Boudreaux, MarkMark D. Boudreaux (’84), Senior Director, Federal Relations, ExxonMobil Corporation, Retired
Course: Lawyering and the Legislative Process

Mr. Mark Boudreaux retired from Exxon Mobil in Spring 2014. He is the former Senior Director for Federal Relations in Exxon Mobil Corporation’s Washington, D.C. office, where he had responsibility for the U.S. Senate. He joined Exxon Company, U.S.A.’s Exploration Department in 1984. He held subsequent positions at Exxon including State Government Affairs lead for two U.S. regions, head of Public Affairs for Exxon Pipeline Company, Alaska Public Affairs Manager in Anchorage, and Government Affairs Senior Advisor for Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. in Houston, Texas, with responsibility for Russia. After the merger in 1999, he was named Public and Government Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Exploration Company, and in January 2004, he became Public Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company. In August 2005, Boudreaux moved to ExxonMobil Corporation’s headquarters in Irving, Texas and held positions as Media Relations Manager and Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager. He was named Senior Director for Federal Relations in June 2008. A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Boudreaux holds Bachelor of Science and Juris Doctor degrees from Louisiana State University.

Colomb, BrianBrian Colomb (’98), Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
Course: The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses

Mr. Colomb is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice (member of Board of Governors), American Association for Justice, Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is listed among the Top Attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Life magazine, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and a Louisiana Super Lawyer. Mr. Colomb has also been awarded the highest possible peer-reviewed rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, for professional excellence and integrity.

Daniels, TimTimothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
Course: The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury

Mr. Daniels concentrates his practice on premises liability, railroad law, casualty, complex litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, products liability, and environmental and toxic tort. His defense of railroad companies includes FELA personal injury claims and railroad-crossing accidents. Mr. Daniels has defended personal injury and property damage claims arising out of business premises, automobile, and environmental accidents. His recent publications include The Locomotive Video Stars in Successful Motion for Summary Judgment, published in the IADC Transportation Committee Newsletter in May 2013.

Boudreaux, MarkHonorable Elizabeth Foote (’78), United States District Court Judge, Western District of Louisiana
Course: Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say

Judge Elizabeth E. Foote has served as a United States District Court judge with her duty seat in Shreveport since June, 2010. Until her appointment, Beth was a partner in The Smith Foote Law Firm, LLP, in Alexandria, where she had been engaged in active practice since 1979. Her caseload centered on commercial litigation and medical malpractice defense. Beth received her undergraduate degree from Louisiana State University with honors, her Masters of Arts degree from Duke University, and her law degree from the LSU Law Center. She has served as an Adjunct Professor at the LSU Law Center in the area of Appellate Advocacy. Beth was the first woman to serve as an officer in the Louisiana State Bar Association when she served as Treasurer. She has also served on the Board of Governors and House of Delegates of the LSBA. She has chaired numerous committees for the LSBA and was presented with the 1994 President’s Award for outstanding service in the area of Continuing Legal Education. Beth’s service to the bar culminated in the office of LSBA President from 2008-2009. In her new home of Shreveport, she has served as the 2011 CLE chair for the Shreveport Bar Association and currently serves as the co-chair of that committee. Beth is married to W. Ross Foote, a partner in a mediation and arbitration firm, whom she met on their first day in law school.

Theresa Gallion (’82), Member, Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P.
Course: Winning at MediationSuccessful Strategies for Conflict Resolution

Theresa M. Gallion is a Theresa Gallion is a partner in the Tampa office of Fisher & Phillips, LLP and the founding partner of the Tampa and Orlando offices. During her 30 years of practice as a labor and employment attorney, she has represented clients in a wide variety of industries, with particular emphasis on colleges and universities, hospitality, health care, telecommunications, and retail. She is one of the firm’s most experienced trial lawyers, having successfully tried over 40 jury trials in employment cases. Theresa specializes in complex and collective actions. In addition, a substantial portion of her practice is devoted to management training on such topics as equal employment opportunity, diversity, and management skills. Theresa is “AV” Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer since 2007. She has also been listed in Chambers USA, America’s Leading Business Lawyers since 2004 and in The Best Lawyers in America since 2006. Theresa earned both her B.S. and J.D. from LSU.

Honorable J. Walter Green, U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
Course: Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Walt Green serves as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. On March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Green for the position of United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Green’s nomination on May 1, 2014, and he was sworn in on June 2, 2014. Mr. Green earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Tulane Law School. He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. Afterwards, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 2000, he returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney. His prior duties as an Assistant United States Attorney include Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee Coordinator, Deputy Criminal Chief, and First Assistant United States Attorney. Additionally, he served as the Acting U.S. Attorney from July 1, 2013 to June 2, 2014. In addition to his duties as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Green is the Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (“NCDF”), formerly the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Command Center, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The NCDF is the central point for the receipt and processing of disaster fraud-related complaints nationwide. Mr. Green continues to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as the Officer-in-Charge of the Environmental Services Division, Marine Forces Reserve, and currently holds the rank of Colonel.

