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SLOAN L. ABERNATHY is a partner with Deutsch Kerrigan LLP. Mr. Abernathy defends insurers, commercial transportation companies, and other corporate clients in litigation matters involving claims of personal injury, survival, wrongful death, property damage and premises liability, as well as coverage disputes, subrogation actions and contractual claims. He is licensed in Louisiana and Tennessee, and is admitted to practice in all Louisiana federal district courts. Mr. Abernathy received his B.A. degree from Vanderbilt University and earned his J.D. degree from Cumberland School of Law, Samford University. He served as a federal juridical law clerk after graduating law school, and then spent several years working as a felony prosecutor before entering private practice.
ROBERT J. DAIGRE is an attorney with Burgos & Associates, L.L.C., and has more than 20 years of experience as a litigation attorney. Mr. Daigre's trial and appellate experience includes personal injury suits, property damage suits, maritime and admiralty actions, insurance disputes, contract disputes, construction litigation, legal malpractice claims, and workers' compensation. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in all types of personal injury matters, including automobile accidents, Jones Act and general maritime law cases, aviation accidents, and FELA/railroad cases. In addition to representing injured persons, Mr. Daigre has provided counsel to Fortune 500 companies, large insurance companies, and small businesses in all varieties of commercial litigation, as well as contract and other corporate matters. He has also represented private property owners in disputes with government entities, banks, insurance companies, and neighboring property owners. He has tried numerous bench and jury trials in state and federal court. Mr. Daigre received his B.A. degree from Louisiana State University and his J.D. degree from Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert School of Law. He was admitted to the bar in 1994, and is currently admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Louisiana.
MICHAEL G. HELM is the founder of Helm Law Firm. Mr. Helm maintains a solo practice, having engaged in litigation in Louisiana and Texas over the past 30 years. Mr. Helm represents claimants and defendants. He has experience in resolving disputes within insurance, personal injury, wrongful death, property damage and contractual obligations. He was an adjunct faculty member for Tulane University's Trial Advocacy Program. He is a member of the State Bar of Texas, Louisiana State and American bar associations, and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Helm received his B.A. degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and earned his J.D. degree from Loyola University School of Law.
ANTHONY IMPASTATO is an attorney with Frischhertz Poulliard Frischhertz & Impastato. Mr. Impastato practices in various areas of both trial and appellate levels, including motor vehicle litigation, flood and homeowner’s insurance coverage disputes, maritime litigation, slip/trip and fall litigation, workers' compensation and premises liability. He has litigated numerous cases since the date of his bar admission in various courts throughout Louisiana. Mr. Impastato has successfully tried jury trials in federal court and various Louisiana state courts, including a Hurricane Isaac homeowner’s insurance property damage dispute in the Eastern District of Louisiana wherein the jury award included penalties and attorneys’ fees; a slip and fall jury trial in north Louisiana; a slip and fall in St. Charles Parish wherein the jury awarded one of the highest awards for cervical fusion in Louisiana; an industrial casualty leg amputation in Iberville Parish wherein the jury awarded the highest award for damages for a single leg amputation in Louisiana; and a casino employee negligence case in Caddo Parish. He has been involved in several appeals relative to the trial judgments. He is a member of New Orleans and Louisiana State bar associations, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers, and Louisiana Association for Justice. Mr. Impastato received his B.S. degree from Louisiana State University and earned his J.D. degree from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.
BARBARA IRWIN is a partner with Pujol Pryor & Irwin. Her practice has focused on litigation, construction law, and personal injury work; and has developed to include wills and succession. She has experience trying both bench and jury trials. Ms. Irwin is a trial advocacy faculty member with Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Kentucky; and her J.D. degree and B.C.L. degree from Louisiana State University Law Center.
HON. CHARLES R. JONES is retired and of counsel with The Law Offices of Frank D’Amico, Jr. APLC. Judge Jones served on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, Fourth Circuit, from 1991 until December 2012. He became Chief Judge of the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court on January 1, 2012, and was Chief Judge until his retirement. He worked in private practice from 1978 to 1991. Prior to his judgeship, he served in the Louisiana Legislature Black Caucus until he commenced service as an Associate Judge to his court in 1992. He is a member of the Judicial Council of the American Bar Association, Judicial Council of the National Bar Association, Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Conference of Court Appeal Judges, Council of Chief Judges, State Court of Appeal, the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, and the Fourth and Fifth circuit judges associations; and is involved with numerous other civic boards and associations. Judge Jones, a Vietnam veteran, graduated with a B.S. degree from Xavier University of New Orleans; and earned his J.D. degree from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law. He served as faculty at National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA), and Loyola and Louisiana State universities.
KRISTI POST is an attorney with Blake Jones Law Firm, L.L.C., in New Orleans, Louisiana. Her practice is primarily comprised of maritime accidents, serious auto and commercial vehicular accidents, traumatic brain injuries, premises liability, and Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act cases in numerous state and federal courts, as well as administrative agencies. Ms. Post has more than 30 years of trial experience, and has successfully handled cases involving such diverse areas as the kidnapping of offshore workers by militant forces in Nigeria; Hurricane Katrina insurance litigation; crane failures; commercial diving accidents; and a case involving a derrick barge accident and dramatic rescue of its divers during a hurricane off the Yucatan Peninsula, which became the subject of the novel All the Men in the Sea. She is an associate professor of trial advocacy at Tulane Law School, and is one of only 25 attorneys in the state of Louisiana board certified in civil trial law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Ms. Post received her J.D. degree and LL.M. degree in admiralty from Tulane Law School, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas and the Louisiana State Bar Association.
KEVIN A. RIETH is a chief litigation and trial lawyer with Kambur Law Firm. He has practiced law for more than 34 years. Mr. Rieth focuses his practice in personal injury, including maritime, Jones, Act, 18 wheeler accidents, workers’ compensation, LHWCA, storm damage claims, and premises liability. He received his B.S. degree, cum laude, from the University of New Orleans; and earned his J.D. degree from Loyola School of Law, where he was on the National Moot Court Team.
ABBY ROBERTS is an attorney with Morris Bart LLC. Ms. Roberts practices in the areas of auto accidents and personal injury. She has successfully negotiated hundreds of settlements, tried several cases to verdict, and successfully resolved pretrial issues at the district court level in summary judgment and on appeal. Ms. Roberts is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, New Orleans Bar Association and Saint Thomas More Inn of Court. She received her B.A. degree from Loyola University and earned her J.D. degree from Loyola College of Law.
ERIC WINDER SELLA is an attorney with Mouledoux, Bland, Legrand & Brackett LLC, practicing in the areas of trucking, transportation, and automobile litigation; admiralty and maritime; casualty and insurance defense; and insurance coverage litigation. Mr. Sella has handled many diverse matters in state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi, ranging from trucking, transportation, and auto insurance defense to construction and unfair trade practice claims and foreclosures. He also practices entertainment law, including handling domestic and international transactions and intellectual property matters on behalf of local film talent and production companies. He is a member of New Orleans Bar Association (Young Lawyers Section, secretary, Executive Committee), Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Defense Research Institute (member, Young Lawyers Committee), Federal Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division), Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association, The Mississippi Bar, and New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel. Mr. Sella received his B.A. degree from Tulane University, and received his J.D. degree and his maritime law certificate from Tulane University Law School. He was selected as a Top Lawyer in 2016 and 2017 by New Orleans Magazine, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2019.