Category: Firm News

KPW Joins ACLU of Louisiana’s Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial

Kuchler Polk Weiner, along with 18 other leading private law firms, is joining ACLU of Louisiana’s initiative to challenge racially discriminatory policing practices. The litigation campaign, Justice Lab: Putting Racist Policing on Trial, plans “to bring up to 1,000 cases in Louisiana challenging racially-motivated stops and seizures under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments and any other applicable laws.” The firm is honored to support this effort.

KPW Participates in the Children’s March for Racial Justice

On June 20, 2020, Kuchler Polk Weiner attorneys and staff members participated in the Children’s March for Racial Justice, hosted by the ACLU of Louisiana. The firm was a co-sponsor of the event, the goal of which was to “provide a safe space for young people to learn about the Black Lives Matter Movement; develop the skills to identify and interrupt racism in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities; and make their voices heard about the future they want to build.”

KPW Super Lawyers for 2020

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 2020: Deb Kuchler, Monique Weiner, Sarah Iiams, Michele DeShazo, Skylar Rudin, Stephen Larzelere, and Perrey Lee.

Super Lawyers Magazine selects attorneys using a patented multiphase selection process. Peer nominations and evaluations are combined with independent research. The survey results are analyzed along with other evaluation criteria. The attorneys are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are selected as Rising Stars or Super Lawyers. No more than 2.5% of attorneys in Louisiana are selected as Rising Stars and no more than 5% of attorneys in Louisiana are selected to Super Lawyers.

Congratulations to you all!

Deborah D. Kuchler

Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation
Super Lawyers 2008, 2010-2020

Monique M. Weiner

Civil Litigation, Environmental Litigation, Employment Litigation
Super Lawyers 2008, 2015-2016, 2019-2020

Sarah E. Iiams

Civil Litigation
Super Lawyers 2020

Michele Hale DeShazo

Environmental Litigation,  Energy & Natural Resources, Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation
Rising Stars 2012–2020

Skylar B. Rudin

Environmental Litigation, Civil Litigation, Business Litigation
Rising Stars 2020

Stephen M. Larzelere, Sr.

Transportation/Maritime, Environmental Litigation, General Litigation
Super Lawyers 2013-2014, 2017-2020

Perrey S. Lee

Personal Injury – Products
Rising Stars 2020

 

KPW Named as One of New Orleans’ 50 Best Employers

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For the second year in a row, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times Picayune as one of New Orleans’ 50 best employers. This award is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party anonymous survey, and measures several aspects of workplace culture, including leadership, training, benefits, execution, and connection.

A group of KPW attorneys and staff attended the awards ceremony on Tuesday, August 27th at the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, where Senior Counsel Dreda Smith 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.

Deb Kuchler Featured in ABA Diversity and Inclusion Committee Article, “Road to Rainmaking”

The American Bar Association’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee featured Deb Kuchler in its Spring 2019 newsletter. The article, Road to Rainmaking, focuses on women who have blazed their own path and shares how others can learn from their success. The article also discusses the role of NAMWOLF and its influence on the firm, and has been distributed nationally to the thousands of members of the ABA Section of Litigation.

KPW Sponsors Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights Benefit

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is a non-profit law office that provides juvenile defense for New Orleans area children, representation for Louisiana children facing or serving life without parole, advocates for policies that reduce the number of children in the justice system, and seeks better alternatives to arrest and incarceration. On March 28, 2019, Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC sponsored Celebration for Children’s Rights, an annual event benefiting the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights. This year’s program included a personal account of LCCR’s success of representing Louisiana children convicted of life without parole and highlighted other LCCR success stories. LCCR began a new tradition by presenting its first Pascal Calogero Champion of Justice Award, an annual award recognizing an individual or organization that is positively impacting the lives of children in the justice system.

KPW is honored to support and sponsor such an exceptional cause.

L-R: Kennard Davis, Sue Laporte, Skylar Rudin, Alease Scott, Lee Ziffer

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.