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Robert J. David (J.D. '69) has been named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Louisiana by Thompson Reuters’ Super Lawyers 2015.

Super Lawyers 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 selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations.

Bob J. Duplantis (J.D. '66) has been named to Acadiana Profile magazine’s Top Lawyers list in the areas of administrative/regulatory law, energy law, and oil and gas law. 

Bob is a partner at Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC in Lafayette, practicing in the areas of Louisiana oil and gas regulation. Prior to practicing law, Bob spent 10 years working in exploration and production in various engineering and management assignments throughout Louisiana, Texas, California, and New York.  

Julie Deshotels Jardell (J.D. '07) was named to Acadiana Profile magazine’s Top Lawyers list in the area of energy law.

Ms. Jardell practices with the firm of Gordon Arata McCollam Duplantis & Eagan LLC in the Lafayette office. Her practice is concentrated on oil and gas transactions and general, commercial and oil and gas litigation. 

Florida Bar President-Elect Ramón Abadin (J.D. '85) has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. The induction ceremony at which Abadin became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately 585 persons during the recent 2015 Spring Annual Meeting of the College in Key Biscayne, Florida.

Allison Hymel (J.D. '02) has joined the St. Louis firm of Brown & Crouppen P.C. She will primarily handle matters related to personal injury and workers compensation.

Upon graduating from Loyola Law, she was employed of counsel to a law firm in New Orleans where she assisted in class action litigation and also handled matters relating to family law. She has practiced before both state and federal courts in both Missouri and Louisiana. 

Tiffany Thomas Smith (J.D. '08) has joined Leake & Andersson LLP in New Orleans as an associate. Mrs. Smith focuses her practice primarily on commercial litigation, insurance defense, and labor and employment law. 

The Honorable Frank A. Marullo Jr., J.D. ’68, has been re-elected to Section “D” of Orleans Parish Criminal District Court, Louisiana. Judge Marullo has held this seat since 1974.  

A New Orleans native, Judge Marullo graduated from Fortier High School and continued on to get his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. Before returning home to attend law school at Loyola, he travelled the world as a Merchant Marine. 

Lauren Barrera, J.D. '14 (magna cum laude), has joined Kean Miller LLP in the New Orleans Office. As an Associate, Lauren will practice in the areas of environmental litigation, commercial litigation, and toxic tort defense groups.

The Honorable Robert A. Buckley, J.D. ’76, was re-elected to the 34th Judicial District Court, Division A, Louisiana. Judge Buckley has held this seat since 1993. Buckley told The Times-Picayune that his experience on the bench showed he would give the people of St. Bernard Parish "a good, fair, honest shake."


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