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Hailey McNamara Remembers Founder Henry D. McNamara, Jr.

A Tribute to Beloved Friend and Sage Counselor

METAIRIE, LA (December 14, 2011) – The family of Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, LLP is saddened by the death of friend and co-founder Henry Dansereau McNamara, Jr. At age 77, Henry lost his short battle with lung cancer. Henry was indeed loved and respected by all who knew him well.

Former Hailey McNamara Partner and long-time friend of Henry McNamara, Antonio E. “Ned” Papale, Jr., delivered the eulogy on November 18, 2011 at the Greenwood Funeral Home in New Orleans:

The firm’s growth, competence, success, continuity, and, most of all, its reputation for integrity, were his passions. And these passions were contagious as he led by example.

As a lawyer, Henry was the perfect combination of a sage counselor and an accomplished litigator.

As a counselor, he was the source of sound legal advice to his clients.

As a litigator, he achieved remarkable results for them in the courtroom.

...Henry was dedicated to providing the best possible legal representation at the least possible cost to the client.

There were no deviations in Henry’s moral compass. To put it another way – he knew what was right; he did what was right and he motivated others to do likewise. Henry’s word was his bond!

...During my 45 years as a lawyer, I never met another lawyer, who knew Henry, who didn’t hold him in the highest professional and personal regard.

(For the complete text of the Eulogy, click on the pdf file located at the end of this announcement.)

Henry D. McNamara, Jr. is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet Waffenschmidt McNamara, his four children Brian McNamara, Kerry McNamara, Lynn McNamara and Kelly Dupuy, and his grandson Justin McNamara and expected Shelby Dupuy. Henry also leaves behind his brothers, the Honorable A.J. “Buddy” McNamara and Patrick McNamara, his sister-in-law Puddin’, his daughter-in-law, Tish, his son-in-law, Charlie, and numerous relatives, as well as countless friends, colleagues and peers.

Biography of Henry D. McNamara, Jr.

Henry Dansereau McNamara, Jr. was born on April 23, 1934 in New Orleans. A graduate of Saint Paul’s School in Covington, Louisiana, Henry went on to obtain both his B.S. and M.B.A. degrees from Louisiana State University and A & M College in 1956 and 1963, respectively. It was during college when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, serving from 1955 until he was discharged as Lieutenant Commander in 1960. After receiving his juris doctorate in 1967 from Loyola University, Henry served from 1966-68 as law clerk to the late Honorable Alvin B. Rubin, U.S. District Judge, Eastern District of Louisiana. Not only did Henry flourish in his legal education, he and Judge Rubin developed a strong relationship valued by both.

Upon completion of his clerkship, Henry was recruited by James W. “Red” Hailey, Jr., to join him in his law practice. In 1976, Henry became one of the founding partners of Hailey, McNamara, McNamara & Hall in Metairie. Henry’s practice consisted primarily of admiralty and maritime law, automobile liability litigation and premises liability litigation. After his brother A.J. “Buddy” McNamara was appointed as a Federal Judge by President Ronald Reagan in 1982, the firm changed its name to Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, LLP.

Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, LLP is a law firm engaged in a litigation practice on a statewide basis in Louisiana and in Mississippi and Texas, with offices in New Orleans, Metairie and Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Gulfport, Mississippi and Houston, Texas. The firm’s main office is located at One Galleria Blvd., Suite 1400, Metairie, Louisiana 70001.

For more information about the Hailey McNamara Law Firm or this News Release, please contact us at (504) 836-6500 or visit online at

Eulogy In Memory of Henry D. McNamara Jr.pdf

Antonio E. Papale, Jr., 12/15/2011