LSU System General Counsel Resigns

LSU System General Counsel Ray Lamonica, who lead the legal team that won a $475 million arbitrator’s award from the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for hurricane damage to Old Charity Hospital, and who crafted the legal agreement that paved the way for construction of the new University Academic Medical Center in New Orleans, has resigned, effective Friday, and will return to teaching duties at the Paul M. Hebert LSU Law Center.

In his letter to LSU Board of Supervisors Chairman Hank Danos, Chairman-elect Bobby Yarborough, and LSU Interim System President William L. Jenkins, Lamonica said he would return to the law school where he previously served as Vice Chancellor and is the tenured J.B. Nachman Professor of Law.

Jenkins praised Lamonica’s service to the LSU System in accepting his resignation.

“Ray is a distinguished and brilliant attorney who helped lead us through the tough days, following Hurricane Katrina and who was instrumental in refining many of the LSU System bylaws and procedures that tightened oversight of LSU System institutions, set up a central audit committee, ensuring the financial and legal integrity of system operations as well as requiring Board approval of any project worth more than $100,000,” said Jenkins.  “He will be long remembered,” Jenkins added,” as the key figure in drafting the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that set in motion construction of the new UMC in New Orleans that when completed will guarantee the finest health care and the best graduate medical education to generations of Louisiana residents.”

LSU Health Sciences Center Chancellor Dr. Larry Hollier said Lamonica made an unparalleled contribution to Louisiana medical education.  “Our faculty, staff, and students owe Ray a tremendous debt of gratitude for helping the Health Sciences recover rapidly from the effects of Hurricane Katrina,” said Dr. Hollier.

In addition, Lamonica, who served as LSU’s chief lawyer for more than 10 years, was lead counsel in co-generation litigation, resulting in millions of dollars in annual savings for the LSU A&M campus.

Lamonica received his law degree from the LSU Law Center in 1970.  He served as United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana from 1986 to 1994 and was Executive Counsel to Governor Dave Treen from 1983-1984.  He is also the co-author of leading legal texts on criminal law and legislative process.

For more information, contact Charles Zewe, LSU System Vice President for Communication, 225-578-3941 (czewe@lsu.edu).