Degan, Blanchard & Nash

Degan, Blanchard & Nash

Degan, Blanchard & Nash is a full-service law firm located in the New Orleans Central Business District, as well as in Baton Rouge, Louisiana's state capitol.

Firm Overview

Our attorneys are graduates of the top law schools in the United States, including Georgetown University, Tulane University, University of California-Davis, Louisiana State University and Loyola University. Our attorneys are licensed in Louisiana, California, District of Columbia and Texas, and have also been admitted Pro Hoc Vice in various courts throughout the United States.

We are centrally located in New Orleans and Baton Rouge to better serve our clients. Our two offices allow our Firm to meet existing and prospective clients and otherwise litigate our clients' cases in a coordinated fashion. We practice regularly in all state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as in the courts of other jurisdictions, including Texas, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida. Our attorneys have also litigated in, and advised clients concerning matters arising under the laws of several other states, including California.

In addition to the above, our attorneys have extensive trial, arbitration and mediation experience. The trial experience of the lawyers necessarily extends to both trial and appellate litigation in both the state and federal systems. Also, our legal staff provides guidance, advice, and representation to clients involved in the arbitration or administration of claims before administrative law judges, hearing officers, and committees of federal or state agencies.

The Firm has attained a Martindale Hubbell Law Directory AV rating and is listed in Best's Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters.

Our Philosophy:
We pride ourselves on our excellent relationships with our clients, and we believe that timely and effective communication is the key to maintaining excellent client relations. Although, as a matter of course, we keep our clients constantly updated as to the status of each matter entrusted to us, we view our role as extending well beyond the simple reporting of developments. We strongly believe that our clients' interests can be best served by encouraging each client to take an active role in the decision-making process with respect to each matter we handle. Accordingly, we provide our clients with accurate and concise statements of all available options, our legal analysis with respect to those options, and our evaluation of each option in light of our clients' goals. We then consult closely with our clients in formulating and implementing a strategic plan designed to realize those goals.

In short, we view our clients as valued participants in our representation of their interests, rather than mere customers to whom we deliver a product. We take pride in the work we do, and we take equal pride in our clients' participation in, and satisfaction with, our work. Our clients' interests are our interests.
In addition, the size and composition of the Firm affords us the unique opportunity to offer our clients personal service that is not always obtainable from large, less specialized law firms. This necessarily encompasses the close involvement of the partner responsible for the case in all aspects of the litigation or claims process, while permitting the economic utilization of an associate or paralegal for work of a less intensive nature. Thus, we are able to provide a highly cost-conscious defense and maintain a close working relationship with the company representative assigned to the claim, which often facilitates an early favorable resolution of the claim.

Our philosophy towards the practice of law is simple and straightforward. Degan, Blanchard & Nash strives to provide the highest quality legal services in the most cost-effective and efficient manner possible, without regard to the size or complexity of the matter on which our counsel is sought. We accept nothing less than excellence in the practice of law, and our attorneys are committed to maintaining the highest standards of practice. In implementing these goals, we take advantage of our small size and staffing flexibility in order to provide personalized legal services tailored to each client's needs.
Main Office
Main Office
400 Poydras Street, Suite 2600
Texaco Center
New Orleans  LA  70130
Phone
  • 504-529-3333
Fax
  • 504-529-3337
Websites
Employment
Degan, Blanchard & Nash will represent your Employment legal matters.
Areas of Law:
-General Civil and Maritime Practice in State and Federal Courts. Admiralty
-Insurance Defense
-Insurance Coverage
-Product Liability
-Workers' Compensation
-Casualty
-Medical Malpractice
-Professional Liability
-Toxic Tort
-Environmental
-Exposure
-Construction Defects
-Insurance Bad Faith
-Energy
-Employment Practice Exposures
-Subrogation
-Collections
-Collections Area and Commercial Litigation. Trials in all Courts.

Sidney W. Degan, III

Attorney in New Orleans, LA
Phi Sigma Alpha; Alpha Theta Epsilon (honor society).

