The Honorable Guy Holdridge, First Circuit Court of Appeal
Judge Holdridge previously served as a District Judge of the 23rd Judicial District Court. He served as a district court judge since 1991 and was the chief judge in 1991, 1995, 2000, 2005, 2006, and 2014. Judge Holdridge earned a B.A. Degree from Louisiana State University in 1974 and a J.D. in 1978 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif and the Louisiana Law Review. He is a member of the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame. Judge Holdridge serves on the adjunct faculty of LSU Law Center where he teaches LA Civil Procedure I and II. He is also on the committee for the LSU Trial Advocacy Program. He is a long time member of the council of the Louisiana Law Institute and is now serving as the Assistant Director. He is also a member of the Children’s Code, Child Custody, Expropriation, Prescription, Bail Bonds, Summary Judgment, Civil Procedure and Adult Guardianship Committees of the Law Institute and is the past reporter of the Expedited Jury Trial Committee, Summary Judgment, and Bail Bonds Committees. While serving as reporter for the Summary Judgment committee, Judge Holdridge oversaw the enactment of the current article 966. As reporter of the Bail Bond Committee, he also oversaw the enactment of a new bail bond law. He is also currently serving as the acting reporter for the Criminal Law and Procedure Committee which is revising the Post-Conviction Relief articles. He also served for over two terms as past chairman of the Louisiana Certified Shorthand Reporter’s Board which managed the court reporters of the state. He is a past president of the Louisiana District Judges’ Association, a member of the Executive Committee and the Chairman of the District Judges “Best Practices Committee”. As the chairman of the Best Practices committee, he led the effort to have Judges Bench Books developed for the trial judges of the state. He was also part of the mentoring program of the District Judges Association. He is currently the President of the First Circuit Judges Association. He is also a member and past president of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Judicial College. Along with Professor Corbett, he is the co-chair of the Judicial College/LADC Torts conference. He also is a frequent speaker at Judicial College programs at the Summer school, Evidence and Procedure and the spring and fall conferences. He is also a member of the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Strategic Planning committee and Jury Instructions Committee. He is also a yearly speaker at the Attorney General’s Program for Justice of the Peace and constables. Judge Holdridge is a frequent speaker at LSBA and local bar associations CLE programs. In June of 2018, Judge Holdridge was awarded the Catherine D. Kimball Award for the Administration of Justice presented by the Louisiana Bar Association.
Dean Sutherland, Of Counsel, Jeansonne & Remondet
Dean Sutherland graduated from the University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1973. He received his Juris Doctorate with honors (Order of the Coif) from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1975. After law school, Dean served as a law clerk for Associate Justice Albert Tate, Jr. of the Supreme Court of Louisiana (1975 – 1976).
During years of active trial and appellate civil practice before Louisiana and federal courts, Dean developed a comprehensive knowledge of admiralty and maritime law, Louisiana and federal workers’ compensation law, as well as Louisiana tort and insurance law. His legal practice is focused on insurance coverage disputes, insurance bad faith claims, admiralty and maritime law, and construction and civil litigation.
Since 1984, Dean has maintained an “AV Preeminent”® peer review rating in Martindale Hubbell ®. He was nominated by his peers and selected for inclusion in Best Lawyers of America®, in the fields of admiralty law and insurance law, and in Louisiana Super Lawyers® in the field of insurance coverage. Dean was elected into the LSU Hebert Law Center “Hall of Fame.”
Dean is a co-author of Cases and Materials on Maritime Law by Maraist, Galligan, Maraist & Sutherland, American Casebook Series (WEST Group – Third Edition, 2015). His article on Louisiana insurance “bad faith” law received the 2007 Stephen T. Victory Award for the best feature article in the Louisiana Bar Journal. Dean authored another article that revisited this issue in the 20 l O Louisiana Bar Journal.
Dean served as a member of the Adjunct Faculty of Loyola University School of Law, teaching Maritime Personal Injury Law, Admiralty and Maritime Law, Employees’ Remedies (1984-1990) and Insurance Law ( 1998 – 2011 ). He is an Adjunct Professor at the LSU Hebert Law Center, where he teaches Maritime Personal Injury Law, Advanced Tort Litigation Seminar, and Admiralty and Maritime Law ( 1991, 2001- Present).
Dean has taught more than one-thousand attorneys and law students in trial advocacy and deposition legal education programs sponsored by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, LSU Hebert Law Center and Loyola Law School. He has received awards from NIT A and LSU for his trial advocacy teaching.
In 1984, Dean co-founded the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy and has since been a member of the Faculty and Board of Directors. He served as the Program Director of the LADC Trial Academy for many years.
