Michele Hale DeShazo

Michele Hale DeShazo

Michele is a Partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.

Michele completed her undergraduate education at the Florida State University, where she was a graduate of the Honors College. In 2002, she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor in English. While in college, she was active in campus leadership organizations and served on the Executive Board of her sorority, Delta Zeta. Michele received her Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Civil Law from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2005, and was licensed to practice law in Louisiana that same year. While attending law school, she was active in the Legal Association for Women, as well as the Health Law Club. She also participated in a number of mock trial activities.

She is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, and all Louisiana State Courts. She is a member of the Federal, Louisiana State, New Orleans, and Covington Bar Associations.

Michele has experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including environmental law, oil and gas litigation, product and premise liability claims, hearing loss, commercial litigation, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (“NORM”) litigation, general civil litigation, and transportation law. Her focus is on efficiently and effectively managing complex multi-party litigation to achieve positive outcomes.

She has been an active member of the Defense Research Institute (DRI), including as the former lead liaison for the DRI Federal Legislative Liaison Pilot Tracking team, the prior Newsletter Co-Chair/Editor for the DRI Technology Committee, and as a member of DRI’s Women in the Law Subcommittee. She is an active member of the invitation-only Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana chapter, having served as the Sponsorship Director in 2016, Vice President in 2017, and as the President for 2018. Michele is also the Environmental and Toxic Torts Committee Chair for the New Orleans Bar Association for the 2018 term.

As outlined below, Michele has routinely published articles and presented on various topics, including environmental law, Louisiana prescription law, Medicare reporting, settlement issues, and diversity.

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PUBLICATIONS
PUBLICATIONS
 
PRESENTATIONS
PRESENTATIONS
  • Co-presenter for Gulf Coast Litigation panel at the National Bar Association’s Energy Summit CLE in New Orleans, August 1, 2018.
  • Co-presenter of CLE regarding Discovery Proportionality and Other Significant Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Summer School conference in Destin, FL, June 7, 2017.
  • Moderator of three-hour CLE/workshop, “I Wish Someone Had Told Me—Perspectives from Energy Companies’ In-House Counsel” at the American Conference Institute’s (“ACI”) Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law conference in New Orleans, January 20, 2017.
  • Presenter of a one-hour CLE on developments in NORM and Wetlands Litigation at the New Orleans Bar Association’s Procrastinators CLE, December 28, 2016.
  • Discussion leader for the Rainmakers Workshop at DRI’s Women in the Law conference in Scottsdale, Arizona, February 17, 2016.
  • Co-presenter on NORM and Wetlands litigation issues at ACI’s Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation conference in New Orleans, April 23, 2015.
  • Co-presenter on NORM and Wetlands litigation issues at the ACI’s Women Leaders in Environmental & Energy Law conference in New Orleans, January 21, 2015.
  • Co-presenter of a webinar for the International Association of Defense Counsel (“IADC”) entitled, Medicare Reporting; Navigating the Labyrinth of Regulations, May 14, 2014.
  • Co-presenter on Medicare Reporting and Settlements—A Year in Review, in Chicago for the ACI’s Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation conference in Chicago, April 29, 2014.
  • Presenter of a one-hour CLE to the Covington Bar Association regarding developments in Louisiana law on prescription, March 22, 2014.
  • Panelist regarding diversity issues at the Louisiana Diversity Council’s Fifth Annual Louisiana Women’s Conference in New Orleans, March 21, 2014.
  • Presenter of one-hour CLE to the Covington Bar Association regarding Medicare reporting and settlement issues, November 15, 2013.
  • Panelist for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s CLE program, Superwomen: Female Attorneys Can Run the World, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 2, 2013.
  • Panelist for the Seventh Annual Judicial Symposium on Civil Justice Issues, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, regarding the Asbestos Litigation Tsunami, November 27, 2012.
  • Panelist at the Louisiana Diversity Council’s Fourth Annual Louisiana Women’s Conference, Finding Health, Wealth, and Balance in 2012, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 30, 2012.
  • Co-presenter regarding the economic loss rule at the HB Litigation’s Chinese Drywall Symposium/CLE, New Orleans, Louisiana, May 18, 2010.
 
LITIGATION–RELATED AWARDS AND VICTORIES
LITIGATION–RELATED AWARDS AND VICTORIES
  • Michele has received the highest rating available, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Michele was selected for inclusion on the 2012 – 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for ten years or less. The survey results are analyzed along with other evaluation criteria. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list, with no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in Louisiana named to the list annually.
  • Michele served as second-chair trial counsel, and later, as lead trial counsel in two prescription (akin to statute of limitations) trials in Louisiana state court involving claims of exposure to NORM. The claims were dismissed with prejudice by the Court at the close of the trial.
  • As a result of ongoing discussions and early case evaluation, Michele has routinely obtained voluntary dismissals for many clients in various matters, including NORM, asbestos, and hearing loss.
  • Michele has successfully argued multiple Motions for Summary Judgment and other significant motions on behalf of various firm clients across a number of practice areas.
  • When early resolution and motion practice is unsuccessful, Michele has positioned cases for a successful outcome at trial.