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, governmental law, real estate transactions, museum law, and healthcare. 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 and public law matters for the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, and other public and private clients, 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, procurement, including both the drafting of Requests for Proposals and Solicitations for Offer and the handling of protests and appeals, as well as a myriad of other topics. At times, 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. In more recent years, Ms. Dougherty's practice has included and focused on representing for-profit foundations that support institutions of higher education including the University of New Orleans Foundation, the University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation, Inc. and the Southern University System Foundation. Ms. Dougherty’s practice also has involved general real estate matters and title examinations, including mineral title examinations. Most recently, she has assisted clients in qualifying and in filing applications for small business loans pursuant to the SBA's Paycheck Protection Program under the CARES Act.
Over her years of practice, Ms. Dougherty has interacted with and/or appeared before numerous Louisiana state agencies and boards, including the Division of Administration, the Office of State Procurement, the Office of Facility Planning and Control, the Attorney General, the Board of Governmental Ethics and the Louisiana Board of Regents.
Ms. Dougherty 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 east side upper deck and Tiger Den Suites, the 2004 construction of a west side upper deck, press box and club seating area and the 2012 construction of the south end zone suites, club-levels, upper deck, 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 currently serving as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Board for the LSU Museum of Art and previously serving as Chairman and a board member of Friends of Magnolia Mound and as a 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.