Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1993, magna cum laude; Order of the Coif; Member, Tulane Law Review
  • Louisiana State University, B.S., 1988
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1993
Kelly Simoneaux
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8326 tel
504.589.8326 fax

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Kelly Simoneaux is a partner in Jones Walker LLP’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Her practice focuses primarily on the corporate, tax, and securities aspects of executive compensation.

Ms. Simoneaux has extensive experience counseling public and private clients on a variety of compensation related matters, including: advising boards and management on equity-based and other incentive plans and arrangements (including annual bonus plans, stock option and restricted stock plans, phantom equity plans, and employee stock purchase plans), executive employment and change of control agreements, and deferred compensation arrangements; advising companies, directors and executives on SEC compliance and disclosure requirements (including proxy statement disclosures focused on executive compensation and corporate governance, Section 16 reporting and liability, Section 13 beneficial ownership reporting, Rule 10b5-1 plans and insider trading); advising companies on executive compensation and equity award issues in merger and acquisition transactions; and advising public companies on corporate governance issues arising under state and federal law, SEC rules, NYSE and NASDAQ listing standards, as well as current governance trends and policies of institutional investors. Ms. Simoneaux also advises companies and executives on the federal tax rules governing executive compensation (including Section 409A governing deferred compensation, Section 162(m) concerning performance-based compensation paid by public companies, Section 423 governing certain employee stock purchase plans, and Section 280G related to change of control related payments). 

Ms. Simoneaux represents clients in a variety of industries, including financial services, mining, energy, oil and gas, healthcare, insurance, and telecommunications. In addition, her clients include public companies, both large, multi-national companies and smaller reporting companies, private companies, private equity firms and their portfolio companies, and individual executives.


  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named a BTI Client Service All-Star 2018 




  • American Bar Association (Member, Taxation and Business Law Sections)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals