2022-23 Officers



Alan G. Brackett (2017-2024)

Brackett is the managing member of Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett in New Orleans, where his practice is focused on representing clients in defense of maritime personal injury claims, including federal Longshore and Defense Base Act workers’ compensation claims. He obtained both his B.A. and J.D. from Tulane University.

 Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett LLC




Vice President

 Deidre Deculus Robert (2020-2025)

Robert is the Director of Rural Development for the State of Louisiana at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Until recently, Robert served as the executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development. She has also served as general counsel for the Southern University System and deputy director of the Litigation Division of the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office. Robert obtained her B.A. from Louisiana State University and her law degree from Southern University Law Center, where she serves as an adjunct professor.

 U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development                                              



Hon. John C. Davidson (2018-2026)
Judge Davidson is a 1988 graduate of The LSU Law Center.  At LSU Law School, he was Order of the Coif and a member of Louisiana Law Review.  He began his private practice in New Orleans working in the areas of complex commercial litigation and bankruptcy.  He moved to Alexandria in 1992 and continued his private practice in the areas of commercial litigation, general defense work, personal injury, and domestic law.   In November 2004, he was elected Ninth Judicial District Judge in Rapides Parish.


 9th Judicial District Court, Div. D



Edmund J. Giering IV (2019-2027)
Giering serves as general counsel to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation and his practice emphasizes corporate law & governance, corporate, real estate & complex gift transactions, risk management, and nonprofit & tax-exempt organizations. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College in 1990, a Juris Doctor degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center in 1994, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the LSU E.J. Ourso College of Business in 2005.

 Baton Rouge Area Foundation



Immediate Past President (permanent ex-official) 

Christopher K. Ralston (2014-2023)

Ralston is a litigation partner and litigation group coordinator at Phelps.  His practice is focused on business disputes, including litigation of real estate, intellectual property, tax, and licensing disputes.  He received his undergraduate degree from the College of William and Mary and his law degree from Tulane University Law School.

 Phelps Dunbar, LLP



2022-23 Board of Directors


Linda Law Clark (2022-2025)

Linda Law Clark is a partner in the law firm of DeCuir, Clark & Adams, L.L.P. She is an experienced trial lawyer as well as a certified mediator. Her principal areas of practice are general civil litigation, administrative hearings for quasi-governmental and governmental bodies, education, employment & family law, and small business matters. She serves as Arbiter in Baton Rouge City Court. She is admitted to practice in all Louisiana State and Federal Courts.



DeCuir, Clark & Adams, LLP



Mr. Stephen I. Dwyer (2021-2022) 

LSBA Officer

Stephen I. Dwyer is a graduate of Loyola University School of Law.  Mr. Dwyer is a founding member and managing partner of the law firm Dwyer Cambre & Suffern, APLC, in Metairie, where he practices in the areas of business transactions, business litigation, and commercial real estate development.  Mr. Dwyer has served on the Board of Governors of the Louisiana State Bar Association and currently serves as President-Elect of the 2021-22 administration.


 Dwyer, Cambre & Suffern, APLC



George D. “Dave” Ernest III (2022-2025)

His practice areas include Alternative Dispute Resolution, Insurance, Litigation: Commercial, Litigation: Personal Injury, Construction, Social Security Law, Securities Law, Workers' Compensation

Hurlburt, Monrose & Ernest



Judicial District Judges Association Designee 

Hon. Cynthia Clay Guillory (2021-2024)

Judge Guillory earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University, a master’s degree from McNeese State University, a JD degree from Southern University School of Law, and a Theology Degree from Life Christian University. She served as an Assistant District Attorney for Calcasieu Parish for over thirty years in the Misdemeanor, Severe Child Abuse, and Juvenile Divisions as well as supervisor of the Child Support Division of that office. Effective January 2021, Judge Guillory was elected to the 14th Judicial District Court, Division “J” seat serving in Juvenile & Family Court.

 Louisiana Family & Juvenile Court - Division J



Wendy E.W. Giovingo (2020-2023)


Giovingo is the managing partner of Snellings, Breard, Sartor, Inabnett & Trascher, LLP in Monroe.  She is a general practitioner focusing on domestic matters, community property partitions, successions, corporate matters, and real estate litigation.  She received a BS and MEd from Texas Christian University and JD from Loyola Law School.


