John D. Werner

Contact Information

t: (504) 586-5265

f: (504) 586-5250


John Werner is the Managing Partner of Fishman Haygood.  John works in the firm’s Business Section, primarily on financings, including private equity transactions, tax credit financings, and bank debt.

In private equity, John represents Jefferson Capital Partners, LongueVue Capital and Enhanced Capital Partners in their investments in various portfolio companies. In addition, he represents numerous portfolio companies that have received private equity investment. John represents the State of Louisiana when its funds are used in tax credit financings. He represents several lenders and allocatees in the New Markets Tax Credit program. John also represents several regional banks in large commercial loans.


  • J.D. from Tulane Law School, 1994
  • B.A. in History from Duke University, 1988


  • Clerk to the Honorable Donald E. Walter of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, 1994-1995

Representative Matters

  • Representation of Black Bay Energy in 4 of its 5 initial investments, including several different service companies operating in the Permian Basin
  • Representing Jefferson Capital Partners in the successful completion of its first fund and the deployment of its second fund across a variety of industries
  • Continuing representation of the State of Louisiana in financing the mixed use commercial projects. Recent transactions include: the financing of a fresh food grocer in New Orleans, the development of a hospital in St. Bernard Parish, the development of a nursing and assisted living facility in New Orleans, the development of a charter school facility in Federal City, Louisiana, the redevelopment of a live performance venue in New Orleans, and the construction of the Campaigns Pavilion at the National World War II Museum
  • $400 Million private equity based capital raising transaction for oil and gas exploration and production company
  • Continuing representation of private equity backed 3-D marketplace
  • Continuing representation of regional bank financing of the redevelopment of a scattered site low income housing project and rehabilitation of multiple residential properties using low income housing and historic tax credits
  • Continuing representation of fund investing in accounts receivable participations
  • Continuing representation of allocatees of new markets tax credits from the U.S. Treasury Department to finance businesses located in low-income communities nationwide