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From The Editor

King Cake Rising 6 Photo Contest

Gone Fishin’: Clarence Coco and Paul Daigrepont, hoop net fishermen from Bordelonville, work on the Mississippi River at Pointe Coupee Parish

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Walking through History: Recapturing a time and place with an 18th-century tour of New Orleans 72 farther flung

Historical Charm: Tours, tastings and taking in the sites round out a long, fun weekend in Natchez

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Battle of the Beads: War stories from life on the Carnival parade route

roadside dining

Northshore Noshing: Natural beauty and abundant dining reign in West St. Tammany Parish

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Pelican Briefs: Noteworthy news and happenings around the state

great louisiana chef

The Contender: Chef Sean Rivera fights the good fight in his Baton Rouge restaurant and in New Orleans’ Culinary Fight Club competition

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On the Run: 5 Louisiana runs to kickstart your cardio

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Gumbo Party: Three satisfying gumbos that will have your friends and family coming back for seconds and thirds

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Literary Shorts: Morgan City-native Tim Gautreaux’s collection of short stories is smart and unpretentious 14 Made In Louisiana

Crossing His Tees: Baton Rouge designer Clint English creates iconic T-shirt designs for rock and roll royalty 16

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32 fat Tuesday revelations

Noteworthy people impacting their industries communities and Louisiana

The secret sewing traditions of the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans

By fritz esker portraits by romero & romero

written and photgraphed By david joshua jennings

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Cultural Inspiration: Mardi Gras on the Cajun Prairie and in the New Orleans Streets of Tremé 20 home

Home Again: Maureen and C.A. Miller reclaim the historic beauty of a 19th-century center hall cottage in Lake Charles

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The beloved Mardi Gras Indian tradition in New Orleans is shrouded in mystery and ritual. In 2016, David Joshua Jennings photographed the final second line of the late Mercedes Stevenson, “Big Queen Mercy” of

the Wild Tchoupitoulas Mardi Gras Indians, and the oldest living Baby Doll, for a photo essay that ran in the November/ December 2016 issue of this magazine. For the next year, Jennings followed the secretive

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Animal House: Biology teacher Lacey Hoosier of Buckeye High School in Deville brings a love of wildlife to the classroom

and laborious process her daughter Mary Kay Stevenson underwent to create her suit and assume her position as Big Queen. We thank Stevenson for sharing this special process with Jennings and all of us.


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FROM THE EDITOR

KING CAKE RISING By Errol Laborde

There was a time that had I been

asked to name Louisiana’s top indigenous baked confection I might have settled on pecan pie though without much conviction. The dish is more Southern than unique to this state. Beignets might have been another choice but the puffed pastry served with café au lait is too New Orleans to represent the state. But now I have realized there is a clear number one and whatever is number two is not even close. The king cake has gone statewide. There was a time when this oblong shaped brioche was pretty much unique to New Orleans as an adaption of the French’s galette des rois. By tradition it is served during the carnival season, Twelfth Night through Mardi Gras, and has a fève inside it which is a fancy way to say a foreign object — frequently in the form of a plastic baby. A New Orleans bakery, McKenzie’s, once dominated the king cake trade. The pastry was topped with colored sugar, had a mild cinnamon roll flavor and, the truth is, was often a little dry. More attention was paid to who got the baby. Then, a change began. Other New Orleans bakeries, most notably Gambino’s, Haydel’s and Manny Randazzo King Cakes, began to inject fillings into the cake so that there were rich flavor choices such as apple, strawberry, cream cheese and whatever else creative minds could imagine. Some places became even more creative with the fève including adding tiny porcelain figures in place of the simple plastic baby. Soon, just about every bakery was making its own version of the cake. 4 Louisiana Life january/february 2018

The idea of king cake began to spread statewide and what would happen next is almost unbelievable. This simple primitive, food once limited to coffee breaks and school class parties, went into orbit because of modern technology. First, there was the evolution of the rapid delivery system so that someone in Michigan could send a cake to a friend on a Monday and said friend is cutting into it in Sheboygan by Wednesday. Then, and most of all, there was the internet. Before I started to write this I thought the web might have been a side story; now I realize that it is the story. For proof, google any Louisiana city large enough to have a bakery and follow that name with the word “king cake.” Behold a list of bakeries each explaining why their king cake is the best. Shreveport is the farthest Louisiana city from New Orleans but when it comes to king cakes, the towns are side-by-side. Last year, The Shreveport Times reported that five bakers in that town would make 32,700 cakes during the season. Lilah’s Bakery seems to be among the most favored providers with a repertoire of 15 flavors, but the business is not limited to just bakeries. A place across the river in Bossier City, Tubbs Hardware & Rental, has its own “X-Treme King Cake,” which is available through mail order. For a finale I feel compelled to mention, with a grin, that there is a place in South Louisiana that actually serves a boudin king cake. Imagine that. It turns out that that’s become almost as common as strawberry filling and many places now offer the sausagestudded cake. There is, however, one place that deserves special credit. Brace yourself for the boudin and cracklin’ king cake. What is unusual about this confection is that it was created not by a bakery but by the man behind the website boudinlink.com. Robert Carriker, a ULL faculty member, who has made a hobby out of searching for the best boudin, cracklins and king cakes, put them all together and commissioned a Lafayette bakery, Twin’s Burgers & Sweets, to make the product. There is one other key native ingredient: the cake is drizzled with Steen’s Syrup. We’ve come a long way from the simple McKenzie’s king cake. Overnight delivery, the internet and, we should add, the credit card, have made the market global. Remember though that by Ash Wednesday the king cake season is over. By then, perhaps we will all need a break.


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PHOTO CONTEST

Gone Fishin’ Clarence Coco and Paul Daigrepont, hoop net fishermen from Bordelonville, work on the Mississippi River at Pointe Coupee Parish. Photo by Kevin

Rabalais of Belle Chasse

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along the way

Battle of the Beads War stories from life on the Carnival parade route written and photographed by

Melanie Warner Spencer

It’s not a stretch to say we live

inside Carnival in New Orleans. Our place is about 15 yards away from St. Charles Avenue in Uptown, just a few blocks from where the parades line up. It’s admittedly not for everyone to have your life overtaken by marching bands, beads, dancing and walking krewes, beads, floats, riders, beads, costumers, beads, parade goers and more beads for three or four weeks, but those of us who live on the routes throughout Louisiana are a kind of Carnival comrades in arms. Our weapons are rest, vitamins and a good sense of humor. The rations consist of gumbo, jumbo-sized snack foods and Costco-sized bottles of liquor. You may not be invited over any other time of year, but when Carnival season kicks off,

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we are your pit stop, refuge, basecamp, meeting spot and blessedly clean and private bathroom. We are Carnival commandos in the battle of the beads and like any experienced veteran, we’ve seen it all. In 2014 — the Thursday before Fat Tuesday and our first year on the route — a truck pulled up in front of our building and dropped off a U-Haul trailer. Later that day, it was overrun with LSU students who for the next five days performed every imaginable feat of strength involving beer. We observed countless hours of revelry, drama, one benign visit from the police (which subsequently answered the question: can you have a party out of a U-Haul trailer and not get arrested?), drunken antics, laughter, tears and keg stands all from the

prime location of our perch on the porch. Unbeknownst to the festive pride of Tiger fans, a friend of ours who is a nurse always does a Mardi Gras weekend tour, so there was a medic nearby throughout their beer bong boot camp. To this day I give those kids a lot of credit, because while I did end up hosing someone’s lunch off of my walkway, it belonged to an adult passerby who had been overserved and not to the students. Geaux Tigers! The next year, a friend of ours who is a member of a dance krewe shimmied by us at our usual post on St. Charles then jumped out of formation to come in and use our bathroom. She grabbed a quick bite on her way out the door, caught back up with her troupe and boogied on down the road. In 2017 when a friend heard we’d have a fresh pot of gumbo on offer for our open house on her parade day, she asked if I’d bring out a cup and try to get it to her while she marched past us, because she didn’t want to be mistaken for a deserter. When she got within yelling distance, I got her attention and passed off a go-cup of piping hot andouille gumbo. I’m sure the bystanders were mystified by the scene or more likely thought it was a boozy beverage. The text I received from her later on thanking me for the fortification made it worth the hour I stood sentinel on the lookout. A soldier never abandons her post. This year I enter into Carnival season with literal battle scars from 2017, when I managed to cut my arm during a parade. The A-team at the emergency room had me stitched up and released in time for the next parade. Surprisingly, the cut and stitching hurt less than the year I got hit in the face with a bag of beads. However, despite the injuries — both physical and to the senses and sensibilities — and those inevitable parade days that feel like a forced march, I’m ready to report to duty for another Carnival season. Forward, march! n


STATE OF LOUISIANA

pelican briefs

Baton Rouge

Noteworthy news and happenings around the state by

Want to Run for Office? New Orleans

Hi Ho Pie, Carnival Love

Lisa LeBlanc-Berry

Not to be missed is the zany, artistic 900-member Intergalactic Krewe of Chewbacchus, a satirical Sci-Fi parade named for “Star Wars” movies. There’s a new, improved parade route when it rolls on Saturday evening, Feb. 3 in the Faubourg Marigny. Acclaimed Chef Nick Giles (four-time Gold and Bronze Medal winner for NOWFE, Food Network celeb and the former exec chef of Bombay Club) has created a new Chewbacchus dessert, the “Wookiee Pie,” a seductive chocolate and peanut butter indulgence served at Fry and Pie in the Hi-Ho Lounge (2239 St. Claude Ave., fryandpie. com), located on the parade route.

Emerge Louisiana, a state affiliate of Emerge America, recently announced its inaugural Board of Directors and first Executive Director, Melanie Oubre. It is the premier training program for Democratic women who are interested in all levels of elective office in Louisiana. Training begins in late January for the Class of 2018, and includes over 70 hours of campaign training. Interested? Apply at emergeamerica. org/emergeLA or contact melanie@emergelouisiana.org.

Atchafalaya Basin, Lafayette

Traffic, Trucks and Troopers, Oh My! Drivers traveling along the Atchafalaya Basin Bridge towards Lafayette have been encountering big utility trucks, narrowing lanes, orange cones galore and traffic slow-downs. Construction is expected to last another two years. But the $300 million project is expanding the four lanehighway into six lanes. Beware of the new 60 mph speed limit (from 70 mph) along that 18-mile stretch, because state troopers are on the look out.

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Top Honors

New Orleans

Cruising the Caribbean One of the world’s biggest cruise ships is heading to the Crescent City in 2018. Norwegian Cruise line’s 145,655-ton, 4,000-passenger Norwegian Breakaway will reposition to New Orleans from the Baltic this summer. It is the largest cruise ship the Port of New Orleans has ever docked. The Breakaway will remain until April 2019 for a series of cruises to Mexico, Jamaica, Grand Cayman, Honduras and Belize.

Leaders in the arts lake charles Mayor Nic Hunter presented awards to

arts community leaders during the annual Mayor’s Arts Awards in Lake Charles. Recipients included Devin Morgan, exhibit coordinator at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, who received the Keystone Award; local historian and author Adley Cormier was given the Citizen of the Humanities

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award; Danny Allain was recognized as the Artist of the Year; Sowela graphic design instructor Darrell Buck received the Arts Educator of the Year Award; and the Citizen of the Arts award was presented to Patricia Prudhomme for her growth of McNeese’s Banners Series since 2012.

Lafayette, Slidell

Parade Alerts The traditional “kick-off” Mardi Gras parade in Lafayette won’t be rolling on Friday night (Feb. 9). Instead, it has been moved to Monday night (Feb. 12) and immediately follows the Queen’s Parade. In Slidell, a third evening parade has been introduced. The 550-member Krewe of Poseidon (the largest krewe on the Northshore) rolls Jan. 27.

Gov. John Bel Edwards was among eight prominent LSU alumni recently inducted into the LSU Military Hall of Fame. Inductees included retired U.S. Air Force Brig. Gen. Bob L. Efferson of Austin, the late Willis W. Gayle of Lake Charles, the late U.S. Army Col. Richard J. Keller of Hahnville, the late U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Germaine C. Laville of Plaquemine, O. Fred Loy of Baton Rouge, U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Ian H. “Sniffer” Rowe, and Charles Ray Smith of New Roads. They were honored at the President’s Reception and LSU Salutes dinner, and were also recognized during pre-game activities at the LSU vs. Arkansas football game at Tiger Stadium.


HEALTHY LOUISIANA

On the Run 5 Louisiana runs to kick-start your cardio by Fritz

Esker

February is American Heart Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (cdc.gov), approximately 610,000 Americans die of heart disease every year, which translates to about one in every four deaths. One way to fight heart disease is by running. You don’t have to run a marathon, just jog a few days a week. “Running is one of the best ways to improve overall health. Generally, running not only aids with weight loss and stress management, but it can also help lower a patient’s blood pressure,” said Dr. James Perrien, a cardiovascular specialist at East Jefferson General Hospital. If you’re looking to start running, it helps to have a goal. Local running events can provide that in a social setting. Here are some Louisiana runs to enjoy in the winter and spring of 2018. n

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Metairie Mardi Gras 5K and Kids’ Half Mile: If you want to get healthy with your kids, this event provides fun fitness for a good cause — 50 Legs, an organization that gives prosthetics to amputees. runnotc.org Feb. 24

Shreveport The Pie Run: For beginning runners, there is a 1/2 mile run and more advanced runners can do a 5K or 10K. Best of all, there is strawberry pie at the finish line. runsignup.com/race/LA/shreveport/ thepierun March 3

Baton Rouge Komen Baton Rouge Race for the Cure: There is a 1 mile or a 5K run, all to benefit breast cancer research. komenbatonrouge.org March 25

Houma Paint the Town: This 5K run and walk in Cajun country has four stations on its route to douse runners in a bright array of colors. runsignup.com/race/LA/houma/ paintthetown5K Apr. 22

New Orleans/Metairie A Run/Walk Through History: This is a 5K and 1/2 mile run and walk event that takes participants through the scenic, historic Metairie Cemetery. nolarunning.com

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LITERARY LOUISIANA

Literary Shorts

and North Carolina, they’re still Tim Gautreaux stories because the techniques, types of characters and thematic concerns are the same.

Morgan City-native Tim Gautreaux’s collection of short stories is smart and unpretentious by

Q: I have a theory that short story collections are going to become more popular as attention spans become shorter. Do you think there’s anything to that? A: Following that logic, in 50 years all literature will be contained in haiku form. But seriously, I believe that stories will diminish as literary entities because short story writers are destroying the genre by writing depressing, artless and inhuman narratives. Who wants to buy that stuff?

Amanda Orr

In “Signals: New and

Selected Stories,” Louisiana native Tim Gautreaux takes readers into the nuanced world of his home state with his usual whip-smart wit. There are a handful of stories in this collection set in other locales, but Louisiana is ripe creative ground for Gautreaux as you’ll read in the interview below. Born and raised in Morgan City, Gautreaux has written three novels, a novella and this is his third short story collection. He spent 33 years of his career as a professor at Southeastern Louisiana University. He’s since retired but makes occasional reading appearances at universities across the United States. I’ll admit that as a creative writing major in college, I had professors who published short story collections that were at times — well, pretentious and a bit out of reach. I’ve since stayed away from reading short stories, but that has changed with Gautreaux’s collection. Contained within this collection are 21 short stories that will keep your attention. Read a story while you wait at the doctor’s office, savor one before you drift off to sleep — whenever you read one of the stories you’ll find yourself

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laughing or nodding along at the insightfulness contained within. Q: I’ve seen your writing compared to Flannery O’Connor’s and James Dickey’s; how does it feel to be in such illustrious company? A: James Dickey was one of my teachers at the University of South Carolina back when I was trying to write poetry, so his notion of bringing intensity to a prose narrative by employing appropriate poetical language as he did in his novel “Deliverance” rubbed off on me a bit. As for Flannery O’Connor, I doubt there’s a writer below the Maryland line that’s not affected by what she’s brought to American literature.

Q: Why do you write so many stories set in Louisiana? A: Louisiana is a sublimely ridiculous place and more of a contradicting state of mind than a geographical location. The place runs a spectrum from drive-through daiquiri windows to Ash Wednesday ironic penance and abstinence when thousands of people appear in local seafood restaurants buying hot boiled crawfish and beer while wearing black smudges on their foreheads. Q: How is “Signals” different from your other collections of short stories? A: There is some branching out into different regions of the country. Even though I’ve set tales in Minnesota, Ohio,

Q: You write the nuances of your characters so well; do real-life personalities you come across ever make their way into your work? A: I don’t copy other people, but I do observe them and extrapolate bits and pieces into new characters. Q: Can you talk about the importance of storytelling? A: A man or woman who can tell a good three-part joke that lasts a full two or three minutes is a person who can write believable fiction. For one thing, he or she knows how to get and keep an audience. Q: What are you working on now? A: Like everyone else in the world, a novel. n

“Signals: New and Selected Stories”

by Tim Gautreaux Knopf, 384 pp., $26.95.


LOUISIANA MADE

Crossing His Tees Baton Rouge designer Clint English creates iconic T-shirt designs for rock and roll royalty By Jeffrey portrait By

Roedel Romero & Romero

Band T-Shirts have for decades

done the yeoman’s work of drawing social lines in the sand, kick-starting conversations and forging the likes of late-night flirtations and even lifelong friendships. Besides, wearing a T-shirt emblazoned with the marks of amazing music just feels different on the body. Baton Rouge designer Clint English knows this better than most, and when he opens a sliding door closet filled with dozens of music T-shirts and says, “Here are my shirts,” he means they are his shirts in a way that very few others do. Since 2007, the 29-year-old Lake Charles native has been a graphic designer almost exclusively for the music industry — first for independent and local bands, then slowly he cultivated a roster of clients that reads like a slate of Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame inductees and GRAMMY winners past and present: Tom Petty, Foo Fighters, Britney Spears, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Doors and Marvin Gaye, to name a few. “I think the first design of mine I noticed in a store was a Paramore shirt I did, and it was for sale in Hot Topic,” English says. “That was obviously a cool feeling, but, honestly, I’m used to it now.” At any given time at least one of English’s designs is available in a mall or on a tour somewhere in the world. Commissioned directly by the major record labels, his graphics and illustrations become merchandise — T-shirts, jackets and tote bags, mostly — that then become the beloved apparel of a new generation of music fans. English was one of those very fans when he began making the shirts for bands he performed with during high school. “Just iron-on designs, punk-inspired DIY 14 Louisiana Life january/february 2018


Q&A What’s the biggest lesson about creativity or work that you’ve learned in the past year? My biggest lesson recently would have to be realizing that there are a lot of really great designers out there, and you really have to be at the top of your game at all times to stay current with design trends. Describe the time when you first realized ‘I’m pretty good at graphic design.’ I started designing full-time in the music industry in 2007, but it probably wasn’t until 2012 that I really started digging into what I was capable of. Before then, I kind of did what I could to get by, but in 2012 I really started doing serious work for really big names like the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Ramones. Besides handdrawing designs and playing music, what are some other hobbies or things that interest you? Well, I enjoy binge watching ‘The Office’ on Netflix. Music and designing are huge parts of my life. When I take a break from designing, I play drums, guitar and write and record music. A lot of my friends are in bands as well so if I’m not playing music or working, I’m usually out with them watching live music. Working from home can get boring at times, so it’s nice to be able to get out and go enjoy some great bands.

stuff,” he says. “I got really good at using [Microsoft] Paint.” To make a career of music merchandise design, English gathered his first portfolio and, while still working at a print shop and living at home with his parents, he contacted every decision-maker he could think of in the music business. “I must have emailed thousands of record labels and management companies — maybe five got back to me,” English says of his start in the industry. But with a drummer’s attention to detail and timing, and a skill for delivering a platter of options even on a tight deadline, good word of mouth about this Louisianian’s work spread far and fast through industry circles. English recently turned around a design for a The Head and The Heart tour within 24 hours. When Tom Petty’s people emailed him, English submitted 15 designs. They chose one. “I get to work from home, and I don’t really feel like I have a job,” English

admits as he navigates his Google calendar, scrolling past names like Norah Jones and Matchbox 20. “I make my own schedule. It’s beautiful.” The home he works from is brand new, and almost minimal in appearance now just a few weeks after he has moved in. He’s most proud, though, of buying it solely using graphic design money. One particular room is filled with instruments and audio gear. When his eyes are bulging from hours of staring at a computer screen, English will break every afternoon and bang on his drum kit. Many of his designs, even for more polished brands and artists like The Beatles or Ariana Grande, retain a look that feels lived-in, loved-in, and classic, even if a little rough around the edges. It all calls back to his love of punk music and DIY design. “I hope I can design a shirt that is iconic years from now,” English says. “Like those old Metallica shirts. I don’t want it to just be on the band’s merch site for a few months then disappear. I want it to last.” n

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artist

Cultural Inspiration Mardi Gras on the Cajun prairie and in the New Orleans streets of Tremé By John R. Kemp

Mardi Gras 2018 is getting close. As the big day approaches on Feb. 13, carnival organizations across Louisiana are putting final touches on elaborate floats and agonizing over the devilish details of staging parades, soirees and balls. What was once more or less a New Orleans spectacle, Mardi Gras festivities are now held in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Shreveport and in numerous towns and cities in between. Almost all feature themed floats, throws, bands, marching clubs and krewes with ordained hometown royalties who come with expiration dates. Most of these carnival organizations have roots in the traditional Mardi Gras tableau balls that date back to 19th century New Orleans. A few, however, are grassroots celebrations that spring from distinct folk cultures such as the Cajun “Courir de Mardi Gras,” or Mardi Gras Run, in Southwest Louisiana and the African-American Carnival rituals of inner-city New Orleans that include the famed Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, and the Skull and Bones Gang of Tremé. Each reflects the spiritual rhythms of a people and place. Over the years, both traditions have attracted scores of photographers who have captured dynamic images of elaborately costumed Cajuns riding horseback in pursuit of half-crazed chickens fleeing the cooking pot and Mardi Gras Indians strutting their magnificent feathered headdresses and robes. Few painters, however, have taken on that same challenge. Two artists who have are Herb Roe of Lafayette, who has gained national acclaim for his paintings of reveling Cajuns, and Kristen Downing of Laplace, a New Orleans-born artist who understands the historic traditions of the Baby Dolls and Mardi Gras Indians. Both use their palettes, paints

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and imaginations to express their interpretations of these singularly unique cultural groups. In their paintings, one can almost hear the ancient Gallic lyrics of “La Chanson de Mardi Gras,” or Mardi Gras Song, sung by masked French-speaking Cajun revelers as they ride across the Acadian prairie near Eunice in Acadia and St. Landry parishes, or the pulsating Afro-Caribbean rhythms of “Iko iko anday, Jockomo feena andan day” chanted by Mardi Gras Indian tribes meandering through Tremé. Nothing is contrived. Their songs are raw emotion and spirit rising from deep in their DNA. “It’s a world turned upside down,” says Roe, who rides in costume with the Cajuns and takes hundreds of photographs for later paintings in his studio. The popular Cajun “Courir de Mardi Gras” is an ancient carnival tradition dating back to medieval France. “It’s like walking into a painting by the 15th century Dutch artist Hieronymus

Bosch,” he says, describing his experiences with the French-speaking Cajun riders. “Everyone is masked and in costume, with fringing and high-pointed hats and patchworks of colorful cloth. Jokes and pranks are a ‘de facto’ part of the day. You see people spontaneously wrestling in the mud, climbing trees, stealing children’s tricycles or attempting to make off with an extra un-gifted chicken for the gumbo. It can get very riotous at times...Over the course of the day we make a circuit through the area, going from farmhouse to farmhouse before ending up back at the original starting point for fresh chicken gumbo and for a dance that lasts late into the night. ” Roe is fascinated by the surreal swirl of colors, lights, cultural heritage and abandoned revelry. “It’s a mix of the ordinary and the extraordinary,” he says. “Between the exotic nature of the costumes and situations of the day and the variety of


Exhibitions and Events Through Jan. 7, 2018

New Orleans New Orleans Museum of Art, “East of the Mississippi: 19th-Century American Landscape Photography.” This landmark exhibition is the first to explore American landscape photography east of the Mississippi River, One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, 504-658-4100, noma.org Through Jan. 7, 2018

Shreveport R.W. Norton Art Gallery, “From Alaska to Zimbabwe: Don Edwards Paints the Wild Side.” The work of naturalist artist Don Edwards and his wildlife paintings from across North America to Kenya and South Africa, 4747 Creswell Ave., 318-865-4201, rwnaf.org Through Jan. 20, 2018

Alexandria

possible scenes, it’s like a wonderful Rubik’s cube of possibilities. Over the years working with the subject matter I’ve done scenes of riders galloping on horseback, musicians and dancers, mud wrestling, and chicken chasing. I have done scenes lit by dramatic daylight in open fields and spooky scenes shrouded in rains or mists with Louisiana’s iconic live oaks peaking through. It’s only one day of the calendar, but it can be used to show so much more of Louisiana life.” The Cajun people and their cultural ways have fascinated Roe since he moved to Louisiana in the early 1990s to work with famed Lafayette mural artist Robert Dafford. “I love it here,” says Roe, who was born and reared in Western Kentucky and Southern Ohio. “I immediately felt at home the first time I came to the area. In a way it is similar to where I grew up in Appalachia. Not the geography, but the people. The Cajuns are a historically

Alexandria Museum of Art, “Refining & Defining a Nation: From Impressionism to Regionalism.” Explore how late 19th and early 20th century American artists visually defined rural and urban America. 933 Second St., 318-4433458, themuseum.org Through Jan. 27, 2018

Lafayette

Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, “Lin Emery: A Movement, 1957-2017.” New Orleansbased sculptor Lin Emery gained international acclaim for her graceful kinetic sculpture inspired by the coastal breezes and currents of the Mississippi River, 710 East St. Mary Blvd., 337-482-0811, hilliardmuseum.org Through Feb. 18, 2018

Baton Rouge

Herb Roe of Lafayette has gained national acclaim for his radiant images of masked French-speaking Cajun Mardi Gras revelers as they make their “Courir de Mardi Gras,” or Mardi Gras Run, across Southwest Louisiana’s Acadian prairie near Eunice in Acadia and St. Landry parishes. “It’s a world turned upside down,” says Roe, who makes the annual ride in costume.

