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.