Dean coaches the LSU Hebert Law Center teams that compete in the national Judge John R. Brown Admiralty Moot Court competition. In 2010, he was awarded the inaugural Susan C. Kalinka “Coach of the Year Award” by the LSU Hebert Law Center Moot Court and Trial Advocacy Boards. His admiralty moot court teams have won numerous brief and oral advocacy awards, cumulating in the 2015 National Championship.
In 2003, Dean joined Jeansonne & Remondet as Of Counsel to its New Orleans’ office. He is a member of the American and Louisiana Bar Associations, as well as the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel.
Dean has served on the LSU Hebert Law Center Board of Trustees and the LSU Hebert Law Center Chancellor’s Council since its inception. In 2007 – 2009, Dean served as the Chairperson of the LSU Hebert Law Center Chancellor’s Council. He has served as a Co-Founder, Master and Executive Committee Member of the Judge John C. Boutall American Inn of Court.
Aaron D. Brooks (’88), Director of Ethics Investigation Division, Louisiana Ethics Administration
Campaign Finance, Personal Financial Disclosure, and Governmental Ethics
Aaron Brooks serves as the lead attorney on major ethics violation lawsuits and is the manager supervisor of an eight person investigative task force handling approximately 200 cases annually. Prior to joining the Louisiana Ethics Administration in 2009, Mr. Brooks was an Assistant District Attorney for 21 years for the Louisiana 19th Judicial District.
Randy Young—Partner, Kean Miller
Energy Regulatory Law
Randy Young is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1992 and practices in the areas of energy, telecommunications, utility regulation, pilotage regulation, and also in environmental litigation. Randy has 25 years of experience in electric utility regulation and environmental law. He has represented industrial manufacturing, refining, and related companies before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has represented independent generation companies and power marketers in matters before the LPSC and has represented a telecommunications company in multi-state regulatory complaint proceedings. Randy has also represented industry associations in matters before the Louisiana Pilotage Commission. Randy has extensive experience in complex toxic tort litigation, class action proceedings and settlements, insurance claims litigation, and he has represented clients in connection with environmental remediation and Superfund/CERCLA issues and litigation. Randy is an AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was elected to The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc) in 2007-2020 by his peers. He was named by Best Lawyers as a Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year in Administrative/Regulatory Law for 2018. Randy is also listed among the top energy & natural resources lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA in 2011 – 2019.
Randy earned his B.S. in 1983 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he received Outstanding Graduate honors. He earned his J.D. in 1992 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Academic Hall of Fame, Phi Kappa Phi, and recipient of the Jules F. Landry Scholarship Award for 1991 – 1992. He also attended the summer law program at Universite’ d’Aix Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France.
Katherine King (’81), Partner, Kean Miller
Energy Regulatory Law
Katherine King is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 1989. Katherine has more than 25 years of experience before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) with a focus on the regulation of Louisiana’s electric, telecommunications and pipeline industries. She has provided project development and electric regulatory advice with respect to a number of generation projects. Katherine has been heavily involved in advising generator clients with respect to generation project structures that satisfy client needs while complying with both Federal energy regulatory law and LPSC requirements. She also advises major industrial companies with respect to power supply contracts, federal and state electric regulatory compliance, and self-generation and she represents these clients before the LPSC in electric regulatory proceedings. Katherine serves as counsel to the Louisiana Energy Users Group (LEUG), an intervention group whose members are major industrial companies, and represents electric generators and project developers in regulatory proceedings before the LPSC, and in individual contract negotiations and project development. She is listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2012-2020 – Administrative / Regulatory Law, Communications Law, and Energy Law), Chambers USA (Energy & Natural Resources: Utilities, 2018 and 2019), Louisiana Super Lawyers (2007-2009 and 2011-2014), and Baton Rouge Business Report’s Influential Women In Business 2005. Katherine was named a Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year in Energy Law by Best Lawyers 2019.
Katherine earned her J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1981. She served as a law clerk to the Hon. Elven E. Ponder of the First Circuit Court of Appeal of Louisiana from 1981 to 1984 and to the Hon. John V. Parker, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana, from 1984 to 1986. She earned her B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1976.
Caroline Blitzer Philips (’96), Partner, Vinson & Elkins
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.
