Professional Honors & Awards
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National Law Journal
Kean Miller was recognized by the National Law Journal in its inaugural NLJ 350 section, a listing of the Top 350 law firms in the United States. The article profiles the firm's unique culture and client-centric growth strategy.
Corporate Counsel Magazine
Kean Miller has been recognized as a "Go-To" law firm in Louisiana by in-house counsel at major Fortune 500 companies for the past 8 years. The "Go-To Law Firms" list is compiled from a survey of Fortune® 500 in-house lawyers and is conducted by Corporate Counsel magazine. Only the law firms that meet the strict requirements of the Fortune 500 clients they serve are appointed. No law firm can request to be listed and less than one-half of one percent of all of the law firms in the U.S. and abroad are included.
Fifty-two Kean Miller attorneys (33%) 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.
Many Kean Miller attorneys have been recognized for professional excellence by the prominent legal colleges. Mike McGlone, Charles McCowan, Gary Bezet, 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, and Mack Gregorie is a member of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys.
Best Lawyers in America
Thirty-one Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America and eight are listed as Lawyers of the Year for 2016. 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.
Eleven Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2016 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.
40 Under 40
Thirteen Kean Miller partners are "40 under 40" honorees. The "40 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 "40 under 40" award recipients include: J. Eric Lockridge (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 partners have been recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness magazine for their leadership in the legal community. Christopher J. Dicharry (2005), Michael G. "Mike" McGlone (2006), Glenn P. Orgeron (2008), Brad Schlotterer (2010), Karen Waters Shipman (2011), Stephen C. Hanemann (2012), Anthony M. Williams (2013), Charles R. "Chuck" Talley (2014), Brett P. Fenasci (2015) and David J. Halpern (2016) 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.
Thirty-three Kean Miller attorneys are listed in the 2016 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 and our CFO have been recognized by Baton Rouge Business Report as Influential Women in Business. In 2005, Katherine King was recognized for her work to help keep Louisiana industry competitive. In 2008, Linda Perez Clark was recognized for her legal skill, community involvement, civic leadership, and entrepreneurial spirit. In 2010, 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. Our Chief Financial Officer, Alice L. Miller was the 2011 recipient of the award.
Chevron Diversity Award
Kean Miller was selected as one of three recipients of the Chevron Corporation Law Function’s sixth-annual Law Firm Diversity Recognition Award in July 2010. 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. Kean Miller's diversity and inclusion efforts were also recognized by Chevron in 2008.
Louisiana State Bar Association Human Rights Award
The Louisiana State Bar Association has recognized Kean Miller with its Human Rights Award. The award recognizes the firm’s many contributions in promoting diversity and inclusion in the legal profession, including the Kean Miller Connection program.
Louisiana State Bar Association You Make A Difference Award
In 2013, Kean Miller and the Kean Miller Connection were recognized at the Louisiana State Bar Association Conclave on Diversity in the Legal Profession CLE. The "You Make a Difference" award was presented to the firm in recognition of our efforts to make the legal profession more inclusive, accessible and professional.
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.
Beacon of Justice Award
The National Legal Aid and Defender Association, America’s oldest and largest non-profit association devoted to the delivery of pro bono legal services has awarded the Beacon of Justice Award to Kean Miller. The annual award recognizes law firms that have devoted significant time and resources to pro bono appellate representation.
Law School Leadership
Kean Miller attorneys have strong academic backgrounds. Forty-three 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.
Bar Association Service
Jay Jalenak recently served as President of the Baton Rouge Bar Association. Karli Johnson will serve as president in 2017. 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.
Numerous Kean Miller attorneys are involved in leadership positions in the Louisiana State, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Southwest Louisiana Bar Associations.