We are pleased to announce that Susan Laporte and Nicholas Wise have been promoted to Non-Equity Partners and Michael Harrison has been promoted to Senior Counsel. We congratulate Susan, Nicholas, and Michael as they enjoy the successes brought about by their focus, determination, and hard work.

Janika Polk
Skylar Rudin
Deb Kuchler
Marcus Hunter
Michael Harrison

In 2022, Janika Polk, Skylar Rudin, Deb Kuchler, Marcus Hunter, and Michael Harrison, defended a supermajor oil company in a commercial dispute involving two breach of contract claims, wherein the company that brought its claims sought approximately $30 million in damages. The matter was submitted to Arbitration where a three day remote hearing was held, which included witnesses from Asia and South America. The parties also submitted post-hearing briefing and presented post-hearing oral argument. The 3-person Arbitration Panel reached a unanimous decision in favor of the Firm’s client finding that the company that brought its claims would take nothing.

We are proud to announce that Michele Hale DeShazo has joined Deb Kuchler, Janika Polk, and Monique Weiner as an Equity Partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC. Michele has been a part of the firm since its inception in 2009 and is an integral part of the firm’s future. We congratulate Michele on her well-deserved  promotion.

On Tuesday, October 26, 2021, the New Orleans Times-Picayune hosted a cocktail party to recognize its 2021 Top Workplace award winners, celebrating the best places to work in the New Orleans area. Monique Weiner and Perrey Lee attended on behalf of KPW. 2021 marks Kuchler Polk’s 4th consecutive year as a Top Workplace.


This year, within the winner’s circle of Top Workplace award winners, a select group of companies achieved additional recognition as being outstanding in certain categories based on employee survey results. KPW was recognized as outstanding in the category of “Appreciation” for achieving the highest score for making its employees feel appreciated.


Monique Weiner proudly received a plaque recognizing this special award on behalf of the Firm, which is on display in the New Orleans office lobby.


KPW is grateful to have an outstanding team who contributes positively to the Firm’s mission every day. Each member of the team is valued, and we are honored to know that our employees feel that and continue to foster a positive Firm culture, even in difficult times.

In proud partnership with the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights, Kuchler Polk Weiner sponsored the inaugural Campaign for Children’s Rights public education series in March 2021.  With KPW’s support, the Campaign hosted 220 guests to openly discuss and brainstorm different topics for rethinking and reshaping Louisiana’s justice system into one that heals rather than harms, no longer targets children of color, and ultimately treats kids like kids.

The Campaign included lively online public discussions led by esteemed panelists, centering on topics such as Ending the Criminalization of Black Youth, Changing Our Lens: Building Kids Up, Not Breaking them Down, Rethinking our Response to Adolescent Behavior, and All Children are Redeemable: Abolishing Juvenile Life Without Parole.

In addition to the discussions, KPW’s support allowed the Center for Children’s Rights to raise nearly $43,000, which will greatly support the Center’s work to help kids connect with the resources they need to leave the justice system behind for good, to advance policing that treats kids like kids—not adults, and ultimately to end the needless and unwarranted criminalization of Black youth.

For more information on the Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights or to donate, please click here.

For the fourth consecutive year, our firm has been recognized by NOLA.com and The Times-Picayune as one of New Orleans’s 50 Top Workplaces.

We stand in solidarity with those voices around the country who are calling for justice in response to the taking of black lives and who are demanding action and real change.


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