C. Frank Holthaus (’75), Partner, deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge, L.L.P
Course: Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

C. Frank Holthaus is a partner in the firm of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus & Fruge, L.L.P. with over forty years of trial experience. Graduating LSU Law Center in 1975, Mr. Holthaus clerked for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice Johan A. Dixon, Jr. before establishing his practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Holthaus is the past president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, past president of the Criminal Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is board certified in criminal law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Holthaus been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer every year since 2008 and is a member of the Top 50 Lawyers in Louisiana. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Louisiana State University Law School.

Catherine Maraist (’98), Assistant U.S. Attorney, Middle District of Louisiana
Course: Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Catherine Maraist is the Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, a position she has held since 2011. Prior to assuming the role of Civil Chief, she served as the Appellate Chief for the office and also prosecuted all types of cases as a criminal Assistant United States Attorney from 2003-2012. As a member of the Middle District of Louisiana’s Health Care Strike Force, she prosecuted criminal health care fraud cases working along with federal agents from the FBI, the HHS, and the IRS. She currently works with these agencies and others in investigating and prosecuting civil fraud cases brought pursuant to the federal False Claims Act, and in defending the United States’ interests in other civil cases brought in the district. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a Trial Attorney from 1999-2002 at the Aviation and Admiralty Section of the Department of Justice’s Torts Branch in Washington D.C. under the Attorney General’s Honor Program, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. in 1998 from LSU Law School, where she was the Articles Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Ms. Maraist has taught at various CLE programs on criminal, civil, and appellate subjects, and has taught regularly at the LSU Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program since 2002. She is the co-author of several legal texts and casebooks involving civil matters.

Papillion, DarrelDarrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Course: Managing the Personal Injury Case

A veteran Louisiana trial lawyer, Mr. Papillion handles complicated wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. His practice focuses on all areas of personal injury and wrongful death law including products liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, sexual abuse litigation, and industrial accidents. Mr. Papillion has served as an adjunct law professor at LSU Law for nearly 10 years.

Caroline Blitzer Phillips (’96), Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Course: Mergers & Acquisitions Workshop

Ms. Blitzer Phillips is a partner in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins. She advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and general corporate and securities matters. She has substantial experience with clients throughout the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production, transportation and midstream, power, oilfield services, coal, and renewables and clean energy. In September of 2015, Ms. Blitzer Phillips was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, she clerked for The Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Blitzer Phillips holds a B.S. from Duke University and a J.D. from LSU.

Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr., (’83), Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.P.
Course: Strategic Thinking for Lawyers

Harry J. “Skip” Philips, Jr., currently serves as the Firm’s Managing Partner and is a member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His primary practice areas include state and federal civil trial and appellate litigation, including banking, commercial, insurance, personal injury, insurance coverage, and products liability cases. His practice also includes corporate law, in which he serves as counsel to non-profit organizations. He received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1983, where he was the editor- in- chief of the Louisiana Law Review and elected to Order of the Coif. He received a Bachelor of Science from L.S.U. in 1972, where he was a distinguished military graduate in the Army ROTC program. He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, the three federal district courts in Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Philips is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and he is a fellow of Litigation Counsel of America. He received his B.S. and J.D. degrees from LSU.

Andrew Quackenbos, Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards
Course: The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses

Andrew Quackenbos was born in Metairie, Louisiana.  He worked his way through college and law school, earning his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering at LSU and his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, at Southern University Law Center.  In law school, he was the recipient of a full academic scholarship and graduated second in his class. After practicing at a New Orleans-based defense firm for five years, Andrew joined Domengeaux Wright Roy Edwards & Colomb. Andrew is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, where he has presented oral argument to both a three judge panel and the en banc court. He is currently an Observer to the Louisiana State Law Institute.

Rosenthal, LeeHonorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas
Course: Why Should the Judge Listen to Me?  What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say

Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division in 1992. Before then, she was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003. In 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates and oversees the work of the Advisory Committees for the Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. That appointment was extended through October 1, 2011. Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Employment Law project and the Aggregate Litigation project and was an advisor for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council and in 2011 became chair of the Program Committee. Judge Rosenthal has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and electronic discovery.

Roy, JamesJames “Jim” Roy (’76), Managing Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, LLC
Course: The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses

A past president of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Roy is listed in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of maritime law and personal injury litigation. Mr. Roy has been inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In August 2001, the National Law Journal recognized him as Litigator of the Month as a result of a $43 million jury verdict he obtained for a double amputee. Also, he was co-counsel in a $32 million jury verdict in Lafayette federal court in April 2007. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1999. He earned an LLM from Georgetown University Law School in 1977.

