Janika D. Polk

Janika D. Polk

Janika is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC. Ms. Polk received a B.A. in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1998. In 2001, she received her Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Southern University Law Center, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Janika also studied theater at a performing arts school and minored in Speech Communications at Louisiana State University. She received intense training in communication and presentation skills. This training provided Janika the ability to quickly identify a given audience and adapt to achieve the most effective means of communication.

Janika brings her academic training in the art of public speaking and communication to her legal work to provide successful results for her clients. Among other areas, she has successfully used her persuasive skills in trial, arbitration and mediation.

Janika is admitted to the State Bars of Louisiana and Mississippi. She is also admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana; and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi.

Janika is responsible for supervising and coordinating several large litigation dockets at the Firm. She has a wide variety of legal experience, but her primary practice areas include commercial litigation, pharmaceutical litigation, general civil litigation, toxic tort litigation, environmental litigation, product liability litigation, and employment litigation.

Janika is an active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar Association, the Product Liability Advisory Council (“PLAC”), the National Bar Association, and the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”).

Janika is a lifetime resident of New Orleans, Louisiana, and has strong ties to the community. She is committed to service and participates in a variety of political and community-related projects.


  • Janika has been listed as a “Rising Star” for Louisiana Super Lawyers from 2012 through present.
  • Janika has been recognized as one of the “Top Lawyers” in New Orleans Magazine.
  • Janika was recognized as the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society “Member of the Month” in June 2018.
  • On September 23, 2011, Janika served as a speaker at Louisiana’s 3rd Annual Women’s Conference. The panel was entitled “The Satisfied Women’s Series: How to Get Everything You Want Out of Life.”
  • Janika presented on the topic of Arguing Against Exposure Pathways and Defeating the Causal Nexus to Injury at the American Conference Institute‘s Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation Conference held in Chicago, Illinois on April 27, 2011.
  • Janika presented on the topic of business interruption litigation and other insurance disputes related to Hurricane Katrina at the National Bar Association’s Commercial Law Section’s Corporate Counsel Conference held in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2006.
  • William Oddo, Jr. v. Asbestos Corporation, Ltd. et al, No. 2012-C-0415 (La. App. 4 Cir. 5/18/12); 90 So.3d 450.
  • Pichon v. Asbestos Defendants, et al, 2010-0570 (La. App. 4 Cir 11/17/10); 52 So.3d 240, writ denied, 2010-2771 (La. 2/4/11); 57 So.3d 317.
  • Johnson v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company, Inc., 2009 WL 91481 (La. App. 5 Cir. 11/13/09).
  • Jambon v. Northrop Grumman Ship Systems. Inc. et al, No. 2008-C-0907 (La. App. 4 Cir. 8/14/08).
  • Hudson v. Remington Arms Co., Inc., 131 F. App’x 449 (5th Cir. 2005) (unreported).