Distinguished Attorney

2016 Distinguished Attorney

Donna D. Fraiche

Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Donna D. Fraiche practices as a shareholder with the law firm of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz where she chairs its Nominating Committee and formerly chaired its Women’s Initiative. Fraiche chaired the Louisiana Health Care Commission from 1998 to 2015, and served on the Louisiana Legislature’s Task Force on the Working Uninsured. She served as the first woman president of the American Health Lawyers Association (AHLA) and was chosen for their first class of Fellows.

She is currently a Board member of the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum, The Center for Planning Excellence, Woman’s Hospital and serves on three publically traded corporate boards. Fraiche is the Honorary Consul-General of Japan for New Orleans. She was a charter member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority; chaired its Long Term Community Planning effort, and served on its Health Care Committee and the Louisiana Health Care Redesign Collaborative.

Fraiche served as Chair of the Board of Loyola University, received the Integritas Vitae award, Loyola’s highest honor, and has delivered the commencement address at the Law School. Fraiche has received the LSU Esprit de Femme award, and has been recognized by City Business in their Women’s Hall of Fame. She is currently on the Board of the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and a number of other Boards and civic associations.

She has served as President of the World Trade Center, Chair of the Board of the New Orleans Regional Medical Center, and on the adjunct faculty of Tulane University’s School of Public Health and Administration as a preceptor for the residency program in health systems management.





Thomas M. Hayes III

Hayes, Harkey, Smith and Cascio, L.L.P.

Thomas M. Hayes III has practiced for forty years in Monroe, Louisiana. He obtained a B.A. with honors from the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee in 1974 and a J.D. from Louisiana State University in 1977. He then began practicing with his father, Tom Jr., at Hayes, Harkey, Smith & Cascio L.L.P and where he now practices with his son, Tommy. His practice has focused on civil litigation in state and federal court across north and central Louisiana, where he has represented parties in disputes involving a broad range of subjects including professional responsibility of lawyers, architects, engineers and other professionals, product liability, property, successions, contracts, intellectual property, tort, insurance, civil rights, and employment.

He is a Senior Council Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, and serves on its Executive Committee and its Committee on Louisiana Civil Procedure. He served five years as Bar Examiner on Federal Jurisdiction and Procedure for the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions. He has twice served on the LSBA Board of Governors, and on its nominating committee. He was trained as a mediator at the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine School of Law, and serves as a mediator with the Patterson Resolution Group. He is a past president of the Fourth Judicial District Bar Association and the Fred Fudickar Inn of Court. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and serves as its Regent for Louisiana, Mississippi, Arkansas and Texas. He also holds membership in several specialty bar associations.

He is married to Federal Magistrate Judge Karen Luikart Hayes of the Western District of Louisiana. They have four children and four grandchildren.


2015 Distinguished Attorney

Judy Y. Barrasso

Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C.

Judy Barrasso is a founding member of Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver, L.L.C. Her practice focuses on commercial litigation, and includes complex commercial litigation matters and class actions involving insurance coverage and bad faith, director and officer liability, securities fraud, and commercial contracts. Barrasso is a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and a fellow and Second Vice President of the International Society of Barristers. She is the incoming President of the New Orleans Bar Association. Barrasso has taught as an adjunct professor at Tulane Law School, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy, and at continuing legal education programs throughout the United States. She has served as a board member and chair of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. She also serves on the Attorney Disciplinary Committee of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District. Barrasso is a Commissioner of the New Orleans Downtown Development District, and the Immediate Past Chair. She is a Board Member of the Contemporary Arts Center. She served on the Board of Directors of Newman School, the New Orleans Pro Bono Project, Summerbridge, Dress For Success, and the Anti-Defamation League (South Central Region). Barrasso was named a Young Leadership Council Role Model in 2004, the CityBusiness Women of the Year in 2014 and 2001, and a YWCA Role Model in 2000.vocacy Award; and the Judge Albert Tate American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. He was inducted to LSU Law Center Hall of Fame in 1987.


2015 Distinguished Attorney

Herschel E. Richard, Jr.

Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway

Herschel Richard is a member of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway. His practice principally involves business litigation, eminent domain, toxic tort, products liability, and legal and medical malpractice. He received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his law degree from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. Richard was admitted to practice in 1970. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is a member and past President of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and is a Master Bencher in the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court. Richard holds memberships in the International Association of Defense Counsel, the Federation of Insurance and Corporate Counsel, and the Maritime Law Association of the United States. He is also a Member of Council of the Louisiana State Law Institute. Richard was the 2000 recipient of the LBF Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award. He served as the LBF President from 2010-11.





2014 Distinguished Attorney

Allen L. Smith, Jr.

Allen L. Smith, Jr. (Posthumously)

Plauche, Smith & Nieset, LLC

Allen L. Smith graduated from LSU School of Engineering and received his J.D. from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He joined the Firm of Plauche' and Plauche' in 1964, became partner in 1967. Upon his retirement from partnership, he became General Counsel for the Calcasieu Parish Police Jury.

Smith served as President of Southwest Louisiana Bar Association; President of Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. He was the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award; LBF Curtis R. Boisfontaine Trial Advocacy Award; and the Judge Albert Tate American Inns of Court Professionalism Award. He was inducted to LSU Law Center Hall of Fame in 1987.








2013 Distinguished Attorney

Francis X. Neuner, Jr.

NeunerPate

Francis X. "Frank" Neuner, Jr. is a founder and the managing partner of NeunerPate, a corporate defense firm based in Lafayette. He received a Juris Doctor in 1976 from Louisiana State University and in 2008, was named the LSU Law School?s Distinguished Alumnus. He has served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Chair of the Louisiana Public Defender Board and President of the Louisiana Client Assistance Foundation. He is a member of Louisiana, Texas and American Bar Associations, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, the Maritime Law Association of the United States and the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel. He is also a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers and serves as the ABA State Delegate for Louisiana. He has been married to Tracy Owens Neuner for forty two years. They have four children and four grandchildren.






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