The Honorary Consulate of Monaco in New Orleans is reopening after having been closed since May 29, 1998 .

By Sovereign Ordinance dated July 2, 2012, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco appointed Mr. Calvin Fayard as Honorary Consul of Monaco in New Orleans.

Connections between the City of New Orleans and Monaco are rooted in history, as Prince Albert I’s wife, Princess Alice (née Heine), the first American-born Princess of Monaco, was born in New Orleans in 1858.

The City of New Orleans, like the Principality of Monaco, is a world-class tourist destination, a hub of music, culture, and the arts. Like Monaco, New Orleans serves as a national and regional anchor for the shipping and maritime industries.

Mr. Fayard’s personal professional experience includes involvement in high profile and complex civil litigation relating to environmental and ecological matter.  Mr. Fayard was a founding member of the Castano group, whose efforts assisted in a settlement of almost $400 billion in payments from the tobacco companies to various states and led to a reform of the tobacco industry in the United States. Mr. Fayard belongs to the Katrina Justice Litigation Group, whose efforts championed various causes of the victims of the flooding of New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Mr. Fayard is presently serving as a United States District Court appointed member of the Plaintiffs’Steering Committee in the matter entitled “In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig Deepwater Horizon” in the Gulf of Mexico, on April 20, 2010, USDC, Eastern District of Louisiana.

Mr. Fayard is married to Frances Gray Fayard and has four children: Chalyn Cynthia Fayard, Cathryn Caroline Fayard, Calvin Clifford Fayard, III, and Carter Gray Fayard.