Marta-Ann Schnabel, Shareholder, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC
Serving the Public and the Profession
In over thirty five years as a litigator, she has handled a wide range of cases including business disputes, professional malpractice defense, construction litigation, employment matters and insurance issues. She is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Schnabel is a member of the Patterson Mediation Group and has trained at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She served as Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal from 2001-2003. When she was sworn into office on June 9, 2006, Ms. Schnabel became the first woman to serve as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She was honored to receive the LSBA’s President’s Award on four separate occasions–in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2014. Ms. Schnabel is also a past President of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. The Chief Justice appointed her to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee in 2007, and in 2014 she became the Committee’s Chairperson. In May of 2010, she was honored as the recipient of the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an advocate for Access to Justice. As part of her commitment to public service, Ms. Schnabel also heads the Board of the non-profit Louisiana Civil Justice Center, an organization she helped to found in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is also the Chair of the newly formed Louisiana Access To Justice Commission. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Calogero Justice Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and in 2015 she was named a “Woman of the Year” by New Orleans City Business. Ms. Schnabel is currently the Louisiana Representative to DRI, and she is the Vice Chair of the DRI Law Practice Management Committee. She was recently appointed to the Center for Law and Public Policy and participated as an author and editor of the DRI Law Practice Management Handbook, which was published in 2014. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal issues, including mediation and arbitration, law practice management, ethics, and professionalism.
Kathleen E. Simon, Member, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC
Serving the Public and the Profession
Kathleen E. Simon joined O’Bryon & Schnabel in October of 2015 and brings to the firm almost 30 years of experience in litigation practice in the areas of personal injury, casualty, and insurance coverage defense, including arson and fraud claims; pre-suit evaluations, negotiations, medical fraud and prescription drug issues. Her knowledge of the Louisiana attorney discipline system and ethics issues is also extensive. Her career began with the firm of Simon & Rees first as an associate and then a partner when the firm became Simon Rees & Simon. Upon retirement of senior partner, E. Kelleher Simon in March of 2002, Kathleen joined the firm of Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson. Once again, she rose through the ranks at PH&J and became a partner in the Covington office. With the litigation boom post-Katrina, Kathleen’s practice expanded to include complex litigation and bad faith claims. Kathleen is a member of numerous Bar organizations and is currently involved in the Covington and Louisiana Bar Associations and St. Tammany Inns of Court. For more than 12 years she has served as a hearing officer for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and she is now the chairman of one of the hearing committees. She has been active with the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and serves on its Board of directors. She served as a faculty member and mentor as chair of the LADC Trial Academy, a three day CLE program for young defense lawyers. Participants “learn by doing” and go through the phases of trial from opening statement through closing argument including direct and cross examination of witnesses including experts, for over 15 years.
Kathleen is a graduate of Tulane University and Loyola University School of Law.
Rachael Mills, Access to Justice Projects Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association
Serving the Public and the Profession
Rachael Mills graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a bachelor of arts in History. After graduation, she moved to Louisiana as an AmeriCorps disaster relief volunteer. She completed three terms of service with AmeriCorps, primarily with nonprofit organizations focused on rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, before initially joining the LSBA’s Access to Justice Department. After a three year hiatus to attend LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Rachael re-joined the Access to Justice Department as ATJ Special Projects Counsel. Currently, she works with the Access to Justice Department to manage, administer and direct various projects of, or facilitated by, the ATJ Program which strengthen relationships and foster coordination among Louisiana’s civil justice community members and partners.
As part of those duties, she staffs numerous committees and subcommittees of both the Access to Justice Committee and the Access to Justice Commission. In particular, she staffs the Pro Bono and Disaster Response subcommittees of the ATJ Committee. In her role as staff liaison with the Disaster Response Subcommittee, she facilitates coordination of the subcommittee and the ABA/YLD Disaster Response Hotline. For the ATJ Commission, she serves as staff liaison for the Funding Committee which explores various ways in which to increase funding for civil legal aid. In addition to those duties, she oversees the ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program which provides a unique opportunity for 1Ls to learn about Louisiana’s civil justice network and she is the local administrator of LA.FreeLegalAnswers.org, the online pro bono program created and supported by the ABA.
Edwin G. Preis, Jr. (‘72), Managing Partner and Founder of Preis PLC
The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice
Mr. Preis’s practice areas include civil rights, contractual indemnity and insurance, mass torts and class actions, premises liability and redhibition. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation since 2005. Mr. Preis has been named “2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. Since 2004, Mr. Preis has served on the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees. He served as a Faculty Member for the LSU Law Center Trial Advocacy Training Program in 1992 and 1993.
Michael Monahan, Principal of Astrolabe, LLC
Video Game Law
Michael Monahan is the principal of Astrolabe, LLC where he focuses on “soft IP law” — e.g., trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets – and other issues arising from technology and consumer-facing content. For over 20 years, he has helped businesses large and small with the establishment, development and protection of intellectual property assets. His sub-specialty is the law of video games, including MMOs, and the intellectual property concerns and other special legal and business issues that arise in that space. Mr. Monahan is a 1995 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1998 graduate of the LSU Law Center. At LSU, he was a member of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Monahan was an associate at McGlinchey Stafford and Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein McAlister & Hilbert. In 2006, Mr. Monahan moved to Chicago and joined Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson where he became a partner prior to founding Astrolabe. Mr. Monahan has lectured extensively on intellectual property and videogame issues and teaches a seminar in videogame law at the Chicago Kent School of Law.
