David F. Bienvenu

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David F. Bienvenu is a partner and member of the governing committee at Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP. He brings his forty years of experience in representing clients in state and federal courts throughout Louisiana to his work as a mediator. He completed formal mediation training at the Straus Institute of Dispute Resolution of Pepperdine University School of Law in 2013 and has conducted successful mediations in casualty, insurance and commercial litigation since that time, in addition to maintaining an active litigation practice. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America in Commercial Litigation, Insurance Litigation and Personal Injury Litigation and as a Louisiana Super Lawyer; and enjoys an AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell for the highest level of professional excellence. Before entering private practice, he served as law clerk to the Honorable Patrick E. Carr of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana. David is a graduate of Loyola University College of Law, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and a recipient of the Milton Sheen Award in recognition of his leadership and service to the law and community. He is also a recipient of the Gillis Long Public Service Award and a past Chair and Emeritus Member of the College of Law Visiting Committee.

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Mr. Bienvenu has been elected by his peers in Louisiana to serve as president of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA), the Louisiana Bar Foundation, The Historical Society of the Louisiana Supreme Court and as a Delegate to the American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates. He has devoted much of his organized bar activities to addressing the legal needs of the underserved, establishing the LSBA’s Access to Justice Program, serving as Chair of the New Orleans Pro Bono Project and on the boards of the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, Legal Aid Bureau and Louisiana Civil Justice Center. The LSBA presented him with the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for his lifetime commitment, outstanding service and dedication to Louisiana’s indigent.

In addition to serving in the ABA House of Delegates, he currently serves as Chair of the Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service until August 2022 when he will commence a three year term as a member of the Standing Committee on Public Education. He previously served on the Board of Governors, where he served on the Finance, Public Service and Diversity, Investments, and Governance Committees and as Liaison to the Standing Committee on Legal Aid and Indigent Defendants, the Section of Litigation and the Forum on Construction Law. David is also a former Chair of the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness, a former member of the ABA Center for Racial and Ethnic Diversity, and a former member of the ABA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services.

Mr. Bienvenu was admitted to Bar: Louisiana, 1980; U.S. District Courts: Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana. He is a member of the American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section. He is also a member of the Louisiana Law Institute, Legal Services Corporation Disaster Task Force, and Defense Research Institute.

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