Author: Melissa O'Brien

KPW Attorneys Participate in Martinet Society’s Pathway & Pipelines to Success Program

Darleene Peters, Kennard Davis, and Marcus Hunter served as Attorney Volunteers in the Louis A. Martinet Society’s 4th Annual Pathways & Pipelines to Success Program. The Pathways and Pipelines program is designed to promote and prepare future attorneys of color by offering them opportunities to meet, network with, and obtain one-on-one resume writing and interviewing techniques from Judges and Attorneys from the Greater New Orleans area. This year the program had over 140 law students registered, and over 70 practitioners volunteered. This annual event took place on Saturday, February 2nd at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

Amber Barlow Selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star

Amber Barlow was recently selected as a 2019 Rising Star for the 2019 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, 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 annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Congratulations Amber!

Amber Barlow Presents at LADC Winter Seminar

On January 31, 2019, Amber Barlow was a speaker at the LADC Winter Seminar. This event, a joint CLE with the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, took place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. LSU Law Professor Bill Corbett joined Amber on the session Recent Developments in Tort Law. Read their paper, Recent Developments in Louisiana Tort Law 2017-18 here.

 

Skyler Rudin and Marcus Hunter Speak for the Legal Professionals of New Orleans (LPNO)

On January 29, 2019, Skylar Rudin and Marcus Hunter spoke for the Legal Professionals of New Orleans (LPNO). Their presentation, Tips for a Superstar Assistant, focused on what makes great associates and legal secretaries. Skylar and Marcus were invited to speak by the organization, whose purpose is to promote education of the law.

Deb Kuchler Successful at Limiting Smoker’s Damages

In September 2018, Deb Kuchler served as trial counsel for Philip Morris, in a collaboration with Shook Hardy & Bacon, in the Chadwell case in Miami, Florida, involving a 31-year-old smoker’s cancer death.  After considering a 40+ year loss of companionship by his widow, the jury made a compensatory damage award of $2.4 million and despite finding punitive liability, awarded no money for punitive damages. Read more about Deb’s achievement on CVN.com.

In December 2018, Deb Kuchler served as trial counsel for Philip Morris, in a collaboration with Shook Hardy &  Bacon, in the Boulter case in Fort Myers, Florida, involving a long-time smoker with COPD. The jury found Plaintiff 70% at fault reducing the compensatory damage award to a total $225,000 for both defendants, found no fraudulent concealment and no entitlement to punitive damages. Read more about Deb’s achievement on Law.com.

 

 

KPW Senior Counsel Dreda Smith Receives Pro Bono Award

Louisiana Appleseed is a nonprofit organization that unites problem solvers and policymakers to increase access to education, justice, and opportunity. At its 2019 Good Apple Gala, the organization awarded Kuchler Polk Weiner Senior Counsel Dreda Smith with an award for her pro bono service to the organization. Dreda received this award in connection with her work on the Louisiana School Breakfast Report. The Report advocates for increased participation in the national School Breakfast Program as a means of reducing hunger and improving health and educational potential of students throughout Louisiana. The firm congratulates Dreda for this achievement and applauds her efforts to serve the community.