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1981, Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern and Southern Districts of Texas and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Law School Attended:
Tulane University School of Law
Class of 1980
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Southwestern Louisiana

Louisiana State University at New Orleans
Class of 1977
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1954
New Orleans, Louisiana, October 22, 1954

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations; Maritime Law Association of the United States; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; Defense Research Institute, Inc.
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1980

R. Edward Blanchard

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Phi Delta Phi (Vice President, 1980-1981). Recipient, American Jurisprudence Awards in Louisiana Civil Procedure and Federal Practice.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1981, Louisiana
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Law School Attended:
Louisiana State University
Class of 1981
J.D.

University Attended:
Louisiana State University
Class of 1972
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1950
New Orleans, Louisiana, December 13, 1950

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans, Louisiana State, Federal and American Bar Associations; Maritime Law Association of the United States; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.
Education
  • Louisiana State University
    Juris Doctorate , 1981

Foster P. Nash, III

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1988, Louisiana
-U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Loyola University School of Law
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
Louisiana State University
Class of 1985
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1963
Opelousas, Louisiana, March 31, 1963

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations; Maritime Law Association; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Julia A. Dietz

Attorney in New Orleans, LA
Associate Editor, Georgetown Law Journal, 1987-1988.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1988, Louisiana
-1996, Texas
-1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-1993, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth and Eighth Circuits
-United Stated District Courts, Western and Southern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
Georgetown University
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
Georgetown University
Class of 1980
A.B.

Birth Information:
Born in 1958
Detroit, Michigan, December 31, 1958

Associations & Memberships:
Louisiana State and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • Georgetown University
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

James A. Rowell

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1988, California
-1992, Louisiana
-U.S. Courts of Appeals, Fifth and Ninth Circuits

Law School Attended:
University of California at Davis King Hall School of Law
Class of 1988
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Southern Mississippi
Class of 1973
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1951
West Point, Mississippi, December 3, 1951

Associations & Memberships:
Bar Association of San Francisco; Louisiana State and American Bar Associations.
Education
  • University of California at Davis King Hall School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1988

Jeffrey C. Brennan

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Areas of Law:
-Jones Act
-Longshore and Harbor Workers Compensation Act
-Insurance Defense
-First Party Insurance Defense
-Insurance Bad Faith Defense
-Insurance Coverage Defense
-Insurance Defense Subrogation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Partner

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1998, Louisiana, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-2005, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Mississippi
-2007, U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas

Law School Attended:
Loyola University School of Law
Class of 1998
J.D.

University Attended:
Tulane University of Louisiana
Class of 1993
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1971
Hagerstown, Maryland, March 2, 1971

Associations & Memberships:
Louisiana State and Federal Bar Associations; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; National Workers' Compensation Defense Network.
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1998

Richard C. Badeaux

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Recipient: Warren E. Mouledoux Award for Professional Responsibility; American Jurisprudence Awards for Patent Law and Professional Responsibility. Member, Loyola Law Review.

Areas of Law:
-Environmental Law
-Tort Litigation
-Commercial Litigation
-Toxic Tort Defense
-Products Liability Defense
-Insurance Coverage Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1992, Louisiana
-U.S. District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana

Law School Attended:
Loyola University School of Law
Class of 1992
J.D.

University Attended:
Tulane University of Louisiana
Class of 1980
B.S.

Birth Information:
Born in 1958
New Orleans, Louisiana, January 1, 1958
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 1992

Maryann G. Hoskins

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Areas of Law:
-Insurance Defense
-Medical Malpractice Defense
-Commercial Litigation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1991, Louisiana
-1992, U.S. District Court, Eastern, Western and Middle Districts of Louisiana

Law School Attended:
Tulane University
Class of 1991
J.D.

University Attended:
Tulane University
Class of 1988
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1966
Owensboro, Kentucky, September 24, 1966

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations.
Education
  • Tulane University
    Juris Doctorate , 1991

Stephanie L. Cheralla

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Areas of Law:
-Automobile
-Casualty
-Construction Defect
-Workers Compensation

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 2008, Louisiana
-2008, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-2008, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
-2008, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
-2008, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana

Law School Attended:
Loyola University, College of Law
Class of 2007
J.D.

