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Evette Ungar

Associate
As a third generation lawyer, the law has always been a big part of my life; and from an early age I felt strongly about speaking up when something wasn’t right. This drive to help people right wrongs only intensified as I grew older and serves as the motivation to get clients back to their lives as they were before being injured. Today, I see it as my duty to represent clients and live up to the example set by my father and grandfather before me.

Evette E. Ungar is an attorney with Waltzer Wiygul & Garside in the firm’s Gretna office. Evette’s practice includes accidents involving significant personal injuries, mass tort claims, Jones Act injuries and other maritime personal injuries, including wrongful-death accidents. She also has been actively representing over 300 clients and nearly 1,000 related claims arising from the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Evette is a third generation admiralty attorney and recently was the managing partner at Ungar & Byrne, a maritime personal injury firm, prior to joining Waltzer Wiygul & Garside in 2015.

When you meet Evette, you will see immediately that she has a passion for helping others. This was the driving force for her becoming an attorney. In her college days, she served as a Coordinator for one of the largest community service programs in the United States, the Freshman Service Experience. There, she organized and managed the annual Homeless Food Run. Throughout her time at American University, Evette not only assisted locals to the D.C. community, but also American troops throughout the world. For two and a half years, she was the first undergraduate student to work in the only student promotable civilian position in the U.S. Air Force. Throughout her time at the Pentagon, she reported to the Secretary of the Air Force in the Public Affairs National Division.

Evette did not stop her public service when she entered law school. During her third year of law school, she served as the Chief Administrator of the Honor Board, was a member of the Tulane Law School American Inn of Court, tried and won her first lawsuit as a member of the Civil Litigation Clinic, and was published in the Tulane Arbitration Journal. She also clerked for Judge Miriam Waltzer at the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals and clerked at the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office in the research and appeals division, before working as a prosecutor in Jefferson Parish. Seven years later, with Waltzer Wiygul & Garside, Evette pursues each case with the same passion that steered her through college and law school.

During her free time, you can find Evette on the tennis courts, reliving the glory days of playing Division I tennis at American University, or volunteering at one of New Orleans’ various community programs, such as volunteering for Hadassah advocating for women’s health. You may even spot Evette out walking her adorable dog, Franklin, in Lafrenier Park on the weekends. Evette is an attorney who wants to help her clients by fighting for their rights with passion and devotion.

For a more detailed professional resume, you can learn more about Evette by clicking here.

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