Jones Walker Welcomes 14 Associates

NEW ORLEANS – Jones Walker LLP is pleased to announce the addition of 14 new associates:

  • Stacey Moore Buchanan, Litigation
  • Shawn J. Daray, Tax
  • Vanessa W. Graf, Corporate
  • Todd Heffner, Litigation
  • Christopher A. Henry, Litigation
  • Michael J. O’Brien, Litigation
  • Samantha A. Oppenheim, Litigation
  • Jacob J. Pritt, Labor & Employment
  • Jordan B. Retif, Corporate
  • Michael C. Seibert, Tax
  • Carley A. Tatman, Corporate
  • Taylor K. Wimberly, Litigation
  • Ewaen Woghiren, Litigation
  • Megan Young-John, Litigation

More details on the associates who joined the New Orleans office:

Shawn J. Daray is an associate in the Tax Practice Group in the firm’s New Orleans office. He earned his JD from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2018 and his LLM in Taxation from the New York University School of Law in 2019. Prior to joining the firm, he served as an extern for the Litigation Division of the Louisiana Department of Revenue. Shawn is admitted to practice in Louisiana.

Vanessa W. Graf is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the New Orleans office. She focuses on real estate and is also a licensed title insurance agent. Vanessa received her JD from Tulane University Law School in 2015 and her BA in Environmental Economics and Policy from the University of California at Berkeley in 2010. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana. Vanessa is involved with the New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women Association and is a board member for the Association for Women Attorneys and Metro Centers for Community Advocacy.

Michael J. O’Brien is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group and a member of the firm’s corporate compliance and white collar defense team in the New Orleans office. Before entering private practice, Mike completed a fellowship at the Policy Division of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas M. Hardiman on the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit. He earned his JD, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School in 2015, where he served as a Comments Editor of The University of Chicago Law Review and as an Executive Board Member of International Policy for the University Institute of Politics. Mike is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Illinois.  

 Samantha A. Oppenheim is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in the New Orleans office, and her practice focuses on the areas of bankruptcy, creditor-debtor rights, and healthcare law. She previously served as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman. Samantha earned her JD, summa cum laude, from Tulane University in 2018, where she served as a Notes and Comments Editor of the Tulane Law Review and as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing course. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana.

 Jacob J. Pritt is an associate in the Labor & Employment Practice Group in the New Orleans office. Jacob previously served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Raymond Steib and as a law clerk in the Disaster Recovery Unit for Southeast Louisiana Legal Services. He earned his JD, magna cum laude, from Tulane University in 2019, where he served as a Notes and Comments Editor for the Tulane Law Review. He earned his BA in Philosophy from Harvard University in 2016 and is admitted to practice in Louisiana.

Jordan B. Retif is an associate in the Corporate Practice Group in the New Orleans office and focuses on commercial transactions and real estate. He served as a summer associate with the firm before joining as a full-time associate. Jordan earned his JD, magna cum laude, from the

Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and received CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Income Tax I, Security Devices, and Mineral Rights. He also holds an MBA from the Louisiana State University E.J. Ourso College of Business and is admitted to practice law in Louisiana. 

Michael C. Seibert is an associate in the Tax Practice Group in the New Orleans office. His practice covers a broad range of tax matters including employee benefits, estate planning, and federal, state, and local tax compliance. Michael earned his JD, magna cum laude, from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center and his LLM from the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law. He received his BA in Economics from Louisiana State University and is admitted to practice in Louisiana. 

Taylor K. Wimberly is an associate in the Litigation Practice Group in the New Orleans office and a member of the firm’s energy and natural resources industry team. While in law school, she completed a judicial externship for the Honorable Martin L.C. Feldman and worked with Tulane’s Domestic Violence clinic providing legal services. Taylor earned her JD, magna cum laude, from Tulane University in 2019, where she served as an Associate Editor of the Tulane Law Review and as a Senior Fellow for the Legal Research and Writing course. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana.

 

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