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Danielle M. Aymond

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Danielle Aymond concentrates her practice on disaster recovery 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.

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Professional Biography

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 Major in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

Major 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. Major 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. Major Aymond is GIAC certified in Law of Data Security and Investigations (GLEG). She is also a current fellow in FEMA's 2023 Vanguard Crisis Leadership Program.

Major Aymond entered the Louisiana National Guard's Judge Advocate General's Corps in 2011, and she currently serves as the Brigade Judge Advocate of the 225th Engineer Brigade. She also served as the first female Brigade Judge Advocate of the 256th Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). Additionally, her previous assignments include trial counsel of the 256th IBCT, trial defense counsel, regional deputy of Trial Defense Services, and command judge advocate for the Louisiana Aviation Command. Major 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. Major 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. Major Aymond is also a graduate of the U.S. Army Law of Domestic Operations course at the Judge Advocate School in Charlottesville, Virginia. She recently returned from deployment in Iraq where she served as the Brigade Judge Advocate for the 256th IBCT and earned multiple awards including a Combat Action Badge.

  • Won a $11.2 million ruling on behalf of a state emergency management agency in a trial before the Civilian Board of Contract Appeals (CBCA) to obtain full funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for temporary shelters following Hurricane Florence.

  • Won a ruling on behalf of a water management district in a trial before the CBCA to obtain eligibility from FEMA for its aged dam and spillway.

  • Represented an infrastructure consulting company in a False Claims Act lawsuit by the federal government alleging the company falsified damage assessments on government-funded projects. Settled the case on favorable terms.

  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Administrative/Regulatory Law and Government Relations Practice (2021 – 2024)
  • Member – FEMA's Vanguard Executive Crisis Leadership Program (2023)
  • 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 National Guard General Excellence Ribbon
    • Louisiana Commendation Medal
    • Louisiana National Guard War Cross Medal
    • 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
    • Army Combat Action Badge
    • Armed Forces Reserve Medal
    • Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal
    • Army Overseas Service Ribbon


  • 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


  • Louisiana, 2011

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