International Society of Primerus Law Firms

New Orleans Attorney
Donna Phillips Currault

Phone: 504.582.1111


Languages: English

Donna Currault’s practice centers on complex litigation including class action defense in state and federal courts. A significant portion of her practice is also devoted to handling cases and advising clients on employment matters such as employment agreements with non-competition and non-solicitation provisions, federal and state anti-discrimination statutes, employment policies and procedures and employee handbooks.

Prior to joining the Firm, Donna served one year as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Morey L. Sear, U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Donna graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School where she served as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing program and was inducted into the Order of the Coif. She was also a member of Tulane Law Review and served as its Managing Editor from 1988-1989.


  • Tulane University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1989
  • Loyola University, B.A., cum laude, 1985

Bar Admissions:

  • Louisiana (1989)

Practice Areas:

  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Bankruptcy / Debtor-Creditor
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate and Securities Litigation
  • Labor and Employment
  • Products Liability
  • Appellate

Representative Matters:

  • MGD Partners, LLC and Coves of the Highland Community Development District v. First American Title Insurance Company, 2011 WL 3962568 (5th Cir.) 9/802011) (summary dismissal of claims under title insurance policy)
  • KeyBank National Association v. Perkins Rowe Associates, LLC, Civil Action Nos. 09-497 c/w 10-552 (M.D. La.) (defense of mortgagee against construction lien claims)
  • Wayne Day v. Lockheed Martin Corporation, 2010 WL 2545345 (E.D. La. 6/17/2010), aff’d, 2011 WL 2203081 (5th Cir. 6/17/2011); 2008 WL 718142 (E.D. La. 3/14/2008), aff’d, 304 Fed. Appx. 296, 2008 WL 5381312 (5th Cir. 12/23/2008) (Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act and Louisiana Military Service Relief Act)
  • Cindy Bouvier v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., 350 Fed. Appx. 917, 2009 WL 3444765 (5th Cir. 10/26/2009) gender discrimination)
  • Trazila Paul v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems, Inc., 309 Fed. Appx. 825 2008 WL 915298 (E.D. La. 3/31/2008) (sexual harrassment), aff’d, 2009 WL 270178 (5th Cir. 2/5/2009)
  • Barbara Ginn v. The Folger Coffee Company, 2007 WL 4114343 (E.D. La. 11/15/2007); 2008 WL 4909319 (11/2008) (purported class action for violation of employee privacy rights)
  • Roy Michael Brauninger v. Motes and Default Management Solutions, Inc., 2006 WL 3406738 (E.D. La. 11/22/06) and 2007 WL 128809 (E.D. La. 1/16/2007) (gender, race and age discrimination claims), aff’d, 260 Fed. Appx. 634, 2007 WL 4467583 (12/20/07), cert. denied, 553 U.S. 1065 (2008)

Representative Reported Cases:

  • Martin v. Sterling Associates, Inc., ___ So. 3d ___ (La. Ct. App. 2d Cir. 8/10/2011), 2011 WL 3477055
  • One River Place v. Axis Surplus Insurance, 629 F. Supp. 613 (E.D. La. 2009)
  • Riddle v. Simmons, 965 So. 2d 998 (2d Cir. 9/19/2007) (sheriff’s costs); 922 So. 2d 1267 (2d Cir. 2/16/2006)
  • Dumont v. Charles Schwab & Co., 2000 WL 1023231 (E.D. La. 7/21/2000) (class action fairness hearing on settlement); 717 So. 2d 1182 (La. Ct. App. 4th Cir. 1998) (writ application from denial of Exception of No Cause of Action based on federal preemption); 670 So. 2d 548 (La. Ct. App. 4th Cir. 1996) (appeal of class certification)
  • Cecil H. Walker, et al v. NERCO, Inc., et al, 134 F.3d 368 (5th Cir. 1997) (summary judgment dismissal of numerous claims by members of de-certified class action for age discrimination based on their failure to qualify for a severance package because they were over 40 years old but too young to qualify for severance)
  • Murphy v. Community Health Network of Louisiana, Inc., et al., 712 So. 2d 296 (La. Ct. App. 5th Cir. 1997) (appeal from trial court’s dismissal via exception of no cause of action based on ERISA preemption)
  • Walk Haydel & Associates v. Coastal Power Corporation, 934 F. Supp. 209 (E. D. La. 1996) (remand to state court)
  • Guastella v. Pan American Life Insurance Company, 668 So. 2d 1174 (La. Ct. App. 5th Cir. 1996) (affirming summary judgment ruling)

Published Works & Presentations:

  • Enforcement of Non-Compete Agreements in Louisiana, GAMDE Duck Lunch (October 6, 2011)
  • Ethics and Professionalism Issues in Criminal Inquiries to a Corporation and Officers, New Orleans FBA: 166h Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium (March 15, 2008)
  • State Law Wage and Hour Issues, Lorman Business Center: Employee Discharge and Documentation in Louisiana (Feb. 12, 2008)
  • The Attorney-Client Privilege: A Pandora’s Box, New Orleans FBA: 14th Annual Alvin B. Rubin Symposium (May 18, 2006)
  • Recording Keeping and Notice under the FMLA; Special FMLA Issues, Lorman Business Center: Advanced Topics in the Family and Medical Leave Act (Feb. 24, 2006)
  • Wages Upon Termination; Non-Competition Agreements and Trade Secrets, Lorman Business Center: Louisiana State Law Employment Issues (2005)

Professional Affiliation:

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association – Chair of the Labor & Employment Section (2015-2016); Vice-Chair of the Labor & Employment Section (2014-2015); Board of Directors for the New Orleans Chapter
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association


  • Young Lawyers Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Michelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award
  • Listed in Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation (2012)
  • New Orleans Magazine “Top Lawyers” – Labor and Employment Law (2013, 2014, 2015)
  • Best Lawyers in America – Commercial Litigation; Employment Law (Since 2013)
  • Best Lawyers in America – Lawyer of the Year for Employment Law-Individuals in New Orleans (2015)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers – Employment & Labor (2007-2011, 2015-2017); Rated as one of the Top 25 Women Lawyers (2016)
  • Chambers USA – Labor & Employment (2016)

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201 St. Charles Avenue
40th Floor
New Orleans, LA 70170
United States

Law Firm Contact: John Y. Pearce

Tel: 504.582.1111

Fax: 504.582.1121



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