Survival Guide to a Successful Mediation

Begins at Tue, Jun 25, 2019 12:00 PM
Ends at Tue, Jun 25, 2019 01:00 PM

About the Speakers

Kelly Theard of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP is a construction lawyer defending clients in construction defect, design and professional liability, and third-party injury claims. She also handles general liability matters for local restaurants and department stores.
Ms. Theard's general liability clients include well-known regional restaurant chains with Louisiana locations, the nation's largest broad-line closeout retailer and one of the largest food retailers in America. She additionally practices in the areas of redhibition, products liability and commercial litigation.
Ms. Theard was named to the Thomson Reuters "Louisiana Rising Stars" List, 2013-2014, "The Best Lawyers in America" List, 2015-2017, and the CityBusiness Women of the Year List, 2015.
Ms. Theard currently serves as Head of the Construction Practice Group.
“I tell it like it is, whether good or bad, and I think my clients like it that way.”


Raymond C. Lewis of Deutsch Kerrigan LLP knows that an attorney with courtroom experience is a valuable asset to a client and has developed the skills necessary to get through the unexpected hurdles of a courtroom.

His practice centers primarily in the areas of complex commercial and business litigation, insurance defense, and appellate work. He has successfully litigated complex commercial disputes for local and national clients involving multi-million dollar claims for breach of contract, product liability, oil and gas disputes, and transportation casualty. In his appellate practice, Ray has handled numerous appeals before the Louisiana Supreme Court, Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the U.S. Fifth Circuit, many resulting in published decisions favorable to his clients.
Ray has appeared multiple times as a "Ones to Watch" in the legal industry by New Orleans CityBusiness. He has also been voted to the Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” List, 2014-2017. He has written and lectured on trial and appellate practice and environmental law topics.
Ray was born in Louisiana, but grew up in Dallas, Texas. He returned to Louisiana to attend the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. After leaving law school, he served as law clerk to the Judges of the 23rd Judicial District Court.
While at LSU, he met his wife Jenny, a native of New Orleans, and followed her back to New Orleans. They have two young daughters keeping them very busy but very happy.


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