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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.

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, the online pro bono program created and supported by the ABA.

Stacie Lambert Diblieux (’04), Salim Beasley, LLC
Complex Litigation and Antitrust

Stacie is a principal at the Salim Beasley, LLC.  Prior to joining Salim Beasley, Stacie joined the Louisiana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General. She soon began representing the State in some of its largest and most complex plaintiff cases against big business interests such as the pharmaceutical, insurance and auto industries. With a focus on consumer protection and antitrust enforcement, Stacie became Section Chief of the DOJ’s first Complex Litigation Unit, often working hand-in-hand with other state and federal enforcers and leading efforts on behalf of forty or more states. Stacie has served as the lead attorney for Louisiana in a variety of complex litigation matters, including all Katrina-related cases against the insurance industry, auto cases such as Toyota unintended acceleration and Volkswagen diesel emissions, antitrust multidistrict litigation cases involving the delayed generic entry of Suboxone as well as the price fixing of generic pharmaceuticals, and the State’s cases against Facebook and Google. Most recently, Stacie headed the State’s lawsuit against the opioid drug manufacturers, was a member of the 13-state committee negotiating the national $26 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson and opioid distributors, and served on the ad-hoc committee for the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy matter related to the national opiate litigation.

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.

Abboud Thomas, (’93) Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Managing the Personal Injury Case

Abboud Thomas a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens,

He is a veteran trial lawyer who has handled many jury trials throughout the State of Louisiana. He is a true trial lawyer’s trial lawyer, and is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious group whose membership is limited to the only the best and most experienced trial attorneys. His practice centers around serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including automobile and trucking accidents, products liability, industrial accidents, and medical malpractice.

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

J. Cullens is a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, Louisiana trial attorney, J. Cullens, represents clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the nation. Mr. Cullens has achieved several multi-million dollar jury verdicts, including obtaining the sixteenth largest trial verdict in the nation rendered in 2005 ($180 million) according to while serving as lead counsel for the insurance receivers of Louisiana and Oklahoma in a complex commercial fraud case against a Fortune 500 company, an international law firm, and a Big Five accounting firm.  This verdict was later affirmed by a unanimous Louisiana Supreme Court in 2011.  In July 2017, he obtained a jury verdict in excess of $20 million on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee in a breach of fiduciary duty suit in Texas federal court against the directors and officers of a publicly traded corporation allegedly being run as a pump-and-dump by billionaire John Paul DeJoria, the owner of Paul Mitchell Studios and Patron Tequila.  In 2018, based in large part to these jury verdicts, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC was one of five (5) law firms in the nation nominated by the National Law Journal for the most outstanding achievement in the business tort category.

Theresa M. Gallion (’82), Partner, Cornell Smith LLC in Austin.  Prior to joining Cornell Smith, she was a partner at Fisher & Phillips LLP
Will We Ever Get Over This Pandemic? A Review of Legal Ramifications of Vaccine Mandates in the Workplace and on Campus

Ms. Gallion is a senior lawyer who both litigates and provides support to management via thoughtful leadership on workplace regulatory issues, equal employment opportunity policy, compliance, and strategic initiatives. She has over 35 years of experience representing diverse employers from colleges and universities to businesses in the healthcare, hospitality, and telecommunications industries. She has managed literally thousands of equal employment opportunity challenges and hundreds of discrimination, whistleblower, and retaliation cases in state and federal court, having tried more than forty successful jury trials in federal courts. She is a noted national speaker on legal and business topics, including leadership effectiveness, management excellence, and compliance with labor and employment requirements. She is the author of over 100 webinar presentations on various employment and workplace topics and is an experienced investigator of Title VII workplace and Title IX higher education claims.

After law school, Ms. Gallion started practicing law in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1982.  She then relocated to Florida where she worked with national firms including Baker & Hostetler, Jackson Lewis, and since 2000, Fisher Phillips, where she was the founding partner of both its Orlando and Tampa offices.  In 2018, she relocated to Texas and became a partner in Cornell Smith Mierl Brutocao Burton.

