Etheldreda Culpepper Smith

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Dreda is Senior Counsel with Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC, practicing in the areas of oil and gas, maritime law, environmental law, toxic torts and general corporate defense. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Economics in 2007 and graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 2012. Prior to law school, Dreda worked in commercial property management.

At Ole Miss, Dreda served as the Chair of the University’s Moot Court Board. She was a member of the winning Pace National Environmental Law Moot Court team in both 2011 and 2012. Upon graduation, Dreda was inducted in the Order of the Barristers National Honor Society for excellence and achievement in oral and written advocacy. She also received recognition from the law school for being the first graduate in its history to win back-to-back national moot court competitions.

Dreda is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana, including the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She is also a member of the Independent Petroleum Association of America.

A lifelong resident of New Orleans, Dreda considers Oxford, Mississippi her second home. When she has the opportunity, Dreda enjoys running, Ole Miss football, and hiking.


  • Deborah D. Kuchler and Dreda Culpepper Smith, “An Overview of Coastal Litigation in Louisiana,” Institute for Energy Law 68th Annual Oil & Gas Law Conference, 2017.
  • Etheldreda Culpepper Smith, Sawnie A. McEntire, and Ryan D. Starbird, “Update on Legal and Regulatory Issues Related to Fracking,” FDCC 12th Annual Corporate Counsel Symposium, 2015.
  • Etheldreda Culpepper, Kimberly Thompson, and Brian Whitman, Best Brief, Appellees, 3 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. Online Companion 102 (2012).
  • Christina Ashoo, Etheldreda Culpepper, and Neal Wise, Best Brief, Appellees, 1 Pace Envtl. L. Rev. Online Companion 126 (2011).
  • Dreda Culpepper and Walter Block. 2008. “Price Gouging in the Katrina Aftermath.” International Journal of Social Economics, Vol. 35, Issue 7, pp. 512-520.

  • Secretary, Board of Directors – Woodlands Conservancy (a non-profit organization supporting forest conservation, wildlife and migratory bird habitat preservation, hurricane protection, and the development of recreation and education opportunities)
  • 2015 Co-Chaired the Woodlands Wild Wine Dinner
  • 2014 National Public Lands Day event at the Woodlands Trail
  • 2014 Woodlands Wild Wine Dinner
  • Active Member – Junior League of New Orleans (an organization of women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women and improving communities through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers
  • Annual Volunteer – New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival