News

Dec 2020

Kay N. Courington was selected as a Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer.

Scott B. Kiefer and Dawn Marullo were selected by New Orleans Magazine as best Lawyers and also selected as a Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer.

Stephanie Thomason became and Associate of the firm. 

Valerie T. Matherne was selected as the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Board Secretary and received a Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating. Valerie also served as Co-Chair of the events committee responsible for NAMWOLF’s first virtual meeting. 

Brittney B. Ankerson was selected as a Thomson Reuter Rising Star.

Troy N. Bell presented Defining Ethical Social Media Investigations and Leveraging Social Media Evidence to Craft a Solid Defense at the CLM Workers Compensation and Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Conference. He also presented Mastering the Basics of Discovery 2020 to the National Business Institute. Troy was selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers and nominated for inclusion in America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators.

Mathilde V. Semmes was selected as a Thomson Reuters Rising Star. 

Ashley M. DeMouy became an Associate of the firm. 

Dec 2019

Our firm’s name changed to Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C. in January of 2019

Kay N. Courington and Scott B. Kiefer being selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers

Troy Bell being selected by ALM Media and Martindale-Hubbell as a 2019 Top Litigator;  being selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer; Presenting at the Louisiana State Bar Association 12th annual solo, and Small Firm Techy Conference on “Reptile Tort Verdicts: What Are They and How Do They Work?”; and presenting at the CLM 2019 Annual Conference in Orlando, FL.

Dawn Marullo being chosen as a 2019 Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer.

Valerie T. Matherne speaking on the topic of good faith and fair dealing in first party and third party insurance claims entitled “Whose case is is anyway?”; and completing her first year on the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms Board of Directors.

Brittney B. Ankerson becoming a member of the firm and being chosen as a 2019 Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer Rising Star.

Mathilde V. Semmes being selected as a Thomson Reuter Super Lawyer.

Jennifer H. McLaughlin being selected to the Louisiana Law Institute Committee drafting Vulnerable  Road User Litigation for the 2020 Louisiana Legislative Session.

Nicholas J. Smeltz became an Associate of the firm.

Oct 2019

Nicholas J. Smeltz has become an Associate with Courington, Kiefer, Sommers, Marullo & Matherne, L.L.C.

Oct 2019

Kaye N. Courington was honored as the 2017 Woman of the Year for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the June 15 Gala .  She raised over $120,000. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society exists to find cures and ensure access to treatments for blood cancer patients. They are the voice for all blood cancer patients and  work to ensure access to treatments for all blood cancer patients.

Dec 2018

Kaye N. Courington being selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer and a New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyer

Scott B. Kiefer being selected as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer

Dawn Marullo being  chosen  as  a  2018  Thomson  Reuters  Super  Lawyer  and  being selected by St. Charles Avenue Magazine as a Top Attorney in the New Orleans area

Valerie Theng Matherne speaking at the Claims Litigation Management meeting and being named  to  the Board  of Directors  of  the National Association  of Minority and Women  Owned  Law  Firms  (“NAMWOLF”)  for  2019,  being  on  the  NAMWOLF  CLE Selection  Committee,  the  NAMWOLF  Diversity  Initiative  Achievement  Award Committee, a Moderator at the CLM Southeastern Conference, and a panelist on the topic “The Verdict Workshop: Calculating Exposure in Litigation Against Restaurant, Retail & Hospitality Defendants” at the CLM Annual Conference

Troy N. Bell earning  the  distinction  of  Certified  Claims  Professional  by  Claims Litigation  Management,  being  a  panel  member  on  “Understanding  Generational Differences”  at  CLM  Annual  Conference  2019,  and  speaking  at  the  Louisiana  Bar Association 12th Solo, Small Firm & TECH Conference on “Reptile Tort Verdicts: What Are They and How Do They Work?”

Brittany B. Anderson being nominated to participate in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Woman Of The Year competition and helping raise over  $844,000.00. to fight leukemia and lymphoma.

Dec 2017
Kay N. Courington being honored as the 2017 Woman of The Year for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; being selected as a 2017 City Business Leader in Law; a 2017 City Business Woman of the year; and a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyer.
 
Daniel R. Estrada became a member of the firm.
 
Dawn Marullo and Scott Kiefer being chosen again by Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers.
 
Valerie Theng Matherne being selected by the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) to serve on its 2017 Diversity Initiative Award Committee.
 
Robert Keller, Jennifer Hart McLaughlin and Jennifer Zajac joined the firm.
 
Jun 2017

Kaye N. Courington has been selected to be a 2017 City Business Leader in Law. New Orleans City Business is an annual publication and event that honors professionals in the legal profession for their career and community achievements. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. Honorees were selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community. Kaye was also selected as a Leader in Law in 2013 and 2015.