Gregory D. Frost (’81), Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Health Care Providers

Gregory D. Frost, a partner in the Baton Rouge office, practices exclusively in the area of healthcare. He concentrates his legal practice primarily on the representation of not-for-profit, for-profit and governmental hospitals, and has extensive experience assisting home health agencies, physicians and other types of healthcare providers. Mr. Frost is experienced in Medicaid supplemental reimbursement, complex commercial transactions involving the merger and acquisition of healthcare providers, provider contractual and operational issues, licensure, fraud and abuse, and other regulatory matters. He has wide experience dealing with HIPAA and health information issues, and was one of the first attorneys in the country to be Certified in Healthcare Privacy by the American Health Information Management Association.  Mr. Frost was vice president of Legal and Governmental Affairs of the Louisiana Hospital Association for over eight years. He has lectured at Louisiana State University, Tulane University, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Southern University, and the College of St. Francis. He regularly speaks before trade and professional organizations and legal audiences. Mr. Frost served on the adjunct faculty of the College of St. Francis and was the organizer of the HIPAA Privacy WorkGroups and the annual Louisiana HIPAA and EHR Conference. In addition to numerous articles on health law issues, he is the editor of Louisiana Health Information Law Manual, which is currently in its eleventh edition and used as a textbook at ULL.

Emily Black Grey (’00), Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
The Nuts and Bolts of Representing Health Care Providers

Emily is the Section Manager of the firm’s healthcare section, one of the largest in Louisiana. She represents healthcare providers in a wide range of issues including routine operational matters, regulatory compliance, fraud and abuse, licensing, provider enrollment, contracting, joint ventures, and healthcare transactions including hospital/physician integration. Emily’s clients range from Fortune 500 companies to individual healthcare professionals and include hospitals and health systems, surgery centers, pharmacies, physicians and their practices, healthcare management and consulting companies, and other healthcare providers. As stated by Chambers USA, “Emily’s [clients] praise her ‘positive attitude and orientation towards results and resolution.’ She is noted for her handling of transactional regulatory matters and offers noted experience in licensing.”
Emily advises her clients on healthcare matters such as Stark and anti-kickback laws, EMTALA, HCQIA, state licensing regulations, Conditions of Participation, and other similar requirements. She assists providers who are seeking a new license, revising an existing license or buying or selling a facility. Additionally, she represents providers under scrutiny from licensing and certification agencies and before their state licensing boards. She also represents providers in collection suits and in recoupment actions initiated by payors.  Emily has held leadership positions with the American Health Lawyers Association, the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Health Law Section, the Louisiana Law Institute, and the Baton Rouge Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker and author on healthcare issues for the Louisiana Hospital Association and the American Health Lawyer’s Association.

Jamie Flowers—Assistant US Attorney, MDLA
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Jamie A. Flowers is an Assistant US Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana.  Prior to joining the DOJ in 2014, Mr. Flowers was a member of the JAG Corps where he served in a number of capacities, including serving as a Legal Assistance attorney and Senior Trial Counsel.  He has also served as a trial attorney with the US Office of Homeland Security.  At the DOJ, Mar. Flowers practice involves prosecuting violations of federal criminal law in the Middle District of Louisiana focusing primarily on organized and violent crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child exploitation, and civil rights offenses. He has also been cross-designated to the Civil Division for the purpose of representing the United States in its Affirmative Civil Enforcement actions, namely filing civil lawsuits on behalf of the United States to recover government money lost to fraud.

Mr. Flowers is a graduate of Hampton University and the Mercer University College of Law.  He has served as a Trial Advocacy instructor at LSU since 2017.

Walter Green, Partner, Phelps Dunbar
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Walt Green practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, litigation and cybersecurity law.  Until 2017, he served 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 served as 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.

Frank Holthaus (’75), Principal, Holthaus Law
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Frank Holthaus is the principal shareholder of Holthaus Law. He has 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)  Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

In September 2017, Catherine Maraist entered private practice after a distinguished career with the Department of Justice where she was the Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, a position she  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.

Kristen D. Amond (‘16), Mills & Amond, LLP
Making Your Case. What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say.

