Category: Firm Announcements

Amber Barlow Selected as a Louisiana Super Lawyers 2019 Rising Star

Amber Barlow was recently selected as a 2019 Rising Star for the 2019 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Congratulations Amber!

Amber Barlow Presents at LADC Winter Seminar

On January 31, 2019, Amber Barlow was a speaker at the LADC Winter Seminar. This event, a joint CLE with the Texas Association of Defense Counsel, took place in Steamboat Springs, Colorado. LSU Law Professor Bill Corbett joined Amber on the session Recent Developments in Tort Law. Read their paper, Recent Developments in Louisiana Tort Law 2017-18 here.

 

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.

Three KPW Attorneys Named to WEN 2019 Board of Directors

KPW congratulates Skylar Rudin, Kristyn Lambert, and Amber Barlow on their selection to the 2019 Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Skylar will serve as Vice President, Kristyn will serve as the New Orleans Program Co-Director and Dinner Auction Co-Chair, and Amber holds the position of Scholarships Chair.

Michele DeShazo to speak on panel at NBA’s Seventh Annual Energy Forum

Partner Michele Hale DeShazo will serve as a panelist at the National Bar Association’s Seventh Annual Energy Forum this week. She will speak as a part of the “Gulf Coast Litigation Impacting the Energy Industry” panel on Wednesday, August 1st at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside Hotel. See the flyer below for more details about this event.


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.