Grace Van Hancock is an associate at the firm’s New Orleans office. She focuses her practice in the firm’s Investor Protection section, splitting her time between Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and Securities Fraud matters. She also helps clients in handling sexual abuse and assault claims and assists clients injured by pharmaceutical drug manufacturers and medical device manufacturers.
She received her Juris Doctorate from Tulane Law School, cum laude, in 2019. While there, she partook in and coached the Mock Trial team. She joined the Criminal Justice Clinic for her 3L year. Grace remains passionate about criminal justice reform and dismantling discriminatory systems of oppression.
Before joining Peiffer Wolf, Grace spent her time post-graduation assisting on the defense team for a federal murder trial. She then worked at the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, which functions as the Juvenile Public Defenders office in New Orleans.
Prior to law school, Grace moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles to attend Occidental College. She graduated with a degree in Urban and Environmental Policy and a minor in Religious Studies. Student Government and Cheerleading were two of her main focuses outside of classwork; in her Senior year she was the Vice President of Finance for the Student Body and captain of the Cheerleading team. While at Occidental, she had the opportunity to study abroad, first at the University of Groningen in the northern Netherlands, then later in Vienna, Austria.
Grace is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Georgia Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association; she is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Georgia. She spends her free time gardening and playing with her menagerie of pets.
Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy – Creditors’ Rights
Directors and Officers Litigation
Securities and Investment Fraud
Public Investors Advocacy Bar Association (PIABA)
Louisiana Bar Association
Georgia Bar Association
Federal Bar Association