • "Disaster Procurement," Louisiana Legislative CLE (2017)
  • "Emergency Management Assistance Compact," Louisiana National Guard CLE (2016)

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • SANS Cyber Institute, Law of Data Security and Investigations (LEG523), 2018
  • Millsaps College, B.A., 2007

Admissions

  • Louisiana, 2011

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