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Two New Associates Join SPSR

May 18, 2022 General

New Orleans, Louisiana (May 17, 2022) – Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn is pleased to announce that Reshonda W. Thompson and Kelly A. Gismondi have joined the firm.

Reshonda W. Thompson is a trial advocacy lawyer and focuses her practice on trucking and transportation law, casualty litigation, personal injury and premise liability cases. She has close to 10 years of experience handling bench trials in both city and district court including trying cases to verdict. Reshonda is well versed with handling cases involving property damage, personal injury including catastrophic injuries and evaluating case value. She has negotiated and obtained favorable outcomes on behalf of her clients. She has been involved in mediations for pre-litigation and litigation cases in order to resolve legal matters prior to trial. Prior to joining the firm, Reshonda worked for a large regional personal injury firm. She received her J.D. from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2013 and her B.A., magna cum laude, from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Kelly A. Gismondi focuses her practice on construction and commercial litigation. She has significant experience in formal and informal court advocacy through plea and sentencing negotiations with judges and district attorneys. After her first year in law school, Kelly served as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Judge John Marshall Kest of the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida where she spent her summer researching and assisting in creating procedural materials for the judge’s bench book to use during hearings. Kelly also clerked for a construction litigation firm after her second year of law school. Kelly received her J.D., cum laude, from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, her Master of Education from Lipscomb University in 2014 and her B.A. from the University of Central Florida. During her undergraduate and graduate work, she worked concurrently as a middle school English teacher for Teach for America.