University Attended:
University of New Orleans, Louisiana
Class of 2000
B.A.

Birth Information:
Born in 1978
New Orleans, Louisiana, January 21, 1978

Associations & Memberships:
Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association.
Education
  • Loyola University, College of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Carolyn Kolbe

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Associate

Admission Details:
Admitted in 2008, Louisiana

Law School Attended:
Loyola University School of Law
Class of 2007
J.D.

University Attended:
University of Florida
Class of 2002
B.S.
Psychology
Education
  • Loyola University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate , 2007

Travis Louis Bourgeois

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Member: Moot Court Board; Order of the Barristers, 1994. Winner: Tulane Law School Senior Appellate Competition, 1993-1994; Tulane Law School Junior Appellate Competition, 1992-1993. Editor-in-Chief, Tulane European and Civil Forum.

Areas of Law:
Appellate Practice

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1994, Louisiana
-U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth and Sixth Circuits
-U.S. Supreme Court

Law School Attended:
Tulane University of Louisiana
Class of 1994
J.D.

University Attended:
Tulane University of Louisiana
Class of 1989
B.A.

Tulane University of Louisiana
Specialization Certificate in European Legal Practice

Katholieke Universiteit te Leuven, Belgium
Class of 1991
M.A.
cum laude

Birth Information:
Born in 1966
New Orleans, Louisiana, January 27, 1966

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans and Louisiana State Bar Associations.
Education
  • Tulane University of Louisiana
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Keith Alex Kornman

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Areas of Law:
-Insurance Defense
-Products Liability
-Commercial Litigation
-Toxic Torts

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1994, Louisiana
2002, Texas
-U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Law School Attended:
Tulane University Law School
Class of 1994
J.D.

University Attended:
Duke University
Class of 1991
A.B.

Birth Information:
Born in 1969
New Orleans, Louisiana, March 3, 1969

Associations & Memberships:
State Bar of Texas; Louisiana State and Federal Bar Associations.

Representative Cases:
Judy Walls v. American Optical Corp., 740 So.2d 1269 (La. Sup. Ct. 1999); B&B Advisory Services, L.L.C. v. Bombadier Aerospace Corp., 2003 WL 22038381 (E.D. La. 2003); Bonnette v. Conoco, Inc., 837 So.2d 1219 (La. 2003); Estate of Patout v. City of New Iberia, 849 So. 2d 535, 2002-278 (Louisiana Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit 2002); Estate of Patout v. City of New Iberia, 813 So. 2d 1248, 2001-0151 (Louisiana Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit 2002); Squirrel Run Inv. Group, Inc. v. City of New Iberia, 813 So. 2d 1253, 2001-0152 (Louisiana Court of Appeals, 3rd Circuit 2002); Anderson v. Avondale Industries, Inc., 798 So.2d 93 (La., 2001); Estate of Patout v. City of New Iberia, 791 So.2d 741 (La.App. 3rd Cir., 2001); Bourgeois v. A.P. Green Indus., Inc., 783 So.2d 1251 (La., 2001); Bulot v. Intracoastal Tubular Services, Inc., 778 So.2d 583 (La., 2001); Coalition for Good Government v. Louisiana Dept. of Environmental Quality, 772 So.2d 715 (La.App. 1st Cir., 2000); Courtland v. Century Indem. Co., 772 So.2d 797 (La.App. 5th Cir., 2000); M.K.L. Development, L.L.C. v. City of New Orleans, 772 So.2d 711 (La.App. 4th Cir., 2000); Walls v. American Optical Corp., 740 So.2d 1262 (La., 1999); Estate of Patout v. City of New Iberia, 738 So.2d 544 (La., 1999); Mohnot v. Bhansali, 2002 WL 188425 (E.D. La 2002); In re: INTERNATIONAL ZINC COATINGS & CHEMICAL CORP., 47 Bankr.Ct. Dec. 120 (USBR E.D. Ill. 2006); JENKINS v. SLIDELLA L.L.C., 2008 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 49204; 76 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. (Callaghan) 1063 (E.D. La. 2008); GENE & GENE, L.L.C., v. BIOPAY, L.L.C., 624 F.3d 698 (5th Cir. 2010); GEORGE LARRY MYERS v. BP AMERICA, INC., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 102705 (W.D. La. 9/28/2010); ACTIVE MORTGAGE, LLC v. TRANS UNION, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 31979 (M.D. La. 3/31/2010); ACTIVE MORTGAGE, LLC v. TRANS UNION, LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 117687 (M.D. La. 11/4/2010); ACTIVE MORTGAGE, LLC v. TRANS UNION, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 37894 (M.D. La. 4/7/2010).
Education
  • Tulane University Law School
    Juris Doctorate , 1994