Kristen D. Amond is a founding member of Mills & Amond LLP. She served as a clerk to the Honorable Judge Susie Morgan of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana. In law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Judge Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2016. In law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review, Chair of the SBA’s Ethics Board, 3L Representative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and team member of the greatest LSU Law Powderpuff Football team to grace PMH’s halls. Before law school, Kristen taught second and third grades in New Orleans charter schools and has been an advocate for public education ever since. Kristen has a special commitment to Louisiana’s economic development, its culture, and, in particular, its underserved communities. As a member of the Eastern District of Louisiana’s civil pro bono panel, she regularly volunteers her professional time to the representation of plaintiffs in civil rights cases. Kristen is the District 1 representative for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and will serve as the council’s Secretary in 2022. Kristen also serves on the boards of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division and Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. She is a member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute’s Class of 2021 and a recent alumna of Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana program. Kristen is currently an adjunct professor at Tulane University, teaching a class on the First Amendment and the media.

Parker Layrisson (’02), Principal, Parker Layrisson Law Firm
Legal Communication

Parker Layrisson is a 2002 graduate of the LSU Law Center, where he graduated Order of the Coif and served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  He has served as a law clerk to Judge Stanwood Duval of the Eastern District of Louisiana, an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Louisiana, and as the Ponchatoula City Prosecutor.  He built his own practice, first focusing on the representation of or corporate clients.  Following an accident involving his mother, Parker began to build a personal injury practice which now constitutes the bulk of his practice.  He is the principal of the Parker Layrisson Law Firm.  He has always been very active in his community and continues to be involved in local government charitable activities.

Carlee White Gonzales
Legal Communication

Carlee is a 2009 graduate of Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.  She built her own firm focusing on estate planning and successions.  She is recognized as A Super Lawyer and has built her reputation on listening and responding to her clients.  She is very active in local bar activities.  She is past president and current member of the Hammond City Council.

Karleen J. Green (’97) Partner, Phelps Dunbar Law Firm
Compensation and Benefits

Karleen is a partner in the law firm of Phelps Dunbar LLP.  Karleen counsels employers on issues related to Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Fair Labor Standards Act, the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act, the Occupational Safety and Health Act, and state laws related to discrimination and retaliation, wage payment, and noncompetition and defends clients in administrative proceedings and litigation asserting claims under these laws. She frequently counsels clients on the administration of employee benefits during leaves of absence under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, the FMLA, and other federal and state laws. She regularly drafts and reviews employment policies and conducts training sessions on employment laws.  Karleen also drafts benefit plans and various plan documents such as summary plan descriptions and plan amendments and reviews prototype plan documents and service agreements. She advises employers on non-qualified deferred compensation matters, employment agreements and severance arrangements. She handles ERISA litigation involving issues of breach of fiduciary duty and wrongful denial of benefits.

Gordon D. Polozola (’95) Partner, Kean Miller
Energy Regulatory Law

Gordon Polozola is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  He rejoined the firm in 2020 and practices with the utilities regulation group.  Prior to rejoining the firm, Gordon served as vice president and regional general counsel for a major independent power producer in the Southeast, and as executive vice president and general counsel to a private equity infrastructure firm located in Houston, Texas.  Gordon has over twenty five years of expertise in electricity, natural gas pipelines and telecommunications, including tariffs and ratemaking, power & commodity sale/purchase agreements, EPC agreements, wholesale energy markets, NERC regulation and compliance audits, asset dispositions, O&M contract negotiations, ad valorem tax disputes and litigation, FERC wholesale transmission and interconnect agreements, and environmental regulations and compliance.

US. District Judge Susie Morgan, Eastern District of Louisiana
Making Your Case. What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say.

Judge Morgan graduated from the LSU Law Center where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Henry Politz of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Judge Morgan handled complex civil litigation cases before becoming a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2012. During her nine years on the bench, Judge Morgan has handled hundreds of motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She thinks of motions practice as the bread and butter of a trial judge’s work and encourages her clerks to get all the education and experience they can in dealing with pretrial motions before beginning their clerkships.