Louisiana Art & Science Museum, “Alyce Simon: Atomic Art.” Explore New York artist Alyce Simon’s radical artwork created with the use of the “atom smasher” particle accelerator, 100 River Road South, 225-344-5272, lasm.org


isolated rural farming people with tight-knit communities, a hardy group descended from early European immigrants who love fiddle music, communal meals usually involving a pig, and a devotion to family and friends that has helped them survive the hardships of life. They are very much like the hillbilly stock of eastern Kentucky [who are] my ancestors and family. Any differences between the French Cajuns and Anglo-Scots Irish hillbillies seem to melt away when you pull out a fiddle and offer to share some pork.” While Roe rides the Cajun prairies, Kristen Downing captures the pageantry of the Baby Dolls, Mardi Gras Indians, and the Skull and Bone Gang. All three organizations, like the famed Zulu Parade, have deep roots in the city’s predominantly AfricanAmerican inner-city neighborhoods. “The Baby Dolls, Indians and Bone Men are a very important part of New Orleans history,” says Downing, a self-taught artist. “It’s a part of my culture and who I am as a person and as an artist. Not many people around the world know of them, so I feel that it is my job as not only an artist but as a native of this great city to shed light on what makes New Orleans culture so unique and vibrant.” Downing describes the veil of cultural and blood connections that comes over her as she moves among marching groups with her camera ready for those right moments and costumes. “It’s indescribable really,” she says. “Like this is home and it means so much to me I just want to show the world what New Orleans is all about. My emotions are mixed — love, happiness, excitement, joy and sometimes even a bit of nervousness. That’s only because our culture is so unique and I want to be sure to capture it perfectly.” Downing pretty well sums up what Mardi Gras is all about whether you are on horseback chasing a chicken in Eunice, riding elaborately decorated floats, or strutting in the streets of Tremé. “Culture, love, family, fun, diversity, energy, positivity, you name it,” she says. “It’s always good vibes during carnival celebrations. Families get together, they eat, drink, dance, laugh and overall have a good time.” For more information about Roe, visit chromesun.com and for Downing, kawdart.com n

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Kristen Downing of Laplace, a New Orleans-born artist who understands the historic traditions of the famous Baby Dolls and Mardi Gras Indians, captures on canvas the pulsating Afro-Caribbean rhythms of the stunningly costumed Mardi Gras Indians, Baby Dolls, and the Skull and Bones Gang of Tremé as they meander through the inner-city streets of New Orleans on Carnival day.


Exhibitions and Events Through Feb. 11, 2018

Baton Rouge LSU Museum of Art, “Broken Time: Sculpture by Martin Payton.” Local artist Martin Payton’s steel sculpture inspired by New Orleans jazz musicians and the influences of African musical traditions. Shaw Center for the Arts, 100 Lafayette St., 225389-7200, lsumoa.org Through Feb. 24, 2018

Monroe

Masur Museum of Art, “Selections from the Permanent Collection.” Exhibit features the museum’s artwork restored and acquired after the disastrous fire that almost destroyed the museum in April 2017. 1400 S. Grand St., 318-329-2237, masurmuseum.org Through Feb. 25, 2018

New Orleans Prospect New Orleans, “Prospect.4: The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp.” Citywide art show billed as one the nation’s largest triennial art exhibitions. Artwork by 73 local, national and international artists from 25 countries. Various locations, prospectneworleans.org Through May 13, 2018

New Orleans New Orleans Museum of Art, “New Forms, New Voices: Japanese Ceramics from the Gitter-Yelen Collection.” For the first time in over two decades, the museum will feature an exhibition devoted to contemporary Japanese ceramics. One Collins C. Diboll Circle, City Park, 504-658-4100, noma.org Through Nov. 11, 2018

Shreveport

R. W. Norton Art Gallery, “Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918.” See what life was like in Shreveport and Caddo Parish during World War I and how artistic posters were used to urge men to enlist and women to become nurses and join the Red Cross. 4747 Creswell Ave., 318-865-4201, rwnaf.org

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Home Again Maureen and C.A. Miller reclaim the historic beauty of a 19th-century center hall cottage in Lake Charles By Lee Cutrone Photos by Craig Macaluso

The desire to be near grandchildren

beckoned Lake Charles residents Maureen and C.A. Miller to Austin, Texas for 15 years. Once their grandchildren were grown, the quiet beauty of Lake Charles and the serendipitous discovery of a 19th-century center hall cottage called the Millers back to their Louisiana roots. “We love Lake Charles,” says C.A. “The land, the oak trees, the lakes, it’s magical. And it’s very family oriented. Everything is here but at your pace and on your terms.” Maureen, an Army brat raised in the United States and abroad, met C.A., a native of Lake Charles, while in college there. C.A., a graduate of Tulane, was a practicing attorney. They married in 1961 and raised their family in Lake Charles. Over the years, Maureen, who worked as in interior designer, began receiving requests from clients who wanted to build new homes, so 30 years ago, husband and wife joined forces to start their own design-build company, Miller Manor Homes. With C.A. acting as the business and legal end and Maureen as the designer and contractor, they’ve built and renovated homes for themselves and others in both Louisiana and Texas. “I didn’t set out to start a construction company but there it was,” says Maureen, who is certified in both interior design and building design. The couple stumbled upon their current home in a similarly spontaneous way. They decided they’d like to return to Lake Charles, downsize to a smaller home and be near Maureen’s sister. While visiting her sister, they spotted a for sale sign on a French Colonial cottage directly across the street, arranged to see it and quickly made the decision to buy it. The center hall had been closed in for storage, but Maureen recognized the classic bones of the house and knew that restoring the

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Wrought iron is a dominant theme on the front porch, which is divided into three areas. On one end, an antique iron daybed from a convent in Arles sits beneath a floor screen that Maureen hung to create a backdrop. The wrought iron table was made by Mexican iron forgers and Maureen had a top crafted to fit.

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center hall would go a long way toward returning the house to its original beauty. Documentation proves that the house existed by 1905, but 12-foot ceilings and five-panel cypress doors indicate that it predates 1900. “When we walked in the first time and saw that the center hall was gone, we knew that restoring that would be important to let light go through the house,” says Maureen. “I had a vision of what it could be right away.” Having renovated historic homes for clients, the Millers cut no corners. They replaced electrical and plumbing, put in new sewer lines, added a new air conditioning system, rebuilt the center hall (with all rooms opening on to it as it would have been originally), redid the kitchen, incorporated several side porches to enlarge the two bedrooms and the study, turned the garage into a studio for Maureen, built a carport and redid the landscaping around the home. The difference between this house and others they’d done was the traditional nature of the project. To stay true to the original design, they worked within the perimeter of the house and incorporated an edited mix of the many antiques they’d acquired over the years. Maureen used antique textiles, added bookshelves that look original,

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used an international blend of influences including American, European and Asian, and chose historic colors that appealed not only to her love of color but were appropriate to the period of the house. Maureen’s philosophy that interior design should reflect the personality of the homeowner, was also key. “We wanted to keep the originality,” says Maureen. “But we also wanted it to feel fresh and inviting and comfortable. A house should reflect the people who live in it. The more beauty it reflects about their lives, the happier they are going to be there.” Decorative wares collected from their travels, works by notable Southern artists such as Will Ousley, William Tolliver and Mike Guidry, and meaningful family heirlooms, including a delicate spread crocheted by C.A.’s mother in the 1920s, are among the items that tell the story of the Miller family. “It’s nice to think back on it and the fact that this was always a family home,” says Maureen, who loves welcoming her own family and friends to the house, now registered with the Calcasieu Historic Preservation Society. “It’s a great community,” she adds. “You couldn’t ask for a better place.” n


(Left, top) Maureen enhanced the living room’s mantel with an elongated diamond design. The Italian Venetian mirror was purchased on one of the Miller’s trips. The chair and ottoman are French reproduction, the Asian sculptures are small scale reproductions of Chinese warrior army carvings. Maureen designed the coffee table with iron balusters from Bath, England and chose Benjamin Moore’s Buffet Green for the walls. Handwoven Tibetan Tufenkian rug. (Left, bottom) C.A. and Maureen Miller in front of the baby grand piano that C.A. plays. C.A., who also plays the trumpet, has used the piano to teach his children and grandchildren to play. (Below) The dining room features Maureen’s collection of Mediterranean pottery. Louis XVI style dining table and chairs, by Baker & Co. The hand carved walnut pannetiere on the wall is from Aix en Provence.

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hoosing the Louisianians of the Year is a rewarding undertaking for the staff of Louisiana Life. Each winner is a person who is impacting their industry on a local, national, or international level, as well as the communities in which they live. Fortunately, Louisiana is chock full of people doing their best to make the world a better place. In fact, it can be a challenge narrowing it down, since there are so many people around the state doing great things. So who are 2017’s Louisianians of the Year? What kind of people are they? You can’t reduce the Louisanians of the Year to one type of person or one profession. There’s a poet, an artist, a rock star, two fried chicken kings, a nurse and a teacher. But there is no one way to make a difference in the world. You can do it by bringing artistic beauty to others, making people dance, educating children, helping burn victims, finding the poetry in everyday life, or making delicious fried chicken. What these men and women have in common are their abilities to positively impact communities through their work. It’s hard to do justice to such an amazing group of people in just 400 words, but we’ve done our best to introduce you to this eclectic group of Louisiana residents who are making a difference.

of the year by f r i t z e s k e r / p o r t r a i t s by r o m e r o & r o m e r o


aj haynes musician / shreveport

AJ Haynes, lead singer of the Shreveport rock band the Seratones, fuses punk, rock, gospel and jazz for an intoxicating musical experience.

merica is a melting

pot, and that’s true of its music, too. AJ Haynes, an African-American woman in Shreveport, was a fan of artists like Billie Holliday and Ella Fitzgerald growing up. But her interest in punk rock led her to meet Connor Davis, Adam Davis and Jesse Gabriel at punk shows in Shreveport.

They formed the Seratones, a band whose style has elements of punk, rock, gospel and jazz. Those sounds may seem like an odd marriage to outsiders, but Haynes sees similarities in the genres. “It’s a powerful sound that hits you in the chest, and it’s uncomfortable sometimes, but you will experience something,” Haynes said.

The Seratones’ biggest break came when they were opening for the band NERVS in Hot Springs, Arkansas in 2014. NERVS’ lead singer told Haynes after the show that the Seratones were so good, he didn’t want to have to follow them on stage again. He put them in touch with the president of Fat Possum Records. Shortly thereafter, the Seratones had their first record deal for what would become 2016’s “Get Gone.” “It was absolute serendipity that we got a record deal,” Haynes said. Haynes was a former English teacher who left the profession when her band started taking off. She fondly remembers her days as an educator, but is happy to live the life of a touring musician. “[Touring] is constantly being displaced, but for me that’s really comforting,” Haynes said. “I feel at home when I’m traveling.” In a statement that contradicts the image many people have of the rock star lifestyle, Haynes said performing has made her more health-conscious than ever. The grind of constant travel and performance is so exhausting that she can’t afford to be unhealthy. While Haynes loves traveling, she also loves Louisiana. She was born in Japan, but grew up here. “Louisiana takes the best of a lot of really cool stuff, mixes it together, and makes it taste, sound and feel really good,” Haynes said. Feeling good is part of what Haynes loves about music. She said she’s never written a song about a break-up or depression. One of the new songs she’s writing for the Seratones’ second album (release date TBA) has a refrain of “Don’t let them take your joy.” Joy is what she finds in music, performance, and her band mates, and she plans to keep finding it.

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buy his paintings. He wanted to create a multi-sensory experience for visitors. There’s the visuals of the art, the scent of lavender, the sound of upbeat New Orleans jazz music on the speakers and the feel of a plush red carpet beneath their feet. Osborne says the key to artistic success is for artists to follow their

hearts. Yes, sometimes they will have to accept a job for a paycheck and follow orders. But they must always return to what inspires them. “An artist has to be true to himself,” Osborne said. “If you ignore what your spirit is trying to say, then you won’t be happy.”

any artists aren’t able to make

a living solely from their art. Painter and gallery owner Terrance Osborne, 43, figured he might be able to do it in his 60s. He did it a lot sooner. Painting is in Osborne’s blood. His mother painted as a hobby. Osborne did not begin painting until he was in the 10th grade. He met local artist Richard Thomas, who gave him his first painting materials. Osborne would sell that debut work for $55. As he got older, Osborne kept painting, but didn’t really entertain the idea of art as a career. He taught for five years at Alice Harte School in New Orleans and painted on the side. After Hurricane Katrina, he was laid off. He thought of looking for another teaching position, but his wife Stephanie encouraged him to take the leap and try art full-time. He has never looked back. Osborne has categorized his paintings as “feel-good art.” His work, which includes four New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival posters, is full of bright colors and often depicts joyous New Orleans scenes. “If I was born on a farm, I’d be painting cows and chickens,” Osborne said. “But I was born in the eclectic, beautiful and loving city of New Orleans.” While Osborne has been a very successful artist for many years, he delayed opening his own gallery because he knew it would be very time consuming. He has three children (ages 14, 17 and 23) and wanted to wait until they were old enough before taking the plunge. Osborne’s gallery (terranceosborne. com) opened in May 2017 at 3029 Magazine St. in Uptown. He didn’t want to simply have a space where people can look at or 26 Louisiana Life january/february 2018

Terrance Osborne artist / new orleans

New Orleans master of “feelgood” art and New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival poster artist Terrance Osborne has just opened his gallery on Magazine Street.


joni smith teacher / Hammond

2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year Joni Smith educates the state’s children with a mix of joy, empathy and dedication.

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life science teacher and 2017 Louisiana Teacher of the Year Joni Smith’s teaching career did not begin with glory. It began with tears; lots of them. Teaching wasn’t even the path Smith envisioned for herself at first. She was pursuing a nursing career at Southeastern Louisiana University when a professor said she’d missed her calling and should have been a teacher. The words echoed in her head for months until she finally chose education. “It was the best decision I ever made,” Smith said. But it didn’t seem that way initially. Like many rookie teachers, her start (in 2009 at Westside Junior High in Walker) was discouraging. But while she couldn’t meet her goals for her students and she cried on the way home from school many times, she persisted. Her administrators were supportive and she viewed each day as a clean slate, a motto she passes on to her students to this day. “I wanted my students to walk into my classroom with no baggage, pain or traumas, and I wanted that for myself,” Smith said. When asked what advice she would give to first year teachers, Smith said all new educators

should find a mentor for classroom advice, sharing ideas and venting frustrations. Lastly, she said they should remember it’s OK to take risks and it’s OK to fail. Smith’s ability to empathize with her students has been crucial to her success. She had a traumatic childhood, so she understands what many of her students are going through. Her empathy served her well even in her chaotic first year of teaching. Smith remembers a student (who she still is in contact with today) who was very difficult in the classroom, but approached Smith at the end of the year and said, “Thanks for never giving up on me, even when I didn’t give you a chance.” Smith is eager to deflect praise of her work by saying she has benefited from the assistance of many colleagues and administrators. In particular, she singled out Jennifer Vicknair, her curriculum coordinator at Albany Middle School, where Smith has worked since 2014, as her “guiding light.” “I stand on the shoulders of others,” Smith said. Now, Smith is working on getting a master’s in educational leadership. But she never plans on leaving the classroom. “I need that joy that comes from room 202 in Albany Middle School,” Smith said.


outherners take fried chicken

seriously. Anyone entering the competitive fried chicken market in Louisiana has to have a strong combination of confidence and know-how. But 28 years after Neal Onebane founded Krispy Krunchy Chicken in Lafayette, his company has blossomed into a worldwide presence.

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Twenty eight years after Neal Onebane (R) founded Krispy Krunchy Chicken, he and executive vice president Dan Shapiro are taking their delicious fried chicken around the globe.

In 1989, Onebane had already been in the convenience store business for 18 years. He recognized that most stores didn’t have food options that were appealing to customers. So he began frying chicken in one of his stores and created the Krispy Krunchy in-house brand. This way, when customers went to a store and saw the Krispy Krunchy logo, they knew they’d get a good product instead of a greasy, day-old sandwich. Since Krispy Krunchy is already in existing stores, it reduces the overhead that many restaurants spend on securing a location; because of this, Krispy Krunchy can offer a fresh (Onebane emphasized the chicken is never frozen) product at lower prices. Combined with the team’s extensive knowledge of how convenience stores operate, this method has helped the company prosper. “We know convenience stores,” said Dan Shapiro, executive vice president for Krispy Krunchy Chicken. Shapiro started his working career as a third-shift convenience store cashier and has remained in the business ever since. “We know what works and what doesn’t work.” When asked what the secret to creating tasty chicken is, Shapiro said it is injecting their marinade into the chicken itself, so the flavor is in both the chicken and the breading, as opposed to just the breading. The formula is clearly working as Krispy Krunchy Chicken has expanded from its humble beginnings to over 2,200 locations worldwide, including chains in Malaysia and Mexico. Onebane expects Krispy Krunchy locations will soon be open in Egypt and India as well. Krispy Krunchy is attracting media attention, too. A 2017 Thrillist article titled “You Probably Haven’t Heard of America’s Best Fried Chicken Chain” heaped praise upon the chicken and included a rave from New York restaurateur Dale Talde. It has all been a dream come true for Onebane, who in the early days of Krispy Krunchy traveled around 80,000 miles a year to start new chains and spread the word about his chicken. “It was 100 percent born in my mind and we’ve managed to execute it,” Onebane said. “I’ve never had to work a day in my life…I love what I do.”

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or 2017-19 Louisiana Poet Laureate

and Houma native Jack Bedell, poetry and place are forever intertwined. “I have an incredible debt to my family, Acadian culture and to the region,” Bedell said. “I try to honor that debt as much as I can in my writing.” Bedell, now a professor of English at Southeastern Louisiana University, first fell in love with poetry when one of his professors at Northwestern State, Dr. Robert, loaned him a poetry book called “The Drive-In” by R.S. Gwynn. When Bedell read it, something clicked in his head about the possibilities of the art form. “It helped me realize poetry was being written today about family, region and things like that,” Bedell said. Bedell, who also cites his former professor Jim Whitehead and “Deliverance” author James Dickey as inspirations, has written nine books of poetry with a 10th on the way, titled “No Brother, This Storm.” The majority of the poems in the book deal with how the environment — specifically coastal erosion in Louisiana — affects a person’s family and their home.Just as Dr. Robert influenced Bedell, Bedell tries to inspire his students at Southeastern, where he has taught for 25 years. Many come to his classes thinking that poetry needs to be stiff, fancy or refined. He emphasizes that it can about real life. It can be personal, emotional and informal. “Art can punch you straight in the chest,” Bedell said. “It doesn’t have to beat around the bush.” For Bedell, the inspiration is a two-way street. His students shake him out of any bad habits and creative ruts he might fall into. “That’s the great thing about being at school — every day is an opportunity to learn,” Bedell said. “My students teach me about courage, invention and daring.” For those who are unfamiliar with the position of poet laureate, it means that Bedell is an ambassador for poetry, writing and Louisiana. Even during his interview, he was singing the praises of other Louisiana writers, including poets Cassie Pruyn, Darrell Bourque and Alison Pelegrin. In that regard, the position of poet laureate suits Bedell perfectly. He’d rather talk about other writers and raise awareness about poetry in Louisiana than discuss himself. “I don’t see [being poet laureate] as a medal of honor,” Bedell said. “I see it as a call to duty.”

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Louisiana Poet Laureate Jack Bedell discovers the beauty and the poetry in both Louisiana’s natural landscapes and its people.

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that can be a hardship for patients without a car. Even for those with cars, it can be a two- to three-hour trip each way. With the advent of telemedicine, if a patient has already received initial treatment with the hospital, he or she can send pictures or video of the wound so doctors can see its progress and offer advice accordingly. Bennett’s work goes beyond just technology. She recently organized a day trip to the World

War II Museum for her patient Joseph Rockforte, a World War II veteran. The trip also included members of Rockforte’s family and two other patients. “I really wanted to do this for Mr. Joe someday, but there never seemed to be time,” Bennett said. “Finally, I realized neither of us are getting any younger, our unit won’t ever be less busy…I just have to make the time now. And so I did.”

Danielle Bennett n u r s e / b ato n r o u g e any nurses see patients for a short time

but never see them again. What Danielle Bennett loves about her work as nurse practitioner and outpatient coordinator at Baton Rouge General Medical Center is that she gets to build relationships with her patients as they recover. “You don’t just get to the see them sick; you get to see them make progress and get better,” said Bennett, who has been a nurse for 18 years. For her efforts, Bennett, a Baton Rouge native, was named the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the Year for 2017. Bennett helped pioneer the use of telemedicine at Baton Rouge General, providing clinical health care from a distance via telecommunication technology. Since it began in 2011, it has many uses at Baton Rouge General, which serves patients over a 250-mile radius. She emphasized it was not a solo effort and praised her medical directors Dr. Ernest Mencer and Dr. Tracee Short for their work. Burn victims might need initial treatment at an emergency room in their hometown before coming to Baton Rouge General. The ER doctors can take pictures or video of the wound, send it to burn specialists at Baton Rouge General, and get an immediate response about the right course of action. In the past, ER doctors could make a mistake that set back treatment for the patient. Telemedicine has benefits outside the ER, too. After receiving initial treatment, patients typically have follow-up visits with their doctor. But since many Baton Rouge General patients come from far away,

The 2017 Advanced Practice Registered Nurse of the Year Danielle Bennett helped pioneer the use of telemedicine to aid burn victims on their road to recovery.


fat Tuesday revelations The secret sewing traditions of the Black Masking Indians of New Orleans written and photographed By David joshua Jennings


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Big Queen Mary Kay Stevenson works on her suit late into the night a week before Carnival. In the days, weeks, and hours, leading up to Fat Tuesday, Indians work feverishly to put the finishing touches on their suits — the culmination of a year’s work.

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E very year, in the weeks leading up to Fat Tuesday, behind the closed doors of dozens of New Orleans households, the secretive drama of the Black Masking Indians plays out with needles. The artistic labor of the Indians — sewing their suits — consumes hundreds of hours spread out over an entire year. For the most part, the Indians toil away in secret, pouring their time, hearts and souls into dazzling and elaborate creations, made of bright, colorful feathers, beads, glittering sequins and rhinestones. It is a painstaking creative process (some suits tower over eight feet and can weigh as much as 150 pounds), which they keep hidden to all but their fellow tribe members, family and a few close friends. Only on Fat Tuesday, when the final glops of hot glue have dried and the last smudges of face paint perfectly complement their vision, will they emerge singing from their front doors, revealing their creations, and parade through the city. This uniquely New Orleans phenomenon with roots in Native American culture is believed to have been passed on to the escaped slaves who found safe haven among Southern tribes

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(BELOW) Big Queen Mary Kay emerges singing from the front door of her late mother’s house Fat Tuesday morning, revealing her suit to the public and making her debut as Big Queen of the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas. (RIGHT) At Second Street and Dryades Fat Tuesday morning, Uptown Indians meet up to show off their suits and battle to prove who’s prettiest.

during the Antebellum era. The suits are usually worn on only three occasions: Fat Tuesday, Super Sunday and St. Joseph’s Night. After these festivities, the process of creating next year’s suit begins anew. Following a Big Chief’s leadership, colors are chosen, and perhaps a unifying idea is laid out. Then, each individual Indian goes to work on their suit. In the beginning, most sewers have little idea what the outcome will look like. For Mary Kay Stevenson, Big Queen of the Original Wild Tchoupitoulas, the process begins by sitting down and thinking of all the things life has thrown at her over the past year. “You know the suit’s gonna be a struggle,” Stevenson says. “You know it’s gonna take money and time. You start by looking at it from your heart, but through your eyes. After awhile, ideas start coming, like the spirit is talking to you. Then you get to work with your needle and it all starts falling together.” The Original Wild Tchoupitoulas’ colors last year — green and white — were chosen by Mary Kay’s late mother, Big Queen Mercy, before she died in 2016. With this in mind, Big Chief John Ellis envisioned a suit centered around green and white rhinestones — green symbolizing the earth, white gathering light from the sky — which would reflect a message up to the late Queen Mercy, letting her know that they were carrying on the tradition in her absence, that they appreciated and honored what had been left to them. Last year, most of Stevenson’s patches had connections to her late mother. The large beadwork on her back, sewed in her mother’s style, was of a panther, “who never abandons her young,” Stevenson says, symbolizing her mother watching over her. Every suit is different, and there are as many styles as there are sewers, as well as different levels of dedication and craftsmanship. The largest responsibility falls to the Big Chief, who must lead the tribe in artistic creativity with his suit. Next comes the Big Queen, who reflects the Chief.

