Category: Firm Announcements

Skyler Rudin and Marcus Hunter Speak for the Legal Professionals of New Orleans (LPNO)

On January 29, 2019, Skylar Rudin and Marcus Hunter spoke for the Legal Professionals of New Orleans (LPNO). Their presentation, Tips for a Superstar Assistant, focused on what makes great associates and legal secretaries. Skylar and Marcus were invited to speak by the organization, whose purpose is to promote education of the law.

Deb Kuchler Successful at Limiting Smoker’s Damages

In September 2018, Deb Kuchler served as trial counsel for Philip Morris, in a collaboration with Shook Hardy & Bacon, in the Chadwell case in Miami, Florida, involving a 31-year-old smoker’s cancer death.  After considering a 40+ year loss of companionship by his widow, the jury made a compensatory damage award of $2.4 million and despite finding punitive liability, awarded no money for punitive damages. Read more about Deb’s achievement on CVN.com.

In December 2018, Deb Kuchler served as trial counsel for Philip Morris, in a collaboration with Shook Hardy &  Bacon, in the Boulter case in Fort Myers, Florida, involving a long-time smoker with COPD. The jury found Plaintiff 70% at fault reducing the compensatory damage award to a total $225,000 for both defendants, found no fraudulent concealment and no entitlement to punitive damages. Read more about Deb’s achievement on Law.com.

 

 

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.

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. 

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.