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  • University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2004; Publication Manager and Student Editor, Michigan Journal of Gender & Law, 2002–2003
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2000, with distinction and highest honors; Phi Beta Kappa; Golden Key Honor Society
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  • Louisiana, 2006
  • North Carolina, 2004
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Hope Spencer
Partner
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8130 tel
504.589.8130 fax

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Hope Spencer is a partner in the firm’s Corporate & Securities Practice Group. Her transactional practice is primarily focused on executive compensation. Ms. Spencer provides comprehensive corporate, securities, and tax advice to companies, boards, and executives on all types of employment, severance, change of control, and equity and non-equity incentive plans and arrangements. She counsels clients on SEC compliance and disclosure obligations (including Section 16 reporting and liability, Section 13 beneficial ownership reporting, insider trading restrictions, and Rule 701 offerings) and compliance with federal tax rules governing compensation (including Section 409A, governing deferred compensation; Section 280G, addressing the taxation of “parachute” payments made in connection with a change of control; and Section 162(m), limiting the deductibility of compensation paid to certain executive officers of publicly-traded companies). 

Ms. Spencer also advises clients on corporate governance issues, including issues arising under an organization’s governing documents, state corporate law, SEC rules, Sarbanes-Oxley and Dodd-Frank legislation, and the listing standards of self-regulatory organizations such as the New York Stock Exchange and the NASDAQ Stock Market. 

Ms. Spencer works with clients of varying sizes and needs, including start-up entities, private partnerships, non-profit entities, and large public issuers. She has represented clients in a variety of industries, including oil and gas, shipping and marine services, financial services, healthcare, gaming, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications.

Prior to joining Jones Walker, Ms. Spencer worked as a staff attorney for Orleans Public Defenders, representing indigent clients in both misdemeanor and felony matters in Orleans Parish Criminal District court. During the 2004–2005 term, she clerked for the Honorable Stephen H. Glickman of the D.C. Court of Appeals.

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  • American Bar Association (Member, Section on Business Law)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • National Association of Stock Plan Professionals
  • North Carolina Bar Association

Languages

  • French (moderate proficiency)