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Stevenson only assumed the role of Big Queen in 2016. Previously, as Second Queen, Stevenson made suits, but she was not as fully immersed in her creations, as she is now as Big Queen. “When I was Second Queen I sewed,” Stevenson says, “But I didn’t, sew sew. In the past, if Carnival time was in February, I’d start my suit in January. But not no more, no no. Now I’m Big Queen and I have to make sure I’m representing my Chief. I mean I was pretty back then, but I didn’t worry about getting pretty pretty until 2016. Now every year’s a higher notch. Now I know I represent my tribe. In the past I just made a suit. Now I create suits. My heart, body and soul [are] more dedicated to it.” The suits, Stevenson explains, bring about a metamorphosis. When you put them on, you are a different person. The spirit of the Big Chief, or the Big Queen, assumes control. You are no longer who you were, and the shadow of this possession stretches far beyond Carnival and Super Sunday; it stretches over their entire life. “After the show, people think it’s over,” Stevenson says. “They don’t understand it’s a part of our lives. It’s a daily thing. It’s part of our identity.” Indians are quick to draw a distinction between an Indian suit and a costume — considered an offensive term for their creations. A costume is something you put on, Stevenson explains. A suit, rather, is something that comes out of you, something you put your whole self into, something you wear with honor and respect. “You can make a costume in two weeks,” says Stevenson. “Or even a day. A suit is different. It takes more time to make a suit. It takes a year to make a suit. You can buy a costume, or someone can make one for you. But it ain’t gonna take no year to make a costume. You can have 99 suits, but no two will be alike. “Because it’s an individual’s creation — behind your secret doors in that neighborhood or in that household, you’re putting together something unique, and when the world see it, it glows. You know why it glows? Because now they know. The secret has been revealed. And it’s only revealed on a Tuesday morning.”

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Big Queen Mary Kay and Big Chief John Ellis, singing as they parade through the street on Uptown Super Sunday.

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SELECTED TO Super Lawyers Leopold Z. Sher James M. Garner Elwood F. Cahill Jr. Richard P. Richter Steven I. Klein Peter L. Hilbert Jr. Marie A. Moore Neal J. Kling Joshua S. Force Deborah J. Moench

*Selected to Super Lawyers **Selected to Rising Stars †Top 50 Louisiana & New Orleans ‡Top 10

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Injured patients are incredibly vulnerable. Someone has to stand up for them when they’re wronged.

J

ohn Hammons was fresh out of law school in the late 1970s when two clients approached him needing representation in medical malpractice cases. At the time, he did not practice in that area, but he felt led to undertake the challenge. “I took the cases because I felt strongly that they deserved representation,” Hammons recalls. Both cases resolved favorably, and attorneys from across the state began referring medical malpractice cases to him. “I wasn’t an expert, but I had done two more successful cases than virtually anyone else in Louisiana,” he says. Within three years, Hammons’ caseload was substantial enough for him to focus exclusively on medical malpractice law. Thirty-five years later, he still feels “thankful, blessed, and excited” to do this work every day.

Higher Calling For Hammons, practicing medical malpractice is more than just a job; it’s a ministry. “Injured patients are incredibly vulnerable and outgunned against the Louisiana healthcare legal system,” he says. “Someone has to stand up for them, and I believe God has called me to do this work.” However noble, the path is not easy. Louisiana medical legislation offers significantly more protection for the medical communities than other states. Regardless of the severity of a patient’s injury, general damages can never exceed $500,000. “Under these statutes, none of my clients can ever be fairly

John L. Hammons compensated, but it’s worth exposing the truth and influencing statutes going forward,” Hammons says. Such was the case when a patient with hypertension died from a stroke after a root canal because the dentist did not monitor his post-operative blood pressure. Hammons’ work led to the implementation of new post-operative monitoring standards in the Louisiana dental community. In another case, Hammons was suspicious of a hospital’s documentation that claimed that a fluke heart attack caused a woman’s death following a triple bypass surgery. He fought to exhume the body for an autopsy—which revealed that the surgical team had cut a major artery at the

beginning of surgery and the woman had actually bled to death within minutes. Hammons has taken hundreds of cases like these. Each one, he says, has been worth the challenge: “It’s an uphill battle because our media portrays the medical community as heroes— which, usually, they are—so it’s hard to convince a jury when a doctor is at fault for unacceptable care.” Ironically, he notes, his closest friends are doctors: “When I first started, I actually received threats from the medical community, but I’ve built a good reputation over the years by never pursuing a case that didn’t have sound medical and scientific evidence.”

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deGRAVELLES & PALMINTIER BATON ROUGE

Left to right: Joshua M. Palmintier, Michael C. Palmintier*, J. Neale deGravelles*

*CHOSEN TO 2018 SUPER LAWYERS

Justice for Generations Since 1987, the firm of deGravelles & Palmintier, based in Baton Rouge, has been representing severely injured individuals and their families in auto accidents, maritime, products liability, toxic torts, business litigation, complex litigation, medical malpractice and general tort litigation. Mike Palmintier, a founding member of the firm, is joined by partners Neale deGravelles and Josh Palmintier. Neale and Josh, both sons of founding partners, have been raised in a tradition of true client advocacy, always putting clients first when strategizing the approach to their cases. Their clients’ satisfaction has resulted in success for the firm and a steady stream of new referrals. In many cases, deGravelles & Palmintier has had the honor of representing several generations of families who continue to place their trust in the firm when legal representation is needed most.

618 Main St., Baton Rouge, LA 70801 PH: (225) 344-3735 www.dplawla.com

Their depth and breadth of personal injury knowledge has earned them the respect of colleagues, opponents and judges before whom they have appeared. That mutual respect has forged many long-lasting relationships with referring attorneys who routinely rely on deGravelles & Palmintier for legal and financial support with complex injury cases.

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LARRY CURTIS “MY MISSION IS SIMPLE: TO OBTAIN AN OUTSTANDING RESULT—WITHOUT EXCEPTION—FOR EVERY CLIENT” Larry Curtis is recognized as one of Louisiana’s preeminent personal injury lawyers. For over 35 years, Curtis has successfully represented maritime workers of all types—drill rig and platform workers, service hands, and offshore construction workers, as well as commercial divers, dredge crew and fishermen—in cases involving serious injury or death. “My mission is simple: to obtain an outstanding result—without exception—for every client,” says Curtis. EXPERIENCE AND EXPERTISE Curtis is a seasoned trial lawyer with a national reputation in maritime personal injury cases. Over and over, Curtis has won multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements for his clients. “I am always motivated to provide the best possible representation to my clients, because I know that they are counting on me to help them through a very difficult time in their life,” he says. He believes his three decades of trial experience give his clients a decided advantage in the courtroom. “In complex, high-stakes cases, there is no substitute for experience—none,” says Curtis. “And experience teaches that, among other things, careful preparation wins cases.”

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He recalls an early lesson he learned Super Lawyers as a young law student. “I read an interview of one of the country’s top trial lawyers,” he says. “In speaking about trial preparation, he remarked that if you ever see a lawyer pull a rabbit out of a hat, the lawyer probably had 10 rabbits and 10 hats. I believed that statement to be true when I first read it and my own courtroom experience has confirmed its validity.” RECOGNIZED AND HONORED In 2014 and again in 2017, Curtis was named “Lawyer of the Year” by the Woodward/White publication known simply as Best Lawyers in the practice area of Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs for Lafayette, Louisiana. He has also been listed to Super Lawyers since its inaugural issue in 2007 and the Top 50 attorneys in Louisiana from 2012-2014. Curtis also holds the highest rating, AV Preeminent, given by the Martindale-Hubbell® Law Directory. More than a decade ago, St. John’s University honored Curtis with its Alumni Outstanding Achievement Medal. In the summer of 2005, Curtis was invited to join the Academy of Trial Advocacy, an exclusive group of some of the country’s most experienced and accomplished trial lawyers. He is also a founding member of the Aletheia Institute, a national invitation-only organization of lawyers committed to promoting truth in advocacy, full disclosure in discovery and a fair measure of justice to all litigants. SERVICE TO THE PROFESSION AND COMMUNITY Curtis is a member of the American, Federal, Louisiana and Lafayette Bar Associations, The Maritime Law Association of the United States, as well as the American and Louisiana Associations for Justice. He has served as a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice’s President’s Advisory Council, the Board of Governors and the Council of Directors. Curtis is an Emeritus Member and past President of The American Inn of Court of Acadiana. Curtis served on the Board of the Lafayette Parish Bar Association and as its President in 2011-2012. He has been asked to speak at local, state and national professional meetings about federal trial practice and maritime law. Community involvement is important to him as well: For five years, he served as the host of a monthly TV program about Catholic social teaching. He is a member of, and serves as an officer of, the Knights of Columbus Council 7275.

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TOP 50

AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2018 LOUISIANA SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS

Abbott, Charles H., Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans Adams, Marguerite L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Ashe, Barry W., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Barrasso, Judy Y., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Becker, Jr., Walter F., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Boren, James E., James E. Boren, Baton Rouge Boyle, Kim M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Brown, James A., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Cahill, Jr., Elwood F., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Cheatwood, Roy C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Cunningham, Mark A., Jones Walker, New Orleans Degan, Nancy Scott, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Draper, Douglas S., Heller Draper Patrick Horn & Dabney, New Orleans Fendler, S. Gene, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Flanagan, Thomas M., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Fontham, Michael R., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Freeman, III, George C., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Futrell, Elizabeth (Lisa) J., Jones Walker, New Orleans Garner, James M., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Goodier, Glenn G., Jones Walker, New Orleans Goodman, Alan H., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans Griffith, Jr., Steven F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Hayden, Jan M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Herman, Russ M., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Herman, Stephen J., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans

Holthaus, C. Frank, C. Frank Holthaus Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge Irwin, James B., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Kallam, Robert M., Preis, Lafayette Kiggans, Thomas H., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge Kupperman, Stephen H., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Lambert, Kent A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Lee, Wayne J., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Mason, W. Brett, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, Baton Rouge Neff, Carole Cukell, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans Philips, Jr., Harry J., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Phillips, Louis M., Kelly Hart & Pitre, Baton Rouge Plunkett, Laura Walker, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Preis, Jr., Edwin G., Preis, Lafayette Pyburn, Jr., Keith M., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans Ralston, Christopher K., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Roy, James P., Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette Shapiro, Howard, Proskauer Rose, New Orleans Sher, Leopold Z., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Stanley, Richard C., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Sterbcow, Paul M., Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans Talley, Susan G., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Vance, R. Patrick, Jones Walker, New Orleans Waguespack, David F., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans Warshauer, Irving J., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Wittmann, Phillip A., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

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BARRASSO, JUDY Y. Ŧ3BOLFE/VNCFS0OFŦ Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

HAYDEN, JAN M. Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans HERMAN, RUSS M. Ŧ3BOLFE/VNCFS5ISFFŦ Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans IRWIN, JAMES B. Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans ROY, JAMES P. Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette SHAPIRO, HOWARD Proskauer Rose, New Orleans SHER, LEOPOLD Z. Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans TALLEY, SUSAN G. Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans VANCE, R. PATRICK Jones Walker, New Orleans WITTMANN, PHILLIP A. Ŧ3BOLFE/VNCFS5XPŦ Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

TOP 25 WOMEN

AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE WOMEN LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2018 LOUISIANA SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS

Adams, Marguerite L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Alessandra, M. Nan, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Barrasso, Judy Y., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Belleau, Ashley L., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Boyle, Kim M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Cancienne, Phyllis G., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge Crochet, Vicki M., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge de Lisle, Victoria M., Locke Lord, New Orleans

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Degan, Nancy Scott, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Futrell, Elizabeth (Lisa) J., Jones Walker, New Orleans Hardin, Pauline F., Jones Walker, New Orleans Hayden, Jan M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Henry, Miriam W., Jones Walker, New Orleans Krebs, Patricia A., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Lasky, Catherine E., Lasky Murphy, New Orleans Livaudais, Julie D., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans McMurray, Patricia B., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

Morris, Edith H., Morris Lee & Bayle, New Orleans Neff, Carole Cukell, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans Plunkett, Laura Walker, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Puente, Denise C., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Ryan, Elizabeth Haecker, Coats Rose, New Orleans Talley, Susan G., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Thorne, René E., Jackson Lewis, New Orleans Wisdom, Rachel Wendt, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

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LUNDY, LUNDY, SOILEAU & SOUTH, LLP LAKE CHARLES

FRONT (L TO R): Kristie M. Hightower**, Hunter W. Lundy*, Rudie R. Soileau, Jr., Jackey W. South, Matthew E. Lundy*; BACK: T. Houston Middleton, IV, Max E. Guthrie, Nadina A. Beach, Nicholas J. Kohrs, Daniel A. Kramer

As one of the premier catastrophic and serious personal injury law firms in Louisiana, Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South, LLP has achieved settlements and verdicts in excess of $1 billion for its clients. Tough, thorough and compassionate, the firm’s lawyers take pride in fighting for those who have been harmed by the negligence of some of the most powerful corporations in the world. The firm’s areas of practice include wrongful death, dangerous drugs, pipeline explosions, products liability, and automobile and trucking accidents. Among the current personal injury and mass torts issues the firm is focusing on are talcum powder/ovarian cancer, Roundup/ non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and brain tumors/cell phone radiation cases. Lundy, Lundy, Soileau & South’s attorneys work side by side with clients from coast to coast and stand with them throughout the case, fighting for their rights and seeking to obtain the justice they deserve.

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TOP 50 NEW ORLEANS AREA

AN ALPHABETICAL LISTING OF THE NEW ORLEANS AREA LAWYERS WHO RANKED TOP OF THE LIST IN THE 2018 LOUISIANA SUPER LAWYERS NOMINATION, RESEARCH AND BLUE RIBBON REVIEW PROCESS

Abbott, Charles H., Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans Adams, Marguerite L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Ashe, Barry W., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Barrasso, Judy Y., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Becker, Jr., Walter F., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Benjamin, Thomas M., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans Boyle, Kim M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Brown, James A., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Cahill, Jr., Elwood F., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Cerone, Rudy J., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Cheatwood, Roy C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Cunningham, Mark A., Jones Walker, New Orleans Degan, Nancy Scott, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Draper, Douglas S., Heller Draper Patrick Horn & Dabney, New Orleans Eagan, Jr., Ewell (Tim) E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Fendler, S. Gene, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Flanagan, Thomas M., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Fontham, Michael R., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Freeman, III, George C., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Futrell, Elizabeth (Lisa) J., Jones Walker, New Orleans Garner, James M., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Goodier, Glenn G., Jones Walker, New Orleans Goodman, Alan H., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans Griffith, Jr., Steven F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Hayden, Jan M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Herman, Russ M., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Herman, Stephen J., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Irwin, James B., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Krebs, Patricia A., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Kupperman, Stephen H., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Lambert, Kent A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Lane, Steven J., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Lee, Wayne J., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Neff, Carole Cukell, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans

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SHONDA LEGRANDE JEFF GUERRIERO*

ELIZABETH GUERRIERO

Norwood, Jr., Colvin G., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Plunkett, Laura Walker, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pyburn, Jr., Keith M., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans Ralston, Christopher K., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Rittenberg III, Leon H., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Shapiro, Howard, Proskauer Rose, New Orleans Sher, Leopold Z., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans Shreves, H. Bruce, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Sperling, Peter E., Frilot, New Orleans Stanley, Richard C., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Sterbcow, Paul M., Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans Talley, Susan G., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Vance, R. Patrick, Jones Walker, New Orleans Waguespack, David F., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans Warshauer, Irving J., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Wittmann, Phillip A., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

GUERRIERO AND GUERRIERO 2200 FORSYTHE AVE. MONROE LA 71201

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Guerriero and Guerriero, one of the oldest Plaintiff law firms in Louisiana, was established more than 85 years ago and handles medical malpractice, personal injury, 18-wheeler and car accidents, wrongful death, nursing home neglect, drug injuries, oil field and rig accidents, and mass tort class action litigation. Jeff has represented thousands of clients and collected millions of dollars in case settlements and judge and jury verdicts. He aggressively represents each and every one of his clients and is known for his superior courtroom skills. The Guerriero and Guerriero staff work as a team to ensure all client needs are handled efficiently. Jeff is assisted by his wife of 32 years, Elizabeth, who is also an attorney and graduated with him from Tulane University Law School. Jeff ’s staff also includes Shonda LeGrande, an experienced litigation attorney, and son-in-law Bryan Creekmore, who joined the firm in 2016.

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Jeff, his wife, Elizabeth, and son in law Bryan are also certified NFL agents and currently represent a number of active NFL football players through their sports agency ProSource Sports Management, LLC. Jeff attended ULM, where he received his Bachelor’s and Master of Arts degrees. He received his Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School. Jeff served on the House of Delegates for the Louisiana Bar Association and on the Legislative Committee for the Louisiana Bar Association. He also served as the ethics committee chairman for the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association for 13 years. Jeff is a member of the Shreveport Bar Foundation, Louisiana Bar Association, Better Business Bureau, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, American College of Trial Lawyers, American Bar Association, Louisiana Association for Justice and American Association for Justice.

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PRACTICE AREA INDEX Administrative Law ....................................S-9 Alternative Dispute Resolution .................S-9 Antitrust Litigation .....................................S-9 Appellate ....................................................S-9 Banking.......................................................S-9 Bankruptcy: Business .................................S-9 Bankruptcy: Consumer...............................S-9 Business Litigation .....................................S-9 Business/Corporate .................................. S-11 Civil Litigation: Defense ............................ S-11 Class Action/Mass Torts ........................... S-11 Construction Litigation .............................S-12 Consumer Law...........................................S-12 Creditor Debtor Rights ..............................S-12 Criminal Defense .......................................S-12 Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI......................S-12 Criminal Defense: White Collar ................S-12 Elder Law ...................................................S-12 Employee Benefits.....................................S-13 Employment & Labor ................................S-13 Employment Litigation: Defense ..............S-13 Energy & Natural Resources .....................S-13 Environmental ...........................................S-13 Environmental Litigation ..........................S-13 Estate Planning & Probate .......................S-14 Family Law.................................................S-14 Gaming ......................................................S-14 General Litigation......................................S-14 Health Care................................................S-14 Insurance Coverage...................................S-14 Intellectual Property .................................S-15 Intellectual Property Litigation.................S-15 International ..............................................S-15 Media & Advertising ..................................S-15 Mergers & Acquisitions .............................S-15 Personal Injury General: Defense .............S-15 Personal Injury General: Plaintiff..............S-15 Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Defense ...................................................S-16 Personal Injury Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff....................................................S-16 Personal Injury Products: Defense ...........S-16 Personal Injury Products: Plaintiff ............S-18 Professional Liability: Defense .................S-18 Real Estate ................................................S-18 Securities & Corporate Finance ................S-18 Securities Litigation...................................S-18 Surety .........................................................S-18 Tax..............................................................S-18 Technology Transactions ..........................S-19 Transportation/Maritime ..........................S-19 Utilities ......................................................S-20 Workers’ Compensation...........................S-20

THE LIST BY PRIMARY AREA OF PRACTICE The list was finalized as of July 12, 2017. Any updates to the list (for example, status changes or disqualifying events) will be reflected on superlawyers.com. Names and page numbers in RED indicate a profile on the specified page. Phone numbers included only for attorneys with paid Super Lawyers print advertisements. Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

ADMINISTRATIVE LAW Dicharry, Christopher J., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION Broussard, Terrel J., Broussard Dispute Solutions, New Orleans Dampf, Robert S., Stockwell Sievert Viccellio Clements & Shaddock, Lake Charles

BANKRUPTCY: BUSINESS Bendana, Alicia M., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450 Caplinger, Christopher T., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Cerone, Rudy J., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Pg. S-8 Cheatham, Robin B., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Draper, Douglas S., Heller Draper Patrick Horn & Dabney, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Drell, Bradley L., Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell, Alexandria Duck, John M., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Forsyth, J. David, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans Futrell, Elizabeth (Lisa) J., Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Johnson, Jr., Patrick, Akerman, New Orleans Kuebel, III, Omer F. “Rick”, Locke Lord, New Orleans

Juneau, Sr., Thomas R., Juneau David, Lafayette

Laudumiey, IV, Fernand L., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

McKay, Michael W., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, Baton Rouge

Manthey, Tristan Edwards, Heller Draper Patrick Horn & Dabney, New Orleans

Shreves, H. Bruce, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Pg. S-8

McKenzie, Gary K., Steffes Vingiello & McKenzie, Baton Rouge Messina, David J., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

ANTITRUST LITIGATION Cunningham, Mark A., Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 McIntyre, Jr., Alexander M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Patrick, III, William H., Heller Draper Patrick Horn & Dabney, New Orleans Peck, Stewart F., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Phillips, Louis M., Kelly Hart & Pitre, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6

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Steffes, William E., Steffes Vingiello & McKenzie, Baton Rouge

Grundmeyer, Douglas L., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Strohschein, Stephen P., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge

Johnson, III, H. Alston, Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Vance, R. Patrick, Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

LaCour, Jr., Louis C., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Waguespack, David F., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Norman, Joe B., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Rubin, Michael H., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Stern, Martin A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Ward, Raymond P., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Wheelis, Stephen D., Wheelis & Rozanski, Alexandria Williamson, Stephen L., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

BANKRUPTCY: CONSUMER BANKING Claverie, Sr., Philip deV., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Cromwell, L. David, Pettiette Armand Dunkelman Woodley Byrd & Cromwell, Shreveport Furr, Brett P., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Willson, Thomas R., The Law Firm of Rocky Willson, Alexandria, 318-442-8658

BUSINESS LITIGATION Aaron, Jr., William D., Aaron & Gianna, New Orleans

Stuckey, James A., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Adams, W. Michael, Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts, Shreveport

Thibeaux, Robert P., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Aguilar, Ricardo A. “Richard”, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Willenzik, David S., Jones Walker, New Orleans

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Allweiss, Michael R., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450 Anjier, John C., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Antis, Jr., Phillip J., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Arceneaux, M. Thomas, Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts, Shreveport

Durio, Steven G. “Buzz�, Durio McGoffin Stagg & Ackermann, Lafayette, 337-233-0300 Pg. S-20

STEVEN G. “BUZZ� DURIO

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Evans, Joelle Flannigan, Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans

Lee, Wayne J., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Lipsey, Christine, McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Luker, Lynn, Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Lutkewitte, Thomas J., Favret Demarest Russo ,Lutkewitte & Schaumburg, New Orleans

Farley, Matt J., Krebs | Farley, New Orleans

Ashe, Barry W., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Masinter, Paul J., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Feldman, Jr., Larry, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Mason, Omar K., Aaron & Gianna, New Orleans

Ballay, Brian M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Fendler, S. Gene, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

McGlone, Kevin M., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2133 Pg. S-1

Barrasso, Judy Y., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Ferachi, Michael D., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge

Miller, Sr., Allen C., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Bartlett, Tad, Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, New Orleans

Flanagan, Thomas M., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Barton, Robert W., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Garner, James M., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2102 Pg. S-1, S-6, S-8

Beebe, Mark R., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Beh, Thomas M., Elkins, New Orleans Belleau, Ashley L., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Pg. S-6 Benjamin, Thomas M., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans Pg. S-8 Benson, J. Todd, Ayres Shelton Williams Benson & Paine, Shreveport

Goodman, Alan H., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Passler, Richard G., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans

Griffin, Samantha P., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Patron, David L., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Griffith, Jr., Steven F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Guerry, David L., Long Law Firm, Baton Rouge

Bergin, Edward H., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Hardin, III, Harry S., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Blunt, Shelton Dennis, Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Hensgens, Scott N., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Brown, Galen S., Sullivan Stolier Schulze & Grubb, New Orleans

Herman, Fred, Fred Herman Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-581-7068 Pg. S-20

Brown, James A., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Holtzman, Shannon S., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Browne, David L., BrowneLaw, New Orleans

Horton, Leland G., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, Shreveport

Burvant, Robert J., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Cheatwood, Roy C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Collins, Jaimme A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Johnson, Bernard S., Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport Joyce, John W., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Kanner, Allan, Kanner & Whiteley, New Orleans King, Henry A., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Krebs, Patricia A., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Conroy, Stephen K., Conroy Law Firm, Metairie, 504-830-3450

Kupperman, Stephen H., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Copley, Steven W., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Kutcher, Robert A., Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, Metairie

Cortazzo, Thomas J., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Cullens, Jr., J.E., Walters Papillion Thomas Cullens, Baton Rouge Degan, Nancy Scott, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Denegre, Jr., George, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Dumestre, Mary L., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

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Owen, Jr., Thomas P., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Pardee, Avery B., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Gulotta, Jr., James C., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Bursavich, Jude C., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Orlansky, C. Lawrence, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Geary, Covert J., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Berger, Jamie L., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