Karl H. Schmid

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Phi Delta Phi; Alpha Sigma Nu. Park Fellow, 1997-2000. Member, Loyola Moot Court. Recipient: Award for Excellence in Study of Mass Communication Law; Teaching Excellence Award, University of North Carolina. Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review. Author: "Journalists Privilege in Criminal Proceedings: An Analysis of United States Courts of Appeals from 1973-1999," 39 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1441 (2002); "Public Broadcasting Stations Exclusion of Candidates from Debates: A Step Toward Political Independence?" 5 Comm. L. & Pol'y 115 (2000). Professor, Media Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000. Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2001-2003. Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006.

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
-Admitted in 1997, Louisiana
-2002, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
-2003, Texas and U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

Law School Attended:
Loyola University
Class of 1997
J.D.
cum laude

University Attended:
Cornell University
Class of 1988
B.S.

Loyola University
Class of 1997
M.A.
Mass Communication

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Class of 2001
Ph.D.
Mass Communication Law

Bar Fellowship:
1997-2000. Member, Loyola Moot Court. Recipient: Award for Excellence in Study of Mass Communication Law; Teaching Excellence Award, University of North Carolina. Articles Editor, Loyola Law Review. Author: "Journalists Privilege in Criminal Proceedings: An Analysis of United States Courts of Appeals from 1973-1999," 39 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 1441 (2002); "Public Broadcasting Stations Exclusion of Candidates from Debates: A Step Toward Political Independence?" 5 Comm. L. & Pol'y 115 (2000). Professor, Media Law, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1999-2000. Law Clerk to the Honorable Harold R. DeMoss, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2001-2003. Law Clerk to the Honorable Mary Ann Vial Lemmon, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2006. Member: Louisiana State Bar Association.
Education
  • Loyola University
    Juris Doctorate, cum laude , 1997

Jena W. Smith

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

Areas of Law:
-Commercial Litigation
-Insurance Defense
-Products Liability
-Bankruptcy
-Employment Arbitration

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1997

Law School Attended:
Tulane University School of Law
Class of 1997
J.D.
magna cum laude

University Attended:
Louisiana State University
Class of 1994
B.A.
English

Associations & Memberships:
New Orleans Bar Association;Eastern Middle & Western Districts of Louisiana;Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals;Louisiana Bar Association.
Education
  • Tulane University School of Law
    Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude , 1997

