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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
KPW congratulates Skylar Rudin, Kristyn Lambert, and Amber Barlow on their selection to the 2019 Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Skylar will serve as Vice President, Kristyn will serve as the New Orleans Program Co-Director and Dinner Auction Co-Chair, and Amber holds the position of Scholarships Chair.
KPW congratulates Michele Hale DeShazo, Kristyn Lambert, Skylar Rudin, and Amber Barlow on their selection to the 2018 Board of Directors for the Women’s Energy Network’s (WEN) South Louisiana Chapter. Michele will serve as President, Kristyn will serve as the New Orleans Program Co-Director and Dinner Auction Co-Chair, Skylar will serve as the New Orleans Special Events Director, and Amber holds the position of Scholarships Chair.
Monique M. Weiner and Mark E. Best won a motion for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana in a personal injury action filed against the owner of an offshore oil platform. The court agreed that the oil company owed no duty to the plaintiff and further, even if it had owed a duty, plaintiff could not show that the duty had been breached.
Monique M. Weiner and Mark E. Best won several motions for summary judgment in the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana in consolidated lawsuits arising out of an emergency shutdown and release from a natural gas compressor station. The court dismissed the toxic exposure and property damage claims of numerous plaintiffs after agreeing that none could prove causation.
Skylar Rudin assisted in obtaining a verdict in favor of a telecommunications company whose employee had an automobile accident with the plaintiff. Plaintiff alleged that her two-level lumbar surgery was necessitated by the accident. Our client stipulated to liability for the accident but not causation or damages.
The team obtained pre-trial orders limiting the testimony of each of plaintiffs’ three medical causation experts.
After a two-day trial in federal court, the jury deliberated for twenty-five minutes before returning a verdict finding that the accident did not cause plaintiff any injury and that it did not aggravate her preexisting medical spinal condition.