Three Fishman Haygood Attorneys Recognized as 2022 Leadership in Law Honorees

Danny Dysart, Maureen Brennan Gershanik, and Paul Thibodeaux were selected to the 2022 Leadership in Law class by New Orleans CityBusiness. The honor recognizes area professionals in the field of law for their career and community accomplishments. Click here to read the announcement.

Dysart has litigated high-profile and high-impact cases along the Gulf Coast. His cases involve personal injury, products liability, breach of contract, unfair trade practices, redhibition, Jones Act, civil and criminal RICO claims, and civil and criminal provisions of the Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, and the Oil Pollution Act. He is also an assistant district attorney and felony trial prosecutor in St. Bernard Parish, where he resides. Dysart serves as president of the St. Bernard Autism Awareness Krewe, a nonprofit whose mission is to identify and assist with the needs of St. Bernard families dealing with the daily struggle of caring for children, grandchildren, and other family members with Autism and related conditions.

Gershanik represents public companies in securities law matters, including periodic SEC reporting, corporate governance, executive compensation, and general counseling of the board of directors. She also advises boards on corporate environmental, social and governance (“ESG”), and sustainability matters and investor messaging on ESG and sustainability efforts. She is a member of the Board of Trustees of Touro Synagogue, serving as both chair of the Governance Committee and member of the Executive Committee. Gershanik also serves as co-instructor of the Tulane Law School Corporate Governance mini course. She is active in business law reform efforts nationally and in Louisiana, and she is an appointed member of the Corporate Laws Committee of the American Bar Association (ABA).

Thibodeaux has successfully taken a lead role in high-profile matters such as the Hard Rock Hotel collapse litigation, the Napoleonville sinkhole litigation, BP oil spill multi-district litigation, and the Hurricane Katrina-related Murphy oil spill class action litigation. Recently, Paul successfully represented a landowner in litigation to require a large oil company to plug and abandon wells and decommission an abandoned oil field. Thibodeaux has been a past volunteer with the United Way in New Orleans, assisting with intellectual property and other business advice. He has also volunteered in a similar capacity with the St. Bernard Project, now known as SBP, an organization which works to shrink the time between natural disasters and recovery.

Honorees will be celebrated at an in-person event at the New Orleans Museum of Art later this fall. A special Leadership in Law insert profiling all honorees will run in the Oct. 21 issue of CityBusiness.

Congratulations to these Fishman Haygood attorneys!