Arnold, a lion at Audubon Zoo

Audubon Commission

Sally ShushanSally Shushan

Member, Audubon Commission

Sally Shushan has been a private civil mediator and legal consultant since August 2016. Prior to that she served as United States Magistrate Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana in New Orleans from February 1999 to July 2016. She handled a civil docket conducting consent bench and jury trials and successfully worked to resolve hundreds of lawsuits including every variety of business, commercial, insurance and contract disputes, maritime/admiralty, and products liability matters. During her tenure she was assigned to the multi-district litigation Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon,” 10-MD-2179, which spanned six years. She helped to spur the settlement of all economic claims against BP resulting in a class action settlement and helped lead the efforts to successfully settle the claims of the United States, the five Gulf States and local governmental entities against BP, as well as the claims for punitive damages against Transocean and Halliburton resulting in a second class action settlement. Sally earned her Juris Doctor at Loyola School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1981. She was a member of Law Review, received the Outstanding Casenote Award and was named the Outstanding Law Review Senior. She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Newcomb College, New Orleans, Louisiana in 1972. Her current civic activity is as a founding member and board member of the Lafayette Square Conservancy and a member of the board of The NOCCA Institute.