A Louisiana native, Mrs. Erin Gourney Fonacier graduated with honors from Loyola University New Orleans in 2005. There, she received a B.A. in Mass Communications and minor in history. She worked in the advertising sector before applying her skills of managing deadlines and creative problem-solving to practice law.
Ms. Fonacier joined Dunlap Fiore, LLC in 2014, and has been an integral part of the public finance section. Ms. Fonacier assists in the review and preparation of loan agreements, trust indentures, counsel opinions, resolutions and ordinances relevant to each transaction.
Her practice also includes commercial litigation, appellate practice, construction litigation, surety litigation and general civil litigation. She has experience representing commercial businesses, surety and fidelity companies, insurance companies, and individuals in her construction law practice. Ms. Fonacier advises clients in matters such as lien law, contract disputes, contract negotiations, assertion of creditor rights, collections, claim assertion and defense, and secured lending transactions.
Ms. Fonacier's representation of public entities and municipalities also includes regulatory matters, contracting and bid disputes, with significant experience in handling Public Assistance claims under the Stafford Act at every stage, including preparation and presentation to FEMA, administrative review, arbitration and federal court litigation.
Areas of Practice
- Commercial Law
- Public Finance
- Corporate Law
- Surety Law
- Construction Law
- Federal Regulatory Law
- General Civil Litigation
- Louisiana, 2011
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 2014
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 2014
- Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
- J.D. - 2011
- Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
- B.A. - 2005
- Honors: cum laude
- Major: Communications
- Minor: History
Professional Associations and Memberships
- Baton Rouge Bar Association
- Louisiana State Bar Association
- Baton Rouge Association of Women Attorneys
- Dean Henry George McMahon, American Inns of Court
- American Bar Association
- Federal Bar Association
Past Employment Positions
- Law Offices of Darrell Saltamachia, Associate