Janika D. Polk

Janika D. Polk

Janika is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC. She 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 the key communication characteristics of a given audience and adapt to best achieve the intended goal.

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’s trial experience includes serving as lead or co-lead trial counsel in both state and federal actions involving alleged chemical releases, toxic tort claims, product liability actions, environmental, and commercial disputes. Most recently, Janika served as lead counsel in the Eastern District of Louisiana and (together with a team that she describes as “top-notch”) won a sixty-one million dollar verdict. The case involved a contract dispute between oil companies about the costs surrounding the shutdown of four oil and gas wells in the Gulf of Mexico. The trial lasted eight days and it took the jury less than three hours to issue a unanimous verdict.

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 rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.

Janika supervises and coordinates high-stakes litigation, as well as several large litigation dockets in Louisiana and Mississippi. She has a wide variety of legal experience, but her primary practice areas include commercial litigation, toxic tort litigation, environmental litigation and product liability litigation.

Janika is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Mississippi State Bar Association, the Product Liability Advisory Council (“PLAC”), and the National Bar Association.

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.


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AWARDS AND OTHER NOTABLES
AWARDS AND OTHER NOTABLES
 
PRESENTATIONS
PRESENTATIONS
  • Janika has presented on the topic of Energy Litigation 101 Conference, multiple times, including most recently at the Center for American and International Law, on November 7, 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.
 
PUBLISHED DECISIONS
PUBLISHED DECISIONS
  • 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).