Bennet Scott Koren, age 64, died on Thursday, November 24, 2016 at his New Orleans residence after a courageous battle with A.L.S. Bennet was a native of Baltimore, Maryland, a graduate of Michigan State University class of 1974 and received his J.D. degree in 1977 from the Wayne State University Law School. He moved to New Orleans in 1981 joining the McGlinchey-Stafford Law Firm, where he built and led the firm's Consumer Financial Services Compliance practice. For more than 30 years, Bennet practiced in the areas of bank regulatory and consumer credit law providing counsel to clients throughout the United States. As a subject matter expert in his field, he was widely recognized nationwide for his talent, was a frequently sought after speaker, and a generous mentor to many. Mr. Koren was a member of the American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Banking Law Committee, Consumer Financial Services Committee and Housing Finance Subcommittee. He was on the Consumer Bankers Association Lawyers Committee, Louisiana Bankers Association Bank Counsel and Mortgage Bankers Association. He was named the "Top Mortgage Compliance Lawyer" by Mortgage Compliance Magazine in 2014, was a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated Lawyer, and named among "The Best Lawyers in America (Banking and Finance Law, Litigation (1995-2016), honored by Chambers USA/National Financial Services Regulation (Consumer Finance Compliance), Louisiana Super Lawyers (Banking) 2007-2016. He was selected in 2013 as a Top Rated Lawyer in banking and finance by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell and "Top Lawyer Banking and Finance Law" by New Orleans Magazine, 2010-2016. Among his other interests, Bennet was a member of Touro Synagogue, an avid cyclist and downhill skier, and a connoisseur of fine wine always with his dry sense of humor. Bennet is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Lisa P. Germain, a son Alex L. Koren and daughter Rachel G. Koren. He is the brother of Paul Koren (Gail) of West Bloomfield, Michigan and brother-in-law of Amy S. Germain. He also leaves his beloved puppy, "Georgie-Girl." Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016 at 10:00 AM at Touro Synagogue, 4238 St. Charles Avenue, New Orleans, LA with Rabbi Alexis Berk officiating. Interment in Hebrew Rest Cemetery No. III, 2100 Pelopidas at Frenchmen Street. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Gleason Foundation or the A.L.S. Association. Condolences may be expressed online at www.tharpsontheimerfh.com.
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Published by The New Orleans Advocate from Nov. 26 to Nov. 29, 2016.