 Snellings, Breard, Sartor, Inabnett & Trascher




                                          Christopher B. Hebert (2022-2025)

     Christopher B. Hebert is the acting Director of the Gaming Division under Attorney General, Jeff Landry. Christopher has served as an Assistant Attorney General for over 10 years. He previously served as a clerk for the Hon. Judge James Best of the 18th Judicial District Court in New Roads. Last year, Hebert was appointed by the President of the National Bar Association to the Council of the Louisiana Law Institute. He is an immediate Past Director of the National Bar Association, Region V, and a former member of the Board of Governors for the National Bar Association. Hebert earned his bachelor's degree from Louisiana State University and his law degree from the Southern University Law Center, where he was honored as Alumnus of the Year in 2015.

Office of Louisiana Attorney General, Jeff Landry



Colleen C. Jarrott (2021-2024)

Colleen C. Jarrott is an attorney at Baker Donelson and represents businesses across a diverse cross-section of industries, including energy, transportation, and hospitality. Ms. Jarrott provides guidance to companies throughout Louisiana on a variety of commercial disputes, contractual issues, and regulatory matters. She also provides guidance on renewable energy, including the emerging area of carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) in Louisiana.  Ms. Jarrott graduated from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law in Washington, D.C. in 2002 where she served on the Law Review, and, upon graduating from law school, clerked for the Honorable Robert H. Hodges, Jr. at the United States Court of Federal Claims.  Colleen has lived in New Orleans for the past 17 years. 


 Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC

Teresa D. King (2022-2025)

Teresa King is an experienced criminal defense attorney. She began her career as a student attorney at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2011. She found her passion for defending indigent clients in the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court. She graduated from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2012 and began representing indigent clients in Terrebonne Parish. She is an avid researcher and knows how to protect the important constitutional rights afforded to criminal defendants in Louisiana.

 Teresa King, Esquire, LLC



Julie M. Lafargue (2020-2023)
Lafargue has more than 30 years of experience in transportation and automobile defense, general casualty and insurance defense, premises liability, products liability, and municipal litigation. She has successfully litigated hundreds of cases in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels. As supported by the peer honors she has received, including Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Rating, Julie has developed a reputation as a highly-skilled trial attorney in civil and insurance defense litigation.




Philanthropic Community-At-Large

Ashley Kelton "Kelly" Longwell  (2021-2023)

Ashley Kelton “Kelly” Longwell is a Partner at Coats Rose, P.C., where she concentrates in the areas of real estate, affordable housing, and taxation. Her practice is focused on real estate development corporations and partnership taxation and tax-exempt organizations. Kelly received her undergraduate degree from Tulane University, her J.D. from Louisiana State University, and her L.L.M in Taxation from New York University.

Coats Rose, P.C.



Hon. Page McClendon  (2022-2025)

Page McClendon is a judge on the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeal. Judge McClendon was first elected to the court on October 5, 2002, and her current 10-year term ends on December 31, 2022. McCledon was re-elected to the First Circuit Court of Appeal after running unopposed in 2012. McClendon graduated from Sophie Newcomb College in 1978 with a B.A. After attending the London School of Economics, she enrolled in at Tulane University School of Law, where she received her J.D. in 1981. While at Tulane she served on the Moot Court Board. Judge McClendon worked as a lawyer in private practice before becoming a judge. She practiced with the firms of Deutsch, Kerrigan, & Stiles and Porteous, Hainkel, Johnson, & Sarpy. She started her own law firm in 1990. She also worked as a felony prosecutor for the 21st Judicial District.

 State of Louisiana Judiciary (First Circuit Court of Appeal)


Member-At-Large Designee 

Michael J. Mestayer (2021-2022)

Mestayer is a solo practitioner in New Orleans, where he handles a broad range of litigation, including admiralty, product liability, and complex civil matters.  He received his B.S. from L.S.U. and his J.D. from Tulane University Law School.

 Michael J. Mestayer, APLC


John C. Nickelson (2021-2024)

Nickelson is a member of the Shreveport City Council and serves as chairman of the Council's Audit and Finance Committee.  He also practices law at Nickelson Law PLLC, where he handles a wide range of litigation matters, including contract disputes, first-party insurance suits, and personal injury claims.  Nickelson received his JD from the University of Virginia and served as a law clerk to United States Circuit Judge Jennifer Walker Elrod. 

