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Susan Talley Elected Chair of American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law

On August 10, 2013 Susan Talley became the Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law ("RPTE Section").  The Chair is the highest elected position within the 25,000-member section that is the leading provider of programs, continuing education and expertise on current issues, trends and best practices for real estate and trust and estate lawyers nationwide.  Ms. Talley is the first lawyer from Louisiana to serve as Chair of the RPTE Section.  Her term will be for one year. 

"I am honored to serve as Chair of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section and look forward to helping the Section grow and serve its members," said Ms. Talley.  "The real estate market in Louisiana is as active as ever, and I hope to represent my state well as the new Chair."

The position as RPTE Section Chair is one of many roles that Ms. Talley has recently taken on.  She has been an influential contributor on multiple civic and legal fronts and recently played a key role in several major real estate developments in New Orleans.  She represented the New Orleans Pelicans in the new lease and renovations for the New Orleans Arena, and assisted with the conversion and development of the mixed-use Benson Tower and Champions Square project, the office tower and new fan gathering area and entertainment zone adjunct to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and New Orleans Arena.   Ms. Talley also represented the purchaser of the trendy W New Orleans and W New Orleans-French Quarter hotels and is currently working on the redevelopment of the Riverwalk Marketplace. 

"Susan Talley's remarkable drive and passion for the City of New Orleans reflects in her work as a real estate lawyer and as an active member of our community," said Wayne Lee, Chair of Stone Pigman's Management Committee.  "We at Stone Pigman couldn't be prouder of her and the work she has done."

Ms. Talley balances her legal responsibilities with local civic and charitable endeavors and other community organizations.  She is currently Chair of the Community Advisory Board for WWNO, an NPR affiliate radio station, and is assisting with the development of its new local news-focused programming.  She is also a member of the Professional Advisory Council to the LSU Foundation; serves as Vice Chancellor for real estate of the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana; is an immediate past Co-Chair and current member of the Mastersigners, the major individual donor campaign of the New Orleans Opera Association; and is a member of the Louisiana Chapter of the International Women's Forum.  She is a proud member of the Krewe of Muses and has tossed her fair share of shoe beads during the organization's carnival parades. 

In addition to her commitments to the RPTE Section, Ms. Talley is the Vice Chair of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers Meetings Committee and on January 1 will become a member of that organization's board.  She is a founding member of New Orleans Commercial Real Estate Women; is a non-voting Governor of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, an international invitation-only organization of real estate professionals; is a member of the Bank Counsel Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association; and is Vice President of the Louisiana State Law Institute.

Ms. Talley joined Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann L.L.C. in 1981 and is Co-Chair of its Real Estate Practice Group.  Her practice includes all aspects of real estate development, financing, leasing, purchase and sales.  She received her law degree from Tulane University Law School, graduating summa cum laude.  She was selected to Phi Kappa Phi and the Order of the Coif, and she served on the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors, 1979-81, and as Business Manager, 1980-81.  She graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University in 1978.  She is married to Jay Gulotta and is the mother of one son, George Gulotta.   

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