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Dena
Dena L. Olivier
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Dena Olivier focuses her practice on the areas of commercial litigation and bankruptcy, representing financial institutions and other creditors in state and federal courts, including bankruptcy courts. She also handles commercial loan enforcement matters, such as workout arrangements and foreclosure, along with contractual disputes and various other commercial claims.  She is known for being creative and thorough.

Dena represents lenders from inside and outside Louisiana when loans involve collateral in her home state.  "I often help clients who are working with other lawyers in our firm - where loan enforcement or bankruptcy is an issue."  Whatever the representation, the common thread is her technical knowledge, training as an accountant, experience and personable work style.  Here are two examples that illustrate these qualities:

  • Dena represented a New Orleans bank when its borrowers defaulted on loans which had been collateralized with various commercial and apartment properties.  She recalls that:

"It was complicated.  There were multiple borrowers, loans that had been cross-collateralized and loans had been part of a bulk sale from one bank to another.  Our team, including Liskow's Kirk Jones, saw a large and potentially high-exposure litigation ahead.  Thanks to a lot of creative problem solving, we were able to negotiate a favorable settlement in a timely way."

  • Many of Dena's assignments involve analysis of financial and business records.  For example, she and Kirk Jones represent a lawyer who was expelled from his law partnership.  "We have spent several years gathering and reviewing tens of thousands of documents to determine our client's entitlement to the fair value of his share of the partnership."

Dena is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive).  "I use my accounting skills and knowledge every day in my law practice."  She also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Walter F. Marcus, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, from 1986 to 1987.

Involvement

Professional

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Walter F. Marcus, Jr., Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1986 - 1987

  • Certified Public Accountant (inactive)

  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association

  • Member, Louisiana State Bar

  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Community

  • Board of Trustees and former President, Poydras Home, 2006 - 2014

  • Finance Committee, Saint Frances of Assisi Church, 2017- present

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2015-2016

  • Chambers USA – America’s Leading Lawyers for Business – 2015-2017

  • New Orleans CityBusiness' Women of the Year Award, 2011

After Hours

"I received a lot of satisfaction from being involved in Poydras Home . . . a nursing and assisted-living facility located in my neighborhood, the historic Uptown/University section of New Orleans.  I was able to use my legal and financial background when, as President of the Board of Trustees in 2011 and 2012, Poydras Home launched a major capital expansion of the facility."