 Nickelson Law, PLLC



Maggie Trahan Simar (2020-2023)

Simar is the Family Court Hearing Officer for the 16th Judicial District Court in St. Martinville.  At this position, she handles all  family court litigation including custody, child support, community property, spousal support, non-support proceedings, and protective orders.  She received her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism from Louisiana State University and her JD from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert School of Law. In her spare time, she volunteers for many non-profit organizations in her community including the Junior League of Lafayette, Lafayette Bar Association, Lafayette Bar Foundation, Krewe of Xanadu, and Maddie's Footprints.  She is also an active Editorial Board member on the Louisiana Bar Journal and a House of Delegates member for the 16th Judicial District.  


 16th Judicial District Court



 LSBA Board of Governors Designee

Shayna L. Sonnier (2022-2024)

Shayna earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and ultimately, a Juris Doctorate from Southern Methodist University’s Dedman School of Law. In 2010, she became a partner at Hunter, Hunter, & Sonnier, LLC., where she specializes in general litigation, family law, estate planning, and successions and is licensed in both Louisiana and Texas. Early in her life, Shayna witnessed the value of a skilled attorney as her family faced a significant legal battle, and this experience inspired her to pursue a career in law. She is passionate about her faith, family, community, work, and volunteers her time as part of numerous organizations and associations. Peers will attest some of the many characteristics that set Shayna apart are both her ability to establish trust with her clients as well as her hands-on approach to every case.

   Hunter, Hunter & Sonnier, LLC                                            


 Geographical Appointment Designee 

Anthony J. Staines  (2022-2023)

Anthony J. “Tony” Staines was born in Belize, British Honduras.  He received a Bachelor of Science from the University of New Orleans in 1976 and earned a Juris Doctorate from Louisiana State University Law Center in 1980.  Following law school, Tony served a judicial clerkship with the Honorable Frank J. Poloza, United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. In addition to his regular practice, he has served as a delegate to the Louisiana State Bar Association; has been a member of the faculty for the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Trial Academy; a participant in Professionalism Orientation for the Louisiana State Bar Association; has presented articles to the admiralty committee of the Maritime Law Association and has presented at the Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute Seminar.  Tony has also participated in pro bono litigation in the United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, and is a Board Member of the New Orleans Military and Maritime Academy. Tony is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeal, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, United States District Courts, Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana and all Louisiana state courts.  He is married and the father of three sons.

Staines, Epplining & Kenney, LLC


Hon. Raymond S. Steib, Jr. (2020-2023)

Judge Steib was elected to Division A of the 24th Judicial District Court for the Parish of Jefferson in May 2010. Prior to his election, he was a solo practitioner in Gretna, Louisiana. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Loyola University New Orleans and his Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. He is past president of the Jefferson Bar Association, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services, and St. Thomas More Catholic Lawyers Association.

 24th Judicial District Court, Division A




Adrienne D. White (2021-2024)

White is a partner at the Law Offices of White & White in Mansfield, where she primarily practices in civil litigation.  She received her undergraduate degree from Southern University in Baton Rouge and her law degree from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law.  She is President Emeritus of the DeSoto Parish Bar Association and a Louisiana State Bar Association Delegate for the 42nd Judicial District, DeSoto Parish.  White was honored with the Louisiana State Bar Association Citizen Lawyer Award in recognition of her community service contributions. 


 The Law Offices of White & White


Zebulon M. Winstead (2021-2024)

Winstead has been the Executive Vice-Chair of the Central Louisiana Community Foundation since January 1, 2020, and was President and CEO from September 2015 until December 31, 2019, having previously been the Foundation’s corporate counsel.  In addition to his work with the Foundation, he is also the Managing Member of Crowell & Owens, LLC and an adjunct faculty member at LSUA.  He is also the volunteer Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Alexandria Museum of Art, District Governor for Rotary District 6190, Chair Designate of the Central Louisiana Chamber of Commerce, and holds numerous other memberships on non-profit boards and committees both locally and statewide.  He was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi, graduating with a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Mississippi and a Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law.  He is married to the former Nancy Crowell Owens and they have one child, Grace Elayne Winstead.

 Crowell & Owens, LLC





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