Ten LSU Law Center Alumni were selected to The Best Lawyers in America 2009 from the firm of Taylor Porter in Baton Rouge. Among those selected were John S. Campbell Jr. (’61), Gerald L. Walter Jr. (’62), W. Shelby McKenzie (’64), Eugene R. Groves (’70), John Michael “Mike” Parker (’78), Vicki M. Crochet (’80), Robert L. Coco (’88), David M. Bienvenu Jr. (’91), Mary C. Hester (’94), and Bonnie “Jeanne” Davis (’95).
Thirteen partners from Kean Miller in Baton Rouge were named to The Best Lawyers in America 2009, including Ben R. Miller Jr. (’61), Charles S. McCowan Jr. (’67), G. William “Bill” Jarman (’73), Leonard L. “Len” Kilgore III (’76), Carey J. Messina (’78), Gary A. Bezet (’79), Katherine W. King (’81), Vance A. Gibbs (’82), Isaac M. “Mack” Gregorie Jr. (’82), Maureen N. Harbourt (’82), G. Blane Clark Jr. (’84), John F. Jakuback (’92), and J. Randy Young (’92).
Henry T. Arrington (’70) is still married “to the same wonderful lady,” Sandy, and still with the Kullman Firm. Forty-one years with the same lady and 38 with the same firm is a record, Arrington said, and he would not trade with anyone.
Gary Lindsay Newport (’74) is senior attorney for the Louisiana Office of Financial Institutions, Securities, and Regulation Division.
Kenny Murov (’75) has a practice on the Virginia Peninsula, which includes Newport News, Hampton, and Williamsburg. He has been a member of the Virginia State Bar since 1995 and he and his wife, Robin, have three children. They are expecting their first two grandchildren over the next several months.
Frank Auer (’76) is the CEO and founder of Praeses LLC – a company that provides information management services.
Wiilam G. “Bill” Davis (’77) has joined the firm of McGlinchey Stafford PLLC in Baton Rouge.
Elaine F. Clement (’84) has been with the Council for the Development of French in Louisiana since 1995 and is responsible for Community Outreach around the state. She is on the Executive Board of Louisiane-Acadie, Inc. and chairs the Acadian Heritage Week Committee. She was recently awarded the Acadian Culture Preservation Award for her work in the defense of the French Language of Louisiana.
Piper Griffin (’87) was re-elected without opposition as judge of the Civil District Court for Orleans Parish.
Gwendolyn K. Brown (’89) is a Special Assistant Parish Attorney in Baton Rouge’s Office of the Parish Attorney. She is also a contract attorney with the Louisiana Appellate Project, where she serves as supervisor for the First and Fifth Circuits.
Mark Folse (’93) is president, chief executive officer, and founding board member of Coastal Commerce Bank in Houma, Louisiana.
J. Jeffrey Raborn (’93) has been promoted to Vice President – Assistant General Counsel at R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. In his spare time, he enjoys coaching the middle school football feeder team for Bishop McGuinness Catholic High School.
Barbara B. Ormsby (’01) is an attorney with Forman, Perry, Watkins, Krutz, & Tardy LLP in New Orleans.
Michael A. Villa Jr. (’04) will be speaking on “The Bank Secrecy Act: Currency Reporting Requirements, Civil Penalties, and Criminal Prosecutions” at the Louisiana Tax Conference on Dec. 15, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside. He is an associate with Meadows, Collier, Reed, Cousins & Blau LLP in Dallas.
Kerrie S. Crockett (’05) was recently promoted to “A” level Felony Prosecutor in the Miami-Dade County State Attorney’s Office.
Scott Ledet (’07) has joined the firm of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York, NY, as an associate in the litigation group.
Paul H. “Woody” Scott (’08) has joined the firm of Jeri Flynn & Associates APLC in Baton Rouge. Scott will practice removal (deportation) work, criminal defense, and small business law.
The LSU Law Center community mourns the passing of the following alumni whose deaths were reported since the date of our last newsletter publication.
Alex Wall Sr. (’49)
James “Jim” Dendy (’56)
George Restovich (’71)