We are pleased to announce the promotions of two of our talented attorneys. Marcus Hunter has been promoted to Non-Equity Partner, and Holly Pailet has been promoted to Senior Counsel.

We are honored and thrilled to announce that Kuchler Polk Weiner has been awarded the inaugural Law Firm of the Year Award by ACLU of Louisiana for KPW’s work fighting against unconstitutional policing. We are grateful for this recognition of our commitment to our community and equal treatment under the law. Congratulations to all the extraordinary awardees, including civil rights icons Albert Woodfox and Leona Tate who received the esteemed Ben Smith Awards.

The Ben Smith Award, named after an ACLU Louisiana founder, has been given annually since 1976 to honor civil rights and liberties leaders in Louisiana. This year, the 2020 Ben Smith Award was posthumously granted to Albert Woodfox, a racial justice leader and member of the Angola 3 who was wrongfully incarcerated for over 40 years. We also honor Leona Tate with the 2023 Ben Smith Award for her historic role in integrating New Orleans public elementary schools and her continued work for anti-racism activism and social justice.

Furthermore, we are proud to celebrate Jarrett E. Cohen, who was presented with the Trailblazer Award. As the founder of JECohen & Co., LLC, Jarrett has been a trailblazer in creating a more inclusive and democratized financial and investment advisory space.

We proudly serve our community as a minority and women-owned law firm. We are humbled to be acknowledged alongside such remarkable individuals and organizations. We thank the ACLU Louisiana for this honor.

We are pleased to announce that Susan Laporte has been promoted to Non-Equity Partner, and Michael Harrison has been promoted to Senior Counsel. We congratulate Susan 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.

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.


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