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!
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.
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.
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.
Marcus Hunter’s blog post, “Climate Change Litigation: Recent Developments,” was published on the New Orleans Bar Association’s website on April 6, 2018.
KPW Associate Skylar Rudin has been selected as a YLS Bar Ambassador for the New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA). The YLS Bar Ambassadors are described as a group of young lawyers recognized as leaders and charged with actively representing the NOBA. Skylar was featured in this month’s NOBA magazine along with the select group of other YLS Bar Ambassadors.
Skylar Rudin published her article, “Chemical Safety Reform” in DRI’s The Whisper on January 31, 2017.
Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce the following members of our team who have been listed by Super Lawyers Magazine as Texas and Louisiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars for 2017: Deb Kuchler, Michele DeShazo, Lee Ziffer, and Dawn Tezino. Congratulations to you all!
Civil Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Environmental Litigation
Selected to Super Lawyers 2008, 2010–2017
Environmental Litigation, Personal Injury – Products, Civil Litigation
Rising Stars 2012–2017
Personal Injury – Products, Personal Injury – General, Environmental Litigation
Rising Stars 2014–2017
Employment Litigation, Business/Corporate, Personal Injury – General
Rising Stars: 2008-2017
Skylar B. Rudin was a co-panelist of a one-hour CLE to the New Orleans Bar Association regarding work/life balance in New Orleans, Louisiana on December 14, 2016. She also served as the CLE committee liaison, and was tasked with organizing and planning the CLE.
Kuchler Polk is pleased to announce that Michele Hale DeShazo, Amber Barlow, and Skylar Rudin have been selected to serve on the Board of Directors in 2017 for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Michele served as Sponsorship Director in 2016, and will move to the position of Vice President in 2017, while Amber and Skylar will once again serve as the New Orleans Programming Directors and Silent Auction Co-Chairs.