Ms. Schnabel is the managing director of OB&S, and a past president of both the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association. She has been recognized by Super Lawyers as one of Louisiana’s Top 25 Women Litigators.
She began her career with the firm of Hammett, Leake and Hammett, where she became a partner in 1986, and was shortly thereafter a prime mover in that firm’s transformation to Leake & Andersson, LLP. Ms. Schnabel served as Leake & Andersson’s managing partner for over a decade, until she and Kevin O’Bryon founded OB&S at the turn of the century.
In over 30 years of practice, she has primarily represented clients in matters involving business and commercial litigation, construction disputes, insurance coverage issues, casualty defense, premises liability defense, and professional malpractice defense. Ms. Schnabel’s clients rely on her ability to find practical and affordable solutions to complex problems. Her peers have acknowledged her skills with the highest possible rating, ranking her as a Martindale A/V recommended lawyer. She has been honored as a Super Lawyer (annually from 2007-2013).
She is a 1978 graduate of Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada, with a B.A. Honours in History. Upon moving to New Orleans, she attended Loyola University College of Law, where she graduated cum laude in 1981, having served as a member of Law Review and of the National Moot Court Team.
Ms. Schnabel served as Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal from 2001-2003 and received the Louisiana State Bar Association’s President’s Award on three separate occasions–in 1998, 2004, and 2010. When she was sworn into office on June 9, 2006, she became the first woman to serve as President of that organization.
Currently, Ms. Schnabel is an active member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee. She is the Chair of the LSBA Access To Justice Committee and the President of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Civil Justice Center. In addition, she serves as a member of the LSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee and has been appointed by the judges of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana to serve on its Disciplinary Committee. She recently became President-Elect of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Nationally, Ms. Schnabel has been active in the American Bar Association, where she has served in its House of Delegates and on a number of committees. She is also a member of the Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.
Ms. Schnabel is often called upon to speak and write on a variety of topics, including legal ethics and professional malpractice. She is a frequent contributor to the Louisiana Bar Journal and other publications, particularly with regard to matters impacting the profession.