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A life-long love of research and writing drew me to the practice of law. I enjoy putting these skills to use every day in hopes of achieving the best possible outcome for my clients.

Mary Kate Fernandez’s practice encompasses a broad range of areas, including business and commercial litigation, regulatory compliance, and labor and employment disputes.

Mary Kate graduated from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law in 2020. While at Loyola, Mary Kate served as the Candidate Development and Symposium Editor of the Loyola Law Review. As Symposium Editor, she organized a commemoration of the fifteenth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina highlighting the changes needed in various areas of law and policy regarding the disproportionate impact of environmental harms on underserved communities. She was also a member of Moot Court and the Technology and Legal Innovation Clinic within the Stuart H. Smith Law Clinic and Center for Social Justice. As an undergraduate student, Mary Kate completed an internship in Film Producing during which she researched and drafted a complete set of production forms and releases to be used in the production of the University of New Orleans’ student films.

Before joining Adams and Reese, Mary Kate served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Ivan Lemelle in the Eastern District of Louisiana. Mary Kate worked for two years as a production accountant on several films for studios including 20th Century Fox and A&E, as well as several independent productions. Her background in film production allows Mary Kate to think creatively in assessing clients’ legal challenges.


  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., 2020, cum laude
  • University of New Orleans, B.F.A., 2015, Film and Digital Media, cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana


Warren E. Mouledoux Professional Responsibility Award, 2019

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • St. Thomas More American Inn of Court
  • Women in Film and Television, Louisiana Chapter
  • Epic Systems Corp. v Lewis: American Employees Suffer an Epic Loss in the Ongoing Arbitration Conflict, 65 Loy. L. Rev. 453 (2019).
  • The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance: Unfair and Deceptive Advertising in Children’s Apps, 66 Loy. L. Rev. 211 (2020).