Mark D. Boudreaux (’84), Senior Director, Federal Relations, ExxonMobil Corporation
Course: Lawyering and the Legislative Process
Mr. Boudreaux joined Exxon Company, U.S.A.’s Exploration Department in 1984. He held subsequent positions at Exxon as State Government Affairs lead for two US regions, head of Public Affairs for Exxon Pipeline Company, Alaska Public Affairs Manager in Anchorage, and Government Affairs Senior Advisor for Exxon Ventures (CIS) Inc. in Houston, Texas, with responsibility for Russia. After the merger in 1999, he was named Public and Government Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Exploration Company, and in January 2004, he became Public Affairs Manager for ExxonMobil Development Company. In August 2005, he moved to Exxon Mobil Corporation’s headquarters in Irving, Texas and held positions as Media Relations Manager and Corporate Citizenship and Community Investments Manager. He was named to his current position in June 2008 and is based in Washington, D.C.
Brian Colomb (’98), Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, L.L.C.
Course: The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses
Mr. Colomb is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice (member of Board of Governors), American Association for Justice, Federal Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in all federal and state courts in Louisiana and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. He is listed among the Top Attorneys in Louisiana by Louisiana Life magazine, National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40, and a Louisiana Super Lawyer. Mr. Colomb has also been awarded the highest possible peer-reviewed rating by Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory, for professional excellence and integrity.
Timothy F. Daniels (’85), Member, Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore LLC
The Selection and Persuasion of Your Jury
Mr. Daniels concentrates his practice on premises liability, railroad law, casualty, complex litigation, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, products liability, and environmental and toxic tort. His defense of railroad companies includes FELA personal injury claims and railroad-crossing accidents. Mr. Daniels has defended personal injury and property damage claims arising out of business premises, automobile, and environmental accidents. His recent publications include The Locomotive Video Stars in Successful Motion for Summary Judgment, published in the IADC Transportation Committee Newsletter in May 2013.
Honorable Elizabeth Foote (’78), United States District Court Judge, Western District of Louisiana
Course: Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say
Since 2010, Foote has served as a United States District Court Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. Prior to her appointment to the federal judiciary, Foote was engaged in the full-time practice of law as a partner in the Smith Foote Law Firm in Alexandria. Foote served as a law clerk for Chief Judge William Culpepper of the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal from 1978-79. An active member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Foote served as President in 2008-09. Foote’s professional affiliations include membership in the Louisiana Bar Foundation and the Shreveport Bar Association.
John A. Herfort, Partner, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Course: Practical Antitrust Issues Involving Mergers and Acquisitions in the Energy Industry and Related Competitor Collaboration Questions
Mr. Herfort is a partner in the New York office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher where he is a member of the Litigation Practice Group and focuses on antitrust litigation and counseling and complex commercial litigation. Mr. Herfort has a significant practice in the area of antitrust and complex litigation, antitrust investigations, including merger investigations and grand jury investigations.
Mr. Herfort joined Gibson Dunn in 1984 as a partner. He had previously practiced law in New York for 10 years, and prior to that he clerked for the U.S. Circuit Judge J. Skelly Wright of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Mr. Herfort also served as an assistant to U.S. Attorney General Elliot Richardson. Mr. Herfort graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in 1968 and from Harvard Law School, cum laude, in 1972, and he served as the Supreme Court Note and Note Editor for the Harvard Law Review in 1971–72.
Jonathan A. Hunter (’87), Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis
Course: Navigating the Complex World of Offshore Leases
Mr. Hunter represents oil and gas companies. His practice includes litigation before federal and state courts and agencies, statutory and regulatory counseling, and contract preparation and review. As leader of the firm’s federal oil and gas practice area, Mr. Hunter provides advice and representation pertaining to the major federal statutes and regulations governing oil and gas activities on federal lands. Mr. Hunter has represented federal lessees in numerous judicial proceedings, including actions brought pursuant to the False Claims Act, actions for judicial review of final Interior Department decisions, challenges to federal regulations, and actions for immediate injunctive relief. Mr. Hunter’s experience also extends to oil and gas issues arising under state law, including the interpretation of joint operating agreements, payment of royalties, lease maintenance, lease development, assignment of lease interests, and intrastate pipeline regulatory matters.
