Category: accomplishments

KPW Super Lawyers for 2020

Kuchler Polk Weiner is pleased to announce the following members of our team who have been listed by Super Lawyers Magazine as Louisiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2020: Deb Kuchler, Monique Weiner, Sarah Iiams, Michele DeShazo, Skylar Rudin, Stephen Larzelere, and Perrey Lee.

Super Lawyers Magazine selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. The survey results are analyzed along with other evaluation criteria. The attorneys are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are selected as Rising Stars or Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Louisiana are selected as Rising Stars and no more than 5% of attorneys in Louisiana are selected to Super Lawyers.

Congratulations to you all!

Deborah D. Kuchler

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation
Super Lawyers 2008, 2010-2020

Monique M. Weiner

Civil Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Employment Litigation
Super Lawyers 2008, 2015-2016, 2019-2020

Sarah E. Iiams

Civil Litigation
Super Lawyers 2020

Michele Hale DeShazo

Environmental Litigation,  Energy & Natural Resources, Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation
Rising Stars 2012–2020

Skylar B. Rudin

Environmental Litigation, Civil Litigation, Business Litigation
Rising Stars 2020

Stephen M. Larzelere, Sr.

Transportation/Maritime, Environmental Litigation, General Litigation
Super Lawyers 2013-2014, 2017-2020

Perrey S. Lee

Personal Injury – Products
Rising Stars 2020

 

KPW Named as One of New Orleans’ 50 Best Employers

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For the second year in a row, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times Picayune as one of New Orleans’ 50 best employers. This award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey, and measures several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, training, benefits, execution, and connection.

A group of KPW attorneys and staff attended the awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where Senior Counsel Dreda Smith accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

You can view the entire list of the 50 employers in the New Orleans area who received the Top Workplaces honor here.

Dreda Smith Recognized as Finalist for Frank L. Maraist Award

Dreda Smith was recognized as a finalist for The Frank L. Maraist Award by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel at the organization’s annual LADC Young Lawyers Awards and Board Dinner. The Frank Maraist Award, named after former Louisiana State University Law Center Professor Frank L. Maraist, recognizes a young lawyer who demonstrates professional excellence, service and commitment to pro bono work and community service, and contributes to furthering the ideals of the legal profession. Congratulations Dreda!

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.

Kuchler Polk Weiner awarded Top Workplace 2018

Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times Picayune as one of New Orleans’ 50 best employers for 2018, placing fourth in the Small Companies Category. The Top Workplaces honor is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, training, benefits, execution, and connection.

“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage, the independent data processing company that conducted the survey. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver bottom-line results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.” Claffey added, “Becoming a Top Workplace isn’t something organizations can buy. It’s an achievement organizations have worked for and a distinction that gives them a competitive advantage. It’s a big deal.”

A 2018 Top Workplaces publication will be included in the Sunday, May 27th edition of The Times Picayune.

A group of KPW attorneys and staff attended the awards ceremony on Thursday, May 24th at the New Orleans Convention Center Great Hall where founding partner Deb Kuchler accepted the award on the firm’s behalf.

You can view the entire list of the 50 employers in the New Orleans area who received the Top Workplaces honor here.

 

Clockwise from top left: KPW attorneys and staff with Top Workplaces plaque; office manager Debbie Rivolo, partner Deb Kuchler, and associate Skylar Rudin; partners Mark Best and Robert Guidry with associate Marcus Hunter; founding partner Deb Kuchler with plaque. Center: close up of plaque. 

Skylar Rudin Selected as YLS Bar Ambassador for the New Orleans Bar Association

KPW Associate Skylar Rudin has been selected as a YLS Bar Ambassador for the New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA). The YLS Bar Ambassadors are described as a group of young lawyers recognized as leaders and charged with actively representing the NOBA. Skylar was featured in this month’s NOBA magazine along with the select group of other YLS Bar Ambassadors.

Our 2017 LA Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce the following members of our team who have been listed by Super Lawyers Magazine as Texas and Louisiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2017: Deb Kuchler, Michele DeShazo, Lee Ziffer, and Dawn Tezino. Congratulations to you all!

Deborah D. Kuchler

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation
Selected to Super Lawyers 2008, 2010–2017

Michele Hale DeShazo

Environmental Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation
Rising Stars 2012–2017

Lee B. Ziffer

Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury – General, Environmental Litigation
Rising Stars 2014–2017

 Dawn R. Tezino

Employment Litigation, Business/Corporate, Personal Injury – General
Rising Stars: 2008-2017