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Class Notes - September 2021

1970s

Ronnie L. Johnson (‘70) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law. Johnson practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Samuel A. Bacot (‘72) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Land Use and Zoning Law, Litigation - Real Estate, and Real Estate Law. Bacot practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Steve Bullock (’75) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Intellectual Property.


Richard A. Curry (‘77) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Environmental. Curry practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Kathleen A. Manning (‘77) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants. Manning practices in the firm’s New Orleans office.

1980s

Richard Arsenault (’80) was awarded the Top Rating by Avvo for 2021 and Chaired the Insurance, Tort, Worker's Compensation, and Admiralty Law Section CLE at the LSBA Annual Convention. He was appointed as a Planning Steering Committee member for Multidistrict Litigation Conference at the George Washington Law School Complex Litigation Center and will be a speaker this fall at their first annual invitation-only MDL conference which includes 50 members of the Federal Bench. Arsenault was also selected to the Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Consumer Lawyers guide and selected by peers to be included in the 28th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Arsenault has also been appointed to serve as a Reviewer in the development of a compendium of Multidistrict Litigation best practices by George Washington Law School. He is also co-founder of the Baylor Law Executive LL.M. in Litigation Management program, which has assembled leading-edge litigation specialists, seasoned general counsel, accomplished Judges, top litigation professors, and nationally recognized thought leaders. This program brings participants face-to-face with some of the foremost experts in their respective fields, providing the opportunity to learn from the best.


Julie LaFargue (‘81) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Rodolfo J. “Rudy” Aguilar, Jr. (’82) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Corporate Law, Insurance Law, and Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions. Aguilar practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Mary Terrell Joseph (‘82) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Banking and Finance Law. Joseph practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Christine Lipsey (‘82) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Commercial Litigation. Lipsey practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Jan SwiftJan Swift ('83) has been named interim executive director of the Leadership Institute of Acadiana.


Noel Darce (’83) of Stone Pigman has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Energy Regulatory Law.


Larry Orlansky (’83) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Gaming Law, Legal Malpractice Law – Defendants, and Litigation – Securities.


Douglas K. Williams (’83) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Insurance Law.


Skip PhillipsHarry J. “Skip” Phillips Jr. (’83) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Ricardo A. Aguilar (‘86) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, Litigation - Bankruptcy, Litigation - Mergers and Acquisitions, Litigation - Real Estate, and Litigation - Trusts and Estates. Aguilar practices in the firm’s New Orleans office.


Paul Masinter (’87) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation – Securities.


Marshall Redmon (’87), managing partner at Phelps, has received the 2020 Citizen Lawyer Award from the Louisiana State Bar Association for his leadership and community work through the pandemic and in his two years as managing partner.


Mark N. Bodin (‘88) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. Bodin practices in the firm’s New Orleans office.


Hon. John C. Davidson (’88) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors. He will also serve as the foundation’s secretary.


Jess Sperry (‘88) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law. Sperry practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Jeff Barbin (’89), partner at Phelps, has been named treasurer for the International Association of Gaming Advisors (IAGA). Barbin has been an active member of the group since 2002, has been on the board for seven years, and most recently served as assistant treasurer for two years.


Michael D. Ferachi (‘89) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America practices in the areas of Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Banking and Finance, and Mortgage Banking Foreclosure Law. Ferachi practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Susan W. Furr (’89) of Phelps has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Labor Law – Management.

1990s

Thomas Clark (’90) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Administrative / Regulatory Law.


Beverly Whitley (‘90) of Bell Nunnally has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Appellate Practice and Commercial Litigation.


Marshall Grodner (’90) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Transactions / UCC Law and Equipment Finance Law. Grodner practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Doug Cochran (’91) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Insurance Law.


Amy Cazes Greene (’91) of Phelps has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation – Insurance.


Patten Brown III (’92), managing partner at the Law Offices of Pat Brown, has been selected as a SuperLawyer in the areas of criminal defense and white collar defense and one of New England’s Top Lawyers as published by The Wall Street Journal.


Tracy Averett Morganti (’92) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Banking and Finance Law.


Cullen J. Dupuy (’93) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Litigation - Health Care.


Patrick Ragan Richard (’93) of Phelps has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Real Estate Law.


Jeanne C. Comeaux (’94) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Litigation – Insurance.


Robert E. Dille (’94) of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants. Dille practices in the firm’s New Orleans office.


Jon Ann H. Giblin (‘94) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America practices in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Giblin practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Edmund J. Giering IV (’94) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Ashley Kelton “Kelly” Longwell (’94) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Michael Walshe (’95) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Commercial Litigation.


Christopher Bynog (’96) of Phelps has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law.


Minor Pipes IIIMinor Pipes III (’96) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Karleen J. Green (’97) of Phelps has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law.


Maggie T. Simar (’98) has been named a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation 2021-22 Board of Directors.

2000s

James Slaton (’01) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Real Estate Law.


Amanda S. Stout (‘03) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law and Labor Law – Management. Stout practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


James R. Raines (’04) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been recognized as “Lawyer of the Year” in the 2022 Edition of Best Lawyers in the area of Family Law.


Nick Wehlen (’04) of Stone Pigman has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Litigation – Construction and Litigation – Securities.


Chris NicholsChris Nichols ('07) of McGlinchey Stafford has been named a 2021 Notable Practitioner in Louisiana by Managing Intellectual Property magazine in its 2021 IP Stars rankings.


Bradley Kline (’09) of Phelps has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Banking and Finance Law, and Commercial Transactions/UCC Law.


Kristi W. Richard (‘09) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Insurance Law. Richard practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.

2010s

David C. Fleshman (’11) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction.


Druit G. Gremillion (’11) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Insurance Law.


Mark Hill (’11) has been named a partner at Thompson Coe. He practices in the firm's New Orleans office.


Joseph J. Cefalu III (’12) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants.


Jacob E. Roussel (’12) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction.


Shelly K. Napolitano (’12) of Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy has been named among The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch list in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defendants and Product Liability Litigation-Defendants. Napolitano practices in the firm’s New Orleans offices.


Brad Barback (‘14) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Construction Law and Litigation – Construction. Barback practices in the firm’s Baton Rouge office.


Brooksie Bonvillain Boutet (’14), a trial attorney at Shipley Snell Montgomery LLP, has been elected to the Houston Young Lawyers Association (“HYLA”) 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Danielle L. Borel  (’14) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Commercial Litigation and Health Care Law.


Timothy G. Byrd Jr. (‘14) of McGlinchey Stafford has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/ Insolvency and Reorganization Law, Commercial Litigation, and Financial Services Regulation Law. Byrd practices in the firm’s New Orleans office.


Kelsey A. Clark (’15) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants.


Catherine Breaux Moore (’15) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Health Care Law.


Kiara Gradney (’15), a civil litigation attorney at Ware, Jackson, Lee, O’Neill, Smith & Barrow, LLP, has been elected to the Houston Young Lawyers Association (“HYLA”) 2021-22 Board of Directors.


Katherine M. Cook (’17) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Insurance Law, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Workers' Compensation Law – Employers.


Kristin Oglesby (’18) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the areas of Corporate Law and Tax Law.


Christine M. Colwell (’19) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson has been selected for inclusion in the 2022 edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in the area of Health Care Law.


Catherine Briley (‘19) has joined the New Orleans office of Baker Donelson as an associate in the firm's Corporate Practice.

In Memory

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

Hon. Randolph H. Parro (’67), 07/11/21