Category: Firm Announcements

Partner Janika Polk recognized as the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society “Member of the Month.”

Kuchler Polk Weiner is pleased to announce that founding partner Janika Polk was recognized as the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society “Member of the Month.” The New Orleans Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. was “established to encourage the interchange of ideas, promote legal scholarship, advance the science of jurisprudence, promote the administration of justice, uphold the order and ethics of the courts and the profession of law and promote the welfare of the legal profession in Louisiana.”

The Louis A Martinet Legal Society’s spotlight on Janika recognizes her commitment to diversity in the legal profession as well as a recent trial victory. The spotlight concludes, “Ms. Polk and her firm help forge a better profession that ensures that diversity of the trial bar is inevitable.” Read the rest of the story here.

 

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. 

Associate Katherine Wells Attends Louisiana Supreme Court Lunch Presentation with the Haitian Bar Association

Pictured from left to right are: Louis Koerner, chair of the Francophone Section of the LSBA; Dona Renegar, President of the LSBA; Jacques Miguel Sanon, member of the Haitian Bar Association; Stanley Gaston, President of the Haitian Bar Association; Warren Perrin, Chair of the Francophone Section of the LSBA; and Katherine Wells, member of the Francophone Section of the LSBA.

On April 3, 2018, Katherine Wells attended a lunch presentation at the Louisiana Supreme Court where Chief Justice Bernette Johnson and the Louisiana State Bar Association hosted a delegation of Haitian attorneys who were visiting with the Haitian Bar Association.  The group had the opportunity to take a tour and learn the history of the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal, the U.S. Fifth Circuit and Louisiana State Bar Association.

The purpose of the Francophone Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association is to encourage and foster discussions in the field of francophone issues; to contribute to and provide opportunities for the continuing education of attorneys who deals with francophone issues; to promote interest in and study of the existing statues and jurisprudence which govern this field; and to cooperate and establish liaison with the Louisiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, local bar associations and the legal academic community to achieve these purposes.

Favorable 4th Circuit Ruling

Sue Laporte recently obtained a favorable ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal on behalf of the New Orleans City Council. The trial court had enjoined the Council from overruling the Vieux Carré Commission (VCC) and granting a building permit for 411 Bourbon Street. In an appeal filed before joining our firm, Ms. Laporte urged the Fourth Circuit to uphold the Council’s authority to hear an appeal from and overrule the VCC, and issue a building permit when the VCC repeatedly deferred action on the permit application. Reversing the trial court and dissolving the preliminary injunction, the Fourth Circuit agreed that the New Orleans City Council has the power to hear and decide appeals from the VCC’s failure to act on a building permit application.

Four KPW Attorneys Named to WEN 2018 Board of Directors

KPW congratulates Michele Hale DeShazo, Kristyn Lambert, Skylar Rudin, and Amber Barlow on their selection to the 2018 Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Michele will serve as President, Kristyn will serve as the New Orleans Program Co-Director and Dinner Auction Co-Chair, Skylar will serve as the New Orleans Special Events Director, and Amber holds the position of Scholarships Chair.

Our 2018 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

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 2018: Deb Kuchler, Steve Larzelere, Michele DeShazo, and Lee Ziffer. In addition, Dawn Tezino has been listed by Super Lawyers Magazine as a Texas Super Lawyer for 2018. Congratulations to you all!

 

Louisiana:

Deborah D. Kuchler

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation
Super Lawyers 2008, 2010–2018

Michele Hale DeShazo

Environmental Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation
Rising Stars 2012–2018

Lee B. Ziffer

Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury – General, Environmental Litigation
Rising Stars 2014–2018

Stephen M. Larzelere, Sr.

Transportation/Maritime, Environmental Litigation, General Litigation
Super Lawyers: 2013-2014, 2017-2018

Texas:

Dawn R. Tezino

Personal Injury- Products: Defense, Employment Litigation: Defense, Business/Corporate
Rising Stars 2008-2017
Super Lawyers: 2018

Skylar Rudin and Marcus Hunter speak at NOBA Procrastinator’s Program CLE

Associates Skylar Rudin and Marcus Hunter were speakers at the NOBA Procrastinator’s Program CLE on Wednesday, December 13. Marcus, formerly a judicial clerk for the Orleans Civil District Court before he joined Kuchler Polk Weiner, offered insights from his experience as a part of the “Behind the Scenes with Law Clerks” panel.

Skylar, who also served as co-chair of “For Young Lawyers, By Young Lawyers,” the program that organized the CLE, was a part of the “Ethics: Avoiding Malpractice Mistakes – What Every Young Lawyer Should Know” panel. Skylar presented on the topics of inadvertent disclosure and avoiding discovery sanctions.

 

KPW Sponsors DirectWomen’s 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon

The firm was a proud sponsor of DirectWomen’s 2017 Sandra Day O’Connor Board Excellence Award Luncheon in New York City on October 20, 2017.  Partners, Sarah Iiams and Michele DeShazo, attended on behalf of the firm and were happy to meet such accomplished ladies.  The mission of DirectWomen is to increase the representation of women on corporate boards through identifying leading women lawyers around the country who will improve corporate governance and increase shareholder value.

We are very pleased that ConocoPhillips Company’s Senior Vice President, Legal, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Janet Langford Carrig, was selected as a 2017 DirectWomen Board Institute participant for the October 19-20, 2017 program.  Each year, DirectWomen uses rigorous criteria to identify only the most talented women for the Board Institute training program.  Our firm has been fortunate to view Janet’s extraordinary talents firsthand through our work for ConocoPhillips.  Congratulations, Janet, on this well-deserved honor!