Mr. Foundas manages a large Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation docket involving all aspects of case development, discovery, trial preparation, and trial. He also represents new and ongoing businesses in matters involving Taxation, Entity Formation, Business Planning, Land Use, and Business Start-up matters. Mr. Foundas brings his wide-ranging experience to civil litigation and Business Transactional matters. In addition to his active legal practice, Mr. Foundas owns and operates several local businesses, which provide constant insight and first-hand information on business management and the inner-workings of local governmental agencies. He is thus able to provide practical advice with particular attention to the needs of business owners.
Prior to joining Pugh Accardo, Mr. Foundas was part of practice group that left Abbott Simses & Kuchler to form Kuchler, Polk, Schell Weiner & Richeson, where Mr. Foundas was a Partner. Before returning to New Orlenas, Mr. Foundas was a tax and business attorney/consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in New York City. His duties included the representation of entities and high net worth individuals in business planning and tax audit trials and appellate matters. Mr. Foundas also served as Assistant City Solicitor in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania functioning as lead counsel for tax collection matters and represented the Revenue Department in major tax audit hearings and appeals. Additionally, Mr. Foundas has had extensive involvement in tax legislation, policy planning organizations, lecturing, and the implementation of municipal administrative reform.
Mr. Foundas has served as first and/or second chair in more than sixty civil litigation, tax and transactional-related trials and appeals in Pennsylvania, New York and Louisiana. He has also published articles on Tax Incentives for Film Production Companies (Villanova Tax Law Journal, 1996) and regarding the sourcing of executive compensation in light of New York City Residency Tax requirements entitled Directors Fees: A source of Controversy (The C.P.A. Journal, 2000).
A New Orleans native, Mr. Foundas also owns and operates a restaurant in the Bywater Neighborhood of New Orleans called, Suis Generis. Through the operation of this business, Mr. Foundas maintains constant and direct contact with state and local zoning and licensing agents. His ongoing real-world involvement in the restaurant and hospitality industry provides ground-level knowledge of business operations that is often lost on attorneys with no practical real-world business experience