Ms. Holtzman handles a wide variety of business litigation and appellate matters, including the prosecution and defense of contractual disputes, complex collection cases, construction contract disputes, class action defense, unfair trade practice claims, professional liability matters, and trusts and estates litigation. Ms. Holtzman also regularly advises clients with respect to construction contract issues and construction dispute avoidance.
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Ms. Holtzman represents clients at both the trial and appellate court levels. Representative matters include:
· Successful defense of major oil company in multiple commercial disputes involving alleged breach of contract, breach of lease, unjust enrichment, unfair trade practices, negligent misrepresentation, and alleged property damage (2010 to present)
· Defeated remand of cases removed on fraudulent joinder grounds in Blanchard v. BP, No. 11-1542, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115707 (E.D. La. Oct. 6, 2011); Mones v. BP, No. 11-996, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84770 (E.D. La. Aug. 1, 2011); and Serigne v. Loupe Constr. & Consulting Co., No. 10-3891, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7604 (E.D. La. Jan. 20, 2011)
· Successfully defended an international chemical manufacturer in a multi-million dollar construction dispute in a two-week arbitration held in Boston, Massachusetts (2002).
· Assumed representation of individual on appeal of federal false statement conviction and, with other firm attorneys, obtained full reversal from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. v. Individual, 467 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2006).
· Represented the defendant and counter-claimant in the successful opposition to a motion to remand and obtained monetary damages and declaratory judgment in the client's favor. This entitled the client to more than $2 million, and the case was affirmed in full on appeal. Ms. Holtzman also successfully opposed a petition for certiorari review filed by the opposing party. City of New Orleans v. Municipal Admin. Servs., Inc., No. 02-130 (E.D. LA July 15, 2003), aff'd, 376 F.3d 501 (5th Cir. 2004), cert. denied, 125 S. Ct. 1396 (2005).
· Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, the owner of the facility, and succeeded in dismissing all claims by construction contractor who sought damages for alleged undue delay, fraud and extra costs. The judgment was affirmed in full on appeal. Pellerin Constr., Inc. v. Witco Corp., 169 F. Supp. 2d 568 (E.D. La. 2001), aff'd, No. 01-30536, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 11536 (5th Cir. May 21, 2002).
· Assumed the representation of defendants after a jury verdict rendered against them in a contract dispute, and successfully obtained a full reversal on appeal for clients. C.C. Clark, Inc. v. DCV, Inc., 250 F.3d 738, 2001 WL 274113 (5th Cir. 2001) (not designated for publication).
· Obtained dismissal on the pleadings in favor of national law firm and successfully defended judgment in client's favor on appeal. Brookwood Invs. Co. v. Sixty- Three Twenty-Four Chef Menteur Hwy., L.L.C., 958 So. 2d 1200 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2003), writ denied, 2007 La. LEXIS 2347 (La. 2007).
· Part of the legal team that 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).
· In a professional liability case for a federal banking agency, part of the legal team that secured an important victory in the United States Fifth Circuit involving the failure of Louisiana's largest thrift institution. FDIC v. Barton, 233 F.3d 859 (5th Cir. 2000).
· Part of the legal team representing defendant hospital-lessor that secured summary judgment dismissal of insurer's petition for intervention, which was upheld on appeal and led to dismissal of entire action. Lifecare Hosps. of New Orleans, L.L.C. v. Lifemark Hosps. of La., Inc., 984 So. 2d 894 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2008).
Ms. Holtzman is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Honors & Affiliations:
· The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2014
· Louisiana Bar Foundation (fellow)
· Defense Research Institute (DRI)
· Women's Energy Network
· Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
· New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member
· Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, 1988-1989
· Elder, St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church
· Board member, Metairie Park Country Day School Alumni Association
· "Ethics in Class Actions," Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Program, December 2010
· Panelist, "The A to Z of Witness Preparation," Louisiana State Bar Association, October 2009
· "Construction Claims in Louisiana" panelist (with Harold Flanagan, Frank Adams, and Dan Armstrong) Lorman Education Services, 2001
· "Professional Malpractice Peremption: Clarified Through Adversity," 59 La. B. J. 176 (Oct./Nov. 2011)
· Liskow & Lewis Wins Reversal of False Statement Conviction
· "When the Carrier and Insured Part Ways: The Insured's Right to Independent Counsel" (with James A. Brown), 52 La. B.J. (June/July 2005)
· "Tortious Interference and Unfair Trade Claims: Louisiana's Elusive Remedies for Business Interference," (with George Denegre, Jr. and John A. Lovett), 45 Loy. L. Rev. 395 (1999)