Stacie Lambert Diblieux (’04), Louisiana Department of Justice
Complex Litigation and Antitrust
Stacie is a 2004 graduate of the LSU Law Center and holds a degree in economics from LSU. After beginning her legal career in private practice on the defense side, Stacie joined the Louisiana Department of Justice. She has been handling plaintiff side complex litigation on behalf of the state for the past 13 years and works alongside other state attorneys general, the US DOJ and FTC, as well as private firms engaged in complex litigation. Stacie’s cases of note have included litigation and investigations related to the Katrina insurance claims, Katrina canal breaches, BP oil spill, Apple eBooks antitrust conspiracy, Toyota unintended acceleration claims, Volkswagen diesel emissions fraud claims, and numerous cases against pharmaceutical companies. Stacie’s pharmaceutical cases include the national generic drug price-fixing litigation and the state’s litigation related to the national opioid crisis against the opioid drug manufacturers, which she leads. Stacie is also a frequent continuing education speaker and has mentored law clerks within the Louisiana DOJ for 12 years. She is the section chief of the Department’s Complex Litigation Unit.
Kris Dighe, Senior Counsel; U.S. Department of Justice
Prosecuting Environmental Crimes
Kris Dighe is Senior Counsel for the Environmental Crimes Section at the U.S. Department of Justice. He carries an active load of environmental crimes cases throughout the country, and additionally works on policy and legislative matters and provides training for prosecutors and law enforcement agents at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. Mr. Dighe is Vice Chair of the American Bar Association’s Environmental Enforcement and Crimes Committee, and serves on the Board of Visitors of the Wayne State University Law School and the City of Rockville (Maryland) Ethics Commission. After graduating from law school, Mr. Dighe clerked for Judge Stanley Marcus, then on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida and now on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. Following his clerkship, he worked in private practice in Miami and Detroit practicing commercial and environmental litigation. After leaving private practice, Mr. Dighe spent ten years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Detroit, where he prosecuted environmental crimes, public corruption, complex white collar crime, and civil rights violations among other federal crimes. In 2004, he moved to Washington, D.C. to join the Environmental Crimes Section.
Chris Tyson, Professor, LSU Law Center
Strategies in Economic Development and Legal Practice Business Development
Chris Tyson is a Professor of Law at the LSU Law Center. Mr. Tyson Professor Tyson joined the Law Center faculty in 2010 as an Assistant Professor. He teaches and writes in the areas of property, real estate development, local government law and urban land use and development. Professor Tyson earned his B.A. in Architecture, with honors, from Howard University, a Masters of Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School and a J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center. While at Georgetown, Professor Tyson served as articles editor of the Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law and received the Dean’s Certificate of Recognition of Special and Outstanding Service to the Law Center Community. Prior to earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked in management consulting and in the Washington, DC office of United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu. After earning his law degree, Professor Tyson worked as an associate in the Real Estate Practice at the law firm Jones Walker, LLP in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He has been honored as one of the Baton Rouge Business Report’s 2010 Top Forty Under 40, the National Bar Association’s Top 40 Lawyers Under 40 for 2011 and the New Leaders Council’s 2011 Top 40 Under 40. He is also a recipient of the National Bar Association and Impact’s 2011 Excellence in Activism award. Professor Tyson was the 2015 Democratic candidate for Louisiana Secretary of State.
Professor Tyson is currently on leave from LSU while he serves as the President and Chief Executive Officer at Build Baton Rouge. The mission of Build Baton Rouge is bringing people and resources together to promote equitable investment, Innovative development, and thriving communities across all of Baton Rouge. Build Baton Rouge also administers the city’s more than $5 million HUD community development funds entitlement.
Edward J. Walters, Jr. (‘75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
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.
Darrel Papillion (‘94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
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.
Theresa M. Gallion (’82), Partner, Cornell Smith LLC in Austin. Prior to joining Cornell Smith, she was a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP
The Impact of COVID-19 In The Workplace: A Review of COVID-Era Employment Regulations, Their Intended and Unintended Consequences, and Long-Term Workplace Repercussions
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, with particular 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.
Sterling Scott Willis (‘83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.
Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease
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 frequently lectured on commercial transactions and legal opinion issues. Mr. Willis is also the Vice Chair for CLE 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.
Harry J. (“Skip”) Philips, Jr., (‘83), Partner, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.P.
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.
Michael S. Walsh (‘83), Of Counsel, Taylor, Porter, Brooks and Philips, L.L.P.
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.