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JULIE QUINN

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Honors

  • AV-Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell
  • Top Rated Lawyers, American Law Journal
  • Top Lawyer, Land Use and Zoning, The American Lawyer
  • Louisiana Judicial Commission, former member
  • Louisiana Law Institute, former member
  • Louisiana Senate Judiciary A, former Chair

Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Jefferson Parish Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association

Experience

Former state senator Julie Quinn’s vast experience spans business, law, and government, allowing her a global perspective to problem solving and crisis management.  An AV-Preeminent rated attorney with a business background, Julie is known as a problem solver who enjoys a large clientele of developers and business owners.  Ms. Quinn is skilled in negotiations,  expansions, mergers and acquisition, drafts contracts and leases, and assists with zoning, permitting and licensure, government compliance and  government relations.  Ms. Quinn works with all state and local agencies including DEQ, DOTD, LA Economic Development, Division of Adminstration, Louisiana Board of Contractors, Office of Motor Vehicles, and many others.  She was recently named the country’s top lawyers for zoning and planning, and also one of Louisiana’s top female criminal defense attorneys.

Elected twice by New Orleans and surrounding parishes to represent them in Baton Rouge, Julie chaired the Judiciary Committee, managing the needs of judges and courthouses, changes to the Civil Code and related statutes on contract law, domestic law, and many other issues.   Julie served as a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Council, Louisiana Law Institute, and the Louisiana Attorney Fee Review Board.

Background

After graduating from law school in 1992 having been selected for Law Review and Moot Court, Ms. Quinn began her career as a commercial litigator at the then-largest law firm in the state. In 2001, she was elected (and re-elected) to the state’s largest school board with over 75,000 students and managing an operating budget of over $350,000,000.    In 2005, she was elected (and re-elected) to the Louisiana State Senate in the most populous areas of the state, covering the parishes (counties) of New Orleans, Jefferson, St. Tammany, and Tangipahoa.  Julie was sworn in to her initial term in the legislature three (3) weeks prior to Hurricane Katrina, largely the result of the 17th street canal levee breach which occurred in her district.

Despite the total and long-term devastation in her district, as a freshman state senator, Ms. Quinn was appointed to the chair Senate Judiciary A, the committee that handles more legislation than any other committee in the legislature. Judiciary A manages all legislation relating to and the judiciary (needs of judges), clerks of court, notaries, Louisiana Civil Code, statutory changes, and numerous other areas. In short, former Senator Quinn was charged with an enormous task of managing Louisiana’s “law for lawyers.”  She also served on the involved Senate Insurance Committtee, managing the aftermath of Katrina and related major overhauls in the insurance code and legislation.    During her tenure, she was named as “Legislator of the Year” by numerous organizations, including the esteemed “Alliance for Good Government”. She also served as an adjunct Professor at Loyola Law School teaching “Legislative Policy”, a course geared on teaching law students on the methods for changing law and arguing “legislative intent” in the courtroom.

After over a decade of public service, Ms. Quinn returned to full time law practice. She resumed her focus on business, but with a niche for navigating government bureaucracies at the local, state and federal level. Known as an effective crisis manager, Ms. Quinn enjoys a large client base of realtors , developers and contractors, assisting with complex transactional needs, as well as permitting, zoning and licensing before various governmental agencies. She also provides aggressive representation in the courtroom on construction disputes, “business divorces” and related commercial matters.  She also maintains a small domestic and criminal defense practice.

Ms. Quinn has a long history of distinguished service in positions of leadership on corporate, civic, and charitable boards. She currently serves as a board member on the Audubon Institute, and previously served on the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Institute, Louisiana Law Institute, Louisiana Attorneys’ Fee Review Board, Jefferson Dollars for Scholars, Methodist Home for Abused Children, Friends of Jefferson the Beautiful and Juvenile Diabetes.  She remains involved in politics, serving as a political consultant to various candidates during election season and was an alternate delegate to the 2016 Republican National Convention.  Julie is the mother of two sons, with whom she enjoys traveling in her spare time.

Quinn Alsterberg represents clients throughout Louisiana in business, government and other legal matters. Please call 504-522-5607 or contact us below for a FREE initial consultation at our New Orleans office.