New Orleans

March 23, 2020

New Orleans Partners Guest Lecture Toxic Torts Class at LSU Law School

On March 11, 2020, New Orleans attorneys Charles Abbott and Melissa Fuller guest lectured a Toxic Torts Class at LSU Law School, the second in a series of classes taught by FormanWatkins’s attorneys this semester. Presenting to both second year and third year law students, Mr. Abbott and Ms. Fuller focused their lecture on all aspects of asbestos, silica, and benzene litigation and discussed many of the scientific, as well as practical, issues and topics they encounter in their daily practices. This is the second year that Mr. Abbott and Ms. Fuller have guest lectured together a Toxic Torts Class at LSU Law School. On March 13, 2020, Mr. Abbott returned to LSU Law School and guest lectured for the same Toxic Torts Class with Larry Centola of Martzell Bickford & Centola.  Messrs. Abbott and Centola focused their lecture on the pro’s and con’s of class actions and multi-district litigation (MDL) in connection with toxic torts and mass torts from both a defense and plaintiff’s perspective. This is the third year that Messrs. Abbott and Centola have guest lectured together.     

March 18, 2020

Coronavirus: FWK Operational Update

March 18, 2020 Clients and Friends, As we monitor, assess, and respond to rapidly-evolving developments related to the spread of COVID-19, the safety and health of FormanWatkins employees, their families, and our communities is our most important objective. This is an unprecedented time filled with unique challenges. To meet these challenges, the Firm has taken a number of actions to protect the safety of our team while ensuring continued service to our clients. We continue to follow the recommendations and directives of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as State and Local government, for reducing the spread of COVID-19. With very limited exceptions, our entire team is now working remotely. All such employees have the technology to seamlessly work remotely through the coming weeks. While our offices are closed to client meetings, we continue to receive mail at each of our locations. Thankfully, as of today, no FormanWatkins employees have been diagnosed with COVID-19. The Firm is confident it will provide uninterrupted service to its clients during this time. This confidence is rooted in our core strength–the over 150 attorneys and staff whose can-do attitudes shine brightest when faced with challenges. We remain vigilant and prepared to respond as conditions evolve. Stay safe and healthy. Forman Watkins & Krutz LLP

February 20, 2020

Gray Selected to New Orleans CityBusiness 2020 Leadership in Law

FormanWatkins is proud to announce that Tim Gray has been selected by New Orleans CityBusiness to its 2020 Leadership in Law class. Each year New Orleans CityBusiness recognizes 50 area professionals in the field of law for their career and community accomplishments. To celebrate this year’s honorees, an event will be held in May at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Tim enjoys a practice that presents new and varied challenges and opportunities. He has served as national trial counsel to several defendants in toxic tort litigation and has tried cases in several states in that capacity. He also represents parties in commercial disputes in Louisiana and Mississippi ranging from straightforward breach of contract actions to more complex matters involving multiple parties. Tim’s commercial practice has included representation of a real estate investment trust in acquisitions, dispositions, and financings, as well as representation of local Louisiana individuals and companies seeking advice on corporate and transactional matters. While he enjoys his work, Tim is also actively involved in his community. He currently serves on the board of a local charter school where he enjoys participating in the challenging process of remaking the New Orleans school system, one school at a time. Incorporating this philosophy into his work every day, Tim pushes himself and others around him to always strive to be better, creating an atmosphere of excellence which brings his clients not only great results, but peace of mind. Tim is Martindale-Hubbell® AV Preeminent® Peer Rated, and he has been selected […]

February 18, 2020

FormanWatkins Hosts Lunch and Learn at Southern University Law School

FormanWatkins recently hosted a lunch and learn at Southern University Law School in Baton Rouge.  Our attorneys structured the lunch and learn as a roundtable discussion with over 65 first year students to encourage them to ask the questions they need answers to the most.  A number of topics were covered, including preparation for and success during on campus interviews and how to make the most of your summer clerkships.  The University was a great partner for this lunch and learn, and the students were very interactive with really great questions.  The FormanWatkins attorneys hosting the round table included Melissa Fuller, Trey Williams, McCann LeFeve, Charles Abbott, and Peyton Smith.  Pictured with our team is Kerii Landry-Thomas, Director of Career Services for Southern University Law Center.

