Category: Firm Announcements

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!



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


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!


Darleene Peters & Katherine Wells attend legal seminar, “Not Just a Pretty Face: Developing Powerful Women of Substance for Success”

Darleene Peters & Katherine Wells attended an empowering legal seminar entitled “Not Just a Pretty Face:  Developing Powerful Women of Substance for Success.” The event was sponsored by The Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. and The Association of Women Attorneys.

Panelists included Dawn Barrios– a local  attorney, Nandi Campbell– local Attorney, Loyola and Tulane Law Professor, and Eboni Williams– attorney, book author, and Fox News Host.  Darleene and Katherine are pictured here with Eboni Williams.

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.