Louisiana Law Firm Adds 12 Attorneys in Admiralty & Maritime, Construction, and Energy Practice Groups - New Orleans Office Triples in Size

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Kean Miller Hawthorne D’Armond McCowan & Jarman, LLP (Kean Miller) is pleased to announce that 12 lawyers, formerly in the Admiralty & Maritime, Construction, and Energy Law practice areas with Lemle & Kelleher, LLP, have joined the firm in the New Orleans office. “New Orleans and her port have been a vital part of commerce in the United States for almost 300 years. The recent hurricanes did not change that. The Admiralty and Maritime practice in Louisiana remains strong, and, oil and gas exploration is going to play a huge role in the future of New Orleans. We believe that Louisiana’s future is very much linked to New Orleans’ recovery. This addition is evidence of Kean Miller’s commitment to the future of New Orleans and Louisiana,” said Gary A. Bezet, managing partner of the 121-lawyer firm.

Kean Miller announced the addition of 12 lawyers to its New Orleans office today. "This group is an outstanding resource for our clients. Our offices are located in Louisiana’s major port cities --- New Orleans, Baton Rouge and Lake Charles -- and these lawyers bring over 150 years of experience in maritime issues, admiralty law, marine insurance, oil & gas, drilling and exploration, pipelines, construction, and energy law to our clients.” added Bezet. The new group triples the size of the New Orleans office and builds on Kean Miller’s position as the largest law firm in the Capital Region.

Michael A. McGlone, Charles R. Talley, Glenn P. Orgeron, Bradley J. Schlotterer, Lawrence J. Hand, Jr., and Lisa A. Easterling join the firm as partners. The firm also welcomes Karen W. Shipman, Stephen C. Hanemann, Jamie Domilise Henry, Kelly B. Green, and Michael J. O’Brien as associates. Heather Ashman Johnson joins the firm as Of Counsel. All were formerly with Lemle & Kelleher, LLP in New Orleans.

About the New Partners:

Michael A. “”Mike” McGlone is the senior-most Admiralty and Maritime lawyer in the firm. He has extensive experience in admiralty and maritime law, maritime litigation, marine insurance, personal injury defense, allisions, collisions, and appeals.

Charles R. “Chuck” Talley practices in the Admiralty and Maritime and Oil & Gas groups. He has experience in personal injury defense, property damage claims, Corbello litigation, appeals, and oil & gas law. Mr. Talley has more than 24 years of trial and appellate experience before state and federal courts.    

Glenn P. Orgeron joins the firm as a partner. A native of New Orleans, he practices in the Admiralty and Maritime and Construction practice groups. He has particular experience in construction law, consumer credit issues, and product liability litigation. Mr. Orgeron is a Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) in the United States Marine Corps. Prior to his 20-year military career, he served as an electrical engineer with the NASA Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston on the Apollo XI Lunar mission and on the Lunar Rover development team.

Bradley J. Schlotterer, a native of New Orleans, joins the firm as a partner. He practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group.

Lawrence J. Hand, Jr. joins the firm as a partner. He practices in the Energy, Pipeline and Toxic Tort practice groups. Mr. Hand has experience in energy law, regulation and litigation, insurance coverage, toxic tort, contract litigation, and complex commercial disputes. He has experience in representation of interstate and intrastate gas pipelines, gas gathering companies, crude pipelines, gas processors, power generators, marketers and distributors, and oil and gas producers.

Lisa A. Easterling joins the firm as a partner. She practices in Construction and Litigation groups. Ms. Easterling has extensive experience in complex commercial construction matters, construction defect cases, mold litigation, and Fair Credit Reporting Act litigation.

About the New Attorneys:

Karen W. Shipman joins the firm as an associate. She practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group. She has particular experience in issues involving a wide variety of admiralty and oil & gas issues, including Jones Act, personal injury, oil and gas exploration, well blowouts, cargo damage, vessel collisions, and barge damage.

Stephen C. Hanemann joins the New Orleans office as an associate attorney. He practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of admiralty issues, including Jones Act, personal injury, oil and gas exploration, pipeline spills, drilling accidents, well blowouts, cargo damage, ship collisions, ship allisions, vessel groundings, lift boat and jack-up rig accidents, vessel liens, sunken barges, vessel mortgage filings, product liability, redhibition, commercial lease agreements, and other commercial litigation issues.

Jamie Domilise Henry joins the New Orleans office as an associate attorney. She is a native of New Orleans and practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group.

Kelly B. Green joins the New Orleans office as an associate attorney. She practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group.

Michael J. O’Brien joins the New Orleans office as an associate attorney. A native of New Orleans, he practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group.

Heather Ashman Johnson joins the New Orleans office as Of Counsel. A native of New Orleans, Ms. Johnson practices in the Admiralty and Maritime practice group. She has particular experience in complex commercial maritime issues including all aspects of international sales contract negotiations, chartering activities, downstream joint ventures, and in the negotiation of multi-million dollar cargo damage claims.

Click here for more information on the Admiralty and Maritime Law Practice: http://www.keanmiller.com/practice_detail.cfm?id=23

Click here for more information on the Construction Law Practice: http://www.keanmiller.com/practice_detail.cfm?id=32

Click here for more information on the Energy Industry Practice: http://www.keanmiller.com/industry_detail.cfm?id=56

Click here for more information on Kean Miller: http://www.keanmiller.com

For interviews on the state of the legal professional in New Orleans, on the future of Admiralty and Martime Law in Louisiana in light of Hurricane Katrina, or for additional information on the Energy Industry, please contact Steve Boutwell at 225.389.3736.

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