Annoucements and Press Releases
Wyatt Savant: 2023 Frederic L. Ballard Jr. Memorial Scholarship Recipient
March 24, 2023
LaFleur & Laborde congratulates Wyatt Savant on his recent award of a 2023 Frederic L. Ballard Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Since 2012, through the Frederic L. Ballard, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Program and the Robert H. Hilderbrand Fund, the National Association of Bond Attorneys (NABL) provides five scholarships to current law students to attend its Essentials Conference each year. Recipients are assigned a faculty mentor from the conference to guide them through The Essentials experience and help them network with experts in the field. The scholarship program was renamed in 2014 to honor the legacy of longtime NABL member Frederic L. “Rick” Ballard, Jr. who dedicated himself to educating young bond attorneys.
"This year's Ballard scholarship applicants had very impressive qualifications, and their applications demonstrated commitment to public and municipal finance through their job experiences and education." - Sarah A. Breitmeyer, Chapman and Cutler LLP
NABL Education Committee Chair
“Through the Ballard Scholarship program and free NABL membership for all law students, we continue to help develop the next generation of bond lawyers. The Essentials provides attendees with an immersion course in public finance law and a great opportunity to learn from experienced faculty and meet fellow new public finance lawyers.” – Linda Wyman, NABL COO
Wyatt Savant attends the Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana. He works as a law clerk for LaFleur & Laborde in the firm's public finance section. He will graduate in the spring of 2024. "We are pleased and proud that Wyatt's intelligence and commitment to public finance law have been recognized by NABL, as he has been a valued member of our team for years," said Eric LaFleur, Managing Partner.
Ryan C. Toups:
Named Top Lawyer by New Orleans MagazineFebruary 15, 2023
New Orleans Magazine again named Ryan C. Toups as a “Top Lawyer." This 2022 recognition marks the fifth time that Toups has been recognized for his skill and experience, over 18 years of assisting clients with their complex tax, transactional, real estate, wealth management and estate planning needs. Mr. Toups advises clients on issues regarding different types of business transactions including corporate, limited liability company and partnership formations, mergers, acquisitions, buy-outs and liquidations.
A Houma, Louisiana native, Toups joined LaFleur & Laborde in 2023. He graduated from Louisiana State University in 2002 with honors, and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies. He received his Juris Doctorate from the LSU Law Center in May 2005. While in law school, Toups served as Assistant Editor & Writer of the Civilian Society Newsletter. He was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in October 2005. He earned his Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Denver in 2006. Toups has been a Louisiana Board Certified Tax Specialist since 2014.
Quinn Brown: Elected to Councils for the Young Lawyers Section of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and Young Lawyers Division of the Louisiana State Bar AssociationJanuary 19, 2023
LaFleur & Laborde congratulates Quinn Brown on her recent appointment to the council of the Young Lawyers Section of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. In 2022, Ms. Brown was recognized as a finalist for the LSBA Young Lawyers Division's Pro Bono Award. "We are so proud of Quinn, and pleased that the BRBA and LSBA recognize her talents and devotion to service that are apparent to us in her work for our clients every day," stated Stephanie Laborde, Managing Partner.
A New Orleans native, Quinn Brown joined LaFleur & Laborde in 2022. Ms. Brown graduated from Louisiana State University in 2013 with honors, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. She received her Juris Doctorate and graduate diploma in Comparative Law from the LSU Law Center in May 2017. While in law school, Ms. Brown served as Vice President of The Women's Law Student Association and won the Ira S. Flory Mock Trial Competition. She was admitted to the Louisiana State Bar Association in October 2017.
LaFleur Guest Speaker:
Louisiana Association of School Business Officials Fall Conference, 2022November 10, 2022
Louisiana Association of School Business Officials tapped Eric LaFleur of LaFleur & Laborde as its guest speaker for its fall conference. LaFleur, a public finance and bond attorney, spent 20 years in the Louisiana legislature. Bills he authored and were enacted include an entire rewrite and reform of Louisiana's local bond financing laws and numerous reform measures regarding public finance and Louisiana's election law. LaFleur provided an in depth presentation on ad valorem millages, bond renewals and the legal limitations of "rolling up and rolling down", and the requirements imposed by law on local governing authorities.
The Louisiana Association of School Business Officials (LASBO) is a non-profit professional association of school administrators whose primary skills and services are in the business and operations functions of the schools. LASBO provides for the opportunity to share common ideas, problems and solutions related to school business issues. In 1993, LASBO initiated a certification program which ensures school business employees the opportunity to grow through professional development. To date, 426 LASBO members have been certified and 225 are active certificate holders. LASBO was formed in October 1965 and has over 500 members.
The Historic New Orleans Collection, the region’s premier local history institution, announced that Bonnie Boyd will serve as chair of its nine-person board of directors. Boyd will join the THNOC's nine member board that includes long time board member, Hilton S. Bell, who was honored for his long time service.
“It is because of the hard work and dedication of our board and staff that THNOC is a leader among its peers. I look forward to more continued success with this team.” Boyd, who joined THNOC’s board as a member in December 2013, will lead THNOC's nine-person governing body as chair.
"It's a well deserved acknowledgment of Hilton's volunteer work at the historic collection in promoting the arts and the City of New Orleans. We are equally as proud of his role in the success of the Historic New Orleans Collection," stated Stephanie B. Laborde, managing partner at LaFleur & Laborde.
LaFleur & Laborde is pleased to announce that Hilton S. Bell and Sheila Moragas were again named to publications that recognize the top-rated attorneys in the United States. Bell and Moragas both practice in the firm's tax section with similar fields of practice: Federal and State Tax, Tax Litigation and Controversy, Trusts, Estates, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Sales and Use Tax.
"The Best Lawyers in America" is one of the oldest and best recognized peer review publications in America. Also peer review based, "New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers 2022" honors top rated New Orleans attorneys. Moragas, for the 10th consecutive year, earned recognition in the "Super Lawyers Magazine" publication of the legal publishing company Thompson-Reuters.
Super Lawyer 2023
The Best Lawyers in America 2023
New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers 2022
Hilton S. Bell has been selected once again to the the Best Lawyers in America publication. The publication received more than 10,000,000 peer evaluations and honored only 5% of practicing lawyers in the United States, exemplifying the work of the most elite and top-rated lawyers in the country.
Super Lawyer 2023
New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyers 2022
Sheila Moragas' 2023 Super Lawyer designation marks 10 consecutive years that she has been rated as a top tier lawyer in her field of practice. Thompson-Reuters' attorney-led research staff search for lawyers who have attained certain honors, results or credentials indicating a high degree of peer recognition and professional competence.