Renee F. Smith

Attorney in New Orleans, LA

CLE Presenter of "Ethics of Film and Music," in Music Law 101 CLE (sponsored by the National Business Institute), December 7, 2011, New Orleans, Louisiana; Named as one of the Top Attorneys in the New Orleans area by New Orleans Magazine, November 2009; Fellow, Loyola Institute of Politics, 2008-2009; Honoree, New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award 2008; Instructor, "Persuasive Appellate Writing," Skills Curriculum class, Loyola College of Law, October 25, 2008 and June 13, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana; CLE Presenter of "Open Meetings," "Federal and State Law Regarding School Board Employee and Student Records," and "E-Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" during the CLE "Open Meetings Freedom of Information Act & Managing Electronic Records," (Medical Educational Services, Inc./Professional Development Network), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2008; Panelist, Orleans Parish School Board Candidates' Forum, (sponsored by the Urban League of New Orleans, the League of Women Voters of New Orleans, and Tulane University's Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives), September 23, 2008, New Orleans, Louisiana; Judge for Loyola School of Law's Regional Moot Court Competition, November 2008; Graduate, Metropolitan Leadership Forum-Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee, 2007; Assistant Bar Examiner, Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, Bar Admissions Committee, 2005 - present; Instructor, "Legal Writing," "Legal Research," "Litigation: Commencement of an Action," and "Insurance Law," Seminar on "Resume Writing and Interview Skills," Baton Rouge College of Paralegal Studies, 2002 & 2005, Metairie, Slidell, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Algiers Economic Development Foundation (Board Member 2009 - present); Loyola University Alumni Board of Directors, At Large Representative, (2010 - 2012); Board of City Trusts, City of New Orleans, (Board Member 2009-2012); Night Out Against Crime, Neighborhood Co-Chair (2006 - present); Member of: League of Women Voters of New Orleans, World Affairs Council of New Orleans; French-American Chamber of Commerce; CODOFIL Westbank; Master's of Arts Communications Thesis, "Trout A La Green Plague Redux: Defamation Law in Louisiana since Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co."

Areas of Law:
-Class Action Defense
-Entertainment Law
-Toxic Torts
-Municipal Law
-Complex Commercial Litigation
-Insurance Defense
-Insurance Coverage
-Appellate Practice
-Labor and Employment
-Libel, Slander and Defamation
-Media Law
-Medical Malpractice
-Telecommunications Law
-Education Law
-Construction Law
-Premises Liability

Experience & Credentials:

Position:
Of Counsel

Admission Details:
Admitted in 1995, Louisiana
2001, Texas

Law School Attended:
Loyola University
Class of 1994
J.D.

University Attended:
Loyola University
Class of 1990
B.A.
Communications

Loyola University
Class of 1994
M.A.
Communications

Bar Fellowship:
Loyola Institute of Politics, 2008-2009; Honoree, New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Award 2008; Instructor, "Persuasive Appellate Writing," Skills Curriculum class, Loyola College of Law, October 25, 2008 and June 13, 2009, New Orleans, Louisiana; CLE Presenter of "Open Meetings," "Federal and State Law Regarding School Board Employee and Student Records," and "E-Discovery and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure" during the CLE "Open Meetings Freedom of Information Act & Managing Electronic Records," (Medical Educational Services, Inc./Professional Development Network), Baton Rouge, Louisiana, September 2008; Panelist, Orleans Parish School Board Candidates' Forum, (sponsored by the Urban League of New Orleans, the League of Women Voters of New Orleans, and Tulane University's Scott S. Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives), September 23, 2008, New Orleans, Louisiana; Judge for Loyola School of Law's Regional Moot Court Competition, November 2008; Graduate, Metropolitan Leadership Forum-Committee for a Better New Orleans/Metropolitan Area Committee, 2007; Assistant Bar Examiner, Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, Bar Admissions Committee, 2005 - present; Instructor, "Legal Writing," "Legal Research," "Litigation: Commencement of an Action," and "Insurance Law," Seminar on "Resume Writing and Interview Skills," Baton Rouge College of Paralegal Studies, 2002 & 2005, Metairie, Slidell, and Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Algiers Economic Development Foundation (Board Member 2009 - present); Loyola University Alumni Board of Directors, At Large Representative, (2010 - 2012); Board of City Trusts, City of New Orleans, (Board Member 2009-2012); Night Out Against Crime, Neighborhood Co-Chair (2006 - present); Member of: League of Women Voters of New Orleans, World Affairs Council of New Orleans; French-American Chamber of Commerce; CODOFIL Westbank; Master's of Arts Communications Thesis, "Trout A La Green Plague Redux: Defamation Law in Louisiana since Milkovich v. Lorain Journal Co."
Education
  • Loyola University
    Juris Doctorate , 1994
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