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. 

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.  

Madelyn M. O’Brien (J.D. '13) has joined Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC as an associate. She joined Herman, Herman & Katz in August 2012, assisting clients with their claims in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill MDL-2179 settlement program. At the beginning of 2013, Ms. O’Brien became a law clerk with Herman, Herman & Katz. She will practice in the areas of Personal Injury, Industrial Accidents, Offshore Maritime, Wrongful Death, 18 Wheeler Trucking, Class Actions, Commercial Litigation, and BP Oil Spill Litigation. 

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.

Caleb R. Trotter, a current third year law student, has received a Public Interest Litigation Fellowship at Pacific Legal Foundation.

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.

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. 

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. 

The Loyola Trial Advocacy Program received First Place in the Louisiana State Bar Association Competition this past weekend.

Team members include: Brooke Michiels, Nina Turk, Melanie Cleveland, and Bobby Pardo.

The team is coached by Joe Damrich and Assistant U.S. Attorney Matthew Payne. Brooke Michiels and Nina Turk advocated for the Defense with Bobby Pardo and Melanie Cleveland advocating for the Plaintiff. Each advocate also served as as a witness for the opposing side. The team won both rounds against LSU and Mississippi College.

Imre Szalai, recognized for his expertise in arbitration law, was selected to serve as a board member of the Employee Rights Advocacy Institute. Through the Institute, he will assist in public education, the development of legal strategies and policy, and grassroots advocacy against the use of forced arbitration.

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