Category: accomplishments

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.

Kuchler Polk Welcomes Darleene Peters

Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce that Darleene Peters has joined the firm as Senior Counsel. Darleene will leverage her prior experience of managing complex pharmaceuticals and medical device cases to the products and premise liability cases that Kuchler Polk defends for its clients. We are excited to have Darleene join our team.

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

 

WEN-South Louisiana Announces 2017 Board of Directors

Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce that Michele Hale DeShazo, Amber Barlow, and Skylar Rudin have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors in 2017 for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Michele served as Sponsorship Director in 2016, and will move to the position of Vice President in 2017, while Amber and Skylar will once again serve as the New Orleans Programming Directors and Silent Auction Co-Chairs.

ANR Plaintiff Dismissal Affirmed

Recently, in Wright v. ANR Pipeline Company, 2016 WL 3268733 (5th Cir. 6/14/2016) the Fifth Circuit affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of an ANR employee, whom the defendants (all of whom were represented by Kuchler Polk) claimed was improperly joined to defeat federal diversity jurisdiction. This decision was significant because the trial court had dismissed the claims of numerous plaintiffs on the merits after they could not meet their burden to show their claimed injuries were caused by the emergency shutdown at the ANR natural gas compressor station. Rather than appealing the dismissal on the merits, the plaintiffs chose to challenge the trial court’s jurisdiction and lost.

Our 2016 LA Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce the following members of our team who have been listed as Louisiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2016: Deb Kuchler, Janika Polk, Monique Weiner, Michele DeShazo and Lee Ziffer.

Congratulations to you all!

Below is a list of our most recently selected attorneys and the years in which they have been recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine.  Continue reading “Our 2016 LA Super Lawyers & Rising Stars”