Counselor, writer Lisa Brener, 64, sucumbs to brain cancer

LISA BRENER a pioneering attorney and talented writer, passed away peacefully on January 7, 2019, in her home surrounded by her family and friends. She was 64.


A native of New Orleans,  Brener had a passion for civil rights, discrimination, and harassment litigation and fought fervently for her clients, many of whom considered her a hero. She graduated from Louisiana State University School of Law and was a member of the Order of the Coif in 1983. She  went on to receive a LLM degree from Tulane University in 2002.

She clerked for United States District Judge Morey Sear, in the Eastern District of Louisiana prior to founding her own law firm, Brener & Kraus, on Magazine Street. As a writer, she has put the finishing touches on her memoir “Beauty Laid Bare” this past July, while gracefully battling brain cancer.

In 2016, Brener was one of ten writers in the country accepted into Iowa’s prestigious Memoir Workshop on the basis of an early draft of her manuscript. She was also a member of several local reading and writing groups and had a love for art, theater, philosophy, and giving back to the community of New Orleans.

Brener was a member of Temple Sinai, was a Star Ambassador for Volunteers of America, and formerly served on the board of the Battered Women’s Shelter of New Orleans. 

She is survived by father, Milton Brener (Eileen); her two children, Chelsea Cusimano and Max Cusimano (Samantha); her siblings Matthew, Neil and Ann Brenner and a granddaughter.

Relatives and friends  celebrated her life on Friday, January 11, 2019, at Temple Sinai at 6227 St. Charles Avenue. Emeritus Rabbi Edward Paul Cohn and Cantor  officiated. Burial followed at Hebrew Rest at 4100 Frenchmen Street, corner Pelopidas Street.

Donations may be made in her name to the Kelsey Bradley Favrot Memorial Foundation, the Brain Tumor Initiative at LSU, in Lisa Brener’s name.

Arrangements were by Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home. For more information

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