Bruser, III, Henry B. (Hank), Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell, Alexandria

Morrison, Corinne A., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Lambert, Kent A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Landis, John M., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Landrieu, Martin E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Patterson, Michael A., Long Law Firm, Baton Rouge Percy, James C., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge Ralston, Christopher K., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Reasonover, Kirk, Reasonover & Berg, New Orleans, 504-526-2921 Redfearn, Robert L., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Reuter, Bryan C., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Richard, Jr., Herschel E., Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport Riviere, Christopher H., Christopher & Riviere, Thibodaux, 985-447-7440 Rosenberg, Harry, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Rosenbloom, D. Skylar, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans Scandurro, Timothy D., Scandurro & Layrisson, New Orleans, 504-522-7100 Schewe, Bruce V., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Schnabel, Marta-Ann, O’Bryon & Schnabel, New Orleans Schonekas, Kyle, Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans Seale, III, T. Jay, Seale & Ross, Hammond Simon, Jr., Lawrence P., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Simonson, Eric J., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Sinor, Jr., Howard E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Spansel, Mark J., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Stakelum III, P.J., Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie

Lasky, Catherine E., Lasky Murphy, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Stanley, Richard C., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Lee, Andrew R., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Stern, Jr., Charles L., Steeg Law Firm, New Orleans

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS Swanson, James R., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Bienvenu, David F., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

Temple, Jr., Thomas R., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Swanson, Lynn E., Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, New Orleans

Braun, Andrew A., Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans

Walker, Jr., Frank M., Plauché Smith & Nieset, Lake Charles

Taggart, David R., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, Shreveport

Brenner, Daniel G., Bolen Parker & Brenner, Alexandria

Thompson, Jr., Walter C., Barkley & Thompson, New Orleans

Degan, III, Sidney W., Degan Blanchard & Nash, New Orleans

Thornton, Jennifer L., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans

Gianna, Dominic J., Aaron & Gianna, New Orleans

Treeby, William D., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Grimsal, A. Gregory, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Tulley, Fredrick R., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Gristina, Nicholas C., Porteous Hainkel & Johnson, New Orleans

Usdin, Steven W., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

Hanna, Mark E., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans

Veron, J. Michael, Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson, Lake Charles, 337-310-1600

Hardy, Sidney J., McCranie Sistrunk Anzelmo Hardy McDaniel & Welch, New Orleans

Waters, Jr., John W., Bienvenu Foster Ryan & O’Bannon, New Orleans Wegmann, Edward D., Jones Walker, New Orleans Wimberly, Jr., Gerard E., Akerman, New Orleans

Hayes, III, Thomas M., Hayes Harkey Smith & Cascio, Monroe Holmes, Douglas R., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Wise, Jon W., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Ieyoub, Christopher P., Plauché Smith & Nieset, Lake Charles

Wittmann, Phillip A., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Kuchler, Deborah D., Kuchler Polk Weiner, New Orleans

Woolf, Matthew A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Marionneaux, F. Barry, F. Barry Marionneaux, Plaquemine

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

Perles, Richard M., Lee Futrell & Perles, New Orleans, 504-569-1725

CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS Arsenault, Richard J., Neblett Beard & Arsenault, Alexandria Bencomo, Raul R., Bencomo & Associates, New Orleans Berniard, Jeffrey P., Berniard Law, New Orleans Bezet, Gary A., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Bickford, Scott R., Martzell Bickford & Centola, New Orleans, 504-581-9065 Bienvenu, Jr., David M., Bienvenu Bonnecaze Foco Viator & Holinga, Baton Rouge Bohrer, Philip, Bohrer Brady, Baton Rouge Casey, Jr., Thomas A., Jones Walker, New Orleans Centola, Larry J., Martzell Bickford & Centola, New Orleans, 504-581-9065 Davis, Leonard A., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Dodart, Mark C., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Eagan, Jr., Ewell (Tim) E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Pg. S-8 CONTINUED ON PAGE S-12

Aguilar, Jr., Rodolfo J., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Bennett, Wm. Blake, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Davidson, III, James J., Davidson Meaux Sonnier McElligott Fontenot Gideon & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-237-1660 Eckstein, Michael L., Eckstein Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-527-0701 George, III, Edward N., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Grodner, R. Marshall, McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Hines, William H., Jones Walker, New Orleans Kling, Neal J., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2112 Pg. S-1 Leefe, Richard K., Leefe Gibbs Sullivan & Dupre, Metairie Madden, Timothy S., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Mayhall, Jr., Van R., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Reso, Jr., Jerome J., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Sherman, David R., Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie Stein, Mark S., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450 Welborn Weinstock, Marion, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE Abbott, Charles H., Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

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Gaudet, William B., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Glago, Mark P., Glago Law Firm, New Orleans Herman, Russ M., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Herman, Stephen J., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Irpino, Anthony, Irpino Law Firm, New Orleans Jones, Christopher K., Keogh Cox, Baton Rouge

Kingsmill, Marguerite K., Kingsmill Riess, New Orleans

Hébert, Stephen, Stephen D. Hébert, New Orleans, 504-528-9500

Kleinman, Randall L., Kleinman & Kelley, New Orleans

Lorenzi, Thomas L., Lorenzi & Barnatt, Lake Charles

Krebs, David J., Krebs | Farley, New Orleans

McLindon, John S., Walters Papillion Thomas Cullens, Baton Rouge, 225-603-6493

Long, Charles B., Degan Blanchard & Nash, New Orleans

Moore, Steven J., Law Office of Steven J. Moore, Baton Rouge

Lund, III, Daniel, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Melchiode, Gerald A., Melchiode Marks King, New Orleans

Leger, Jr., Walter J., Leger & Shaw, New Orleans

Mercante, Mark W., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Mandeville

Lundy, Matthew E., Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, Lake Charles, 337-439-0707 Pg. S-7

Nelson, David K., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Massey, Donald C., Couhig Partners, New Orleans McCowan, Jr., Charles S., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Meunier, Gerald E., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Mince, Loretta G., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans Murray, Stephen B., Murray Law Firm, New Orleans Myers, Stephen G.A., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans O’Bell, Eric J., O’Bell Law Firm, Metairie, 504-456-8677 Paulsen, III, Dwight C., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, New Orleans Price, Andrea Mahady, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Richardson, Jeffrey E., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Rollo, Jr., Anthony J., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Rouen, Deborah B., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Ryan, Elizabeth Haecker, Coats Rose, New Orleans Pg. S-6 Sensenbrenner, E. Paige, Adams and Reese, New Orleans Sholes, Ronald J., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Sulzer, Richard P., Sulzer & Williams, Covington

Orgeron, Glenn P., Kean Miller, New Orleans Puente, Denise C., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Walsh, Michael S., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Rouse, Gary J., Couhig Partners, New Orleans

Ward, Jr., Samuel C. “Chuck”, Samuel C. Ward Jr. & Associates, Baton Rouge, 225-330-6677

Shields, Lloyd N., Shields Mott, New Orleans Sinnott, John W., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Tyler, Richard J., Jones Walker, New Orleans Vale, Richard S., Blue Williams, Metairie

CONSUMER LAW Sterbcow, Marx D., Sterbcow Law Group, New Orleans, 504-523-4930

Clement, David C., Clement Gates & May, New Orleans, 504-598-2220 D’Arcy, Adrian A., Shields Mott, New Orleans Franco, Philip A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Frilot, Mark W., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Mandeville

Calmes, Jr., John P., Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR Becker, Jr., Walter F., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Capitelli, Brian J., Capitelli & Wicker, New Orleans, 504-582-2425 Capitelli, Ralph, Capitelli & Wicker, New Orleans

Finn, William T., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Castaing, Jr., Edward J., Crull Castaing & Lilly, New Orleans

Grodsky, Barry H., Taggart Morton, New Orleans Hayden, Jan M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Habans, Jr., Robert N., Habans & Carriere, Baton Rouge

Jones, Jr., Philip K., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Hardin, Pauline F., Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Rubin, David S., Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer, Baton Rouge

Larson, Herbert, The Law Offices of Herbert V. Larson Jr., New Orleans Magner, Michael W., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Bélanger, André Robert, Manasseh Gill Knipe & Bélanger, Baton Rouge, 225-383-9703

Carroll, Taylor S., Williams Anderson Ryan & Carroll, Baton Rouge

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DUI/DWI

CREDITOR DEBTOR RIGHTS

Wilkes, Forrest Ren, Cosmich Simmons & Brown, New Orleans

Botnick, Michael E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Toale, Robert S., The Law Office of Robert S. Toale, Gretna Vamvoras, Glen D., Vamvoras Schwartzberg & Associates, Lake Charles

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

Bland, David S., Bland & Partners, New Orleans

Smith, Jr., Kenneth Craig, Smith & John, Shreveport

Prattini, Jeffrey K., Shields Mott, New Orleans

Whaley, John Randall, Whaley Law Firm, Baton Rouge, 225-302-8810

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

Sanchez, Walter Marshall, The Sanchez Law Firm, Lake Charles

Blaize, Marci Landry, Blaize Law Firm, Baton Rouge Boren, James E., James E. Boren, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6 Bourland, J. David, Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge Boustany, II, Alfred F., Boustany Law Firm, Lafayette Cazayoux, Jr., Donald J., Cazayoux Ewing, Baton Rouge Damico, Thomas C., Damico & Stockstill Attorneys at Law, Baton Rouge DiGiulio, John E., Manasseh Gill Knipe & Bélanger, Baton Rouge, 225-383-9703 Flowers, Peter R., Flowers & Long, Shreveport

Meche, Timothy A., Attorney at Law, New Orleans Petersen, Glen R., Hymel Davis & Petersen, Baton Rouge Simmons, Jr., Richard (Rick) T., Hailey McNamara Hall Larmann & Papale, Metairie Skinner, Michael D., Skinner Law Firm, Lafayette Small, J. Michael, Law Offices of J. Michael Small, Alexandria Stockstill, J. Kevin, Stockstill White Collar Criminal Defense, Lafayette Thomson, Peter M., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Washington, Donald W., Jones Walker, Lafayette Whalen, Jr., Ralph S., Attorney at Law, New Orleans

Hunt, Michael D., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Gibbens, Billy, Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans

ELDER LAW

King, Richard E., Melchiode Marks King, New Orleans

Gill, William Robert, Manasseh Gill Knipe & Bélanger, Baton Rouge, 225-383-9703

Losavio, Jr., Peter J., Losavio and DeJean, Baton Rouge

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Guidry, Gregory, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, Lafayette

Villarrubia, M. Janice, Law Office of M. Janice Villarrubia, Baton Rouge, 225-381-7800 Pg. S-21

Hymowitz, Steve, Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, New Orleans

M. JANICE VILLARRUBIA

LAW OFFICE OF M. JANICE VILLARRUBIA, LLC #BUPO3PVHF`ȕ

www.villarrubia-law.com

Jacob, III, Clyde H., Coats Rose, New Orleans Kiggans, Thomas H., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6 Koch, Amelia Williams, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Hayne, Jr., C. Peck, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Hebert, Aimee W., Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans Jarrott, Colleen Carr, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Jurgens, III, George B., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Klemm, Kenneth M., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS

Koretzky, I. Harold, Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Armstrong, Jane E., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Lanusse, Leslie A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Brechtel, Timothy P., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Lewis, V, Sidney F., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Mascari, Pamela Roman, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Cerrone, Stacey C.S., Proskauer Rose, New Orleans

Malone, Jr., Ernest R., The Kullman Firm, New Orleans

Masur, Samuel E., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, Lafayette

Masinter, Eve B., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans

McGlone, Michael A., Kean Miller, New Orleans

Green, Karleen J., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

McGoey, II, Thomas J., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

McNamara, Mark L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Littauer, Dwayne O., The Kullman Firm, New Orleans

Miller, Eric R., The Kullman Firm, Baton Rouge

Chambers, Susan K., Jones Walker, New Orleans Conklin, Katherine, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Morris, Christopher G., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge Rachal, Robert W., Holifield Janich Rachal and Associates, New Orleans

Mitchell, Michael S., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans Moore, Christopher E., Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, New Orleans Myers, Sarah Voorhies, Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Seemann III, Charles F., Jackson Lewis, New Orleans

Pyburn, Jr., Keith M., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Shapiro, Howard, Proskauer Rose, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Schwartz, Jeffrey A., Jackson Lewis, New Orleans

Thorne, RenÊ E., Jackson Lewis, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Shuler, III, G. Phillip, Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Scott, Timothy H., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans Tusa, Jr., Michael T., Sutton Alker & Rather, Mandeville

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR Adams, H. Mark, Jones Walker, New Orleans Alessandra, M. Nan, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Pg. S-6 Anderson, Jennifer L., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge Babineaux, Joel P., Babineaux PochÊ Anthony & Slavich, Lafayette

Kornick, Cheryl Mollere, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

McKeithen, Marjorie A., Jones Walker, New Orleans McNeal, Robert B., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Murchison, Malcolm S., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, Shreveport Nicholson, Cynthia A., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans O’Connor, Scott A., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Pearce, John Y., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Randazzo, III, Matthew (Matt) J., Randazzo Giglio & Bailey, Lafayette Robinson, Jr., George H., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Rosenblum, Carl D., Jones Walker, New Orleans

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE Christy, Walter W., Coats Rose, New Orleans Fischman, Debra J., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2109 Pg. S-1 Harold, Edward F., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans

Shea, Jr., Joseph L., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, Shreveport Slattery, Jr., Gerald F., Slattery Marino & Roberts, New Orleans Smelley, David L., Hargrove Smelley & Strickland, Shreveport Zuckerman, Adam, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Beiser, Stephen P., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Livaudais, Julie D., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Bickford, Magdalen Blessey, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Marks, Kevin A., Melchiode Marks King, New Orleans

Boyle, Kim M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

ENVIRONMENTAL

Roussel, Elizabeth A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Courington, Kaye N., Courington Kiefer & Sommers, New Orleans

Burnside, Andrew P., Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, New Orleans

White, Christine M., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Harbourt, Maureen N., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Wisdom, Rachel Wendt, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Harrison, Jr., Andrew J., Harrison Law, Baton Rouge

Zurik, III, Samuel, The Kullman Firm, New Orleans

Johnson, Greg L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Bush, H. Michael, Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Cancienne, Phyllis G., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6 Crochet, Vicki M., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6

Kilgore, III, Leonard L., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES

Levine, Steven J., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Currault, Donna Phillips, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Carver, M. Hampton, Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Nazareth, Neil F., Martzell Bickford & Centola, New Orleans, 504-581-9065

Desmond, Susan Fahey, Jackson Lewis, New Orleans

Cook, Jonathan R., Wall Bullington & Cook, New Orleans

Duncan, III, Brooke, Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Daigle, Susan A., Daigle Rayburn, Lafayette

Boudreaux, Jr., Bernard E., Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, Baton Rouge

Darden, M. Taylor, Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

DorÊ, James P., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Foster, III, Murphy J., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Furr, Susan W., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Clements, Miles P., Frilot, New Orleans

Davidson, Randall S., Davidson Summers, Shreveport

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ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION

Drew, Kathleen F., Adams and Reese, New Orleans CONTINUED ON PAGE S-14

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Gray, Patrick W., Johnson Gray McNamara, Lafayette Hand, Jr., Albert M., Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport Johnson, Mary S., Johnson Gray McNamara, Mandeville Jones, III, Gladstone N., Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, New Orleans Knister, Terrence K., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans LeBlanc, IV, J. Burton, Baron & Budd, Baton Rouge Losch, Jill T., Johnson Gray McNamara, Mandeville McCowan, III, Charles S. (Trey), Kean Miller, Baton Rouge McNamara, Thomas M., Johnson Gray McNamara, Lafayette Neuner, Jr., Francis X., NeunerPate, Lafayette Palermo, III, J. Rock, Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson, Lake Charles, 337-310-1600 Pilie, Glen M., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Pitre, Jr., Loulan J., Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans Swetman, Max, Manion Gaynor & Manning, New Orleans

Nathan, Jr., Max, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans Neff, Carole Cukell, Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Perez, Robert L., Perez McDaniel Faust & Adams, New Orleans Plunkett, Laura Walker, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8 Reso, Patrick K., Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie Riess, F. Kelleher, Hickey & Riess, New Orleans Rittenberg, Jr., Leon H., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Rouchell, John A., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Shreves, John F., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Sigler, David L., Sigler & Raglin, Lake Charles Weems, III, Charles S., Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell, Alexandria Weiss, Kenneth A., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

FAMILY LAW Anderson, Ernest S., Anderson & Anderson, Slidell

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE

Cabral, H. Craig, Attorney at Law, Metairie

Abbott, Jr., Hirschel T., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Chopin, Richard A., The Chopin Law Firm, New Orleans

Adams, Marguerite L., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

de Blanc, Jennifer Carter, de Blanc Law Firm, New Orleans

Bayard, III, Alton E., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

Felder, Bradford H., Veazey Felder & Renegar, Lafayette

Blackman, IV, John C., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge

Franz, Patricia M., Pat M. Franz & Associates, Metairie

Coleman, J. Grant, King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans Curry, Kevin C., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Edwards, David F., Jones Walker, New Orleans Hayes, Steven E., Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie Henry, Miriam W., Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6 Hester, Mary C., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Jones, Allen P., Wiener Weiss & Madison, Shreveport Ladouceur, Raymond P., Ladouceur & Ladouceur, Abita Springs Lehmann, Lawrence M., Lehmann Norman & Marcus, New Orleans Medlin, W. Deryl, McMichael Medlin D’Anna Wedgeworth & Lafargue, Shreveport Mendler, Joel A., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Mengis, Joseph W., Perry Balhoff Mengis & Burns, Baton Rouge Messina, Carey J., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Meyer IV, Conrad, Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie

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Salley, Laurel A., Salley & Salley, Metairie Tranchina, Jr., Frank P., Tranchina & Mansfield, Covington Ziv, Barbara J., Barbara J. Ziv, New Orleans

GAMING Duncan, J. Kelly, Jones Walker, New Orleans West, Paul S., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

GENERAL LITIGATION Abaunza, Donald R., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Benjamin, Jr., Jack C., Perrier & Lacoste, New Orleans Harris, Lesli D., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Hebert, Paul J., Ottinger Hebert, Lafayette Patrick, Patrick H., Patrick Miller, New Orleans Perrier, Guy D., Perrier & Lacoste, New Orleans

Bice, Jamie B., Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson, Lake Charles, 337-310-1600

Blitzer, Jr., Sidney M., Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer, Baton Rouge

Rue, Stephen R., Stephen Rue & Associates, Kenner

Haines, Kenneth P., Weems Schimpf Haines Landry Shemwell & Moore, Shreveport Hale, Steven W., Hale Law Firm, Lake Charles Hebert, Jr., Paul M., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Philips, Jr., Harry J., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6 Williams, James M., Chehardy Sherman Williams Murray Recile Stakelum & Hayes, Metairie Williams, Sharonda R., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

HEALTH CARE Atkinson, Robert L., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Caesar, Craig L., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans de la Houssaye, Nadia, Jones Walker, Lafayette Fraiche, Donna D., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Frois, Monica A., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Hesser, David C., Hesser & Flynn, Alexandria

Grey, Emily Black, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Hoffman, Mitchell J., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450

King, Jr., Errol J., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

Lane, Steven J., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Pg. S-8

McKinney, Don S., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Lowe, Robert C., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450

Pizzo, Stephen M., Blue Williams, Metairie

Madere, Barbara Volk, Barbara Volk Madere, Gretna

Winters, Amy M., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Staub, Jr., Perry R., Taggart Morton, New Orleans

Mansfield, Mark J., Tranchina & Mansfield, Covington

INSURANCE COVERAGE

Morris, Edith H., Morris Lee & Bayle, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Baumgartner, Adrianne L., Porteous Hainkel & Johnson, Covington

Paddison, David R., Attorney at Law, Covington

Curtis, Martha Y., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2111 Pg. S-1

Prados, David M., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450 Riegel, Jr., Philip, Attorney at Law, Metairie, 504-834-5345

PHILIP RIEGEL, JR.

ATTORNEY AT LAW .FUBJSJF`ȕ

Dicharry, Richard N., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Elliott, CÊleste D., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Fischer, Madeleine, Jones Walker, New Orleans Flanagan, Harold J., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS Giarrusso, Catherine Fornias, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

Stubbs, Jr., William P., Stubbs Law Firm, Lafayette

Bowers, Vincent L., Morris Bart, New Orleans

Whittaker, Scott T., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Bravo, David D., Bravo Law Firm, New Orleans

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE

Bush, D. Wayne, Attorney at Law, Leesville

Hall, Jr., George B., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Homza, Brian A., Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport

Acomb, Ryan, Porteous Hainkel & Johnson, New Orleans

McKenzie, W. Shelby, Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Andersson, W. Paul, Leake & Andersson, New Orleans

Miles, Stephen L., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

Bailey, Matthew W., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, Baton Rouge

O’Bannon, Ernest L., Bienvenu Foster Ryan & O’Bannon, New Orleans

Bash, Lottie L., Faircloth Melton & Sobel, Alexandria

Pelleteri, Maura Z., Pugh Accardo, New Orleans

Brown, Jr., Raymond L., General Counsel, Alexandria

Gonzalez, Pablo, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Guichet, Joseph P., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Pipes, III, H. Minor, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans PlauchÊ, Jr., Andrew L., PlauchÊ Maselli Parkerson, New Orleans Redmon, Marshall M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Salley, David P., Salley Hite Mercer & Resor, New Orleans Schmeeckle, Seth A., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Sever, Jay Russell, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

deLaup, Mickey S., Mickey S. deLaup, Metairie Forrester, David C., Forrester & Clark, Baton Rouge Fraser, David A., Fraser Wheeler Bergstedt & Courtney, Lake Charles Galloway, John E., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans Gideon, Kyle L., Davidson Meaux Sonnier McElligott Fontenot Gideon & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-237-1660 Grace, III, Christopher T., Blue Williams, Metairie

Stamey, Joseph B., Stamey & Miller, Natchitoches

Hightower, Jr., Thomas R., Thomas R. Hightower Jr., Lafayette, 337-233-0555

Strauss, David A., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans

Kay, III, Ped C., Broussard & Kay, Broussard

Wilson, Kristopher T., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY Bullock, Stephen G., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

Maselli, Jr., Joseph, PlauchÊ Maselli Parkerson, New Orleans O’Bryon, Kevin C., O’Bryon & Schnabel, New Orleans Richard, Thomas M., Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, Metairie Spears, Kenneth R., Spears Gary, Lake Charles, 337-513-4333 Pg. S-21 Thibodeaux, Terry, The Thibodeaux Law Firm, Lake Charles

Harrigan, Brad E., Tolar Harrigan & Morris, New Orleans

Way, David Oliver, Oliver & Way, Lafayette

INTERNATIONAL

Zimmer, Scott L., Kean Miller, Shreveport

Fowler, III, George J., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-523-2600

MEDIA & ADVERTISING Roy, Mary Ellen, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS Bowsher, Robert T., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Yacoubian, Alan J., Johnson Yacoubian & Paysse, New Orleans

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF Alexander, Glenn W., Glenn W. Alexander, Lake Charles

Cox, Michael K., Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson, Lake Charles Creed, Christian C., Creed & Creed, Monroe, 318-855-2310 Pg. S-20 David, Blake R., Broussard & David, Lafayette, 337-233-2323 deGravelles, J. Neale, deGravelles & Palmintier, Baton Rouge, 225-344-3735 Pg. S-3 Delise, Bobby J., Delise & Hall, New Orleans DiLeo, Gregory P., Law Offices of Gregory P. DiLeo, New Orleans Domengeaux, James H., Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-233-3033

JAMES H. DOMENGEAUX

DOMENGEAUX WRIGHT ROY & EDWARDS LLC -BGBZFUUF`ȕ

www.wrightroy.com

Dunahoe, Jr., Edwin, Dunahoe Law Firm, Natchitoches Earles, Digger, Laborde Earles, Lafayette Exnicios, Val P., Liska Exnicios & Nungesser, New Orleans Fezio, John Mark, The Voorhies Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-875-2223

JOHN MARK FEZIO

THE VOORHIES LAWÂ FIRM /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

www.voorhieslawfirm.com Filo, Thomas A., Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson, Lake Charles Friedman, Jonathan P., Silbert Garon Pitre & Friedman, New Orleans Frischhertz, Lloyd N., Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz & Impastato, New Orleans Gaar, Jr., Joseph F., The Gaar Law Firm, Lafayette Garon, R. Justin, Silbert Garon Pitre & Friedman, New Orleans Geiger, Andrew J., Allan Berger & Associates, New Orleans, 504-526-2222 Gertler, Louis L., Gertler Law Firm, New Orleans

Andrews, B. Scott, DuÊ Guidry Piedrahita Andrews, Baton Rouge

Gisleson, Soren E., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans

Babcock, Stephen, Babcock Partners, Baton Rouge

Goforth, William H., Goforth & Lilley, Lafayette, 337-237-5777 Pg. S-20

Fullmer, Mark A., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Bassett, Jeffrey M., Morrow Morrow Ryan Bassett & Haik, Opelousas, 337-948-4483

