Class Notes - January 2016

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1950s
Louis D. Curet ('50)–was inducted into the Cadets of the Ole War Skule at LSU.
1960s
Robert "Pete" Seale ('67)–is now Of Counsel with Oaks, Hartline & Daly. He has been included on the 2016 Best Lawyers in America list for Tax Law and Trust and Estates.
1970s
Eugene J. Sues ('70)–of Gold, Weems, Bruser, Sues and Rundell, received the 2015 Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation.
E. Frederick Preis, Jr. ('74)–of Breazeales, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P., Labor & Employment Section, was elected Chair-Elect of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce and Chair-Elect of the American Red Cross Southeastern Louisiana Division. He was also named Chair of the National Legal Committee for Leading Age Long Term Care Association and was named by the Louisiana State Bar Association to the initial eight-member commission on Labor Law Legal Specialization.
James E. Boren ('75)–has joined the law firm on Jones Walker, L.L.P.
Marilyn Maloney ('75)–of Liskow & Lewis, has been selected to the 2015 edition of Texas Super Lawyers for Real Estate.
Randy Opotowsky ('77)–of Steeg Law Firm LLC in New Orleans, has been included in New Orleans Magazine's Top Lawyers 2015 for Real Estate Law.
Jefferson D. Hughes III ('78)–Louisiana Supreme Court Justice, has been inducted into the Louisiana Justice Hall of Fame.
David Halpern ('79)–has joined Kean Miller as a partner in the New Orleans Office. His practice includes land use issues, mergers and acquisitions, and business transactions.
Oscar L. Shoenfelt III ('79)–spoke to graduate students at Fudan University in Shanghai, China on the subject of the U.S. court system and sports law in the U.S.
1980s
Vance Gibbs ('82)–a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller, has been appointed Chairman of the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation of America Board of Trustees.
Michael Walsh ('83)–has been elected Partner at Taylor Porter. Walsh was previously Of Counsel with the Firm.
Kat Gallagher ('88)–a partner in Beck Redden's Houston office, has been inducted as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
1990s
Matthew W. Bailey ('92)–has joined Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC as a Member in the Baton Rouge office. He will practice in the areas of casualty, complex litigation, products liability, insurance and premises liability.
Edward F. Harold ('92)–of Fisher & Phillips LLP, has been named the Regional Managing Partner of the New Orleans and Gulfport office. Also, he has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 for labor and employment litigation.
Colter Harris ('94)–of Jackson Walker L.L.P. in the Dallas office, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of real estate.
Scott McLaughlin ('94)–of Jackson Walker L.L.P. in the Houston office, has been selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of employment law-management, labor law-management, and litigation-labor and employment.
Johnny Domiano ('96)–has been appointed Partner in Charge of the New Orleans Office of Adams and Reese.
Neil A. Rombardo ('98)–has been named Chief General Counsel for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.
2000s
Blake R. David ('01)–of Broussard & David, LLC, has been selected to the 2015 list as a member of the Nation's Top One Percent by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel. NADC is an organization dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence. David has also been named Maritime Section Chair for the Louisiana Association for Justice.
Chris A. Mason ('04)–has been named Partner at Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson. He practices in the Casualty Litigation section.
Franz Borghardt ('06)–of Steven J. Moore, LLC has been elected as chairman of the Louisiana Legislature Law Enforcement Task Force on Body Cameras. Also, he was elected to the Louisiana Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Board of Officers to the Office of the Secretary.
Marissa McCall Dodson ('08)–Policy Director and Attorney at the Georgia Justice Project, received the National Association of Criminal Justice Lawyers' Champion of State Criminal Justice Reform Award. The award recognizes an individual or group who has made exceptional efforts advocating for progressive reform of a state's criminal justice system.
David K. Theard ('08)–of Jones Walker LLP has been elected partner. He practices in the New Orleans office and focuses on transactional matters, representing clients in complex land use and zoning matters, public finance, and economic development projects.
Matthew Meiners ('09)–is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He practices in the business and corporate group.
2010s
Adam P. Gulotta ('12)–has joined Adams Reese as a Staff Attorney in the firm's New Orleans office.
Arthur Kraatz ('13)–has joined Phelps Dunbar in the New Orleans office's litigation group.
Jessica L. Carter ('15)–has joined the Bernie Sanders Presidential Campaign as a Campaign Coordinator.
Molly Csaki ('15)–has joined Phelps Dunbar in the Baton Rouge office's litigation group.
Ben Jumonville ('15)–has joined Kean Miller as an associate in the Baton Rouge office.
Joseph Lebeau ('15)–former LSU Prosecution Clinic participant, has been appointed as an assistant district attorney in the East Baton Rouge District Attorney's Office. He is the first LSU Law Prosecution Clinic alum to be named a full-time member of the office.
Scott M. Mansfield ('15)–has joined Taylor Porter as an associate. He practices in various areas of litigation, including commercial, general, oil and gas, and insurance defense.
Ahmed Mohamed ('15)–has joined Kean Miller as an associate in the Baton Rouge office.
Andrew J. Rebennack ('15)–has joined King, Krebs & Jurgens as an Associate Attorney in the firm's New Orleans office.
Lauren K. Rivera ('15)–has joined Taylor Porter as an associate. She practices in the employment, labor and benefits area, as well as products liability.
Firm & Association News
Taylor Porter

