Ms. Menasco is a member of the business litigation and bankruptcy sections. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, including banking and contract disputes, professional liability litigation, legal malpractice defense, and bankruptcy and creditors’ rights litigation.
A graduate of Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, Ms. Menasco is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas.
Recent representative matters include:
•Represents FDIC as receiver for a failed bank in a $170 million director and officer liability case in San Juan, Puerto Rico (2012-present).
•Represents FDIC as receiver for a failed bank in a $30 million director and officer liability case in Atlanta, GA (2012- present).
•Defended international law firm against claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty arising out of alleged conflict of interest (2008-2014)
•Successfully represented and obtained judgment for Miller Act plaintiff against contractor and its sureties in federal district court bench trial, and obtained judgment affirming district court decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. United States ex rel. Jems Fabrication, Inc. v. Benetech, LLC, 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108275 (E.D. La. Aug. 1, 2013), aff’d, 2014 U.S. App. LEXIS 8175 (5th Cir. La. Apr. 30, 2014).
•Secured dismissal of RICO, unfair trade practice, and related claims against international law firm (2012)
•Secured summary judgment dismissing legal malpractice claims against major New Orleans firm and national legal malpractice carrier (2012)
•Defended creditors in avoidance actions in various bankruptcy cases (2010-2012)
•Successfully prosecuted claims on behalf of reclamation and administrative creditors in various bankruptcy cases (2009-2010)
•With other firm attorneys, secured dismissal of claims of, inter alia, breach of contract, failure to supervise, and wrongful termination against major investment firm arising out of commission dispute (2009)
•Successfully removed action over plaintiff’s objection and obtained summary judgment against claim that major oil corporation-not plaintiff-should be forced to comply with LDEQ Compliance Order (2009); see Diez Oil Co. v. Exxon Mobil Corp., 2009 WL 1165490 (M.D. La. Apr. 27, 2009) and 2009 WL 411572 (M.D. La. Feb. 17, 2009)
•Part of the litigation team defending a major oil corporation in the damages phase of a class action, involving thousands of depositions (2009)
•Successfully collected funds in satisfaction of client’s judgment after obtaining preliminary injunction in federal court against judgment debtor who was secreting assets (2007)
•Obtained settlement on behalf of plaintiff trust beneficiary against trust office who invested assets in inherently unsuitable and inappropriate investments, causing significant losses to the trust (2007)
•With other firm attorneys, represented the Committee of Unsecured Creditors in the bankruptcy of a major energy company, where unsecured creditors received 100% payment of their claims (2006); see In re Entergy New Orleans, Inc., Chapter 11 Case No. 05-17697, USBC for the EDLA
•With other firm attorneys, successfully defended the former president of one of Louisiana's largest health maintenance organizations against multiple civil actions brought by the company's Receiver (2006)
•With other firm attorneys, secured dismissal of claims seeking damages in excess of $30 million against a major oil company on theory that claims were discharged in 1988 bankruptcy (2005)
•With other firm attorneys, successfully seized judgment debtor’s interest in a trust via non-resident writ of attachment (2005); see Littleton v. Moss, 2005-0613 (La. App. 4 Cir. 7/29/05), 914 So. 2d 51 and Littleton v. Moss, 2005-0614 (La. App. 4 Cir. 7/29/05), 914 So. 2d 59
•Developed theory and obtained summary judgment on behalf of nonprofit organization against wrongful termination claim (2004)
•With other firm attorneys, secured dismissal of civil RICO claims against the former president of one of Louisiana's largest health maintenance organizations (2003)
•Avoiding Pitfalls in Bankruptcy: Lessons Learned, Louisiana State Bar Association, December 2012 and June 2012
•Case Developments, Fall National Legal Malpractice Conference, October 2011
•You've Got a Judgment, Now What? New Orleans Bar Association's Summer School
•Breaking News: What the Headlines Can Teach Us About Lawyer Misconduct, January 20, 2010 and December 22, 2010
•Avoiding Avoidance Actions by Preserving Defenses, Lorman Education Services, May 15, 2009
•Presentation for Financial Planning Association of Greater New Orleans on Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, August 16, 2006
•Presentation for bank clients on Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, July 29, 2005 and August 23, 2005
•“Stern Does Not Preclude Bank. Court's Resolution of Certain Claims,” American Bar Association Section of Professional Liability Litigation News, February 27, 2014
•“Dismissal of Legal-Malpractice Claims Against DLA Piper Affirmed,” American Bar Association Section of Professional Liability Litigation News, October 22, 2013
•A Meaningful Rule 30(b)(6) Deposition Is Not Always Possible, with George Denegre, American Bar Association Section of Litigation Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter, Fall 2012, Vol. 9, No. 1
•“Federal District Court in Louisiana Concludes, in Legal Malpractice Case, That Loss of a Right to Jury Trial is No Loss At All,” American Bar Association, Lawyers Professional Liability Standing Committee E-Advisory, July 2012 (with James Brown of Liskow & Lewis)
•The Law of Lawyers' Liability - State of Louisiana, Chapter in The Law of Lawyers' Liability, 2012 American Bar Association, First Chair Press (with James Brown of Liskow & Lewis)
• Unlicensed Contractors Beware: No Lien Rights Under the Private Works Act
• Recent Developments on Judicial Estoppel
•Legal Malpractice Law in Louisiana, American Bar Association Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice Law, Professional Liability Litigation Committee (with James Brown of Liskow & Lewis). January 26, 2010
•Federal Bankruptcy Law Extends State Law Statute of Repose on Legal Malpractice Claims, ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee Newsflash, September, 2009 (with James Brown of Liskow & Lewis)
•Oppress the Employee: Louisiana’s Approach to Noncompetition Agreements, 61 La. L. Rev . 605 (2001)