Robert M. Kallam (’90), Partner, Preis PLC
Course: The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice
Mr. Kallam’s practice areas include appellate advocacy, environmental and pollution, mass torts and class actions, products liability and vessel collisions. He has received the BV Distinguished Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has been named “2008, 2009, 2010, 2012 and 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. Mr. Kallam is a member of the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees. He was the 1990 winner of the Robert Lee Tullis Moot Court Competition.
Edward D. Markle, Of Counsel, James Carter Law Firm
Integration of Drones Into Domestic Airspace-Selected Legal Issues
Edward Markle graduated from the University of Arizona with a degree in Aerospace Engineering. After working for Combustion Engineering designing nuclear and fossil fuel power plant, Mr. Markle JD/MBA from Loyola University in 1978. Since graduating from law school, Mr. Markle’s practice has consisted of commercial litigation, insurance defense, aviation, governmental relations, insurance coverage, errors and omission, director’s and officer’s liability, products liability, aviation litigation, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and professional liability litigation. He has counseled many corporate clients on intellectual property requirements as well. Mr. Markle has extensive trial experience at every state and federal court level in Louisiana, Mississippi, Colorado and Texas and has tried lawsuits in several foreign countries. He also has broad experience in handling multiparty complex litigation, which routinely involves multimillion-dollar claims as well as broad experience in large real estate development projects.
Darrel Papillion (’94), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Course: Managing the Personal Injury Case
A veteran Louisiana trial lawyer, Mr. Papillion handles complicated wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. His practice focuses on all areas of personal injury and wrongful death law including products liability, automobile accidents, premises liability, sexual abuse litigation, and industrial accidents. Mr. Papillion has served as an adjunct law professor at LSU Law for nearly 10 years.
Edwin G. Preis, Jr. (‘72), Founding Partner, Preis PLC
The Ins & Outs of Mid-Size Firm Practice
Mr. Preis’s practice areas include civil rights, contractual indemnity and insurance, mass torts and class actions, premises liability and redhibition. Since 2005, he has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Admiralty & Maritime Law and Personal Injury Litigation. Mr. Preis has been named “2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyer” by Thomson Reuters. He has served on the LSU Law Center Board of Trustees since 2004. Mr. Preis served as a Faculty Member for the LSU Law Center Trial Advocacy Training Program in 1992 and 1993.
Robert R. Rabalais (’89), Partner, Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, LLP
Introduction to Leveraged Energy Finance
Mr. Rabalais is “one of the country’s top energy financing lawyers,” as Law360 describes him. Part of the Firm’s Banking and Credit Practice and Energy and Infrastructure Group, he focuses on a range of lending and capital markets transactions in the oil and gas exploration and production sectors, as well as in the midstream and related service sectors. Robert represents corporate borrowers and issuers, commercial banks and mezzanine lenders, institutional investors and insurance companies. In 2012, Best Lawyers named him “Houston Lawyer of the Year for Banking and Finance Law.” Three times Texas Monthly included Robert as a “Texas Super Lawyer.”
Mr. Rabalais received his J.D. from Louisiana State University Law Center. While at LSU Law, he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review and graduated as a member of The Order of the Coif. He also received his B.S. from Louisiana State University. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas. Prior to joining the Firm, Rabalais was at the law firm of Vinson & Elkins for over 20 years.
Honorable Lee H. Rosenthal, United States District Judge, Southern District of Texas
Course: Why Should the Judge Listen to Me? What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say
Judge Lee H. Rosenthal was appointed a United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division in 1992. Before then, she was a partner at Baker & Botts in Houston, Texas, where she tried civil cases and handled appeals in the state and federal courts.
Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal as a member of the Judicial Conference Advisory Committee on Civil Rules in 1996. She served as chair of the Class Actions subcommittee during the development of the 2003 amendments to Rule 23. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Judge Rosenthal chair of the Civil Rules Committee in 2003. In 2007, Chief Justice Roberts appointed Judge Rosenthal to chair the Judicial Conference Committee on the Rules of Practice and Procedure, which coordinates and oversees the work of the Advisory Committees for the Civil, Criminal, Evidence, Appellate, and Bankruptcy Rules. That appointment was extended through October 1, 2011. Judge Rosenthal is a member of the American Law Institute, where she serves as an advisor for the Employment Law project and the Aggregate Litigation project and was an advisor for the Transnational Rules of Civil Procedure project. In 2007, she was elected to the ALI Council and in 2011 became chair of the Program Committee. Judge Rosenthal has taught, written, and lectured extensively, concentrating on topics in complex litigation and civil procedure, including class actions and electronic discovery.
