Professional Honors & Awards
Kean Miller was selected as one of three recipients of the Chevron Corporation Law Function's Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award in 2008, 2010 and 2017. The award program, started in 2005, recognizes Chevron's law firm partners who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating their commitment to diversity in the legal profession and by fostering an inclusive work environment.BTI Consulting Group
Kean Miller has been recognized by BTI Consulting Group as one of the top 70 law firms who improved client service during the coronavirus pandemic. The independent research was conducted during the pandemic and included 350 interviews with general counsel and other in-house legal officers at companies with $700 million in annual revenue or more. The survey participants rated outside law firms on a range of client service activities, including deeply understanding the client's business, uniformity of service, handling unexpected changes, proactive communication, and anticipating client needs.Corporate Counsel Magazine
Kean Miller has been recognized as a "Go-To" law firm by in-house counsel at major Fortune 500 companies for more than a decade. The "Go-To Law Firms" list was compiled from a survey of Fortune® 500 in-house lawyers and was conducted by Corporate Counsel magazine. Only the law firms that meet the strict requirements of the Fortune 500 clients they serve were appointed.Best Law Firm List
Kean Miller has been ranked in the 2021 U.S. News and Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms" list. The firm is recognized regionally in 36 practice areas, and nationally in 3 practice areas. Firms included in the 2021 "Best Law Firms" list are recognized for professional excellence with repeatedly impressive ratings from clients and peers. Achieving a tiered ranking signals an exclusive combination of quality law practice and range of legal expertise. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and regional based scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the level of respect a firm has earned among other lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, professionalism and integrity.Law360
Kean Miller has been recognized by Law360 as one of the Top 400 Law Firms in the U.S. The Law360 400 features the largest U.S.-based law firms and international firms with a U.S. component as measured by domestic attorney head count.Martindale-Hubbell AV-Ratings
Over 60 Kean Miller attorneys are AV-rated by the Martindale-Hubbell legal directory. An AV-rating reflects the confidential opinions of bar members and the judiciary, and attests to the individual attorney's legal ability and adherence to professional standards of ethics. The Martindale-Hubbell AV-rating indicates very high to preeminent legal ability and very high ethical standards as established by confidential opinions from members of the bar.American Colleges
Kean Miller attorneys have been recognized for professional excellence by the prominent legal colleges. Mike McGlone, Charles McCowan, Vance Gibbs, Jim Dore, and Jim Silverstein are all members of the American College of Trial Lawyers. In addition, Carey Messina is a member of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, Mack Gregorie is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys and Jaye Calhoun is a fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel.Bar Association Service and Awards
Karli Johnson and Jay Jalenak previously served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Kean Miller environmental and toxic tort partner Esteban Herrera, Jr. served as chair of the Environmental Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. The Environmental Law Section has approximately 350 members across the state of Louisiana. Melissa Cresson, Karli Johnson and Vic Suane have been elected as Outstanding Young Lawyers of the Year by the Louisiana State Bar Association. Bill Ogden served as a director of the State Bar of Texas from 2008-2011. Robert Kallam is the recipient of the 2019 Federal Bar Association Lafayette Acadiana Chapter Professionalism Award.
Kean Miller’s law school preparatory program for minority and women college students, the Kean Miller Connection, was selected as the 2019-2020 recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Guardian of Diversity Award. This award recognizes local and specialty bar associations, courts, law firms/departments, community organizations and educational organizations that implement and advance diversity programs to promote and support diversity in the legal community.
Numerous Kean Miller attorneys are involved in leadership positions in the Louisiana and Texas State, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Southwest Louisiana Bar Associations.Best Lawyers in America
Fifty Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2021 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, eight being named Lawyer of the Year and sixteen have been recognized as Ones to Watch. Published biennially since 1983, The Best Lawyers in America is widely regarded as the preeminent referral guide to the legal profession in the United States. Compiled through an exhaustive peer-review in which thousands of the top attorneys in the U.S. confidentially evaluate their professional peers, the current edition of Best Lawyers is based on more than 4 million detailed evaluations of attorneys by other attorneys.Chambers USA
Eleven Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2020 edition of Chambers USA - America's Leading Business Lawyers. Chambers is widely regarded as the preeminent European referral guide for the U.S. legal profession. Compiled through exhaustive surveys with over 4500 attorneys from Maine to Hawaii, the guide is based solely on market recommendation. Researchers spend one year canvassing clients and lawyers across the U.S. to obtain a consistent market view of which firms and attorneys are considered leaders in their field.Forty Under 40
Fifteen Kean Miller partners are "Forty Under 40" honorees. The "Forty Under 40 Awards," organized by the Baton Rouge Business Report, recognize local business leaders under the age of 40 for their professional accomplishments, community service, and dedication to their profession. Kean Miller's "Forty Under 40" award recipients include: Erin L. Kilgore (2019); J. Eric Lockridge (2009); Elisabeth Q. Prescott (2009); G. Trippe Hawthorne (2008); Jeffrey N. Boudreaux (2007); Melissa M. Cresson (2003); Glenn M. Farnet (2003); John F. Jakuback (2002); Jay M. Jalenak (2000); Erich P. Rapp (2000); Charles S. "Trey" McCowan, III (2000); James R. "Sonny" Chastain (1999); G. Blane Clark, Jr. (1999); L. Victor Gregoire (1999), and Linda Perez Clark (1995).Leadership in Law
Ten Kean Miller attorneys have been recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine for their leadership in the legal community. Michael G. "Mike" McGlone (2006), Glenn P. Orgeron (2008), Brad Schlotterer (2010), Karen Waters Shipman (2011), Stephen C. Hanemann (2012), Charles R. "Chuck" Talley and Jaye A. Calhoun (2014), David J. Halpern (2016), David M. Whitaker (2018) and Tod Everage (2020) have received the "Leadership in Law" award which recognizes the top 50 attorneys in the New Orleans area based on their professional, civic, and charitable endeavors.Super Lawyers
Eighteen Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2020 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers. The publishers strictly adhere to a rigorous selection process by verifying and validating all data submitted by attorneys and law firms.Influential Women in Business
Three Kean Miller partners have been recognized by Baton Rouge Business Report as Influential Women in Business. Katherine King was recognized for her work to help keep Louisiana industry competitive. Linda Perez Clark was recognized for her legal skill, community involvement, civic leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. Maureen Harbourt was recognized for her leadership of Kean Miller's diversity program, and for helping Baton Rouge remain competitive in the face of increased environmental regulatory activity.Louisiana Appleseed
Kean Miller has been selected for the Louisiana Appleseed "Good Apple" award as a result of the firm's pro bono project on dating violence prevention. Kean Miller attorneys helped research, draft, and pass legislation that requires dating violence prevention be taught in all Louisiana high schools.Law School Leadership
Kean Miller attorneys have strong academic backgrounds. More than 40 have been elected to the Order of the Coif, the highest academic honor awarded in law school. Many have served as editors-in-chief, editors and staff writers of the Louisiana Law Review, Southern Law Review, Tulane Law Review and Loyola Law Review. Many attorneys have served, or presently serve, as Adjunct Professors at the LSU Law Center, Southern University Law School, Tulane Law School, and Loyola Law School.