Member Spotlight: Susan Talley

Susan Talley is a founding member of New Orleans CREW and currently serves on its board of directors. She joined Stone Pigman law firm in 1981. Her practice includes all aspects of real estate development, financing, leasing, purchase and sales. She is co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice group and is a member of the Management Committee

Susan has been involved in many of the major commercial real estate developments in Louisiana. After Katrina, Ms. Talley represented the owner of One Shell Square in negotiating a lease extension with Shell for Shell to maintain its presence in New Orleans. She is currently part of the team representing the Saints and the Benson family in the stadium lease extension and acquisition of New Orleans Shopping Centre and Dominion Tower. This project is critical to the revival of that end of Poydras Street.

She also represents the Episcopal Diocese of Louisiana, on a pro bono basis. She has worked with the Diocese on implementing its Jericho Road project and negotiated a lease with Walgreen’s for the Diocese to open a welcome center in the 9th Ward in a vacant Walgreen’s that was blessed by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Susan has a long list of professional affiliations. She is Secretary of the American Bar Association Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law, the editor of their RPTE eREPORT, and also serves on the Section’s Executive and Planning Committees. She is one of two U.S. Voting Governors of the Anglo-American Real Property Institute, as well as a member of ALI-ABA’s Real Estate Law Advisory Panel. Susan is an active member of a number of legal and real estate industry organizations, including the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, the Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute, for which she currently chairs the Nominations and Membership Committee, the Bank Counsel Committee of the Louisiana Bankers Association and the International Council of Shopping Centers.

A frequent speaker and writer on real estate topics, Susan has been named to The Best Lawyers in America, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, Who’s Who Legal–The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers and The Lawdragon 500 Dealmakers in America.

Among other civic and charitable endeavors, Susan is a member of the Advisory Board for WWNO, an NPR affiliate radio station.

Susan received her law degree from Tulane University School of Law, graduating summa cum laude in 1981. She was selected to Phi Kappa Phi and the Order of the Coif, and served on the Tulane Law Review Board of Editors, 1979-81, and Business Manager, 1980-81. She graduated summa cum laude from Louisiana State University in 1978. She is admitted to practice in Louisiana.