Page, III, J. Marshall, Jones Walker, New Orleans

Camel, Kevin L., Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson, Lake Charles

Gertler, Meyer H. “Mike�, Gertler Law Firm, New Orleans

Bailey, Jr., Jack M., Jack Bailey Law Corp., Shreveport

Kantrow, Lee C., Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer, Baton Rouge

Cain, Joseph E. “Jed�, Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans

Anderson, Jr., Bennett Boyd, Anderson Dozier Blanda & Saltzman, Lafayette

Caverly, Joseph L., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Hearn, Curtis R., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Broussard, Richard C., Broussard & David, Lafayette, 337-233-2323

Berger, Allan, Allan Berger & Associates, New Orleans, 504-526-2222 Blanda, Nicholas A., Anderson Dozier Blanda & Saltzman, Lafayette, 337-233-3366 Pg. S-20

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WILLIAM H. GOFORTH GOFORTHÂ & LILLEY, APLC -BGBZFUUF`Č•

www.goforthlilley.com Gregorio, Sam N., Gregorio Chafin Johnson Poolson & Tabor, Shreveport CONTINUED ON PAGE S-16

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Piacun, Joseph S., Gennusa Piacun & Ruli, Metairie

Curry, Guy C., Curry Caviness & Webb, New Orleans

Guerriero, Jeffrey D., Guerriero & Guerriero, Monroe, 318-325-4306 Pg. S-8

Piedrahita, Randolph A., DuÊ Guidry Piedrahita Andrews, Baton Rouge

Fontana, Karen M., Kean Miller, New Orleans

JEFFREY D. GUERRIERO

Rannals Bryan, Tracey, Rannals Law Firm, New Orleans

www.theinjuryattorney.com

Redmann, John W., Law Office of John W. Redmann, Gretna, 504-433-5550

GUERRIEROÂ & GUERRIERO .POSPF`Č•

Guidry, Kirk A., DuÊ Guidry Piedrahita Andrews, Baton Rouge Herman, Maury A., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Hoffoss, Lee, Hoffoss Devall, Lake Charles Holthaus, C. Frank, C. Frank Holthaus Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6 Hooks, III, Kenneth H., Dodson & Hooks, Baton Rouge Impastato, III, Dominick F., Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz & Impastato, New Orleans, 504-264-9915 Pg. S-21

DOMINICK F. IMPASTATO, III

FRISCHHERTZ, POULLIARD, FRISCHHERTZ, & IMPASTATO, LLC /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

www.frischhertzlaw.com

Jacobs, Darleen M., Jacobs Sarrat Lovelace & Harris, New Orleans, 504-522-0155 Pg. S-21

DARLEEN M. JACOBS

JACOBS, SARRAT, LOVELACEÂ & HARRIS /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

Jacobson, Tamara Kluger, Attorney at Law, New Orleans Kelly, III, J. Bart, Alvendia Kelly & Demarest, New Orleans, 504-482-5811

J. BART KELLY, III

ALVENDIA, KELLY & DEMAREST, LLC /FX0SMFBOT`ȕ

www.alvendialaw.com

Roy, James P., Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-233-3033 Pg. S-6

JAMES P. ROY

Gibbs, Vance A., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Judice, Marc W., Judice & Adley, Lafayette, 337-235-2405 Pg. S-21 Sobel, David R., Faircloth Melton & Sobel, Alexandria Sperling, Peter E., Frilot, New Orleans Pg. S-8 Sues, Eugene J., Gold Weems Bruser Sues & Rundell, Alexandria

DOMENGEAUX WRIGHT ROY & EDWARDS LLC -BGBZFUUF`ȕ

www.wrightroy.com

Ryan, James P., Morrow Morrow Ryan Bassett & Haik, Opelousas, 337-948-4483 Salim, Robert L., Salim-Beasley, Natchitoches Saunders, Benjamin B., Davis Saunders Miller & Oden Law Firm, Mandeville Schwartzberg, Michael H., Vamvoras Schwartzberg & Associates, Lake Charles Silbert, Scott E., Silbert Garon Pitre & Friedman, New Orleans Singleton, Willie James, Singleton Law Firm, Shreveport, 318-631-5200 St. Pe, Kenneth D., Kenneth D. St. Pe’, Lafayette Tomeny, III, Frank, Tomeny Law Firm, Baton Rouge Townsley, Rex D., The Townsley Law Firm, Lake Charles, 337-377-0584 Pg. S-21 Unglesby, Lewis, Unglesby Law Firm, Baton Rouge, 225-387-0120 Pg. S-21 Voorhies, III, Richard P., The Voorhies Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-303-8300

RICHARD P. VOORHIES, III THE VOORHIES LAWÂ FIRM /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

www.voorhieslawfirm.com

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: PLAINTIFF Abramson, David Alan, Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans, 504-588-1500 Bowling, David A., The Bowling Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-586-5200 David, Robert J., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Ecuyer, Michael J., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Fewell, Jr., Richard L., Richard L. Fewell Jr., West Monroe Gennusa, II, Thomas A., Gennusa Piacun & Ruli, Metairie Hammons, John L., Nelson & Hammons, Shreveport, 318-716-7329 Pg. S-2, S-17 Kullman, Lawrence S., Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans Mitchell, Jeffrey A., The Cochran Firm Metairie, Metairie Moore, Charles R., Moore & Hebert, Baton Rouge Russell, III, Sera H., The Law Offices of Sera H. Russell III, Lafayette, 337-237-7171 Samuels, Kara Hadican, Kara Hadican Samuels & Associates, New Orleans, 504-558-9478

Waddell, Cameron R., Waddell Anderman, Baton Rouge, 225-636-5639

Schrumpf, Oliver “Jackson�, Schrumpf Law Office, Sulphur

Lagarde, Ross F., Ross F. Lagarde, Slidell

Walters, Jr., Edward J., Walters Papillion Thomas Cullens, Baton Rouge

Silvestri, Frank A., Silvestri & Savoie, New Orleans

Lamothe, III, Frank E., Lamothe Law Firm, New Orleans

Ward, Aub A., Naquin & Ward, Baton Rouge

Townsley, Todd A., The Townsley Law Firm, Lake Charles

Williams, III, Conrad S.P. (Duke), Williams Law Group, New Orleans

Wagar, III, Nelson W. “Chip�, Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, Metairie

Williamson, Luke, Williamson Fontenot Campbell & Whittington, Baton Rouge

Widmann, Harry T., Attorney at Law, Metairie

Klick, James C., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans

Loup, Terry B., Morris Bart, New Orleans Manard, III, Robert L., Attorney at Law, New Orleans, 504-585-7777 McCall, Robert C., Baggett McCall Burgess Watson & Gaughan, Lake Charles McGovern, Glenn C., Attorney at Law, Metairie McKernan, Gordon J., Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge Melancon, Jason L., Melancon | Rimes, Baton Rouge Morrow, Patrick C., Morrow Morrow Ryan Bassett & Haik, Opelousas, 337-948-4483 Palazzo, Leo J., The Palazzo Law Firm, Gretna, 504-433-1442 Palmintier, Michael C., deGravelles & Palmintier, Baton Rouge, 225-344-3735 Pg. S-3 Papillion, Darrel J., Walters Papillion Thomas Cullens, Baton Rouge Penton, Ronnie G., The Penton Law Firm, Bogalusa Perry, John B., Attorney at Law, Slidell

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Wilson, Richard E., Cox Cox Filo Camel & Wilson, Lake Charles Wright, Bob F., Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-233-3033

BOB F. WRIGHT

DOMENGEAUX WRIGHT ROY & EDWARDS LLC -BGBZFUUF`ȕ

www.wrightroy.com

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE Blankenship, Kurt S., Blue Williams, Metairie Bradley Jr., C.Wm., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, New Orleans Crisler, Richard S., Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, New Orleans

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: DEFENSE Accardo, Francis P., Pugh Accardo, New Orleans Arras, Barbara L., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Bertaut, Carmelite M., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Coco-Ewing, Celeste R., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Daniels, Timothy F., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Frohn, David R., Manion Gaynor & Manning, Lake Charles Gay, Jr., Charles F., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Gay, Terry Christovich, Christovich & Kearney, New Orleans CONTINUED ON PAGE S-18

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WILLIAM W. MURRAY, JR.**

LUKE D. WHETSTONE

JOHN L. HAMMONS* CORNELL RUSHING FLOURNOY

*CHOSEN TO SUPER LAWYERS **CHOSEN TO RISING STARS

Nelson & Hammons A P RO F E S S I O NA L L AW C O R P O R AT I O N

Nelson & Hammons is a Louisiana medical malpractice law firm, and its attorneys have championed the rights of victims of serious medical malpractice for over 30 years. Presently, the firm includes John L. Hammons, Cornell R. Flournoy, William W. Murray, Jr., and Luke D. Whetstone. The firm emphasizes a group approach, and clients benefit from the experience and energy of every attorney. The attorneys of Nelson & Hammons pride themselves on being advocates for the patients. The attorneys are committed to providing professional guidance and representation for those patients, and their families, who have been seriously injured as a result of substandard medical care. With all four attorneys handling medical malpractice, Nelson & Hammons is specially situated to thoroughly investigate and effectively handle such cases. In order to better assist people throughout Louisiana, the firm has offices in Shreveport and Lafayette. The firm is proud to announce John L. Hammons has been named to the Super Lawyers list for the 12th time, and William W. Murray, Jr. has been named to the Rising Stars list.

705 MILAM ST. SHREVEPORT, LA 71101 PH: (318) 227-2401 FX: (318) 221-4762 315 S. COLLEGE RD., SUITE 146 LAFAYETTE, LA 70503 PH: (337) 534-0515 FX: (337) 261-3301

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS Crigler, Jr., James C., Crigler LeBeau & Sumrall, Monroe

SECURITIES LITIGATION

Crosby, E. Howell, Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Bieck, Jr., Robert B., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Glass, Joseph G., Duplass Zwain Bourgeois Pfister Weinstock & Bogart, Metairie

de Lisle, Victoria M., Locke Lord, New Orleans Pg. S-6

Irwin, James B., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Dwyer, Stephen I., Dwyer Cambre & Suffern, Metairie

Freeman, III, George C., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

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Gieger, Jr., Ernest P., Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans

Laborde, Kenneth H., Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans

Elkins, Gary J., Elkins, New Orleans

McCardle, Lance C., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Lavelle, Paul M., Cotten Schmidt & Abbott, New Orleans

Gregorie, Jr., Isaac M. “Mack”, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

SURETY

Manning, Kathleen A., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Hood, Ralph E., Kizer Hood & Morgan, Baton Rouge

Gordon, Elizabeth L., Shields Mott, New Orleans

Landry, Charles A., Fishman Haygood, Baton Rouge

Kern, Jay H., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

LeBreton, Rose McCabe, Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Preaus, Eugene R., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-595-5178

Massenburg, Christopher O., Manion Gaynor & Manning, New Orleans Melancon, David M., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Norwood, Jr., Colvin G., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Pg. S-8

Leyens, Jr., Jon F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

TAX

Olinde, John F., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

McHenry, R. Lewis, Jones Walker, New Orleans

O’Quinn, David W., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans

McMurray, Patricia B., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge Pg. S-6

Ajubita, A. Albert, Ajubita Leftwich & Salzer, New Orleans

Pugh, III, Lawrence G., Pugh Accardo, New Orleans

Moench, Deborah Jean, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2117 Pg. S-1

Angelico, Robert S., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Sarver, Richard E., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Surprenant, Mark C., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Moore, Marie A., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2108 Pg. S-1

Talbot, Brent A., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Morton, James R., Taggart Morton, New Orleans

PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF Kleinpeter, Robert E., Kleinpeter & Schwartzberg, Baton Rouge

Richter, Richard P., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2104 Pg. S-1

Bell, Hilton S., Milling Benson Woodward, New Orleans

Roussel, Randy P., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Swarr, Frank J., Landry & Swarr, New Orleans

Schott, Stephen P., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans

Clary, Albert D., Long Law Firm, Baton Rouge Fritchie, III, Gus A., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans Gasperecz, A. Kirk, Adams and Reese, New Orleans Lund, Daniel, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Ross, William M., Stanley Reuter Ross Thornton & Alford, New Orleans Schiff, Leslie J., Schiff Scheckman & White, Opelousas Simmons, Gracella, Keogh Cox, Baton Rouge, 225-383-3796

REAL ESTATE Balhoff, II, John T., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2100 Pg. S-1 Cahill, Jr., Elwood F., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2103 Pg. S-1, S-6, S-8 Carleton, Michael D., Chaffe McCall, Lake Charles Colvin, R. Keith, Jones Walker, New Orleans

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Backstrom, Jr., William M., Jones Walker, New Orleans Baringer, Dale R., The Baringer Law Firm, Baton Rouge

Schneider, Michael R., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Canada, Larry G., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans

Antin, Jr., Walter “Bud”, Antin Law Firm, Hammond

Mouton, Robert W., Locke Lord, New Orleans

Lundy, Hunter W., Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, Lake Charles, 337-439-0707 Pg. S-7

PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE

Adams, III, Jesse R., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Sher, Leopold Z., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2101 Pg. S-1, S-6, S-8

Calhoun, Jaye A., Kean Miller, New Orleans Casey, Robert R., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge Cassidy, David R., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Colbert, John W., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Echols, Michele M., Echols & Associates, Mandeville

Steeg, Robert M., Steeg Law Firm, New Orleans

Guarisco, Michael E., Guarisco Cordes & Lala, New Orleans

Talley, Susan G., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Kelly, David R., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Tessier, Frank A., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Klein, Steven I., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2100 Pg. S-1

Title, Peter S., Sessions Fishman Nathan & Israel, New Orleans

Koch, David G., Koch Law Firm, Baton Rouge

Tyler, Susan M., Jones Walker, New Orleans Willis, Sterling Scott, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

SECURITIES & CORPORATE FINANCE Chenevert, Scott D., Fishman Haygood, Baton Rouge

Meltzer, Donald M., Attorney at Law, Baton Rouge Miller, Bruce A., Attorney at Law, Metairie Ramelli, Rudolph R., Jones Walker, New Orleans Rittenberg III, Leon H., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Pg. S-8 Stutes, Jr., Russell J., Stutes & Lavergne, Lake Charles

Najder, Kenneth J., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Tarcza, Robert E., Tarcza & Associates, New Orleans

Rieveschl, David, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Treuting, Matthew A., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans

Rooth, Robert S., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Warren, Jr., J. Benjamin, Warren & Baker, Shreveport

Rousseau, Dionne M., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge Walmsley, Jr., Robert M., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Weiler, Christian N., Weiler & Rees, New Orleans Weiler, John J., Weiler & Rees, New Orleans

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS Williams, John R., Ayres Shelton Williams Benson & Paine, Shreveport

Emory, C. William “Bill�, Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans

Mason, W. Brett, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, Baton Rouge, 225-490-5812 Pg. S-6

Zimmermann, Karl J., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans

Flint, Jr., Delos E., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-523-2600

Matthews, Douglas P., King Krebs & Jurgens, New Orleans

Flotte, David M., Salley Hite Mercer & Resor, New Orleans

McCleskey, Jr., Robert P., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Slack, Todd R., Cyber Counsel, New Orleans

Force, Joshua S., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2130 Pg. S-1

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME

Goodier, Glenn G., Jones Walker, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

McElligott, Jr., John E., Davidson Meaux Sonnier McElligott Fontenot Gideon & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-237-1660

TECHNOLOGY TRANSACTIONS

Adley, Michael W., Judice & Adley, Lafayette

Grant, Jr., A. Gordon, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Anseman, III, Norman E. “Skeet�, Jones Walker, Lafayette

Gray, III, Mat M., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-595-5106

Arata, Jr., Blake G., Rome Arata Baxley & Stelly, New Orleans, 504-522-9980 Pg. S-20

Guy, Matthew C., Bland & Partners, New Orleans

Acomb, Jr., Robert B., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Arnold, III, Edward H. “Hank�, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Balart, L. Etienne, Jones Walker, New Orleans Barbier, Robert J., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Haas, III, Frederick T., Pugh Accardo, New Orleans Hassinger, Timothy W., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, Mandeville Haycraft, Don K., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Bertram, Richard D., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Hemphill, Gary A., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Bland, III, Wilton E., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans

Hilbert, Jr., Peter L., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2107 Pg. S-1

Bolles, John A., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Bourque, Jr., Charles C., St. Martin & Bourque, Houma, 985-876-3891 Pg. S-11 Broders, John J., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Hoerner, Daniel J., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Howard, III, William H., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Brooks, Jr., Philip S., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans

Hurley, Grady S., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Butterworth, Michael M., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Kallam, Robert M., Preis, Lafayette Pg. S-6

Carrigee, David L., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans Cerise, Jr., Charles A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Charvet, Kathleen K., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans Chenault, IV, Alanson T., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-523-2600

Hymel, Richard J., Mahtook & LaFleur, Lafayette Katz, Brian D., Herman Herman & Katz, New Orleans Kessenich, J. Fredrick, Daigle Fisse & Kessenich, Covington, 985-871-0800

J. FREDRICK KESSENICH

DAIGLE FISSEÂ & KESSENICH, PLC $PWJOHUPO`Č•

www.daiglefisse.com

McLeod, Evans Martin, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans McShane, Patrick J., Frilot, New Orleans Merchant, Kevin P., NeunerPate, Lafayette Mestayer, Michael J., Michael J. Mestayer, New Orleans Moroux, Marc D., Juneau David, Lafayette Morrison, Thomas Kent L., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Morrow, Jr., P. Craig, Morrow Morrow Ryan Bassett & Haik, Opelousas, 337-948-4483 Mouledoux, Andre J., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Parkinson, Erin Fury, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Parks, C. Michael, Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Plunkett, Jr., Lawrence R., Reich Album & Plunkett, Metairie Preis, Jr., Edwin G., Preis, Lafayette Pg. S-6 Rivera, James T., Scofield & Rivera, Lafayette Riviere, William J., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Rodriguez, Antonio J., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-595-5170 Rome, III, C. Perrin, Rome Arata Baxley & Stelly, New Orleans, 504-522-9980 Pg. S-21 Roussel, James H., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Ryan, Kent B., The Miller Law Firm, New Orleans

Clotworthy, Robert C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Kiefer, Scott B., Courington Kiefer & Sommers, New Orleans

Scalise, Kelly T., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Cohn, Stanley J., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Koch, Jr., R. Joshua, Koch & Schmidt, New Orleans Koehl, Jr., Edward J., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Schwartz, William B., Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans

Colletta, Katharine R., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Laizer, Edwin C., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Scofield, Bryan D., Scofield & Rivera, Lafayette

Colletta, Jr., Thomas Louis, Akerman, New Orleans

Lambert, Hugh P., The Lambert Firm, New Orleans

Cozad, Richard A., McAlpine & Cozad, New Orleans

Larzelere, Stephen M., Kuchler Polk Weiner, New Orleans

Sharpe, David B., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Crawford, Todd G., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-523-2600 Curtis, Larry, Larry Curtis Law Corp., Lafayette, 337-235-1825 Pg. S-5

LARRY CURTIS

LARRY CURTIS, APLC -BGBZFUUF`Č•

www.larrycurtis.com Davis, Christopher O., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Dittman, Stevan C., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans

Schlotterer, Bradley J., Kean Miller, New Orleans

Shipman, Karen Waters, Kean Miller, New Orleans

LaVie, Kevin J., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Silverstein, James R., Kean Miller, New Orleans

Lawton, David B., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Slater, III, Benjamin R., Akerman, New Orleans

LeBlanc, III, J. Dwight, Frilot, New Orleans

Soule, Scott A., Blue Williams, Mandeville

LeBreton, III, Edward F., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-595-5142

Sterbcow, Paul M., Lewis Kullman Sterbcow & Abramson, New Orleans, 504-588-1500 Pg. S-6, S-8

Lee III, Joseph E., Frilot, New Orleans Leefe, David W., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Legrand, Georges M., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Lemoine, Michael G., Jones Walker, Lafayette

Dodson, Richard J., Dodson & Hooks, Baton Rouge

Lemon, II, Robert T., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Dragna, Gerard J., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans

Marullo, Dawn Danna, Courington Kiefer & Sommers, New Orleans

ATTORNEYS SELECTED TO SUPER LAWYERS WERE CHOSEN IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE PROCESS ON PAGE S-4.

Stevens, Jr., Elwood C., Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-233-3033

ELWOOD C. STEVENS, JR.

DOMENGEAUX WRIGHT ROY & EDWARDS LLC -BGBZFUUF`ȕ

www.wrightroy.com

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME CONT’D FROM PAGE S-19

Sullivan, Jr., Norman C., Fowler Rodriguez, New Orleans, 504-595-5110 Tadros, Daniel A., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Talley, Charles R., Kean Miller, New Orleans Talley, Jr., Patrick A., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Theunissen, Randall K., Allen & Gooch, Lafayette

Warshauer, Irving J., Gainsburgh Benjamin David Meunier & Warshauer, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Fontham, Michael R., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Pg. S-6, S-8

Wheaton, Jr., Scott R., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Gilliam, Bobby S., Wilkinson Carmody & Gilliam, Shreveport

Wicker, III, Thomas C., Capitelli & Wicker, New Orleans

Parkerson, G. Bruce, PlauchÊ Maselli Parkerson, New Orleans

Wright, III, James E., Jones Walker, New Orleans Young, Timothy J., The Young Firm, New Orleans, 504-680-4100

Tillery, Jefferson R., Jones Walker, New Orleans Truxillo, Douglas W., Onebane Law Firm, Lafayette Tynan, Joseph P., Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, New Orleans Waguespack, Jason P., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans, 504-525-6802 Pg. S-21

TIMOTHY J. YOUNG THE YOUNGÂ FIRM /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

www.theyoungfirm.com

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION Brackett, Alan G., Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Brewster, Arthur J., Brewster Law Firm, Metairie Mandel, Jeffrey I., Juge Napolitano Guilbeau Ruli & Frieman, Metairie Nalley, Jr., George J., Nalley & Dew, Metairie

UTILITIES

Renegar, Dona K., Veazey Felder & Renegar, Lafayette

Wallace, Brian D., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Darce, Noel, Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

BLAKE G. ARATA, JR.

NICHOLAS A. BLANDA

CHRISTIAN C. CREED

Poydras Center 650 Poydras Street Suite 2017 New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: 504-522-9980 Fax: 504-522-9971 barata@romearata.com www.romearata.com

2010 West Pinhook Road Lafayette, LA 70508 Tel: 337-233-3366 Fax: 337-233-3163 nicholas@andersondozier.com www.andersondozier.com

1805 Tower Drive PO Box 14136 Monroe, LA 71201 Tel: 318-855-2310 Fax: 318-362-8219 christian@creedlaw.com www.creedlaw.com

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME PERSONAL INJURY PRODUCTS: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

Since 1984, Blake G. Arata, Jr. has been representing injured individuals for personal injury and wrongful death involving railroad accidents, maritime personal injury, and severe truck and vehicular accidents. He concentrates his practice on representing injured railroad employees and their families under the Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and offshore workers and seamen under the Jones Act and general maritime law. Mr.  Arata and his firm have used their vast resources and skills to successfully represent these individuals all over the United States. He has been awarded an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr.  Arata graduated from Loyola Law School in New Orleans and is managing partner in the firm.

Mr. Blanda is a partner at Anderson, Dozier, Blanda & Saltzman and represents clients throughout the Gulf Coast, specializing in serious personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from trucking accidents, maritime accidents, automobile accidents, industrial accidents, product liability and premises defect. He obtained his undergraduate degree from LSU in 2000  and his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2004. After completing a federal clerkship, he began private practice in 2005. Mr. Blanda is admitted to practice in Louisiana; the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; the U.S. District Court, Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Louisiana; and the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.

Practice focuses on personal injury litigation, which includes cases dealing with automobile, 18-wheeler/trucking, and offshore accidents; wrongful death actions; and Social Security claims. Fourth Judicial Bar Association, past Executive Board member; American Bar Association; American Association of Justice; Louisiana Association of Justice, Executive Committee and past Board of Governors member; American Inns of Court, life member; Louisiana State University, B.A. degree; Loyola University, School of Law (New Orleans, LA), Moot Court Board and Moot Court National Team, and Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

STEVEN G. “BUZZ� DURIO

WILLIAM H. GOFORTH

FRED HERMAN

109 Stewart Street Lafayette, LA 70501 Tel: 337-237-5777 Fax: 337-232-0786 wgoforth@bellsouth.net www.goforthlilley.com

1010 Common Street Suite 3020 New Orleans, LA 70112 Tel: 504-581-7068 Fax: 504-581-7083 fherman@fredhermanlaw.com www.fredhermanlaw.com

BUSINESS LITIGATION BANKING BUSINESS/CORPORATE

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

BUSINESS LITIGATION ALTERNATIVE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

Founding partner of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann, Steven  G. “Buzz� Durio specializes in selected commercial business cases. With 40  years of legal proceedings in areas including business and commercial litigations, banking and financial institutions, business transactions, corporate business organization and counseling, corporate dissolution, mergers and acquisitions, and shareholder rights, he has conducted trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations, review panels, and administrative hearings in city, parish, state, and federal trial and appellate courts. Evidenced by his extensive resume of legal experience, professional distinction, and community service, he has earned the respect of judges, juries, his peers, the state bar, and the community.

