Practicing law since 1979, Taylor Porter Partner Nancy C. Dougherty is experienced in several practice areas, including higher education law, non-profit and charitable foundation work, real estate transactions, museum law, and health care. Ms. Dougherty is rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, ranked by Best Lawyers in America, and is a former "Influential Women in Business" honoree by Baton Rouge Business Report for both her professional accomplishments and her contributions to the community.
Ms. Dougherty has handled a variety of higher education matters for the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, including health law and Medical Center issues, contract issues, student matters, Buckley issues, leases, servitudes, construction matters, labor and employment issues, dual office holding questions, ethics matters, and a myriad of other topics. In recent years her higher education practice has been concentrated in tax exempt debt issuances, and she has been instrumental in developing creative financing structures for the LSU Board in connection with a variety of capital projects throughout the LSU System, including third-party financing arrangements through nonprofit LSU support organizations. Ms. Dougherty’s practice also has involved general real estate matters and title examinations, including mineral title examinations.
She has handled such transactions as the financing and construction of the Lion’s Eye Center in New Orleans; the Avondale facilities related to the University of New Orleans Research Park; the Navy facilities at the UNO Research Park; student housing projects at LSU in Baton Rouge, the University of New Orleans, the LSU Health Sciences Center, LSU in Shreveport, and LSU in Eunice; improvements to Tiger Stadium (most notably the construction of the new east side upper deck and Tiger Den Suites, the 2004 construction of a new west side upper deck, press box and club seating area and the 2012 construction of the new south end zone suites, club-levels, upper deck and related food service areas); cutting edge energy efficiency and cogeneration projects at various campuses; the LSU Hilltop Arboretum; the Lod Cook Alumni Center, and each of the facilities at Pennington Biomedical Research Center, among other projects.
In all, Ms. Dougherty has represented LSU in the construction of projects totaling over $500 million across the State of Louisiana, many of which required complicated innovative and creative financing structures. In recent years, she also was part of the team of Taylor Porter attorneys that restructured the operations of the statewide public hospital system into a public-private hospital model. She is a member of the Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, and American Bar Associations, as well as the National Association of College and University Attorneys.
Ms. Dougherty has been involved in numerous community activities during her years of practice. She now maintains sustainer status in the Junior League of Baton Rouge after approximately 20 years of active service. She has held many volunteer positions at First United Methodist Church including co-teaching a Sunday School class for two-year olds for 25 years. Ms. Dougherty is active in several nonprofit organizations, including serving as Past-Chairman and a board member of Friends of Magnolia Mound and as a past board member of Friends of the LSU Rural Life Museum. Ms. Dougherty has served as Chairman of the Board of First United Methodist Church, Chairman of numerous Junior League Committees, and officer and Board member of Cancer Services of Greater Baton Rouge.