James “Jim” Roy (’76), Managing Member, Domengeaux Wright Roy & Edwards, LLC
The Care and Feeding of Expert Witnesses
A past president of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Mr. Roy is listed in Woodward White’s The Best Lawyers in America in the fields of maritime law and personal injury litigation. Mr. Roy has been inducted as a fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. In August 2001, the National Law Journal recognized him as Litigator of the Month as a result of a $43 million jury verdict he obtained for a double amputee. Also, he was co-counsel in a $32 million jury verdict in Lafayette federal court in April 2007. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1999. He earned an LLM from Georgetown University Law School in 1977.
Lynne Rothschild Stern, Principal, Louisiana Mediation and Arbitration (LAMA)
Course: Workshop on Effective Mediation and Advocacy Skills
Ms. Stern has been a mediator and arbitrator since 1993. Her mediation experience includes numerous multi-party cases as well as sexual harassment, employment discrimination, commercial and personal injury matters. Ms. Stern received her JD from Columbia University School of Law in 1971. After serving as a law clerk to the Honorable Frederick J.R. Heebe of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, Ms. Stern was an associate and later a partner in the law firm of Nelson, Nelson, Garetson, Lombard and Stern. She was engaged in federal litigation with an emphasis on racial and sexual job discrimination. Ms. Stern has been a part-time associate with Phelps, Dunbar, Marks, Claverie and Sims and the Louisiana World Exposition. She has served as a consultant for other attorneys in various areas of federal litigation including Title VII and flood insurance. From 2009 to 2010 she was Of Counsel with Frilot, LLC. From 1974-1976, Ms. Stern was an assistant professor at Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. In 1977, she was an Adjunct Professor at Loyola, and in 1979 a visiting professor. She taught courses on employment discrimination, sex discrimination and evidence.
R. Patrick Vance (’75), Partner and Leader, Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group, Jones Walker
Course: The Strategy and Drafting of Dispositive Motions
Mr. Vance’s practice focuses primarily on business litigation, creditors’ rights litigation, and bankruptcy. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American Law Institute, and of the American College of Bankruptcy. Mr. Vance is the Vice President of the National Bankruptcy Conference. As a trial attorney, he has handled more than 300 commercial disputes in a wide variety of practice areas. He has more than 70 reported decisions.
Edward J. Walters, Jr. (’75), Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Managing the Personal Injury Case
Mr. Walters has been representing individuals in personal injury cases for over 35 years. His practice focuses on all areas of personal injury and wrongful death matters including products liability, automobile accidents, industrial accidents, and sexual abuse by professionals and others. He is certified in the fields of Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Advocacy by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Mr. Walters has served as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Law Center in excess of 20 years. He has been a member of the faculty of the Law Center’s annual Trial Advocacy Program since its inception.
Sterling Scott Willis (’83), Partner, Fishman Haygood Phelps Walmsley Willis & Swanson, L.L.P.
Course: Negotiating and Drafting a Commercial Lease
Mr. Willis is a member of the firm’s Corporate Section and is head of its Real Estate and Commercial Finance Groups. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial transactions, negotiated acquisitions, corporate law, banking and commercial real estate. He is the past chair of the ABA’s Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section Committee on Legal Opinions, and is currently Vice Chairman of the ACREL Legal Opinions Committee and a member of the Law Firm Advisory Board of the Working Group on Legal Opinions. He has frequently lectured on commercial transactions and legal opinion issues. Mr. Willis is also the Vice Chair for eCLE for the ABA Real Property Section standing CLE Committee. He has been ranked as one of the top lawyers in Louisiana practicing in the areas of banking and finance by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and is named in The Best Lawyers in America for expertise in Financial Institutions amp; Transaction Law. Mr. Willis is also listed in The International Who’s Who of Real Estate Lawyers.