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Our 2015 Super Lawyers

Deb Kuchler

2008, 2010 – 2015

Monique Weiner

2008, 2015


Our 2015 Rising Stars

Janika Polk

2012 – 2015

Michele DeShazo

2012 – 2015

Lee Ziffer

2014 – 2015

Sara Valentine

2014 – 2015


Super Lawyers

Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Super Lawyers Magazine features the list and profiles of selected attorneys and is distributed to attorneys in the state or region and the ABA-accredited law school libraries. Super Lawyers is also published as a special section in leading city and regional magazines across the country.

In the United States, Super Lawyers Magazine is published in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., reaching more than 13 million readers.


Rising Stars

The Rising Stars list is developed using the same patented multiphase selection process used for the Super Lawyers list except:

  • To be eligible for inclusion in Rising Stars, a candidate must be either 40 years old or younger or in practice for 10 years or less.
  • While up to 5 percent of the lawyers in a state are named to Super Lawyers, no more than 2.5 percent are named to Rising Stars.

All attorneys first go through the Super Lawyers selection process. Those who are not selected to the Super Lawyers list, but meet either one of the Rising Stars eligibility requirements, then go through the Rising Stars selection process.

Rising Stars lists are available in every market that has an existing Super Lawyers list, except for Alaska and San Diego.


Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce that a team led by Leigh Ann Schell, Joseph “Jody” Hart, and Skylar Rudin obtained a verdict in favor of a telecommunications company whose employee had an automobile accident with the Plaintiff. Plaintiff alleged that her two-level lumbar surgery was necessitated by the accident. Our client stipulated to liability for the accident but not causation or damages.

Mr. Hart obtained Pre-Trial Orders limiting the testimony of each of Plaintiffs’ three medical causation experts.

After a two-day trial in federal court, the jury deliberated for twenty-five minutes before returning a verdict finding that the accident did not cause Plaintiff any injury and that it did not aggravate her preexisting medical spinal condition.

Congratulations to the Team!

Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce that Mark Best, Milele St. Julien and Lee Ziffer have been promoted to Senior Counsel. Please join us in congratulating each of them on this promotion.

On August 27, 2014, Leigh Ann Schell and Tommy Porteous won a Motion for Summary Judgment in Slappy v. Albany International Corporation, et al. which successfully challenged the plaintiffs’ lack of expert causation evidence.

Deb Kuchler was part of a multi-firm trial team representing a major petrochemical company in a thyroid cancer case involving alleged exposure to naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM). A Jefferson Parish jury returned a verdict in favor of the defense.

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On March 8, 2013, after more than two years of discovery and pre-trial practice, Lee Ziffer secured summary judgment on behalf of two clients, an automobile manufacturer and a dealership, in a products liability wrongful death action. After extensive briefing and argument and in the face of aggressive opposition, the State District Court found that the claimants could not prove that a defect in the manufacturer’s and dealership’s products caused the Decedent’s personal injuries and death.

Leigh Ann Schell was quoted on LouisianaRecord.org in response to an annual survey issued September 10, 2012, ranking states based on the perception of their legal climates. Louisiana ranked second to last.

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