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Matthew W. Bailey (’92) Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore L.L.C.

The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury

Matt is an experienced trial lawyer who focuses his practice on defending personal injury claims from the basic to the complex case, including such areas of automotive and trucking accidents, products liability, premises liability, food contamination, insurance, bad faith, and general liability. He has served as lead trial counsel in numerous multi-million dollar, complex cases, many of which involved severe and traumatic brain injuries. Matt has tried numerous general liability cases to verdict throughout south Louisiana.

Mark D. Boudreaux (‘84), Senior Director, Federal Relations ExxonMobil Corporation, Retired

Lawyering & the Legislative Process

Mr. Mark Boudreaux currently serves as Special Advisor of the Laborde Energy Law Center at the LSU Law Center.  Mark  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.

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.

Timothy F. Daniels (‘85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore L.L.C.

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.

Gregory D. Frost (’81), Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Hot Topics in Healthcare Regulation

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.

Teresa Gallion (’82), Member, Fisher & Phillips, L.L.P.

#MeToo: From the Supreme Court to Hollywood: A Deep Dive into What this Really Mans for Practitioners

Teresa M. Gallion is a Teresa 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. Teresa 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. Teresa 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.  Teresa earned both her B.S. and J.D. from LSU.

J. 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.

Emily Black Grey (’00), Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP

Hot Topics in Healthcare Regulation

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.

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.

Kenneth G. Hurwitz, Law Offices of Kenneth G. Hurwitz

Wind Law, Regulation and Transactions

Mr. Hurwitz is the founding principal and owner of the Law Offices of Kenneth G. Hurwitz in Washington D.C., where he has a diverse regulatory and transactional practice, representing clients from the electrical power, natural gas and oil and oil products pipeline industry.  Prior to founding his own firm, Mr. Hurwitz was a partner with Hayes and Boone, LLP (2003-2014) and Veneble, Bather, Howard & Civiletti (1997-2002).  Mr. Hurwitz has also held a number of other positions related to energy regulation, including serving as the Executive Director of the Maryland Public Service Commission from 1983-1987.  He has taught as an adjunct at Temple University Law School and Jon Hopkins University.

Amy Kern, Principal, Beginning Families

Legal Issues in Assisted Reproductive Technology

Amy Kern has been practicing law in New Orleans, Louisiana for the last fifteen years. She started her career at The Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana representing incarcerated youth. She then worked as a law clerk at both the Louisiana Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Louisiana State Supreme Court reviewing juvenile delinquency appeals. She also worked as an Assistant District Attorney in New Orleans Juvenile Court before starting her own law practice focusing on Assisted Reproductive Technology Law and Adoptions. Her firm is named Beginning Families and represents clients in all ART matters and private adoptions. She was inspired to start her own firm once she became a fertility patient herself. After five rounds of IVF, she is now the proud mother of twin girls and a boy, all from frozen embryos. She currently sits ad hoc as a Juvenile Court Judge in New Orleans. She is the only Fellow of the American Academy of Assisted Reproductive Technology Attorneys from Louisiana. She sits on the Board of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Legal Professionals Group as a Member at Large. She is also a Member of the American Bar Association’s Committee for Assisted Reproductive Technologies.

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.

Quentin Messer, President & CEO of New Orleans Business Alliance

Strategies in Economic Development & Legal Practice Business Development

As the leader of the accredited economic development organization (AEDO) focused on growing the Orleans Parish economy, Quentin leads initiatives and programs related to making New Orleans the most attractive city of its size for financial and human capital investment. He has overall responsibility for executing NOLABA’s ProsperityNOLA strategy, which is the five year strategic plan for New Orleans’ economic growth developed in 2013. Currently, NOLABA is integrating the talent development and place-making programmatic work of The Network for Economic Opportunity into its historical business attraction, retention and marketing activities. Immediately before joining NOLABA, Quentin was the Assistant Secretary for Louisiana Economic Development, (LED) the state department of economic development. In addition to his memberships on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Convention & Visitors Bureau, Audubon Nature Institute, City Park Improvement Association, University of New Orleans Research and Technology Foundation, New Orleans Workforce Development Board and Lusher Public Charter School, Quentin is a member of the Board of Trustees of Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady University (f/k/a Our Lady of the Lake College), and the Board of Directors of the Research Park Corporation (Baton Rouge, LA).

Will McGuffey (’11), Contract Advisor with the MLB Players Association

Negotiating and Defending a Sports Contract: An Overview of Legal Issues and Negotiations in the MLB Draft, Arbitration Process, and College Coaching Contracts.

Will McGuffey graduated from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 2011 and is a licensed attorney and certified contract advisor with the Major League Baseball Players Association.  Will began representing professional baseball players while in his 1L year in 2008 and has negotiated contracts with professional teams in Major League Baseball, the Korean Baseball Organization (KBO), the Dominican Republic Professional League (LIDOM), the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League, and the Mexican Pacific League.  Since 2012 he has personally negotiated over $20,000,000 in MLB Draft Contracts as well as handled the advisement and representation of 12 players taken in the Top 3 Rounds of the MLB Draft.  During this time he has worked and partnered with firms that have negotiated over a billion dollars in professional athlete contracts through the draft, arbitration, and free agency, with a focus on Major League Baseball.  He has also negotiated contracts for and advised numerous NCAA head and assistant baseball coaches in their careers helping them plan and secure their futures.

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.  He served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association for 2016-2017.

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.

Philip Stringer, Baseball Operations Assistant, Kansas City Royals

Negotiating and Defending a Sports Contract: An Overview of Legal Issues and Negotiations in the MLB Draft, Arbitration Process, and College Coaching Contracts.

Philip Stringer begins his second year with the Royals and first as the Baseball Operations Assistant. In his new role, he will assist in all aspects of Baseball Operations, with the emphasis on the administration of pro scouting. Previously, he served the department as an intern in 2014. Prior to joining the Royals, Stringer received his Juris Doctorate at Tulane University in New Orleans. While in Law School, he served as a Law Clerk for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office in 2011 and was a Summer Associate at The Kullman Firm – Labor and Employment Law, in 2012. He was also a legislative aid in the Texas State Senate in 2010. Stringer earned his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University in 2007, where he was a four-year letterwinner on the Tigers’ baseball team. He was selected by the Houston Astros in the 24th round of the 2007 June Free Agent Draft and played one season of minor league baseball. A native of Spring, Texas, Stringer resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Edward J. Walters, Jr. (‘75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, L. L. C.

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.

Honorable Erin Wilder-Doomes (’99) Magistrate Judge, Middle District of Louisiana

Exploring the Role of the Magistrate

Hon. Erin Wilder Doomes was appointed as a Magistrate Judge for the Middle District Court of Louisiana on January 6, 2016. Judge Doomes earned her B.S. from Iowan in 1995 and her J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1999. Wilder-Doomes was previously a member of the Baton Rouge law firm of Stewart Robbins & Brown, where she specialized in civil litigation. She was formerly a commercial litigation counsel with the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar.