Chaffe McCall Welcomes Bankruptcy Attorneys Messina, Laudumiey To The Firm’s New Orleans Office

NEW ORLEANS – Seasoned bankruptcy attorneys, David J. Messina and Fernand “Ferdie” L. Laudumiey, IV, have joined Chaffe McCall’s New Orleans office as Partners in the firm’s Business Practice area. The two will focus their practice on bankruptcy law and complex bankruptcy litigation.

         “With the arrival of David and Ferdie, we are taking an important step in building a stronger financial services and bankruptcy practice in New Orleans,” E. Howell Crosby, Chaffe McCall’s Managing Partner, said. “We have grown tremendously, and our growth strategy includes strengthening our first-rate corporate practice, which complements our existing recognized business litigation practice. David and Ferdie add valuable skills that benefit our clients in this important financial arena. Our clients welcome our enhanced ability to serve them.”

         Messina has close to 30 years of experience representing clients in connection with problem credits, workouts and Chapter 11 reorganization and liquidation proceedings. As bankruptcy counsel he has successfully represented clients with substantial financial stakes. He is Board-Certified in Business Bankruptcy Law by the American Board of Certification and is a Board-Certified Business Bankruptcy Law Specialist certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent speaker at bankruptcy law seminars, including at the Annual Bankruptcy Law Seminar presented by the Louisiana bankruptcy judges and sponsored by the LSU Center for Continuing Professional Development. He has served as an Adjunct Professor at the Loyola College of Law, teaching Creditors’ Rights and Bankruptcy for over thirteen years.  He is consistently recognized by leading legal and local publications for his work in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights, Insolvency, and Reorganization Law. Messina received a B.M. and M.B.A degrees from Loyola University, before earning his J.D. from the College of Law in 1987. Upon graduation, he clerked for the Honorable Louis M. Phillips, U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Middle District of Louisiana.

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         Laudumiey, for the past 17 years, has successfully advised and represented clients in both Chapter 11 reorganization and Chapter 7 liquidation proceedings, including bankruptcy trustees, debtors and creditors in Louisiana and other jurisdictions. His experience has included the prosecution of preference, fraudulent conveyance, and other avoidance action proceedings, prosecution of discharge complaints, objections to exemptions and claims, executory contract matters and various general administration of bankruptcy estates. He has successfully represented lenders in connection with complex energy-related bankruptcy cases. Laudumiey has been a speaker on bankruptcy issues and has been recognized for his work in Bankruptcy. In addition, he has handled real estate law and property matters, advising and representing appraisers, lenders, and title insurance companies in both federal and state court.  He earned his J.D. in 1996 from Louisiana State University Law Center and received a B.A. degree from Loyola University, magna cum laude, in 1992. Upon graduation, he clerked for The Honorable Marcel Livaudais, Jr., U.S. District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana, from 1996-1998.

         Founded in 1826, Chaffe McCall LLP is Louisiana's oldest full-service law firm, centrally located in downtown New Orleans with additional offices in Houston, Baton Rouge, and Lake Charles. Chaffe McCall provides a full range of legal services to national and international corporate clients. 

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