Samira Salman (’99), CEO and Founder of Salman Solutions, LLC
Course: Building Your Business and Your Brand–Strategic Lessons for Real World Success

Samira Salman is CEO and founder of Salman Solutions, LLC, a strategic planning and business development company, co-founder and Managing Director of Global Access Partner, LLC, an international business development firm and a senior advisor to Think Global Institute, a global business institute for female entrepreneurship. Since founding Salman Solutions, Samira has advised executives, built companies, and facilitated capital for multiple businesses. Currently, Salmanʼs diversified business portfolio includes equity in several business and entrepreneurial ventures in the US and abroad including real estate; business & advisory firms; lifestyle, luxury, and health & wellness brands. Additionally, Salman is an honorary advisor & program project director on social impact projects for the United Nations NGO Committee on Sustainable Development. Prior to Salman Solutions, Samira held positions at Arthur Andersen, Deloitte & Touche, KPMG, and was in-house tax counsel at Shell Oil Company. She has an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Houston and a JD and BS in International Trade and Finance with a minor in Economics, from Louisiana State University. She is licensed to practice law in Texas, Louisiana, and before the US Tax Court.

Michelle Stratton (’09), Associate, Smyser Kaplan & Veselka, L.L.P.
Course: Advanced Appellate Brief Writing

Michelle Stratton represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex trial and appellate matters. She has experience across a wide spectrum of substantive legal areas, from intellectual property to criminal sentencing, bankruptcy, insurance, employment, environmental, breach of contract, fraud, statutory interpretation, and federal constitutional cases. Ms. Stratton gained invaluable appellate experience while serving as law clerk to Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the Supreme Court of the United States and to the Honorable Edith Jones of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She further honed her appellate skills as a Bristow Fellow in the Office of the Solicitor General of the United States, which represents the federal government in litigation before the Supreme Court. In that role, Ms. Stratton recommended to the Solicitor General which cases the government should appeal to intermediate federal   appellate courts, worked on certiorari and merits-stage Supreme Court briefs, and briefed and argued a winning appeal before the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Applying this unique experience to her private practice, Ms. Stratton has successfully represented clients in trial matters and appeals in both federal and state courts, from the Supreme Court of the United States to Texas district courts. After graduating summa cum laude from Louisiana College, Ms. Stratton received her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University, earning the top grade in twenty law school courses and graduating first in her class. While there, she was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and participated in trial advocacy and moot court programs. She also received several awards for her writing, including the Vinson & Elkins Best Case Note or Comment Award for Excellence in Legal Writing and the American Society of Legal Writers’ national Scribes Award for the best student-written article in a law review or journal. In 2011, Washingtonian Magazine named Ms. Stratton one of ten “Women to Watch.”

Michael S. Walsh (’83), Of Counsel, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.C.
Course: Strategic Thinking for Lawyers

With 30 years’ experience representing individual and corporate clients in complex criminal and civil litigation and enforcement cases throughout the country, Mr. Walsh’s experience spans a variety of grand jury and trial matters, involving public corruption, antitrust, healthcare, False Claims Act, Lacey Act Violations and environmental matters. Mr. Walsh’s experience includes federal and state trials, with primary trial responsibility in more than 100 cases including commercial and 1983 Federal Civil Rights cases. Mr. Walsh received his Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1983. He received a Bachelor of Science from L.S.U. in 1979. In addition to be admitted to the bar in Louisiana, he is also admitted to practice in the State of Texas. Mr. Walsh is the past Chair of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board having and is an adjunct professor of law at Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches a course on Professional Responsibility and Ethics. He is a frequent lecturer on ethics, professionalism and litigation skills having done so in the states of Louisiana, Florida, California, Texas and Mississippi. He is the current Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Criminal Law Section having been elected by the section’s members to serve in that role. Prior to attending LSU, Mr. Walsh served in the United States Army as a Military Policeman having graduated from the United States Military Police School.

Ed WaltersEdward J. Walters, Jr. (’75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Course: Managing the Personal Injury Case

Edward J. Walters, Jr., a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, received his B.S. from LSU in 1969 and his J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1975. He has practiced for over 39 years representing plaintiffs in personal injury cases. He is Board Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He is an Adjunct professor of law at the LSU Law Center where he and Mike Patterson jointly teach a trial skills course entitled “Advanced Trial and Evidence Seminar.” He is a frequent lecturer and writer on litigation, evidence, ethics and professionalism topics and has been the editor of the Baton Rouge Bar Association‘s monthly magazine Around the Bar for 30 years.

Willis, ScottSterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.
Course: Legal Opinions in Business Transactions

Mr. Willis is a member of the firm’s Corporate Section and is head of its Real Estate and Commercial Finance Groups. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, negotiated acquisitions, corporate law, banking and commercial real estate. He is the past chair of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Committee on Legal Opinions, and is currently Vice Chairman of the ACREL Legal Opinions Committee and a member of the Law Firm Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions. He has frequentlylectured on commercial transactions and legal opinion issues. Mr. Willis is also the Vice Chair for eCLE for the ABA Real Property Section standing CLE Committee. He has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in Louisiana practicing in the areas of banking and finance by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is named in The Best Lawyers in America for expertise in Financial Institutions amp; Transaction Law. Mr. Willis is also listed in The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.