Matthew J. Fantaci is a partner with the firm. Mr. Fantaci was an associate at the firm from 2004-2009, he then spent one year as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Louisiana, practicing in the Civil Division defending suits filed against the United States. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia in 1998. In 2002, Mr. Fantaci received his law degree from Louisiana State University. While at L.S.U. he served on the Board of Editors of the Louisiana Law Review and was a member of Order of the Coif. Following graduation, Mr. Fantaci served two years as a judicial law clerk, first with Justice Jeffrey P. Victory of the Louisiana Supreme Court and then with Judge W. Eugene Davis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Year Admitted to Practice

2002

Education

University of Georgia, A.B.J. 1998; Louisiana State University, J.D., 2002.

Affiliations

Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, Energy Bar Association, Professional Landmen's Association of New Orleans, American Bar Association.

Areas of Practice

Bar Admissions

All Louisiana state and Federal courts.

Honors

Order of the Coif; Board of Editors, Louisiana Law Review; David L. Herman Award for Civil Law Property.

Publications

Digital Dilemma: Could the Digital Millennium Copyright Act Have Inadvertently Exempted Napster And Its Progeny From Liability 62 La.L.Rev. 643 (2002).

Representative Cases

Jeanerette Lumber & Shingle v. Gulf South Pipeline, 16th Judicial District Court for the Parish of St. Martin, State of Louisiana, Div “E”, No. 71346, successfully represented landowner in securing judgment that mineral lease had expired by non-use and forcing lessee to remove all pipelines at lessee’s sole cost. Obtained summary judgment in favor of client

Eula Lee Dean v. United States of America, EDLA, No. 09-0140, represented the United States in malpractice action against the St. Helena Community Health Care Center in Kentwood, Louisiana. Case tried on the merits; judgment rendered in favor of the United States.

Royal Oldsmobile Company, Inc. v. Heisler Properties, LLC, et al., No. 607-345, Div. “K”, 24th Judicial District Court, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. Represented lessee of property to enforce a right of first refusal contained in the lease against a subsequent purchaser of the property. Following trial on the merits, judgment was rendered in favor of lessee and subsequent purchaser ordered to sell property to lessee for same price he bought it from the original lessor. Judgment has been appealed.

Wiggins v. United States of America, EDLA, No. 08-00008, successfully represented the United States in a slip and fall tort action originally brought against United States Postal Service. Obtained summary judgment in favor of the United States.