Attorneys


› Louis L. Robein, Jr.

› Robert H. Urann
› Julie Richard-Spencer 
› Nancy Picard
› Maria C. Cangemi
› Christina Carroll
 Kevin Renee Mason 
 Mary Modenbach White
 Paula M. Bruner


Louis L. Robein, Jr. was born in New Orleans. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1975. A graduate of the Louisiana State University Law School, Louis has been active in the American Bar Association and other organizations. He served as a Liaison to Employment Termination Act Committee of the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Law; as an Ad Hoc Professor in the Trial Advocacy Program at Tulane Law School; as the Union Co-Chair of the ABA Labor and Employment Section's Employee Rights and Responsibilities Committee; and as Chair of the Louisiana Labor and Employment Law Section. Louis has served on the Board of Directors for the AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee. He is a member of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. His practice areas include public and private sector union representation; individual and collective action wage and overtime claims under the Fair Labor Standards Act; employment discrimination; representation of employee benefit funds; representation of individuals and classes in ERISA claims; and issues involving employment and noncompetition agreements. Louis has been repeatedly named in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of labor and employment law. He has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.

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Robert H. Urann ("Bob")was born in Harbel, Liberia. He was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1981. Bob received his law degree from Tulane University in 1981 He served as a clerk to Honorable Earl E. Veron, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana from 1981 to 1982. Bob is a member of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations and the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association. His practice areas include occupational disease and toxic tort claims; products liability claims; general accident claims; and claims under the Jones Act, Longshore-Harbor Workers Act and the Louisiana Workers' Compensation statute. He has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service. Bob retired in June 2014 but remains of counsel in order to share his expertise and knowledge with the firm.

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Julie Richard-Spencer was born New Orleans. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1990. She received her law degree from George Washington University where she was awarded honors in Moot Court competition. She is a member of the Louisiana and American Bar Associations. Julie has served as the Chairman of the Louisiana Bar Association's Labor and Employment Committee and Union Co-chair of the American Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section's Equal Employment Opportunity Committee. She is a contributing editor to Employment Discrimination Law (BNA). Julie's practice areas include public and private sector union representation; ERISA and other employment related litigation; and litigation of sexual harassment and other employment discrimination claims. She has received an "AV" peer review rating fromMartindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.

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Nancy Picard was born in Birmingham, Alabama. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1989. A graduate of Loyola University Law School, she was a a member of the Moot Court staff and the Loyola University Law Review. She has authored "Affirmative Action Affirmed," 33 Loyola Law Review 1121, 1988 and "Teacher Tenure Act," 34 Loyola Law Review 517, 1988. Nancy served as judicial clerk to Pascal F. Calagero, Chief Justice, Louisiana Supreme Court from 1989 to 1990. Nancy is a member of the American Bar Association. She is a contributing editor to Employment Discrimination Law (BNA) and Employee Benefits Law (BNA) . Her practice areas include appellate litigation; litigation of complex ERISA and federal WARN Act claims; litigation on behalf of multiemployer funds; and ERISA plan qualification issues. She has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.

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Maria C. Cangemi was born in New Orleans. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1990. She graduated from Loyola University Law School and was a member of Phi Delta Phi. Maria is a member of the Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; and the International Foundation of Employee Benefits. Maria is active in the American Bar Association's Employee Benefits Committee and is a contributing editor to Employee Benefits Law (BNA). She represents many employee benefit plans. Her practice also includes ERISA related litigation. She has received an "AV" peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.

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Christina Carroll ("Christy") was born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Alabama in 1993, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1996, and practiced law in Mississippi until 2005. She served as President of the Mississippi Women Lawyers Association in 2001-2002, and was a member of the Mississippi Bar Association (Labor and Employment Section), Hinds County Bar Association, Mississippi Trial Lawyers’ Association, and the National Employment Lawyers’ Association. She was admitted to practice law in Louisiana in 2005, and is practicing in the area of labor and employment law.

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Kevin R. Mason Smith  was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2006 and the Louisiana bar in 2007, and is practicing in the area of labor and employment law. She received her law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, she served as the notes editor for the  Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.   Prior to joining the firm, Kevin worked as a law clerk with a labor and employment law firm in Indianapolis, IN. She is a member of the National Bar Association, the American Bar Association, and serves as the Chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section. She also served as the Vice-President for the Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society in 2011-2012.

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Paula M. Bruner was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 2006 after graduating from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law. During law school, she served as a student practitioner for the Katrina Advice Law Clinic, Vice-President for the Public Interest Law Group and competed in the Loyola Chapter Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA). Before entering law school Paula earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Loyola University of Chicago and a Master of Public Health from Tulane University. Paula also volunteered as a community health advisor for the U.S. Peace Corps in Madagascar and worked as an investigator for the U.S. Department of Labor in the Office of Labor Management Standards in Chicago.

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Mary Modenbach White was born in New Orleans. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 1984. She graduated summa cum laude from Tulane University in 1978, where she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated from Loyola University Law School, magna cum laude, where she was a member of the Loyola Law Review. Mary is a member of the Louisiana and American Bar Associations. She has extensive experience with employee benefits issues and has advised clients with respect to the design, implementation, operation, administration, tax qualification of pension and welfare plans, correction of operational failures and implementation of IRS voluntary compliance programs. She has received an "AV" peer review rating fromMartindale-Hubbell®, an independent rating service.

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