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2021-22 Officers

 

 

President

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
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-584-9358
Fax: 504-568-9130 

 Vice President

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
701 Poydras Street, Suite 4250
New Orleans, LA 70139-7701
Phone: 504-595-3000
Fax: 504-522-2121

 

Treasurer 

Deidre D. Robert (2020-2025)

Robert is executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, where she serves as the chief legal officer for the department. Prior to accepting this appointment, she 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.

Department of Transportation
1201 Capitol Access Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70804
Phone: 225-379-1200

 

 Secretary

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, Division D 
P.O. Box 7357
Alexandria, LA 71306
Phone: 318-484-6893

 

Immediate Past President (permanent ex-official)

Harry J. "Skip" Philips, Jr. (2015-2022)

Philips is a partner at Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, L.L.P. in Baton Rouge. He practices primarily in the areas of commercial and personal injury litigation and insurance law. He received his BS and JD degrees from Louisiana State University.

 

Taylor, Porter, Brooks & Phillips, LLP
P.O. Box 2471
Baton Rouge, LA 70821
Phone: 225-381-0276
Fax: 225-346-8049

  

 

2021-22 Board of Directors

 


Patricia Bonneau (2019-2022)
Bonneau serves as Administrative Hearing Officer with the Sewer and Water Board of New Orleans to adjudicate disputes concerning customer services. She also serves as Curator when appointed by the 22nd Judicial District Court Judges. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary and Special Education in 1974 from Louisiana Tech University and a Master of Arts in Special Education in 1976. Patricia earned her J.D. from Southern University Law Center, magna cum laude, in 2005. Her community involvement includes Past President of the Junior League of Greater Covington, West St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and Leadership St. Tammany West Board of Directors.

 

Bonneau Law Group
1011 N. Causeway Blvd., Ste. 34
Mandeville, LA 70471
Phone: 985-966-9000
Fax: 985-845-1778

 


LSBA House of Delegates Representative (2019-2022)
Charles “Chuck” Bourque, Jr. 
Bourque is a partner at St. Martin & Bourque in Houma, where he focuses his practice on aviation and maritime casualties. Chuck received his BS in accounting from Louisiana State University, and his JD from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

 



St. Martin & Bourque
315 Barrow Street
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: 985-876-3891
Fax: 985-851-6455

 


Hon. Guy E. Bradberry (2019-2022)
Judge Bradberry was elected as Judge of the 14th Judicial District Family & Juvenile Court, Division C, and took office on January 1, 2003. Judge Bradberry is a member of the American, State, and Southwest Louisiana Bar Associations; a member of the 3rd Circuit Judges Association; a member of the LA Association of Drug Court Professionals; a member of the Louisiana District Judges Association and is currently serving as 1st Vice President; a member of the Louisiana Judicial College Board of Governors, and is on the District Judges Association Executive Committee, Legislative Committee and Family Courts Committee. Judge Bradberry is the Co-Chair of the Department of Children and Family Services Judicial Liaison Committee, is the chairman of the La Bar Foundation Southwest Community Partnership Panel, and a member of the Tulane Early Childhood Policy Leadership Institute.

 

14th Judicial District Court, Division C

PO Box 1150
Lake Charles, LA 70602-3210
Phone: 337-437-3363
Fax: 337-437-3390

 

Geographical Appointment (2021-2022)

Hon. Dana M. Douglas

United States Magistrate Judge Dana Marie Douglas currently serves in the Eastern District of Louisiana.  Judge Douglas is a graduate of Miami University (Ohio) and attended Loyola University College of Law in New Orleans.

 

US District Court - Eastern District of LA
500 Poydras St. Room B335
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: 504-589-7575
Fax: 504-589-4500

 

LSBA Board of Governors (2021-2022)

Mr. Stephen I. Dwyer

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
3000 W. Esplanade Ave. N, Ste. 200
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: 504-838-9090
Fax: 504-838-9187

 

Judicial District Judges Association (2021-2024)

Hon. Cynthia Clay Guillory 

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.

 

14th Judicial District Court - Division J
P.O. Box 3210.
Lake Charles, LA 70602
Phone: 337-437-3363
Fax: 337-437-3390
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Edmund J. Giering IV (2019-2022)
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
100 North St., Ste. 900
Baton Rouge, LA 70802-5264
Phone: 225-387-6126
Fax: 225-387-6153

 

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
1503 N. 19th St.
Monroe, LA 71201-4941
Phone: 318-387-8000
Fax: 318-387-8200

 

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
201 St. Charles Ave., Ste. 3600
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: 504-566-8664
Fax: 504-636-3964

 

  

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.

 

Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett
701 Poydras St., Ste. 4250
New Orleans, LA 70139
Phone: 504-595-3000
Fax: 504-522-2121

 

 Philanthropic Community-At-Large (2021-2022)

Ashley Kelton"Kelly" Longwell

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.
One Canal Place
365 Canal St., Ste. 800
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
504-229-3070

 

 

Member-At-Large (2021-2022)

Michael J. Mestayer

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. Mestrayer, APLC
1100 Poydras St., Ste. 2785
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: 504-522-736
Fax: 504-522-7356

 

 

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
400 Travis Street, Ste. 1500
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: 318-678-5786
Fax: 318-300-4762

 

LSBA Officer (2021-2022)

H. Minor Pipes III

H. Minor Pipes III is a founding member of the firm of Pipes Miles Beckman, L.L.C. He provides counsel in insurance coverage and bad faith litigation, construction law, general litigation, corporate litigation, and class actions. Pipes is a past president of the LBF and currently serves as the LSBA President-elect. Pipes received his JD from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center.



Pipes Miles Beckman, LLC
1100 Poydras St., Ste. 1800
New Orleans, LA 70163-1800
Phone: 504-322-7101

 

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
415 S. Main Street, 2nd Floor
Saint Martinville, LA 70582-4599
Phone: 337-394-6133
Fax: 337-394-6166

  

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
200 Derbigny Street, Ste. 3700
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: 504-364-3850
Fax: 504-365-3347

 

David E. Verlander III (2019-2022)

David Verlander has practiced law since 1974, with an active practice in civil litigation focused on the defense of medical malpractice cases and including litigating business disputes and serving as a mediator.  He owns the firm, McLeod Verlander.  He is a charter fellow of the LBF and received his BA in English from Tulane University and his JD from Tulane University Law School.

 

McLeod Verlander
1900 N 18th St., Ste. 610
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: 318-325-7000
Fax: 318-324-0580

 

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
P.O. Box 27
Mansfield, LA 71052
Phone: 318-872-1111
Fax: 318-872-2222

  

 

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
3416 North Blvd.
Alexandria, LA 71309-0330
Phone: 318-445-1488
Fax: 318-445-9098

 

The Louisiana Bar Foundation is a non-profit 501(c)(3) entity organized under the state of Louisiana.

 



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