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Class Notes - October 2020

1970s

Alton Johnson III (‘70) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Bet-the-Company Litigation.


Paul M. Hebert (‘70) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Family Law.


Mayhall, Jr., VanVan R. Mayhall (‘71) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Corporate Law, Government Relations Practice, Litigation - Regulatory Enforcement (SEC, Telecom, Energy), Litigation - Securities, Litigation and Controversy - Tax, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, and Reinsurance Law.


Stokes McConnell (‘72) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Public Finance Law.


Michael W. McKay (‘74) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in Baton Rouge has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Stephen G. Bullock (‘75) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans has been recognized in the The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


David CassidyDavid R. Cassidy (‘75) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America for 2021 for Litigation and Controversy - Tax and Tax Law.


Mark A. Fullmer (‘76) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for his practice of Venture Capital Law.


John W. Barton (‘76) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Real Estate Law.


Haller Jackson III (’76), special council at Bradley Murchison, was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation.


Milton Moore III (‘76), of Monroe, was sworn in as Chief Judge of the Louisiana 2nd Circuit Court of Appeal in October.


Michael D. Hunt (‘77) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in the The Best Lawyers of America 2021.


Kay Cowden Medlin (’77), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Arbitration, Commercial Litigation, Energy Law and Mediation; Shreveport Louisiana.


Malcolm S. Murchison (’77), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Energy Law, Environmental Law, Litigation - Environmental, Mining Law, Natural Resources Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Real Estate Law; Shreveport, Louisiana.


Leo C. Hamilton (‘77) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Employment Law - Management, and Labor Law - Management.


Joseph L. “Larry” Shea, Jr. (‘78), partner at BradleyMurchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Litigation - Environmental, Litigation - Labor and Employment, Litigation - Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Oil and Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Real Estate Law, Shreveport, Louisiana and chosen as a “Lawyer of the Year," Shreveport, Louisiana for Litigation – Environmental.


Richard E. Matheny (‘79) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers of America 2021.


John Reeks, Jr. (’79), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law and Oil & Gas Law; Shreveport, Louisiana.


Robert P. McCleskey Jr. (‘79) of Phelps Dunbar was named “Best Lawyer” in the 2021 list in The Best Lawyers of America.


Murphy J. Foster (‘79) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Construction Law, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Construction.


David R. Taggart (’79), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Construction Law, Employment Law - Management, Energy Law, Labor Law - Management, Litigation - Construction, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Oil and Gas Law; Shreveport, Louisiana.


1980s

Richard J. Arsenault (‘80) participated as a lecturer in connection with seven presentations for Baylor Law School’s Complex Litigation LLM program. He was also selected as one of Louisiana’s Top 10 Attorneys by Attorneys and Practice Magazine. He recently chaired the LSBA 27th Annual Admiralty Symposium which he has chaired since its inception, and was also nominated for the Alexandria Bar Association “Causidicus Award.”


Gregory D. Frost (‘81) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Government Relations Practice and Health Care Law.


Patrick A. Talley Jr. (‘82) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Railroad Law.


Eve MasinterEve B. Masinter (‘82) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Employment Law - Management, Labor Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment.


David R. Kelly (‘82) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and Tax Law.


Jerry N. Jones (’83), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation – Environmental and Litigation – Municipal, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


Lawrence Orlansky (‘83) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Robert AtkinsonRobert L. Atkinson (‘83) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Banking and Finance Law.


Noel J. Darce (‘83) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


David M. Charlton (‘83) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Closely Held Companies and Family Businesses Law.


Michael WalshMichael Walsh (‘83) of Taylor Porter in Baton Rouge has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).


Douglas K. Williams (‘83) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Insurance Law, Litigation - Insurance, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, and Transportation Law.


Steven J. Levine (‘84) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Environmental.


Randy P. Roussel (‘84) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for his Banking and Finance Law.


Thomas H. Kiggans (‘84) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Kevin J. LaVie (‘84) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Jonathan C. Benda (‘86) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Mark C. Dodart (‘86) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Errol J. King Jr. (‘86) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


John O. Shirley (‘86) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Paul J. Masinter (‘87) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Marshall M. Redmon (‘87) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Michael R. Hubbell (‘87) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Transactions / UCC Law and Real Estate Law.


Jude C. Bursavich (‘88) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Health Care.


Dwight C. “Trey” Paulsen III (’89), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; New Orleans, Louisiana.


Susan W. Furr (‘89) of Phelps Dunbar was honored as a “Lawyer of the Year” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Labor and Employment


1990s

Tom Clark (‘90) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Administrative / Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Entertainment Law - Motion Pictures and Television, Government Contracts, Insurance Law, and Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants.


Troy Villa (‘90) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), Corporate Law, and Mergers and Acquisitions Law.


Stephen R. Whalen (‘90) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Insurance.


Douglas J. Cochran (‘91) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in Baton Rouge was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Warner Joseph Delaune (‘91) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Trenton J. Oubre (‘91) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Insurance and Workers' Compensation Law - Employers.


 Lance Kinchen (‘92) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Tax Law.


Tracy Averett Morganti (‘92) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Banking and Finance Law.


Patrick Ragan Richard (‘93) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Cullen J. Dupuy (‘93) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Insurance Law, Litigation - Health Care, and Litigation - Insurance.


Jeanne Comeaux (‘94) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Insurance and Trade Secrets Law.


Darrel Papillion (‘94) of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens in Baton Rouge has been inducted as a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers (ACTL).


David E. Redmann, Jr. (’94), partner at Bradley Murchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, and Product Liability Litigation – Defendants; New Orleans, Louisiana.


Michael Q. Walshe, Jr. (‘95) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Virginia Y. Dodd (‘97) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Karleen J. Green (‘97) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Alan Harrell (‘97) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Melissa M. Shirley (‘97) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Employment Law - Management.


Jeffrey M. Barbin (‘98) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Catherine Maraist (‘98) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Litigation - Health Care.


Thomas R. Temple (‘98) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Insurance, and Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants.

2000s

Emily B. GreyEmily Black Grey (‘00) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Health Care Law.


Philip Hackney (‘01), University of Pittsburgh Law School, received the Outstanding Academic Award in the Nonprofit Sector from the American Bar Associations Business Law Section’s Nonprofit Committee.


James E.A. Slaton (‘01) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in Baton Rouge, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Nicholas J. Wehlen (‘04) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


James R. Raines (‘04) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Family Law and Litigation - Insurance.


Erik Piazza (‘04) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


Carroll Devillier (‘06) of Breazeale, Sachse and Wilson was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2021 for Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Health Care.


Kathleen Legendre (‘06) is joining Besty A. Fischer after 14 years of public interest service.


Grady Williams IV (‘07) of Phelps Dunbar was named a “Best Lawyer” in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


James T. Dunne (‘08) of Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann in New Orleans was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2021.


David Hamm (‘08), of Shreveport, has been appointed Associate General Counsel at Lumen Technologies. 

2010s

Scott Sternberg (‘10) is a partner of Sternberg, Nacarri & White law firm, which was named the “Outstanding Pro Bono Law Firm” by the ProBono Project.


Nathan M. Telep (’15), an associate at BradleyMurchison, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America: Ones to Watch 2021; Shreveport, Louisiana.


Katie Bernhardt (‘16) has been named chair of the state Democratic party. Bernhardt and her husband operate Standard Law in Lafayette, where she has been a member of the Democratic State Central Committee and executive committee for four years. 

In Memory

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

Robert Harold Hodges (‘56), 9/5/2020

Kenneth Lloyd Hix (‘87), 9/20/2020

Gene Fendler ('73), 10/21/2020