William H. “Bill� Goforth concentrates in personal injury products, products liability, and litigation, including car and commercial truck wrecks. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, and Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy by the National Board of Civil Pretrial Practice Advocacy. He is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Bill is a Diplomat of Trial Advocacy with the National College of Advocacy. He is a frequent spaker on trial tactics. Bill was selected as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Louisiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He is AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell and selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers list. He is a member of the Vietnam Veterans of America.

Fred Herman has represented individuals, families and businesses in complex transactions, commercial litigation and serious personal injury since 1975. He is recognized in Louisiana Super Lawyers, in The Best Lawyers in America, and enjoys the highest rating for ethics and skill by his peers as listed in Martindale-Hubbell. Mr. Herman has served as a mediator, arbitrator, hearing officer and special master in complex civil disputes. He served as civil litigation counsel to the Orleans Parish District Attorney and as Counsel to the Clerk of Court for the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. He has lectured at Loyola and Tulane Law Schools and is a member of numerous professional associations, including the Academy of Court Appointed Special Masters.

ROME, ARATA, BAXLEYÂ & STELLY, LLC

DURIO, MCGOFFIN, STAGGÂ & ACKERMANN 220 Heymann Boulevard Lafayette, LA 70503 Tel: 337-233-0300 Fax: 337-233-0694 durio@dmsfirm.com www.dmsfirm.com

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LOUISIANA 2018 SUPER LAWYERS DOMINICK F. IMPASTATO, III

DARLEEN M. JACOBS

MARC W. JUDICE

823 St. Louis Street New Orleans, LA 70112 Tel: 504-522-0155 Fax: 504-522-3819 dollyno@aol.com

926 Coolidge Boulevard Lafayette, LA 70503 Tel: 337-235-2405 Fax: 337-235-0965 mwj@judice-adley.com www.judice-adley.com

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS

PERSONAL INJURY MEDICAL MALPRACTICE: DEFENSE PROFESSIONAL LIABILITY: DEFENSE CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE

Dominick F. Impastato,  III has been the lead trial attorney in products liability, toxic tort, industrial equipment, commercial construction, insurance bad faith, and motor vehicle casualty trials since he was admitted to the bar in 2004. He has also served as liaison counsel in mass tort litigation in certain mass tort cases. Dominick takes particular pride in representing the proverbial little guy against parties of far greater resources and capabilities and achieving success for his clients, even when the odds may appear against them. Dominick graduated second in his class from Loyola Law School in 2004, served on the Loyola Law Review, and was named Best Oral Advocate in the seven-state region for the National Moot Court Competition.

Darleen M. Jacobs is the managing partner of her firm. Her offices are located in New Orleans and Violet. Her firm specializes in personal injury, general negligence, medical malpractice, maritime, Jones Act, and class action law. She is a member of the LTLA, NYSTLA, NBOTA, New Orleans Bar Association, St.  Bernard Bar Association, DCBAR, and the NYSBA. Darleen is AV-rated and was recognized as a preeminent lawyer by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2014  she was selected for the cover of Super Lawyers magazine in Louisiana. She is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. She received over 73 judgments for $1 million or more and one judgment in excess of $3 billion. She is admitted to practice law in Louisiana, New York, and the District of Columbia.

Marc Judice, actively engaged in litigation since 1977, is a Certified Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is listed in Marquis’ Who’s Who in American Law. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Judice & Adley has earned the highest rating (AV) from Martindale-Hubbell for skill and integrity, and Marc is listed in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. Marc has been a seminar speaker for Louisiana Society of Orthopedic Surgeons, Louisiana Society of Neurosurgeons, Acadiana Pediatric Society, Acadiana Dental Association, LAMMICO, Medical Protective, National Business Institute, LSU School of Dentistry, and LSU Law School.

C. PERRIN ROME, III

KENNETH R. SPEARS

REX D. TOWNSLEY

1 Lakeshore Drive Suite 900 Lake Charles, LA 70629 Tel: 337-513-4333 Fax: 337-494-5584 kspears@law-sg.com www.spearsandgary.com

3102 Enterprise Boulevard Lake Charles, LA 70601 Tel: 337-377-0584 Fax: 337-478-1577 rex@townsleylawfirm.com www.townsleylawfirm.com

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Perrin Rome is a senior partner in the New Orleans (and Houston) law firm of Rome, Arata, Baxley & Stelly where he handles significant litigation (primarily railroad litigation) throughout the United States. He is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and has handled jury trials in a wide variety of arenas, including trials in 14 different states and the District of Columbia. Mr. Rome serves as national designated counsel for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) for all commuter railroads, including Amtrak. Mr.  Rome has been recognized as a lifetime member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, wherein membership is limited to trial lawyers whom have demonstrated exceptional skill, experience and excellence in advocacy by achieving several trial verdicts of one million dollars or greater.

Kenneth R. Spears, Louisiana State University (J.D., 1972), concentrates his practice on civil litigation, eminent domain, and toxic tort litigation. He is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana; and U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas and by the Louisiana State Bar Association and State Bar of Texas. He is a member of the National Board of Trial Advocacy and Litigation Counsel of America.

Rex Townsley grew up in the piney woods at the Junction Community near Merryville, Louisiana. He was brought up and inspired by his mother, Gussie Townsley, who was a widow with five children. From an early age, Rex learned of the hardships created by the wrongful death of a loved one. This led him to an appreciation of the importance of hard work, commitment, and loyalty.

LEWIS UNGLESBY

M. JANICE VILLARRUBIA

JASON P. WAGUESPACK

FRISCHHERTZ, POULLIARD, FRISCHHERTZ, & IMPASTATO, LLC 1130 St. Charles Avenue New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: 504-264-9915 Fax: 504-581-1670 dominick@fpfi-law.com www.frischhertzlaw.com

ROME, ARATA, BAXLEY & STELLY, LLC Poydras Center 650 Poydras Street Suite 2017 New Orleans, LA 70130 Tel: 504-522-9980 Fax: 504-522-9971 prome@romearata.com www.romearata.com

UNGLESBY LAW FIRM 246 Napoleon Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Tel: 225-387-0120 Fax: 225-336-4355 lisa@unglesbylaw.com www.unglesbylaw.com

JACOBS, SARRAT, LOVELACE & HARRIS

SPEARS GARY, L.L.C.

LAW OFFICE OF M. JANICE VILLARRUBIA, LLC 341 St. Charles Street Baton Rouge, LA 70802 Tel: 225-381-7800 Fax: 225-361-8941 janice@villarrubia-law.com www.villarrubia-law.com

JUDICE & ADLEY

THE TOWNSLEY LAW FIRM

GALLOWAY, JOHNSON, TOMPKINS, BURR & SMITH, APLC

One Shell Square, 40th Floor 701 Poydras Street New Orleans, LA 70139 Tel: 504-525-6802 Fax: 504-525-2456 jwaguespack@gallowaylawfirm.com www.gallowaylawfirm.com

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR CRIMINAL DEFENSE

ELDER LAW ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION

TRANSPORTATION/MARITIME INTERNATIONAL GENERAL LITIGATION

Based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, attorney Lewis Unglesby serves as co-counsel to lawyers throughout the U.S. in all areas of litigation. For 43 years, he has been achieving successful trial outcomes and is described as one of the premier trial lawyers in the country. His cases have been featured on ABC’s 20/20, Good Morning America, CNN, Court TV, numerous periodicals, and several books. He has achieved more than 25 multimillion-dollar jury awards, plus more than 40  jury awards in excess of $1  million. In criminal defense cases, he has won acquittals in more than 50 felony jury trials in both state and federal courts. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 31 years in the areas of mass tort litigation, personal injury, product liability, criminal defense and white collar criminal defense.

I am a passionate advocate for my clients, particularly the elderly and vulnerable. With the aging of the population, many older adults fall prey to unscrupulous people seeking to take advantage of their infirmities and vulnerabilities. Louisiana’s laws on interdiction are some of the best written and can be an effective tool to help a person in need of care either financially or physically. Another area of my passion is Louisiana’s unique laws on forced heirship which protect the young and infirmed children of parents who have died without providing for them. I have several reported forced heirship cases in which the rights of forced heirs were protected. I am the past president of the Estate and Business Planners Council of Baton Rouge, and an instructor in continuing education for the National Business Institute.

Jason P. Waguespack is a recognized leader in the maritime and international legal fields. He currently serves as the Managing Director of Galloway, a Gulf South law firm with its headquarters in New Orleans. He maintains a regional practice based in New Orleans and Houston and specializes in the representation of maritime owners, charterers, operators, and insurers in all types of marine casualty losses. He serves as national counsel to several clients with ongoing international interests. He is also an Associate Professor of Law at Tulane University School of Law and Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business. He is active in the civic life of his community and serves as the president-elect of the New Orleans Bar Association and chair of their Maritime Committee.

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Centner, Dan, Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans

Sweat, Chais L., The Middleberg Riddle Group, New Orleans

Cheatham, Scott Robert, Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Tettleton, Chase D., Babcock Partners, Baton Rouge

Cicardo, Katherine, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

Thriffiley, Jr, Peter S., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

Coons, David C., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Tigchelaar, Brooke C., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

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Deethardt, Mark R., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Villa, Brook Landry, Faircloth Melton & Sobel, Baton Rouge

Devillier, Jr., Carroll, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Wehlen, Nicholas J., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Donnelly, Jeanette, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Zerner, Charles-Theodore, Flanagan Partners, New Orleans

Only attorneys who data verified with Super Lawyers for current year included on this list. All current selections reflected on superlawyers.com profiles.

APPELLATE Nickelson, John C., Nickelson Law, Shreveport Penner, D’Ann R., Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson, Lake Charles, 337-310-1600

BANKING

Venn, Brett S., Jones Walker, New Orleans

Dupre, Andy, Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Easterly, Tom S., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

BUSINESS/CORPORATE

Farris, Abigayle C., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Breland, Quin, Breland Law, New Orleans

Bishop, William R., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

French, Ryan, Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Butler, Amanda, Business Law Group, New Orleans

Grabill, Jeremy T., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Kimbrough, Camalla, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

DeWitt, Madison T., Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Grand, Melissa M., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge

Savoie, Robert, McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Douglas, Tyler J., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450

Hayes, Kristen, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Douthitt, Katherine Guidry, Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts, Shreveport

Hebert, Carmen Tircuit, Carleton Hebert & Wittenbrink, Baton Rouge

Hamm, Jr., David P., Kean Miller, Shreveport

Dysart, Katie L., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

BANKRUPTCY: BUSINESS Ashley, Laura F., Jones Walker, New Orleans Bunol, Frederick L., The Derbes Law Firm, Metairie, 504-837-1230

FREDERICK L. BUNOL

THE DERBES LAW FIRM, LLC .FUBJSJF`ȕ

www.derbeslaw.com

Kadden, Benjamin W., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans McCune, Patrick L., Adams and Reese, Baton Rouge Mintz, Mark A., Jones Walker, New Orleans Shelby, Rick M., Kelly Hart & Pitre, New Orleans

BANKRUPTCY: CONSUMER Abshier, Jenny, Big Easy Law Group, Metairie DeTrinis, Jonathan R., DeT Law Firm, New Orleans, 504-722-9711

Heilprin, Ashley J., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Kantrow, Jacob M., Kantrow Spaht Weaver & Blitzer, Baton Rouge

Hemken, David J., Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport

Kline, W. Bradley, Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Holden, Mirais, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Loupe, Jon N. (Blue), Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Janke, Benjamin West, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Moon, Ryan, Phelps Dunbar, Baton Rouge

Juneau, Matthew C., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Kane, Christopher J., Adams and Reese, New Orleans LaCour, Cliff, NeunerPate, Lafayette Latuso, Erin Wedge, Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans Lemaire, Justin P., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Luder, David N., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Lutkewitte, Conor, Favret Demarest Russo ,Lutkewitte & Schaumburg, New Orleans Magee, Todd, Christopher & Riviere, Thibodaux

Abel, William, Christopher & Riviere, Thibodaux

Mansfield, Scott M., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Brady, Sean P., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Briggett, Joe, Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Broussard, Maggie A., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans Broussard, Travis J., Durio McGoffin Stagg & Ackermann, Lafayette Burge, Jason W., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans Capell, Brian W., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Castoriano, Benjamin M., Frilot, New Orleans

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Legrand, Andrew, Spera Law Group, New Orleans

Hoskins, Loretta O., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

BUSINESS LITIGATION Anada, Tarak, Jones Walker, New Orleans

Davies, Victoria Gallo, Jones Walker, New Orleans

McCarty, Larry D., Hudson Potts & Bernstein, Monroe Meeks, Kelsey L., Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans Mondino, Gabriel O., Burgos & Associates, New Orleans Murphy, Kerry A., Lasky Murphy, New Orleans Pelleteri, Erin E., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans Sempel, Teva F., Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans

Pifko, Erzsebet, Pugh Accardo, New Orleans Richard, Kristi W., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge Schroeder, Logan, Cook Yancey King & Galloway, Shreveport Toups, Ryan C., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans Tumminello, III, Vincent “Trey�, Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Wood, Christie C., Attorney at Law, Jena Woodruff, Benjamin P., Jones Walker, New Orleans Wootten, Chris, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

CIVIL LITIGATION: DEFENSE Albertine, III., James G., Salley Hite Mercer & Resor, New Orleans Austin, Elizabeth C., Brown Sims, Lafayette Bowling, Tori S., Keogh Cox, Baton Rouge Broom, Keelie, The Waltz Law Group, New Orleans Camelford, Jason A., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans Cefalu, III., Joseph J., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge Collura-Day, Amanda, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Coreil, Hallie, Davidson Meaux Sonnier McElligott Fontenot Gideon & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-237-1660

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LOUISIANA 2018 RISING STARS Cutaiar, Trevor, Mouledoux Bland Legrand & Brackett, New Orleans Dick, Jr., Kelley R., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Edwards, Jerry, Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts, Shreveport Emmerling, Victoria ‘Tori’, Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans Felder, Robert D., Davidson Meaux Sonnier McElligott Fontenot Gideon & Edwards, Lafayette, 337-237-1660

Eagan, Kelsey A., Frilot, New Orleans

Hinch, Shane K., The Roach Law Firm, Lake Charles

Gower, C. Jacob, Burns Charest, New Orleans

Kriksciun, Alex K., Law Office of Alex Kriksciun, New Orleans

Hightower, Kristie M., Lundy Lundy Soileau & South, Lake Charles, 337-439-0707 Pg. S-7 Hoekstra, Jennifer M., Neblett Beard & Arsenault, Alexandria Holinga, Lexi T., Bienvenu Bonnecaze Foco Viator & Holinga, Baton Rouge Napolitano, Shelley, Maron Marvel Bradley Anderson & Tardy, New Orleans

Matthews, Jr., Jerome W., Law Firm of Jerome W. Matthews Jr., Gretna

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: DUI/DWI Landry, Robert J., Landry Magee, Houma

Getty, John C., Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, Mandeville

Roy, Michelle M., Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans

Giangrosso, Lena D., Provosty & Gankendorff, New Orleans

Smith, T. Peyton, Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans

Kelly, Shannon A., Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans

Wool, Zachary L., Barrios Kingsdorf & Casteix, New Orleans

EMINENT DOMAIN

CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION

Coker, Ashley Gremillion, Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2100 Pg. S-1

Kennedy, Katy B., Daigle Fisse & Kessenich, Covington Linn, Jenna, Bankston & Associates, Baton Rouge Loraso III, Victor R., Carleton Hebert & Wittenbrink, Baton Rouge Luminais, Jr., Bradley J., Wagar Richard Kutcher Tygier & Luminais, Metairie Mason, Christopher A., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Aldrich, Bradley, Smiley Law Firm, New Orleans Blackwell, Michael S., Shields Mott, New Orleans

CRIMINAL DEFENSE: WHITE COLLAR Chester, Matthew S., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Hevron, Marshall A., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Casteix, Ryan, Leake & Andersson, New Orleans Emmons, Matthew R., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Mandeville Forester, Jonathan S., Blue Williams, Metairie

EMPLOYEE BENEFITS Chopin, Lindsey H., Proskauer Rose, New Orleans George, Tabatha L., Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans

Mathews, Kellen J., Adams and Reese, Baton Rouge

Mercuri, Kaile, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

McIntire, Amy L., Chaffe McCall, New Orleans

Pastorek, Jeffrey, Couhig Partners, New Orleans

Newsom, Amy E., Newsom Law Firm, Baton Rouge

Prescott, III, James D., Bland & Partners, New Orleans

Williams, Michael S., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Robinson, Ashley B., Shields Mott, New Orleans

EMPLOYMENT & LABOR

Peterson, Megan S., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans Savant, R. Heath, PlauchÊ Maselli Parkerson, Baton Rouge

Smiley, Seth J., Smiley Law Firm, New Orleans

Scelson, Michelle, Akerman, New Orleans

Vicknair, David P., Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, New Orleans

Simmons, Jennifer L., Melchiode Marks King, New Orleans

Wynne, Jr., Douglass F., Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

Stein, David M., Adams and Reese, New Orleans Verlander, Hanna M., Brown Sims, New Orleans Williamson, Michael J., PlauchÊ Smith & Nieset, Lake Charles

Hair, Galen M., Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, New Orleans Jeffcott, Emily C., The Lambert Firm, New Orleans Magee, Tanner, Landry Magee, Houma Morgain, Richard M., Lestelle & Lestelle, Metairie Rogenes, Matthew D., Smith Stag, New Orleans Weixler, Jacob, Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans

CIVIL RIGHTS Cumming, Elizabeth, Law Offices of Elizabeth Cumming, New Orleans

CLASS ACTION/MASS TORTS Barr, Wesley G., The Olinde Firm, New Orleans Cvitanovic, Andrew, Cossich Sumich Parsiola & Taylor, Belle Chasse

Rigterink, Jennifer, Proskauer Rose, New Orleans

Bryant, Camille R., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans Credeur, Jacob C., Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, New Orleans Davis, Brandon E., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Egan, Gillian, Proskauer Rose, New Orleans

CONSUMER LAW

Frazier, Meg, Wiener Weiss & Madison, Shreveport

Dye, Bonnie E., McGlinchey Stafford, New Orleans

Huffstetler, Scott, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Ford, Samuel J., Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, New Orleans

Jeanfreau, Rachael, Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, New Orleans

CIVIL LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Courtenay, James E., The King Firm, New Orleans, 504-909-5464 Pg. S-26

Glaser, Alex H., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans

Kee, P.J., Jones Walker, New Orleans

CRIMINAL DEFENSE

London, Wm. Brian, Fisher & Phillips, New Orleans

Antoon, Michael, Vamvoras Schwartzberg & Associates, Lake Charles

McArthur, Heather A., Frilot, New Orleans

Atkinson, Ian L., Schonekas Evans McGoey & McEachin, New Orleans

Roberts, MaryJo L., The Kullman Firm, New Orleans

Borghardt, Franz N., Borghardt Law Firm, Baton Rouge Carpenter, Elizabeth B., Attorney at Law, New Orleans Carter, Gregory Q., The G. Carter Law Firm, New Orleans Cooper, Carolyn, King & Cooper Law, New Orleans, 504-581-9322

CAROLYN COOPER

KING & COOPER LAW, LLC /FX0SMFBOT`Č•

www.kingandcooperlaw.com Daniels, III, Harry L., Daniels & Washington, Baton Rouge Ewing, Jr., J. Lane, Cazayoux Ewing, Baton Rouge

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Murray, Bryce G., Big Easy Law Group, Metairie Theard, David K., Jones Walker, New Orleans

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: DEFENSE Barro, Sarah Murphy, The Monson Law Firm, Mandeville Spell, Mary Margaret, Jones Walker, New Orleans

EMPLOYMENT LITIGATION: PLAINTIFF Schilling, E. Blair, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans Vogeltanz, Kevin, The Law Office of Kevin S. Vogeltanz, Mandeville Williams, Christopher L., Williams Litigation, New Orleans CONTINUED ON PAGE S-24

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LOUISIANA 2018 RISING STARS ENERGY & NATURAL RESOURCES Baker, Katherine Smith, Bradley Murchison Kelly & Shea, Shreveport Bambrick, Erin, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Bland, Jr., Clay V., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans Bush, Brittan J., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette

Liuzza, Ashley, Smith Stag, New Orleans

Swanson, Renee L., Renee Swanson, Gretna

Lowell, Devin, Murray Law Firm, New Orleans

Treadaway, Kristyl Revelle, Treadaway Law, Metairie

Malbrew, Penny Leonard, Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Poole, Leah C., Talbot Carmouche & Marcello, Baton Rouge

Danos, Addie L., Looper Goodwine, New Orleans

Reeves, Lindsay, Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, New Orleans

Dicharry, Sarah Y., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Valentine, Sara C., Adams and Reese, New Orleans

Everage, Tod J., Kean Miller, New Orleans

VanTassell, Court C., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette

Flanagan, Caitlin J., Flanagan Partners, New Orleans

Vincent, Benn, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Gautreaux, Amy Duplantis, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, Lafayette

ESTATE & TRUST LITIGATION

Gonski, Kathryn, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Mouledoux, Taylor P., Looper Goodwine, New Orleans Perrier, Kelly D., Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Rhorer, James D. “Doug”, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Rolen-Ogden, April L., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Rothenberg, Alex, Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett McCollam Duplantis & Eagan, New Orleans Shealy, Jeremy B., Onebane Law Firm, Lafayette Simone, Matthew, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Bouillion, Shelley B., Stutes & Lavergne, Lake Charles

Donovan, Michael S., Donovan Law Firm, Mandeville

Toups, Robin P., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge Wiegand, Stephen W., Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

Baer, Jason M., Pandit Law Firm, New Orleans Bourgeois, Blake, Galloway Johnson Tompkins Burr & Smith, New Orleans Calhoun, Lindsay, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Cheralla, Stephanie L., Degan Blanchard & Nash, New Orleans Coreil, Jeffrey K., NeunerPate, Lafayette

Robb, Brandon, Delaney Robb & Rubin Attorneys at Law, Metairie

Glenn, Brodie, Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer, New Orleans

FAMILY LAW

Bayard, James D., Onebane Law Firm, Lafayette

Roché, Elizabeth A., Burns Charest, New Orleans

GENERAL LITIGATION

Frederick, Zelma M., McGlinchey Stafford, Baton Rouge

Wynne, Michael, Ottinger Hebert, Lafayette

ENVIRONMENTAL

West, Michael F., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, Baton Rouge

Kriksciun, Erin E., Stone Pigman Walther Wittmann, New Orleans

Arnold, Robin Penzato, Winsberg & Arnold, New Orleans

Fischman, Martin A., Martin A. Fischman Attorney & Counselor at Law, New Orleans

GAMING

Caruso, Melissa B., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

ESTATE PLANNING & PROBATE

Springer Brown, Laura, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans

ENTERTAINMENT & SPORTS

Vamvoras-Antoon, Alyson, Antoon Law Firm, Lake Charles

Bethune, Jon G., The Law Office of Jon G. Bethune, New Orleans Catalanotto, Rachael P., Talley Anthony Hughes & Knight, Mandeville Checki, Lauren E., Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, New Orleans Coleman, George Read, Samuel & Coleman, Metairie

Hightower, III, Thomas R., Thomas R. Hightower Jr., Lafayette, 337-233-0555 Kraatz, Arthur, Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Ludeau, Christopher, Fontenot & Ludeau, Ville Platte Luminais, Ryan O., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2106 Pg. S-1 Marse, Randy, Liskow & Lewis, New Orleans Poe, Jason W., Jason W. Poe, Bossier City Pontier, Claire Easterling, Couhig Partners, New Orleans

Daniels, Morgan S., Attorney at Law, New Orleans

Smith Melerine, Stacey, Ayres Shelton Williams Benson & Paine, Shreveport

Delaney, Ryan P., Delaney Robb & Rubin Attorneys at Law, Metairie

Sternberg, Scott L., Sternberg Naccari & White, New Orleans

Dillon, Nicole Roberts, Seale & Ross, Hammond

Wells, Molly L., Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Epstein, Jacqueline, Epstein Law Firm, New Orleans

ENVIRONMENTAL LITIGATION Brumby, Turner, Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson, Lake Charles, 337-310-1600 Caviness, Laura R., Curry Caviness & Webb, Covington Chauvin, Hunter A., Liskow & Lewis, Lafayette Dysart, Daniel J., Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz, New Orleans

Hoffman, Jeffrey M., Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450 Marinello, M. Damian, The Richards Law Firm, Covington Meneray, Elizabeth S., Meneray Family Law, New Orleans

