Susan R. Laporte

Susan R. Laporte

Sue is Senior Counsel with Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC.  She is a magna cum laude graduate of Tulane University and a cum laude graduate of Loyola Law School, where she served as Articles-Comments Editor of the Law Review and was a member of the National Moot Court team.  Following law school, Sue had the privilege of clerking for the Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court Pascal F. Calogero, Jr.

Sue has represented major insurers, corporate clients, and local entrepreneurs.  She has managed complex litigation and handled matters from inception through trial and appeal.  She has defended oil & gas legacy claims, litigated real estate title disputes, employment claims, toxic contamination claims, products liability claims, and has defended personal injury claims and professional liability claims on behalf of architects, engineers and others.

Sue is a proud native and lifelong resident of New Orleans. Prior to pursuing a career in law, Sue worked for the City of New Orleans, where she gained broad experience in the workings of City government, serving in the departments of Fire, Safety & Permits, Civil Service, and the French Market Corporation.  As an attorney, she has worked on transactional matters for the City of New Orleans and has served as Special Counsel to the New Orleans City Council.  As a citizen, she has demonstrated her commitment to the City and region by her leadership in neighborhood and civic organizations, include the Bancroft Park Civic Association, the Citizens Advisory Committee to Project Home Again, and the Forum for Equality.

Sue believes in giving back.  At her former firm, she led a task force to develop a pro bono policy and practice, leading to that firm’s recognition by both the New Orleans Bar Association and the LSBA for its contributions to pro bono services.  In the most unique case of her career, Sue worked pro bono to reunite a family with its rare ‘runaway’ African sulcata tortoise.

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ADMITTED COURTS
  • Louisiana State Courts – 1994
  • U.S. District Court: Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana – 1994
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of Texas – 2012
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit – 1995
  • Supreme Court of the United States – 2013
 
SIGNIFICANT ACHIEVEMENTS
  • Employment-related Cases:
    • Morris v. State of Louisiana Dept. of Social Services:  obtained grant of new trial after adverse jury verdict on plaintiff’s employment-related defamation claim, leading to favorable negotiated settlement.
    • Nazarov v. La. State Univ., 2010 WL 1930074 (E.D.La. May 10, 2010), aff’d, Nazarov v. Bd. of Supervisors of Louisiana State Univ. & Agr. & Mech. Coll., 425 Fed.Appx. 405, 406 (5th Cir.2011):  obtained dismissal on summary judgment of plaintiff’s claim of national origin discrimination, affirmed by U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal.
  • Hearing Loss Cases: developed argument for treating hearing loss as work-related injury subject to workers’ compensation and wrote motion for summary judgment providing template for eventual arguments made and upheld by La. Supreme Court in related case of Arrant v. Graphic Packaging Int’l, Inc., 2013-2878 (La. 5/5/15), 169 So. 3d 296.
  • Toxic Torts: developed argument for successful Exception of Venue to NORM-related litigation in Orleans Parish, contributing to impetus for settlement of cases.
  • Class Action Litigation: defended class action brought by homeowners in the Bayou Corne area of Assumption Parish following occurrence of 35-acre sinkhole on client’s property, leading to swift settlement.  Leblanc v. Texas Brine Co., LLC, No. CV 12-2059, U.S.D.C., E.D. of Louisiana.
  • Professional Liability Defense: defense of engineering liability claims from trial through appeal, authoring dispositive motions, post-trial motions and appellate brief leading to ultimate recovery of contractual indemnity for client.  Chevron USA, Inc. v. Aker Mar., Inc., 604 F.3d 888, 902 (5th Cir.2010).
  • Transactional and Other:
    • Washington Artillery Park:  drafted public-private partnership document between City of New Orleans, French Market Corporation and Audubon Commission for development of signature riverfront pedestrian walkway and park in New Orleans French Quarter.
    • Contract Drafting:  developed Master Service Agreements, licensing agreements and rights-of way for major utility conglomerate for use in subsidiaries from Vermont to Kauai, Hawaii.
    • Asset Sales:     managed title research and inventory of over 8,000 real property assets as part of major corporate asset sale.
 
PRESENTATIONS
  • Lecturer:  Business Related Issues for Public Entities in Louisiana, Property and Development Issues, May 2001
  • Teaching Assistant, Negotiation and Alternate Dispute Resolution, Tulane Law School, Spring 1994
  • Developed presentation for clients on e-Discovery
 
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
  • Received the highest rating available, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubble
 
PUBLICATION
  • Note, Pay When Paid: Reasonable Time Term or Conditional Obligation?, 34 Loy. L. Rev. 431 (1988).