The following attorneys from Taylor Porter have been ranked among The Best Lawyers in America 2016: W. Arthur Abercrombie, Jr. ('69)-Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants; John Stone Campbell III ('95)-Commercial Litigation: Robert L. Coco ('88)-Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental; Anne J. Crochet ('83)-Environmental Law and Litigation-Environmental; Vicki M. Crochet ('80)-Employment Law-Management and Labor Law-Management; Bonnie "Jeanne" Davis ('95)-Litigation-Intellectual Property, Litigation-Patent and Patent Law; Nancy C. Dougherty ('79)-Education Law; Richard B. Easterling ('90)-Administrative/Regulatory Law "Lawyer of the Year" and Government Relations Practice; Brett P. Furr ('86)-Litigation-Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year" and Real Estate Law; Eugene R. Groves ('70)-Commercial Litigation, Litigation-Construction, Litigation-Real Estate and Litigation-Trusts and Estates; Ann M. Halphen ('86)-Health Care Law; Mary C. Hester ('94)-Trusts and Estates "Lawyer of the Year"; Edward D. Hughes ('03)-Energy Regulatory Law; J. Clayton Johnson ('69)-Oil and Gas Law; Amy C. Lambert ('96)-Commercial Litigation; Amy Groves Lowe ('97)-Education Law; W. Shelby McKenzie ('64)-Insurance Law; John P. Murrill ('95)-Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants; J. Michael Parker ('78)-Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants "Lawyer of the Year"; Harry J. "Skip" Philips, Jr. ('83)-Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation and Litigation-Banking and Finance; Michael S. Walsh ('83)-Criminal Defense: Non-White Collar "Lawyer of the Year"


W. Arthur Abercrombie, Jr. ('69)

John Stone Campbell III ('95)

Robert L. Coco ('88)

Anne J. Crochet ('83)

Vicki M. Crochet ('80)

Bonnie "Jeanne" Davis ('95)

Nancy C. Dougherty ('79)

Richard B. Easterling ('90)

Brett P. Furr ('86)

Eugene R. Groves ('70)

Ann M. Halphen ('86)

Mary C. Hester ('94)

Edward D. Hughes ('03)

J. Clayton Johnson ('69)

Amy C. Lambert ('96)

Amy Groves Lowe ('97)

W. Shelby McKenzie ('64)

John P. Murrill ('95)

J. Michael Parker ('78)

Harry J. "Skip" Philips, Jr. ('83)

Michael S. Walsh ('83)
Thompson & Knight

The following attorneys from Thompson & Knight have been selected for inclusion in Texas Super Lawyers 2015: Jane Brandt ('86)-Intellectual Property Litigation; Jessica Hammons ('03)-Securities and Corporate Finance; David Wheat ('88)-Tax.