GOVERNMENT CONTRACTS Eccles, Susan N., Dunlap Fiore, Baton Rouge

GOVERNMENT FINANCE Kern, Matthew W., Jones Walker, Baton Rouge

Miciotto, Mark, Mark J. Miciotto, Shreveport Nguyen, Kim Ngan, Lowe Stein Hoffman Allweiss & Hauver, New Orleans, 504-581-2450

HEALTH CARE

Godshall, Lauren, Morris Bart, New Orleans

Ogden, Jr., M. Scott, M. Scott Ogden Attorney at Law, Lake Charles

Amedee, Cindy M., Taylor Porter Brooks & Phillips, Baton Rouge

Gray, Nichole Mart, Johnson Gray McNamara, New Orleans

Perque, Richard G., Law Offices of Richard G. Perque, New Orleans

Landry, Eric B., Breazeale Sachse & Wilson, Baton Rouge

Hale DeShazo, Michele, Kuchler Polk Weiner, New Orleans

Pfeiffer, Sarah, Law Office of Sarah Pfeiffer, Gretna

Jacoby, Andrew K., Scott Vicknair Hair & Checki, New Orleans

Phillips, Sarah A., Phillips Law, New Orleans

IMMIGRATION

Samuel, Scott R., Samuel & Coleman, Metairie

Dees, Ashley Foret, Ashley Foret Dees, Lake Charles, 337-214-0354

Fuller, Melissa D., Forman Watkins & Krutz, New Orleans

Lewis, Sara M., Wall Bullington & Cook, New Orleans

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Smith, Dwazendra J., Doran & Cawthorne, Opelousas

Kimbrell, Elaine, Ware | Immigration, Metairie

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LOUISIANA 2018 RISING STARS Scott, Paul “Woody”, Scott Law Firm, Baton Rouge, 225-400-9976

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY LITIGATION

Mahone, Jr., Michael A., The Mahone Firm, New Orleans

Weidner, Samantha, Hart Carter & Associates, New Orleans

Madison, Tara Montgomery, Kean Miller, Baton Rouge

Matt, Jason A., Law Offices of Matt & Allen, Lafayette

INSURANCE COVERAGE

MERGERS & ACQUISITIONS

Addison, Bryce M., Deutsch Kerrigan, New Orleans Arnold, Nicholas P., Christovich & Kearney, New Orleans Baudouin, Richard E., Krebs | Farley, New Orleans Brettner, Jacqueline M., Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans Burk, Lauren E., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Davidson, Jared A., Taylor Wellons Politz & Duhe, New Orleans deBarros, Michael J., Kean Miller, Baton Rouge Farina, Rebecca B., Krebs | Farley, New Orleans Harris Abel, Laura, The Monson Law Firm, Mandeville Joachim, Alexis P., Phelps Dunbar, New Orleans Lindsey, Brian J., Preis, Lafayette Mouledoux, Marcelle P., Salley Hite Mercer & Resor, New Orleans Reeves, II, James J. (J.J.), Melchiode Marks King, New Orleans Schroeter, David M., Gieger Laborde & Laperouse, New Orleans Schudmak, Shaundra M., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, New Orleans Sharp, Heather N., Lugenbuhl Wheaton Peck Rankin & Hubbard, Baton Rouge Silas, Kimberly, Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, New Orleans

Matthews, Brad R., Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge

Saulsbury, Albert O. “Chip”, Fishman Haygood, New Orleans

Mcgregor, George, Burgos & Associates, New Orleans

Silberstein, Daniella Genet, Jones Walker, New Orleans

Meyer, Daniel, Bruno & Bruno, New Orleans

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: DEFENSE

Moroux, Jerome H., Broussard & David, Lafayette, 337-233-2323

Borne, Charmaine B., Preis, Lafayette Clayton, Joshua P., Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, New Orleans, 504-299-2100 Pg. S-1 Elam, Jason K., Cosmich Simmons & Brown, New Orleans

Morehouse, Lucas H., Attorney at Law, New Orleans

Muller- McCrary, Anne Marie, Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge Pandit, Rajan, Pandit Law Firm, New Orleans Pichon, Jeremy J., Didriksen Saucier Woods & Pichon, New Orleans Roberts, Chaz H., Chaz Roberts Law, Lafayette

Johnson, Jr., B. Slattery, Blanchard Walker O’Quin & Roberts, Shreveport

Robin, Stephanie, Thompson d’Entremont and Robin, Baton Rouge

Juneau Rookard, Kelly G., Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore, New Orleans

Roy, John Parkerson, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, Lafayette

Ochs, Sara, Simon Peragine Smith & Redfearn, New Orleans

Salter, Hannah, Cardone Law Firm, New Orleans

Prince, Thomas H., Preis, New Orleans

Sanders, Patrick B., Sanders and Ford, New Orleans

Rainwater, Scott, Taylor Wellons Politz & Duhe, Baton Rouge

Scallan, Vincent P., Vincent P. Scallan Law, New Orleans

Simon, Mandy, Preis, Lafayette

Shadinger, Zachary A., The Law Office of Allen Cooper, Shreveport

PERSONAL INJURY GENERAL: PLAINTIFF

Tabor, Charles E., Gregorio Chafin Johnson Poolson & Tabor, Shreveport Thibodeaux, II, Luke J., Gordon McKernan Injury Attorneys, Baton Rouge

Soso, Jeremy Z., The Lambert Firm, New Orleans

Bassett, Taylor J., Morrow Morrow Ryan Bassett & Haik, Opelousas, 337-948-4483

Stogner, Sarah, Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux, New Orleans

Brandhurst, Alaina, Morris Bart, New Orleans

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Walking through History Recapturing a time and place with an 18th-century tour of New Orleans BY Paul

F. Stahls Jr. Jordan

photos by Ken

There’s no better

starting point for a personal observance of the Crescent City’s Tricentennial than the upper galleries of the Historic New Orleans Collection at 533 Royal St., where the town’s history is laid out chronologically in art and artifact, but what if we could actually visit 18th-century New Orleans? It can be done. Such a tour would naturally feature the Cabildo, St. Louis Cathedral and Place d’Armes — original governmental, religious and military centers of the entire Louisiana Territory — but it’s the homes and everyday workplaces (survivors of time itself, plus two great 18th-century fires) that can best introduce us to life in that era.

Do! St. Louis Cemetery No.1

Older than many other colonial landmarks of New Orleans, and itself

Begin at 632 Dumaine where a French Colonial-style abode lost in the great fire of 1788 was quickly duplicated by its owner. That replica survived the city’s next inferno in 1794 to become an architectural Rosetta Stone of sorts, our key to the features of early-18th-century French

a city of sorts, St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is the oldest of New Orleans’ fabled “Cities of the Dead.” Some of its aboveground tombs are stark cubes with perhaps a simple pediment, others

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more substantial and elaborate, some topped by crosses or small sculptural figures, some even relatively huge with multiple panels for members of social and military societies. In short, St. Louis No. 1 is as

Colonial dwellings. Known as Madame John’s Legacy based on its fictional role in “’Tite Poulette” (an 1879 short story by George Washington Cable), it is the oldest structure possessed by our State Museum and currently houses a collection of Louisiana’s beloved Newcomb Pottery.

varied in architecture as New Orleans itself. Established in 1789, it’s no surprise that the names of many of the cemetery’s occupants are familiar from history and legend,

Next follow Dumaine to the brick-between-posts corner house at 901 Burgundy, built on a river plantation in the 1770s by Gabriel Peyroux. In 1781 he had it moved to this site, where it now forms part of Hotel St. Pierre (504-524-4401, hotelstpierre.com).

like territorial Gov. William C.C. Claiborne, nobleman Bernard de Marigny de Mandeville, mayor and sugar pioneer Étienne de Boré, voodooienne Marie Laveau and chess champion Paul Morphy.

This is a good year to get reacquainted, and this little walled city on Basin Street at St. Louis is open for tours every day and 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sundays (504-596-3050, saveourcemeteries.org).


(Above) Madame John’s Legacy (Top, Right) The Gumbo Shop (Bottom, Right) St. Louis Cemetery No.1

Turn right to take St. Philip two blocks to the famous corner bar at 941 Bourbon called Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop, more likely just a typical corner store but of great importance as an early-1700s French Colonial with its double-pitched hip roof and brick-between-posts exterior. Farther down St. Philip, turn right on Decatur and park for a walk through Jackson Square (laid out in 1762) to the Cabildo and Presbytere. Both begun in 1795, the Cabildo was completed first, in 1799, just in time to host the final signings

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and ceremonies of the Louisiana Purchase transaction. The two buildings, near twins, are the birthplace of our 106-year-old State Museum (504-568-6968, louisianastatemuseum.org), and, flanking the 1788 St. Louis Cathedral, they form the center of a National Landmark complex. A walk around the cathedral leads to points of interest like a one-time William Faulkner residence on Pirate Alley (now Faulkner House Books) and the circa-1795 Montegut House on Royal whose street-level shops include Gem de France at 729 (French linens and décor) and the Hemmerling Gallery of Southern Art at 733. Complete the circle via Pere Antoine Alley, with its good views of a beauty spot behind the church named (unofficially) Pere Antoine’s Garden, in honor of the Capuchin friar believed to have secretly buried, on those consecrated grounds, French loyalists executed in 1769 for defying the new Spanish governor a year earlier. From Decatur, right turns on Toulouse and Chartres lead to the Jamie Hayes Gallery, occupying the 1795 Bartolomeo Bosque home at 617 Chartres, a Creole townhouse known for its Spanish Colonial ironwork. Take the next left to the circa-1795 Commagére house at 630 St. Peter, home of the beloved Gumbo Shop since 1945 (504-525-1486, gumboshop.com), and another left leads to 627 Royal where Currents Jewelers now occupies home and commercial spaces built circa 1789 for Antoine Cavalier. The 1792 Jean François Merieult House at 527 Royal was and remains the entrance to and center of the Historic New Orleans Collection (504523-4662, hnoc.org), founded in 1966 and now vastly expanded

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(Top) Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop (Bottom) Pitot House

to include several buildings with many tours and exhibits. Built after the fire of 1794, first as a storehouse, later a bank and then home of international chess champion Paul Morphy, the newly renovated colonial at 417 Royal has been home of famous Brennan’s restaurant since 1955 (504-525-9711, brennansneworleans.com). Now take two immediate left turns to find, at 440 Chartres, the 1788 building that served as a coffeehouse and infamous slave auction called

Maspero’s, but now home of a popular Cajun and Creole restaurant (504-524-8990, originalpierremasperos.com). Turn right on Toulouse and a left on Decatur, then left again at the old French Market onto Ursulines and right on Chartres, to the Old Ursuline Convent at 1112. Completed in 1753, this French Colonial treasure is open for tours daily except Sundays, and this year’s exhibit in the Convent Museum is “300 Years of Catholicism in New Orleans.”

From Chartres turn left to follow Esplanade Avenue toward Bayou St. John, which holds importance as a link to Lake Pontchartrain as it actually determined the location of the colony, and now a left turn on Moss Street at the Esplanade bridge will lead to three 18thcentury country houses. Two of those, a Spanish Colonial called the Louis Blanc House at 924 Moss and a French West Indies home at 1300 (once, possibly, a Spanish customhouse) are both private residences, but the beloved Pitot House at 1440 Moss (offices of the Louisiana Landmarks Society, 504-4820312, louisianalandmarks.org) is open to the public for tours Wednesday through Saturday. Built as the country getaway of Bartolomeo Bosque and later of Mayor James Pitot, the home today is outfitted with furnishings and household accoutrements of that era. n


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farther flung

Historical Charm Tours, tastings and taking in the sites round out a long, fun weekend in Natchez By Cheré

Coen

Before the Civil War, Natchez had

more millionaires per capita than any other American city, much of it due to landowners and traders hailing from around the country. It’s one reason why the city refused to vote for secession when war reared its ugly head. When Union General Ulysses Grant arrived in southern Mississippi, he spared the bluff town resting high above the Mississippi River, boasting of Natchez’s gorgeous antebellum homes. Today, visitors may enjoy the hundreds of structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and the dozen designated as National Historic Landmarks. Many of the homes are open as bed and breakfasts, others for tours. Great restaurants, nightlife, outdoors adventures and more round out the experience, making Natchez one of the best getaways in the South.

Historic Dunleith Inn

Where to Stay Natchez is known as the bed and breakfast capital of the South, and considering there are hundreds of historic buildings located in this Mississippi River town, there’s something for everyone, including chain motels and the Natchez Grand Hotel. Kaiser and Ashley Harriss have recently

Do! Tours There are several ways to receive an overview of historic

Natchez. Southern Carriage provides guided tours for up to 10 passengers aboard a romantic horse-drawn carriage. Visitors can purchase a ticket and hop on and off the double-decker bus in the tour’s loop of the city on the Hop-On Hop-Off

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purchased the exquisite Brandon Hall Plantation located on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The 1856 mansion is about 15 minutes from town, but it includes acres of woods, a pond, an historic private cemetery and a full Southern breakfast, candied bacon included.

City Sightseeing Tour. Homes Numerous historic homes are open for tours, almost too many to see in one visit. One of the largest is Dunleith, an 1856 home resting on 44 acres. Dunleith is open

for tours, operates as a B&B with 22 rooms and contains other noteworthy buildings, such as the elegant Castle Restaurant. The Melrose estate is part of the Natchez National Historical Park and offers a great education on how plantations

Back to Nature The National Park Service owns the route of the historic 444-mile Natchez Trace Parkway running northeast from Natchez all the way to Nashville. Drivers must follow a 50-mph speed limit so hikers and bikers find the Trace a delightful escapade. Along

operated. Longwood remains the most unusual, with its unfinished octagon architecture due to the Civil War breaking out during construction. Black History Natchez owns a rich African American history. It’s home to

the William Johnson House, a free person of color, and the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture. The Forks of the Road marks the old slave auction site and the Rhythm Night Club Memorial Museum honors the tragic fire of


WalkaBout mosT louisianans view The mississiPPi river aFTer a long Climb uP The levee. In Natchez, which sits on a bluff high above the water line, there’s a gorgeous view, especially at sunset. There are two trails along the Mississippi, the Bluff Trail with its panoramic view and the Nature Trail close to the water’s edge. Begin at the Trails Pavilion near the corner of Broadway and Franklin streets where a kiosk provides maps of both as well as trails running through town.

the Trace are numerous historic sites such as Native American mounds and the ghost town of Rocky Springs, just outside of Natchez. Because it’s a national park, the road is practically hidden beneath woods so it’s a wonderful nature outing as well.

good Bets Each year in spring and fall the city’s numerous historic homes , many of which are not normally available for tours, open to the public for the “Pilgrimage.” Visitors purchase tickets for the tour of their choice and visit three homes for guided exploration. In addition, there are special events such as the Historic Natchez Tableaux in period costume, an annual ball, plays, concerts and the Southern Road to Freedom, a tribute to the city’s African American experience. The Spring Pilgrimage will be March 17-April 17, 2018. The 29th Annual Natchez Literary and Cinema Celebration, sponsored by CopiahLincoln Community College, Natchez National Historical Park, Mississippi Department of Archives and History and Mississippi Public Broadcasting, will be held Feb. 22-24, 2018, with the theme “Southern Gothic.” Films, exhibits, book signings, concerts and more are planned. n

1940 that killed 209 people. Look for both Blues Trail Markers and black history markers throughout town. naTCheZ liTTle TheaTre Original theatrical performances, as well as established plays, are on the bill at the Natchez

Little Theatre, Mississippi’s oldest community theater. During the annual Spring Pilgrimage, the Little Theatre performs “Southern Exposure,” a 1950s romantic comedy poking fun at the city and its annual pilgrimage of homes.

sPiriTs natchez Brewing Company opened its business in a small space downtown, but quickly outgrew the shop. They now operate in a former coffee warehouse with lots of space for visitors to play games, relax inside or out and enjoy their wide selection of beers. Try the Bluff City for a smooth blonde brew or Uncle Neville the Devil red IPA. Douglas and Regina Charboneau restored King’s Tavern, arguably the oldest building in Natchez, but looked to the building next door for a rum distillery. Douglas and his son, JeanLuc, renovated that historic building as well and now produce award-winning rum. They’re happy to tell their story and offer a sample on weekend tours. It’s a bit on the sweet side, but if you enjoy American muscadine wine then natchez’s old South Winery is for you. The winery offers a wide selection of red, white and rosé wines and opens its doors for free tours and tastings weekdays. LouisianaLife.com

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roadside dining

Northshore Noshing Natural beauty and abundant dining reign in West St. Tammany Parish by

Jyl Benson

photos by Romero

& Romero

West St. Tammany

Parish was first settled by Choctaw, Tchefuncte, Acolapissa and Houma Indian tribes, which were drawn to the northern shores of Lake Pontchartrain for the area’s pine forests, natural beauty, spring waters and accessibility to the Bogue Falaya, Bogue Chitto, Tchefuncte and Abita rivers. In the mid 1800s the area became a popular getaway for wealthy New Orleanians. The well-heeled were serenaded by lively bands as they boarded steamboats, and later ferries, to cross on Fridays and return on Sundays. The area flourished with visitors who sometimes stayed for months at a time. Numerous grand hotels, small inns, dance halls and restaurants thrived. Ferry service ended in 1936. The 1956 completion of the first Causeway Bridge, followed by the second in 1969, led to a north shore population boom and the area morphed from resort destination into a bedroom community. Today, despite rapid growth, the area’s string of small towns still retain much of their historic charm and the atmosphere customarily associated with the Old South. With ancient moss-draped oak trees, mature gardens, elegant 19th-century mansions and cottages, and charming restaurants dotting

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Meribo’s Burrata Salad with beets, arugula, cured oranges, pickled chilies and mint


pleasant, easily navigable streets, these small towns continue to offer tranquil respite from the bustle of New Orleans just on the other side of Lake Pontchartrain. Vinnie LeDonne and Gavin Jobe, both restaurant veterans, opened Meribo in downtown Covington in the summer of 2016. LeDonne handles front of the house and bar management of the sprawling white-washed space that is offset with vivid splashes of local art while Jobe serves as chef and sommelier. His menu an amalgamation of American South and Italian cuisines, Chef Jobe is apt to substitute Benton’s thick, salty country bacon for guanciale. His tight friendships with local purveyors are evident everywhere. Nick Usner of Grow Farm in nearby Bush provides the harvest that is available in abundance throughout the menu and even lends his farm’s name to the daily salad comprised of whatever is bright and fresh as he harvests by hand each morning — sometimes, kale, okra, and shelling beans, others peppers, tomatoes and fingerling sweet potatoes. The same hyper-local focus is found in the Wagyu Beef Carpaccio with horseradish aioli, pickled radish, chives and arugula, the principle ingredient hailing from a nearby Wagyu cattle operation. Wood-fired pizzas arrive blistered and hot, perhaps loaded with collard greens, a fresh farm egg, local

GOOD BETS

mushrooms, and smoked pork shoulder. If the season is right a house-made Crawfish Boil Gnocchi with Louisiana crawfish tails and sweet corn may be offered or perhaps BBQ Shrimp Linguine dotted with hot sausage, Creole butter, fresh herbs and charred lemon will be the star attraction. Fifteen minutes away Chef Giovanni “Gio” Vancheri is drawing crowds to the new location he settled into in June across from the trailhead in historic Mandeville. It can be a challenge to score a reservation at the ochre-hued spot where Chef Gio is recreating the same rustic Italian dishes that have made him famous in the area for the past 10 years. Cioppino di mare, an Italian fishermen’s stew, is thick with seasonal finfish and shellfish. Veal is the house specialty and the Osso Buco Milanese sets tender veal shanks atop fragrant Italian saffron rice. n

Gio’s Villa Vancheri

690 Lafitte St. Mandeville 985-624-2597 Little River Bluffs

11030 Garden Lane Folsom 985-796-5257 littleriverbluffs.com Meribo

326 N. Lee Lane Covington 985-302-5533 meribopizza.com

If you are considering an overnight stay in west St. Tammany Parish the guest cottages at Little River Bluffs Nature Preserve in Folsom are enchanting, each with its own private access to the Lil’ Tchefuncte River as well as a screened porch, swing, hammock, kitchen, barbeque grill, air conditioning, ceiling fans, Wi-Fi, fireplace, washer and dryer, and pillows, linens, towels and bath amenities.

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great louisiana chef

The Contender Chef Sean Rivera fights the good fight in Baton Rouge restaurant and in New Orleans’ Culinary Fight Club competition By

Ashley McLellan & Romero

photos by Romero

Chef Sean Rivera is not afraid to

pick a food fight. As a member of Team GastreauxNomica, Rivera takes on tasty challenges with the Culinary Fight Club, a group that challenges chefs from across the country and the world while raising funds to support feeding the hungry. “The experience was exhilarating, to say in the least,” he says. “At times you forget what it’s like to be on the line, in the heat of the rush doing your best to sling out beautiful dishes within strict time constraints.” At each event, home cooks and chefs select 15 ingredients from a supplied food pantry and create a culinary masterpiece based on the theme of the day in one hour. Rivera and his team recently competed in the New Orleans CFC competition. When not wearing his competition apron, Rivera’s base is at Driftwood Cask & Barrel in Baton Rouge. “I’ve got a few projects in the works, but Driftwood is still my main focus as the chef and partner there,” he says. “We’re planning to launch our menu soon and can’t wait to be a part of the downtown Baton Rouge culinary scene.” While Rivera takes on many food personalities, giving back to the community and inspiring young chefs is his passion. “The real Chef Rivera is just a man looking to contribute to the culinary scene, most importantly my beloved state of Louisiana,” he says. “What people don’t realize about this industry is that, yes, there is a lot of rivalry and friendly competitive banter, but at the end of the day, your team is your family, and everyone working in kitchens day in and day out all have the same goal — to make a difference in young chefs’ lives. That’s what I’m here to do, and what I hope to one day achieve.”n

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“My style of cooking says that I have respect for the classics, but I’m not afraid to give them a more modern, approachable twist that the every day person would love. One of my signature dishes is a take on a classic Oysters Almondine but spin it with candied pecans and sweet and sour meuniere.”


Fried Oysters with Sweet and Sour Meuniere Fried Oysters In a medium saucepan heat 1½ cups canola oil to 365˚F. Place 1 pint shucked oysters in a stainless bowl and season with 1 tablespoons hot sauce (preferably Crystal), salt and pepper. Mix 2 eggs with 1 cup milk, whisk in ¹⁄³ cup flour, and pour into bowl with oysters. Mix well. With a slotted spoon, remove some of the oysters, let drain, and add to 4 cups Zatarain’s Fish Fri with lemon. Toss lightly, then carefully drop into oil. Fry until lightly browned, about 3 minutes. Remove, drain on paper towels and salt if desired. Sweet & Sour Meuniere In a medium saucepan heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil and sauté ¼ cup chopped yellow onion, ¼ cup chopped peeled carrot, ½ peeled lemon, ¼ cup diced celery and 1 teaspoon chopped garlic until soft. Add 1 cup chicken stock, 1 cup Worcestershire sauce, 1 cup sweet & sour sauce and 1 bay leaf and cook until volume is reduced by one-third, about 25 minutes. (Sauce should be thick and syrupy.) Strain sauce and return to heat. Whisk in ½ cup heavy whipping cream. Reduce heat to low and slowly blend in 2 sticks butter one cube at a time, adding additional butter only after previously added butter has completely incorporated into the sauce. Remove from heat and continue to stir. Season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Candied Pecans Combine ½ cup brown sugar, ¼ teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons water in a skillet and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves and the mixture is bubbling. Add 1 cup pecan halves and cook for an additional 3 minutes, stirring to coat pecans in the glaze. Remove from heat, and spread pecans out on parchment paper to let cool completely. Break apart, and place on top of fried oysters. To serve Garnish oysters with candied pecans, and top with sweet & sour menuiere. 3-4 appetizer-sized servings

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kitchen gourmet

Gumbo Party Three satisfying gumbos that will have your friends and family coming back for seconds and thirds by

Stanley Dry

photos and styling by Eugenia

Uhl

People sometimes ask

what kind of cooking I like best. Since I enjoy all types of cooking, as well as baking, the answer doesn’t come easily. But those who ask want an answer, so I usually fall back on a standard reply: one-pot dishes. That covers a wide range of possibilities, everything from soups to stews to gumbos, and it is true that I love that kind of cooking. Sometimes the second question is, “Why?” Now that I can answer without hesitation, and I probably tell them much more than they really want to know. Regardless of what you’re cooking in the pot, and assuming you’re not following a recipe to the letter, you have a license to experiment. You can’t just willy-nilly start throwing things in the pot, but assuming you have a good grasp of what will work and what won’t, you really can improvise. Take gumbo as an example. There are more varieties of gumbo than you can count on the fingers of both hands, but within each type there are infinite variations, largely determined by the cook’s preferences. This month I give recipes for three gumbos that evolved from experimentation and improvisation. There is also a recipe for a skillet cornbread with a tasty brown crust, which is a great accompaniment to any of the gumbos. 78 Louisiana Life january/february 2018

Four Sausage Gumbo will have a special appeal for carnivores who love all manner of fresh and smoked pork sausage.


