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Adrian D'Arcy    President

Adrian is a partner with the law firm of Shields Mott Lund LLP. Adrian’s primary area of practice is commercial litigation, specializing in construction litigation.  Adrian is the Chairman of the New Orleans Bar Association’s Construction Committee. Adrian is also involved in the growing practice associated with Green Building and has obtained the LEED “Green Associate” designation.  Adrian graduated cum laude from Loyola Law School (New Orleans) in 2004.

Adrian was born in Dublin but had the benefit of being raised in Kerry.  He attended University College Dublin and obtained his B.A.(Hons)in Economics from UCD in 1990.  After graduating, Adrian moved to New York where he spent eight years in restaurant management with the Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.  In 1998 Adrian opened the New Orleans’ Smith & Wollensky restaurant and enrolled in law school two years later. Adrian attended law school at night while working in Smith & Wollensky.          

Adrian is one of the founding members of Irish Network New Orleans and is both an officer and board member of Irish Network USA, currently serving as IN USA’s National Events Director.  He has been a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians since 1998 and has been an active member of the Irish Channel St. Patrick's Day Club in New Orleans since 1999. Adrian is also committed to promoting youth soccer in New Orleans and currently coordinates the Carrollton Booster soccer U10 boys league.  Adrian is also a board member of the 2014 New Orleans International Famine Commemoration Committee. 

Adrian had the fortune to meet a good Dublin girl, Karen, while in UCD.  After graduating UCD in 1992, Karen moved to New York and they married in 1997.  Karen is also a member of Irish Network New Orleans and is president of UCD’s Alumni group in Louisiana. Adrian and Karen have two wonderful children; Grainne and Conor who now have burgeoning southern accents.

Adrian is committed to IN New Orleans harnessing the goodwill and energy of the diverse Irish Community in the city to promote Irish cultural awareness in the city and to promote New Orleans to the sister Irish Networks, the North American Irish Community, and Ireland.

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