The following attorneys from Thompson & Knight have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016: Jane Brandt ('86)-Litigation-Intellectual Property and Patent; David Wheat ('88)-Tax Law; Paul Comeaux ('91)-Real Estate Law; and Todd Keator ('02)-Tax Law.

Liskow & Lewis

The following attorneys from Liskow & Lewis have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016: Richard W. Revels, Jr.-Oil & Gas Law, Lafayette; George Arceneaux III-Litigation-Environmental, Lafayette; and Jonathan A. Hunter-Energy Law, New Orleans.

Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson

The following attorneys from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson have been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2016: Robert Atkinson ('80)-Banking and Finance Law; Jude C. Bursavich ('88)-Commercial Litigation; David Cassidy ('75)-Litigation and Controversy-Tax; David Charlton ('83)-Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law; Murphy Foster ('79)-Construction Law, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Construction; Gregory D. Frost ('81)-Government Relations Practice and Health Care Law; Emily Black Grey-Health Care Law; Paul M. Hebert, Jr. ('70)-Family Law; Michael Hubbell-Real Estate Law; David R. Kelly ('82)- Commercial Litigation; Van Mayhall, Jr.-Business Organizations, Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Government Relations Practice, Litigation-Securities, Litigation and Controversy-Tax, and Reinsurance Law; Trenton J. Oubre-Workers' Compensation Law-Employers; Thomas Temple- Commercial Litigation; B. Troy Villa ('90)-Business Organizations; Corporate Law and Mergers & Acquisitions Law; Eve B. Masinter ('82)- Litigation-Labor & Employment.

The following attorneys from Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson have been listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business for Louisiana: John T. Andrishok-Construction; Robert L. Atkinson-Healthcare; David R. Cassidy ('75)-Corporate/M&A: Tax; Murphy J. Foster III-Construction and Labor & Employment; Gregory D. Frost ('81)-Healthcare; Richard D. Leibowitz ('80)-Banking & Finance: Public Finance; Eve B. Masinter ('82)-Labor & Employment; E. Frederick Preis, Jr.-Labor & Employment; Melissa M. Shirley ('97)-Labor & Employment


John T. Andrishok

Robert Atkinson ('80)

Jude C. Bursavich ('88)

David Cassidy ('75)

David Charlton ('83)

Murphy Foster ('79)

Gregory D. Frost ('81)

Emily Black Grey

Paul M. Hebert, Jr. ('70)

Michael Hubbell

David R. Kelly ('82)

Richard D. Leibowitz ('80)

Eve B. Masinter ('82)

Trenton J. Oubre

Melissa M. Shirley ('97)

Thomas Temple

B. Troy Villa ('90)
In Memory

The LSU Law Center community mourns the passing of the following alumni:

Sam A. Breen, '76 (1/13/16)
Richard Andrew Campbell, Jr.,'72 (12/31/15)
Roy Frank Cangelosi, '53 (12/11/15)
Hon. David Irwin Couvillion, '59 (10/17/15)
George Rew "Gere" Covert, '57 (11/24/15)
Ralph Lowell Cunningham, Jr. '76 (8/4/15)
Edward Brent Dufreche, '50 (9/1/15)
Neal E. Dry, '64 (12/15)
Norman Pierre Foret, '58 (12/5/15)
C.B. Forgotston, Jr. '71 (1/3/16)
Dexter Alan Gary, '66 (8/5/15)
Cheney Cleveland Joseph, Jr. '70 (12/18/15)
Duncan Stuart Kemp III, '66 (9/13/15)
Thomas Davis "Dave" Langford, '49 (10/23/15)
Norwood Mary Lyons, '61 (8/24/15)
James Ray McClelland, '75 (3/15/15)
James R. "Jim" Mitchell, '70 (7/24/15)
Isadore Garret Morgan "i.G." Olinde, Sr. '49 (1/3/16)
Macrino R. "Mac" Trelles, '75 (12/25/15)
William Ray Veal, '51

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