Two of the gumbos are loaded with smoked meats or sausages, and the third is a gumbo made from greens that is traditionally served on the Thursday before Easter, although it is delicious any time of year. Most recipes for gumbo z’herbes are made with smoked meats, which as all southerners know, do wonders for a pot of greens. But what about a vegetarian or an observant Christian who forgoes meat during Lent? Is it possible to make a delicious green gumbo without using meat? What can you include in the recipe to give the gumbo body and additional flavor if you don’t use smoked meat or a meat stock? Meat, poultry, fish and vegetables all contain glutamates (naturally occurring amino acids that provide a savory taste), but some ingredients contain particularly high levels of them, and they can be used to compensate for the absence of meat. Glutamate-rich foods include tomatoes and tomato products, mushrooms (particularly shiitakes), dried seafood, fermented or cured products, such as ham and cheese, soy sauce, fish sauce, Worcestershire sauce and anchovies, among others. Nutritional yeast, available in health food stores, can also be used as a flavor enhancer. In the recipe for gumbo z’herbes, I’ve incorporated dried shiitake mushrooms, nutritional yeast, soy sauce and Worcestershire sauce to provide additional flavor. If you like to experiment, try adding other ingredients to boost the flavor even further. n

Smoked Meat Gumbo

Gumbo z’Herbes

Four Sausage Gumbo Place ½ pound fresh pork sausage, ½ pound smoked pork sausage, ½ pound smoked pork and venison sausage and ½ pound andouille sausage in gumbo pot, prick with the tip of a small knife, and cook over low heat, turning frequently until browned, about 20 minutes. Remove sausages and cool. Pour off all but 1 tablespoon fat from pot.

(Lenten/vegetarian version) Any combination of greens can be used in this recipe, including collard greens, mustard greens, turnip greens, beet greens, cabbage leaves, watercress, parsley, carrot tops, radish tops, arugula, kale, celery leaves, green onion tops and bok choy. Skillet Cornbread

1 cup dried, chopped shiitake mushrooms Place a 12-inch cast-iron skillet in oven and preheat to 450 degrees.

Add 1 medium onion (chopped), 1 bell pepper (seeded and chopped) and 2 cloves garlic (minced) and cook until softened, about 5 minutes. Add 4 cups chicken stock or broth and 4 cups water and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits that have stuck to the pot. Add ¼ cup prepared dark roux and whisk to dissolve. Slice sausages and add to pot along with 1 bay leaf. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 1 hour. Season with coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and hot sauce to taste. Serve over steamed rice and garnish with ¼ cup chopped parsley and ¼ cup chopped green onion tops.

Place 1½ cups cornmeal, preferably stone ground, ½ cup flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon sugar in mixing bowl and stir to combine. Add 2 eggs (lightly beaten) and 1½ cups milk and stir to combine. Add butter to hot skillet. When butter has melted, remove skillet from oven, pour 4 tablespoons butter (melted) into batter and stir to combine. Pour batter into hot skillet and return to oven. Bake until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes.

Makes 4 or more servings.

Makes 4 or more servings.

Combine 9 cups water, 1 smoked ham hock (about ½ pound), ½ pound smoked pork neck bones and ½ pound tasso in a large pot, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour. Remove ham hock, neck bones and tasso and cool. Add ¼ cup prepared dark roux and whisk to dissolve. Add 1 medium onion

9 cups water ½ cup prepared dark roux ¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes 1 tablespoon soy sauce 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 medium onions, roughly chopped ½ head (or more) garlic, peeled 1 bunch mustard greens, roughly chopped 1 bunch turnip greens, roughly chopped 1 bunch collard greens, roughly chopped 1 bunch kale, roughly chopped 1 bunch parsley, roughly chopped 1 bunch green onion tops, roughly chopped 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste cayenne pepper and hot sauce to taste steamed rice hot pepper vinegar 1. Combine water and mushrooms in a large pot, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Strain, reserving broth. Discard mushrooms or save for another use. 2. Return broth to pot, bring to a boil and whisk in roux until dissolved. Add nutritional yeast, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, onions and garlic. Add greens, bring to a boil, cover and simmer for 1 hour. 3. Puree soup in the pot with an immersion blender or puree in batches in a blender. Season with salt, peppers and hot sauce. Serve with rice and hot pepper vinegar. Makes 4 or more servings.

(chopped), 1 bell pepper (seeded and chopped), 2 cloves garlic (minced) and 1 bay leaf. Remove meat and rind from ham hock. Discard rind, chop meat and add to pot. Remove meat from neck bones, chop and add to pot. Cut tasso into small pieces and add to pot. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer

for 1 hour. Season with coarse salt, freshly ground black pepper, cayenne pepper and hot sauce to taste. Serve with steamed rice and gumbo filé, garnish with ¼ cup chopped parsley and ¼ cup chopped green onion tops. Makes 4 or more servings.

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ardi Gras arrives in Louisiana this season, and cities across the state are gearing up for the state’s biggest party of the year. Whether you’re looking for the excitement of a super krewe with large floats and fancy throws or a small neighborhood parade that highlights the creativity of the community, there are festivities sure to please from Shreveport down to New Orleans and everywhere in between. Louisiana’s mild winters are also a great time to explore the state’s great outdoors and support a New Year’s resolution to learn more about your home’s history and both natural and cultural offerings. Between New Year’s and Mardi Gras, there’s much to celebrate across the state this season, including Louisiana’s unparalleled cuisine, its diverse landscapes, unique local businesses, and city tricentennials.

Parishes, Cities, and Towns Louisiana truly has the best of all worlds. Captivating outdoor environments are accompanied by the unbeatable sounds you’ll hear inside its music venues. Its arts scene is rivaled by historic architecture. When you visit and explore what Louisiana has to offer, you enjoy a variety of memory-making experiences that you can’t find anywhere else.

Louisiana’s culture is distinctive among the 50 states, and visitors soon learn each area has its own twist on the state’s iconic food, traditions, and music. Just like its gumbo can differ from parish to parish, Mardi Gras does, too, between flamboyant parties in the French Quarter, regal balls in Lake Charles, family-friendly parades in Shreveport, and the Courir de Mardi Gras in Louisiana’s Cajun Country.

There’s so much to see, do, and explore in Louisiana—no matter your passion, follow it here and let Louisiana dazzle you. Visit LouisianaTravel. com for more information. Lafayette is at the heart of Louisiana’s Cajun & Creole Country, an area voted as the Happiest City in America by the Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch. com, and it’s no mystery why. No matter what time of year you visit Lafayette they will have something for you to celebrate. One celebration that has visitors from all over the world heading down south with a smile on their face is Mardi Gras. Worldwide, Mardi Gras is known as a time to let loose and celebrate. In Lafayette you can experience all of the excitement and revelry of the Carnival season in a family-friendly atmosphere. The festivities, which span two weekends (Feb. 3, 9-13), feature parades, a festival with live music, balls, and the traditional courirs. So come on down and shout, “Throw me something mister!” Visit LafayetteTravel.com/MardiGras for the 2018 schedule of events. Surrounded by the waters of Bayou Teche, Atchafalaya River, and the Atchafalaya Swamp Basin, the Cajun Coast, in St. Mary Parish, is known for its natural splendor and “road less traveled” atmosphere. There’s no better way to spend a mild winter day than exploring the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area or winding along the Bayou Teche Scenic Byway.  Or you can experience the wilderness by paddling through the Bayou Teche National Wildlife Refuge. Golfers won’t want to miss a chance to hit the Atchafalaya at Idlewild, named to Golf Digest’s Top 10 Best Louisiana Courses 2013 and Golfweek’s Best Courses You Can Play 2012. This winter, St Mary Parish is alive with festivals and events including Mardi Gras (February 9-13) and the Eagle Expo (February 23-24). The Cypress Sawmill Festival, Bayou Teche Black Bear Festival, and Bayou Teche Wooden Boat Show will be held in the

spring. For more information, visit cajuncoast.com. Allons aux Avoyelles, to pass a good time! The Rotary Club of Avoyelles will host the Krewe of Cyllenius Parade in Marksville on January 28, 2018, at 2:00pm. The parade begins at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse square, takes a left on Hwy 1 South and another left on Acton to Preston Street before ending downtown. Known as the “Easter Egg Knocking Capitol of Louisiana,” Avoyelles invites you to pacque on Easter Weekend! Cottonport hosts Knockin’ on the Bayou, and Effie welcomes you to Easter on the Red River, both familyfriendly events scheduled for Easter Saturday. On Easter Sunday morning, Marksville celebrates its longtime tradition of the egg knocking competition at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse Atrium with registration beginning at 9:00am. Spend some quality time with the family outdoors at Ben Routh Recreational Park located on the Red River in the Effie/ Vick Community on Hwy 1196. Enjoy the park’s play areas, picnic areas, and boat launches. Bring a picnic lunch and let the children enjoy the outdoors on the banks of Red River. Come for the joie de vivre! Ici on est fier de parler Français! Looking for a unique culinary experience? Plan a trip to Ruston & Lincoln Parish to enjoy restaurants serving up savory Southern delights, home cooking, and dishes made from only the freshest ingredients, many found at Ruston’s own farmers market! Downtown Ruston offers a variety of shopping, entertainment and dining options. Pop into Ponchatoulas Restaurant for shrimp po-boys, filé gumbo, or the famous stuffed catfish made with homemade crawfish stuffing. New to downtown Ruston is Utility Brewing, located next door to the historic Dixie Theatre. Stop by, not only for craft beer, but also brickoven pizzas made with locally produced ingredients!

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Walk the downtown cultural district to find live bands in local restaurants, shops and boutiques offering exceptional shopping opportunities, arts and cultural events, food trucks, and concerts in Railroad Park! Each weekend brings a new way to celebrate Louisiana’s unique culture in Louisiana’s College Town! For more information, visit ExperienceRuston.com. Shreveport-Bossier is making waves! The allnew Shreveport Aquarium is now open in downtown Shreveport. Visitors will be able to view and interact with more than 3,000 animals including sharks, rays, octopus, jellyfish, and more. Shreveport Aquarium is also home to SALT, a contemporary American restaurant that emphasizes sustainable sourcing and offers a unique riverfront dining experience. For more information, visit ShreveportAquarium.com.   Catch Mardi Gras this year in Shreveport-Bossier, where the cities throw the best familyfriendly Mardi Gras around! Mardi Gras float-riders toss more than eight million beads each year to seas of people waving their arms and shouting, “Throw me something, mister!” The parades attract as many as 400,000 visitors a year. The party starts with the first parade of the season, Krewe of Sobek, at 1:00pm on January 13. Mardi Gras comes to a close with the Krewe of Highland Parade at 2:00pm on February 11. For more information, destinations, and events, visit Shreveport-Bossier.org. Every year, Mardi Gras brings excitement and joy to Louisiana, as families gather to delight in the regalia, marching bands, throws and merriment. As a family-oriented festival set amidst the parades of Jefferson Parish, Family Gras is a highlight of Carnival season featuring music and entertainment for all ages, your favorite Louisiana seafood and cuisine, and a diverse and colorful art market all

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along with The Round About record store, Pops & Rockets gourmet popsicles and Botsky’s gourmet hotdogs. Lake Charles’ own Crying Eagle brewing is expanding recipe selections; Rikenjaks Brewing has live music nearly every night, and The Listening Room, a new food and music series, sells out every show. Also, dining and entertainment selections are ever-expanding at the area’s four casino resort complexes where people can pamper themselves with a spa treatment, listen to live entertainment, play a round of golf, or even catch a horserace! Plan your trip and learn about Mardi Gras Events at VisitLakeCharles.org/Party.

Family Gras

conveniently placed along the parade route of storied krewes such as Excalibur and Caesar. High-caliber entertainment has included national and regional favorites such as Zac Brown Band, Taylor Swift, Allen Toussaint, Beach Boys, The Drifters, and The Imagination Movers. Admission is free, though a Royal Pass VIP experience is available at Ticketmaster and offers premium viewing, backstage access, food and beverage, and restroom facilities. This year’s festival takes place Friday and Saturday, February 2-3. For information, visit FamilyGras.com or call 1-877572-7474. Located ten minutes from New Orleans, Jefferson Parish offers family fun year-round— from the decadent Oyster Trail to the magnificent trails of Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve and the excitement of minor league baseball. Plan your itinerary at VisitJeffersonParish.com.  Trek into the New Year with a visit to Natchitoches, the little city with a big history. Immerse yourself in 300 years of history in Louisiana’s oldest city! It’s a year-long adventure. Explore the historic district and uncover French Creole architecture, a French Marines’

life at Fort St. Jean Baptiste, modern architecture, sports legends and history at the Louisiana State Museum, and eclectic shopping featuring nostalgic, collectable, and gourmet treasures. Uncover centuries-old cultural legacies and traditions through National Historic Landmarks, Cane River Creole National Historical Park, and Melrose Plantation as you journey through the Cane River Heritage Trail, a Louisiana Scenic Byway. Experience culinary delights with authentic Creole, Cajun, and Southern dishes. Whether it’s meat pies and Cajun potatoes, seafood and steaks, or burgers and po-boys, Natchitoches is full of flavor! This month, the iconic Lasyone’s Meat Pie Restaurant celebrates its 50th anniversary. Finally, relax from your adventures at a national chain/boutique hotel or a quaint bed and breakfast. Plan your trip at Natchitoches.com. If you haven’t been to Lake Charles lately, you might be surprised by all the new shops, restaurants, and locally owned businesses that have added to the charm and eclectic spirit of the area—not to mention new events! Downtown Lake Charles boasts many locally owned restaurants and establishments with live music and original art

Accommodations & Entertainment Downtown New Orleans is already full of life, and the energy and activity continue to grow with the South Market District, a new neighborhood within a neighborhood at the corner of Girod Street and O’Keefe Avenue. Encompassing a five-block area connecting the Warehouse/Arts District, the Central Business District, Medical District, and Sports/ Entertainment District, this mixed-use, transit-oriented development combines luxury apartments and condominiums with a lively mix of retailers, boutiques, cafes, restaurants, and services. Visitors can explore nearly 20 shopping, dining, fitness, and beauty destinations, and an on-site garage offers convenient parking and electric car charging stations. Residences include The Standard, The Beacon, and The Paramount, each with their own signature styles and exclusive lifestyle offerings. The Beacon and The Paramount are currently leasing, and The Standard will welcome condominium residents this spring. For more information, visit SouthMarketDistrict.com.


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Parades around the state by Kelly

new orleans Chief David Montana is of the Washitaw Nation. Each year, around St. Joseph’s Day, the Mardi Gras Indian Council holds its Super Sunday celebration and parade. This is a day when all of the Mardi Gras Indians gather, dressed in their feathers and ornate suits, and meet with other Mardi Gras Indian tribes. The Mardi Gras Indian Council was formed in 1987 to help preserve and enrich the Indian culture.

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GREATER NEW ORLEANS. Friday, Jan. 5 Phunny Phorty Phellows. 7:00 p.m. New Orleans. Saturday, Jan. 6

Thursday, Feb. 8

Joan of Arc Parade. 7:00 p.m. New Orleans.

Knights of Babylon. 5:30 p.m. Uptown.

Saturday, Jan. 27

Knights of Chaos. 6:15 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Bilge. 12:00 p.m. Slidell. Krewe of Poseidon. 1:00 p.m. Slidell. Krewe of Mona Lisa and MoonPie. 7:00 p.m. Slidell. Krewe du Vieux (Mature themed). 6:30 p.m. French Quarter.

Krewe of Muses. 6:30 p.m. Uptown. Saturday, Feb. 3 Krewe of Paws. 10:00 a.m. Slidell. Mystic Knights of Adonis. 11:45 a.m. Westbank.

Krewe of Titans. 6:30 p.m. Slidell.

Friday, Feb. 9

Krewe of Chewbaccuhus. 7:00 p.m. Marigny.

Krewe of Bosom Buddies. 11:30 a.m. French Quarter.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Krewe of Hermes. 6:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewedelusion. Follows Vieux. French Quarter.

Krewe of Tchefunta. 1 p.m. Madisonville.

Krewe of Carrollton. 11:00 a.m. Uptown.

Krewe d’Etat. 6:30 p.m. Uptown.

Sunday, Jan. 28

Knights of Nemesis. 1:00 p.m. St. Bernard.

Krewe of Selene. 6:30 p.m. Slidell.

Little Rascals. 12 p.m. Metairie.

Krewe of King Arthur. Follows Carrollton. Uptown.

Krewe of Pontchartrain. 1:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Alla. Follows King Arthur. Uptown.

Krewe of Morpheus. 7:00 p.m. Uptown.

Perseus. 1:00 p.m. Slidell.

Krewe of Choctaw. 2:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Femme Fatale. 11 a.m. Uptown.

Original Krewe of Orpheus. 7:00 p.m. Mandeville.

Friday, Feb. 2

Krewe of Freret. 3:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Claude. 1:00 p.m. Slidell.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Krewe of Cork. 3:00 p.m. French Quarter.

‘tit Rex. 5:00 p.m. Marigny.

Krewe of Dionysus. Follows Claude. Slidell.

Krewe of NOMTOC. 10:45 a.m. Westbank.

Krewe of Barkus. 2:00 p.m. French Quarter.

Krewe of Iris. 11:00 a.m. Uptown.

Slidellians. 1 p.m. Slidell.

Krewe of Oshun. 6:00 p.m. Uptown.

Knights of Sparta. 6:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Cleopatra. 6:30 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Caesar. 6:00 p.m. Metairie.

Wednesday, Feb. 7

Krewe of Tucks. 12:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Eve. 7:00 p.m. Mandeville.

Krewe of Olympia. 6:00 p.m. Covington.

Krewe of Druids. 6:30 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Endymion. 4:15 p.m. Mid-City.

Krewe of Excalibur. 7:00 p.m. Metairie.

Krewe of Pygmallion. 6:15 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Nyx. 7:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Isis. 6:30 p.m. Metairie.

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Sunday, Feb. 11

Saturday, Feb. 3

Krewe of Okeanos. 11:00 a.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Mystique. 2:00 p.m. Baton Rouge

Krewe of Mid-City. 11:45 p.m. Uptown.

Friday, Feb. 9

Krewe of Thoth. 12:00 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Southdowns. 7:00 p.m. Baton Rouge.

Krewe of Napoleon. 5 p.m. Metairie.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Krewe of Bacchus. 5:15 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Spanish Town. 12:00 p.m. Baton Rouge.

Krewe of Athena. 5:30 p.m. Metairie

Scott Mardi Gras Parade. 1:00 p.m. Jeanerette.

Queen Evangeline’s Parade. 6:00 p.m. Lafayette.

Krewe of Shaka. 1:30 p.m. Thibodaux.

Krewe of Cleopatra. 6:30 p.m. Houma.

Krewe of Ambrosia. 2:00 p.m. Thibodaux.

Tuesday, Feb. 13

Friday, Feb. 9

Half Fast Krewe of Frank’s Parade. 9:00 a.m. Opelousas.

Krewe de Canailles Walking Parade. 6:30 p.m. Lafayette.

King Gabriel’s Parade. 10:00 a.m. Lafayette.

Krewe of Aphrodite. 6:30 p.m. Houma.

Grand Marais Mardi Gras Parade. 11:00 a.m. Jeanerette.

NORTH

Krewe of Athena. 7:00 p.m. Golden Meadow.

Krewe of Houmas. 11:00 a.m. Houma.

Monday, Feb. 12

Saturday, Feb. 2

Saturday, Feb. 10

Krewe of Cajuns. follows Houmas. Houma.

Krewe of Proteus. 5:15 p.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Centaur. 4:30 p.m. Shreveport.

Krewe of Orpheus. 6:00 p.m. Uptown.

Youngsville Parade. 11:00 a.m. Youngsville.

Saturday, Feb. 10

Baldwin Mardi Gras Parade. 12:00 p.m. Baldwin.

Tues, February 13

Krewe of Gemini. 5:30 p.m. Shreveport.

Krewe of Zulu. 8:00 a.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Atlantis. 12:00 p.m. Golden Meadow.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Krewe of Rex. 10:00 a.m. Uptown.

Krewe of Highland. 2:00 p.m. Shreveport.

Children’s Parade. 12:30 p.m. Lafayette.

Lafayette Mardi Gras Festival Parade. 1:00 p.m. Lafayette.

Krewe of Elks Orleanians (Truck Parade). Follows Rex. Uptown.

Krewe of Choupic. 1:00 p.m. Chackbay.

Cajun Country

Cypremort Point Boat Parade. 1:00 p.m. Cypremort Point State Park.

Krewe of Cresent City (Truck Parade). Follows Elks Orleanians. Uptown.

Friday, Feb. 2 Krewe of Hercules. 6:00 p.m. Houma.

Krewe of Ghana. 1:00 p.m. Thibodaux. Krewe of Dionysius Parade. 2:00 p.m. Bayou Vista.

Krewe of Neptune. 12:00 p.m. Galliano. Franklin Mardi Gras Parade. 1:00 p.m. Franklin. Krewe of Coteau Parade. 1:00 p.m. Coteau.

KADN/KLAF Independent Parade. 2:00 p.m. Lafayette. Krewe Chic-a-la-Pie Parade. 2:00 p.m. Kaplan. Krewe of Hephaestus Parade. 2:00 p.m. Morgan City.

Bayou Mardi Gras. 6:30 p.m. New Iberia.

Lake Fausse Pointe State Park Parade. 2:00 p.m. near St. Martinville.

Saturday, Feb. 3

Jennings Mardi Gras Parade. 4:30 p.m. Jennings.

Sunset Mardi Gras Parade. 2:00 p.m. Sunset.

Carencro Mardi Gras Parade. 11:00 a.m. Carencro.

Le Krewe of Dubon Temps. 6:00 p.m. Larose.

Carnival d’Acadie Parade. 3:00 p.m. Crowley.

Krewe of Chronos. 1:30 p.m. Thibodaux.

Krewe of Bonaparte Parade. 6:30 p.m. Lafayette.

Krewe des Chiens Canine Parade. 2:00 p.m. Lafayette.

Krewe of Mardi Gras. 6:30 p.m. Houma.

Lake Arthur Mardi Gras Parade. 2:00 p.m. Lake Arthur.

Sunday, Feb. 11

Krewe of Carnivale en Rio Parade. 6:30 p.m. Lafayette.

Henderson Mardi Gras Parade. 12:30 p.m. Henderson.

Krewe of Aquarius. 6:30 p.m. Houma.

Krewe of Cleophas. 12:30 p.m. Thibodaux.

Sunday, Feb. 4

Krewe of Terreanians. 12:30 p.m. Houma.

Krewe of Hyacinthians. 12:00 p.m. Houma.

Krewe of Galatea Parade. 2:00 p.m. Morgan City.

Friday, Feb. 2

Krewe of Titans. follows Hyacinthians. Houma.

Monday, Feb. 12

Krewe of Artemis. 7:00 p.m. Baton Rouge.

Krewe of Ezana Parade. 1:00 p.m. Jeanerette.

Krewe of Amani Parade. 2:00 p.m. Patterson.

Krewe of Argus. 10:00 a.m. Metairie. Krewe of Jefferson (Truck Parade). Follows Argus. Metairie. Elks Jeffersonians (Truck Parade). Follows Krewe of Jefferson. Metairie. Krewe of Lrya. 10:00 a.m. Covington.

PLANTATION COUNTRY Saturday, Jan. 27 Krewe of Orion. 6:30 p.m. Baton Rouge. Sunday, Jan. 28 Mystic Krewe of Mutts Mardi Gras Parade (CAAWS). 1:30 p.m. Baton Rouge.

Family Affair Mardi Gras Parade. 2:00 p.m. Loreauville.

CENTRAL Saturday, Feb. 2 Light The Night Gras Parade. 12:00 p.m. Pineville. Saturday, Feb. 10 AMGA Annual Children’s Parade. 10 a.m. Alexandria. Sunday, Feb. 11 AMGA Annual Krewes Parade. 2 p.m. Alexandria.

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Animal House Biology teacher Lacey Hoosier of Buckeye High School in Deville brings a love of wildlife to the classroom By Megan portrait By

Hill Romero & Romero

Though she’s now an award-winning

educator, Lacey Hoosier of Deville became a teacher by accident. Hoosier was pursuing a master’s degree in Physiology when she heard about a temporary job at a nearby high school. The three-month stint became a career. Now Hoosier is celebrating 11 years as a science teacher at Buckeye High School, her alma mater, and was recently named the statewide winner of the 2017 Outstanding Biology Teacher Award from The National Association of Biology Teachers. She’s also won scores of other awards, both school- and state-wide. “As an only child growing up in a rural area full of swamps and bayous, I spent my childhood exploring the woods and waterways around my house by myself,” Hoosier says. “I would catch and release animals such as snakes, butterflies, mussels, fish, frogs, toads, turtles and small mammals.” When Hoosier isn’t teaching, she’s rescuing animals injured in the wild, or housing abused and unwanted pets. Students and community members often bring her animals that need help, too. If she’s able to rehabilitate a native animal, often Hoosier will release it on the 40 acres she owns, surrounded by the Sabine Wildlife Management Area. Any that cannot be released end up making her classroom their “forever home,” and the current menagerie includes turtles, fish, snakes, spiders, Madagascar hissing cockroaches, hamsters, guinea pigs and hedgehogs. “A mule was abandoned at a local National Forest so of course, my students and I spent an entire Saturday chasing and coaxing this animal into a horse trailer we had brought with us.” “The most rewarding thing about teaching is instilling a passion for nature and science in my students’ lives,” she says. “I love to watch them enjoy learning and have those ‘aha’ moments when big ideas click.”n

“My sincerest hope is that my students have a passion for learning and saving the environment. I want them to appreciate the beauty of nature and to work to preserve it.”


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