KPW joins ConocoPhillips in supporting United Way of Greater Houston

KPW partnered with ConocoPhillip’s Legal Department for the Department’s United Way fundraiser.  ConocoPhillips has supported the United Way of Houston for almost three decades.  The United Way has an integral role in providing support to people in the Greater Houston Area affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Deb Kuchler, Sarah Iiams, Robert Guidry, Phil Wood and Nick Wise enjoyed fellowship, good Cajun food and music with our COP friends in Houston– all while supporting this worthy cause.

Darleene Peters and Skylar Rudin Represent KPW at 2017 NAMWOLF Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo

Darleene Peters and Skylar Rudin attended the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Annual Meeting and Law Firm Expo, held in New York City, September 17-20, 2017.

The NAMWOLF meeting didn’t disappoint! Darleene and Skylar were able to participate in informal networking activities, such as a scavenger hunt throughout the City that Skylar helped organize.  The event was hosted by the Emerging Leaders Initiative (ELI), on which our very own Skylar serves as a member of the ELI Board and as the Co-Chair of the Networking/Business Development Committee.  She also received recognition for her efforts during the General Session of the Annual Meeting.

Darleene was a first-time attendee at the meeting and participated in the First Time Attendee Orientation where she learned more about NAMWOLF, met the NAMWOLF Team, and other colleagues.  She also attended the Law Firm Cross Marketing Session on Trust and Relationship-Building and engaged in interactive exercises with other attendees to learn the importance of connections and trust in building your professional network.

All of the sessions and receptions provided opportunities to enlighten, network, and engage all attendees.  Another highlight of the meeting was the Law Firm Expo, which allowed attorneys from various practice settings and locations the opportunity to further network with in-house counsel, various legal association members, and other attorneys in private practice, in an effort to assist with building their professional networks and practices.

KPW is proud to be a NAMWOLF Member with legal expertise in several practice areas, and is one of three Louisiana Law Firm NAMWOLF Members.

 

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.

KPW attorneys attend 2017 Dress For Success New Orleans Luncheon

Kuchler Polk Weiner attorneys attended the 2017 Dress for Success New Orleans Suits and Salads Luncheon on Friday, May 12th. The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.  Kuchler Polk Weiner is proud to be a sponsor for this great organization and its superb efforts to set up women for success!

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.