February 5, 2020

FormanWatkins Attorneys Attend DRI 2020 Women in the Law Seminar

FormanWatkins attorneys Chelsea Favret, Elizabeth Penn, and McCann LeFeve participated in the three-day DRI 2020 Women in the Law Seminar in Scottsdale, Arizona, during January. The program gathered outstanding women from law firms and corporate legal departments around the United States. Attendees received instruction in communication and negotiation skills through interactive workshops and attended small-group networking events. Other highlights included panel discussions on how to build business by “getting uncomfortable” and how to bridge the generational gap in communication. The FormanWatkins Women’s Initiative proudly supports events such as the DRI WITL Seminar, which foster the advancement of women in law.

February 4, 2020

Abbott and McLaughlin Guest Lecture Toxic Tort Class at LSU Law School

On January 31, 2020, New Orleans attorneys Charles Abbott and Margaret McLaughlin guest lectured a Toxic Tort Class at LSU Law School. Teaching both second year and third year law students, Mr. Abbott and Ms. McLaughlin provided practical experiences and advice pertaining to various toxic tort related topics and issues, including, but not limited to, causation, expert witnesses, and Daubert challenges of expert witnesses, as well as overviews of epidemiology and toxicology. Given Ms. McLaughlin’s past experience as a teacher before going to law school, she felt right at home standing in front of a classroom again. This is Mr. Abbott’s seventh year guest lecturing in the Toxic Tort class at LSU Law School. This class was the first of several Toxic Tort classes that Mr. Abbott and other attorneys with FormanWatkins will teach this year at LSU Law School.

January 9, 2020

Penn, Pujol, and Ritchie Promoted to Partner

FormanWatkins is excited to announce that Elizabeth Penn, Patrice Pujol, and Spencer Ritchie have been promoted to Partner! Elizabeth Penn  joined the Firm in 2016 with over ten years of litigation experience. Elizabeth graduated magna cum laude from Mississippi State University with a degree in Business Information Systems and received her law degree from The University of Mississippi School of Law, where she received the Patrick Michael Magann Public Interest Award and was Associate Mississippi Cases Editor for the Mississippi Law Journal. Elizabeth is a member of the Mississippi Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, and she serves on the Firm’s Technology and Diversity Committees. Elizabeth provides pro bono and community service through Joni and Friends (a disability advocacy and support organization), as well as Mission First Legal Aid Office and Mississippi Center for Justice. Elizabeth is also a Mid-South Rising Stars and Louisiana Rising Stars honoree. Elizabeth works out of our Jackson and New Orleans offices and is admitted to practice in Mississippi, Louisiana, New York, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Patrice Pujol is licensed in Texas and works out of our Houston office.  Patrice received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Baylor University and her Master of English degree from the University of Dallas. She earned her law degree from South Texas College of Law – Houston, where she received the American Jurisprudence Award in Appellate Advocacy, the Best Team award and the Second-Best […]

December 19, 2019

2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

The 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars lists have been released, and we are proud to announce that 8 of our attorneys were among those selected! Each year, no more than five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multi-phase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates, and peer reviews by practice area. Congratulations to the following attorneys on their selection to this year’s lists! 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers: Charles Abbott** and Tim Gray 2020 Louisiana Rising Stars: Melissa Fuller, Erin Latuso, McCann LeFeve, Elizabeth Penn, Daniel Roberts, and Peyton Smith **Also named to Top 50: 2020 New Orleans Super Lawyers and Top 50: 2020 Louisiana Super Lawyers

December 18, 2019

Offices Continue Traditions with Local Charities

In the spirit of giving, our New Jersey, Jackson, and New Orleans offices kept with past traditions and donated their efforts with local charities. New Jersey purchased various winter items and donated them to Lunch Break. Jackson adopted children from the Angel Tree Program through Prison Fellowship Ministries. New Orleans adopted a family through Catholic Charities’ Adopt-A-Family program. Thank you all for your compassion and continued support of these local charities! (Nicole Diesa and Donna Ross from the NJ office) (Jackson Office) (New Orleans Office)