May 2017

Daniel Estrada has been selected by the Louisiana March of Dimes as a Spotlight on Success Honoree. The program and gala honors professionals in the New Orleans area. As you know the March of Dimes provides funding towards the elimination of childhood diseases and for treatment of premature infants. The Spotlight on Success Gala will be held on June 17, 2016 at Mardi Gras World. There will be drinks, music, food and a live auction.

Dec 2016
 
2016 has been a great year For Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, L.L.C. Highlights include:
 

The firm moving to its new office at 616 Girod Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Daniel Estrada being selected an honoree for the Louisiana March of Dimes and its Spotlight on Success Gala which paid tribute to outstanding professionals in the New Orleans area 

Mathilde Semmes being named a finalist for the Frank L. Maraist Award of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and Vice Chair Young Lawyers Division for the Defense Research Institute Asbestos Medicine Conference

Valerie T. Matherne and Troy N. Bell being Co-Chairs and hosting the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) Business Meeting— Louisiana Chapter ACC

Kaye Courington and Scott Kiefer being chosen again by Thomson Reuters as Super Lawyers

Valerie T. Matherne being a Panelist at the Council for Litigation Management Annual Conference and speaking regarding Reptile Verdicts and Strategy and being asked again by NAMWOLF to judge company diversity efforts awards

Kaye Courington speaking on work-life balance at the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Women’s Retreat, being named a member of the National Academy of Jurisprudence, and becoming a member of the American Inns of Court

Steven M. Lozes, Of Counsel, Colin F. Lozes, Associate and Brittney Ankersen, Associate joining the firm.

May 2016

Troy N. Bell has been appointed as co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee.

 

Events

Aug 2015

Valerie Theng Matherne has been named 2015 Chair of NAMWOLF’s Diversity Initiative Award Committee.

Aug 2015

Troy N. Bell named 2015 Top 100 Black Lawyers (Insurance and Litigation Defense).

Jul 2015

Jene Liggins named 2015 Top 100 Black Lawyers (Insurance and Litigation Defense).

Jul 2015
William J. “Bill” Sommers, Jr. gave a CLE presentation “The Art of Persuasion: How To Influence Juries When the Law and Facts Are Against You” at the 28th Annual CLE by the Sea by the Jefferson Parish Bar Association. In addition he served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Gulf Coast Deposition Training Program held in New Orleans. Finally, Bill was recognized by Tulane Law School for his service in 2014 and 2015 to its Moot Court Program at its annual awards banquet.
Apr 2015

William J. “Bill” Sommers, Jr. participated as an instructor in “Law Enforcement on the Stand: Witness Training” that was given to members Jefferson Parish law enforcement.

Mar 2015
William J. “Bill” Sommers, recently coached Tulane Law School’s mock trial team in the American Association of Justice’s STAC trial competition regional in Ft Lauderdale, Florida. He has coached over 20 law school trial teams in various national and regional competitions in the last dozen years.
Mar 2015

William J. “Bill” Sommers, Jr. led an interactive presentation to the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ (NAMWOLF) 2015 Business Meeting entitled “Can You Be Fair?” This and other questions not to ask to determine jurors’ attitudes, opinions and bias. Bill was also a faculty member of Tulane Law School’s 2015 Civil Pre-Trial Litigation Boot Camp.

Feb 2015

Valerie Theng Matherne led a very well- received presentation at the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms’ (NAMWOLF) 2015 Business Meeting on hot legal topics in the Restaurant, Retail, and Hospitality industries, including premises safety, cyber security, and franchise issues. Valerie is co-chair of the Restaurant, Retail, and Hospitality Practice Area Committee (RRH PAC).

Feb 2015

Kaye N. Courington has been selected to be a 2015 City Business Leader in Law. New Orleans City Business is an annual publication and event that honors professionals in the legal profession for their career and community achievements. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. Honorees were selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community. Kaye was also selected as a Leader in Law in 2013.

Jan 2015

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC Firm has been recognized as a 2015 U.S. Top Ranked Law Firm™ by Martindale-Hubbell, a nation-wide organization that evaluates and ranks firms across the country. The law firm has achieved and maintained the highest rating of “AV Preeminent” since its inception. This recognition also appears in Fortune Magazine’s “Investor’s Guide 2015.

Dec 2014

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC congratulates Member Kaye N. Courington on her selection by her peers for being named a Louisiana Super Lawyer 2015.

Nov 2014

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC congratulates Member Blaine A. Moore on her selection by her peers for being named one of New Orleans magazine’s 2014 Top Lawyers in the field of Mass Tort Litigation and Class Actions for Defendants and a Louisiana Super Lawyer 2015.

Nov 2014

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC congratulates Member Scott B. Kiefer on his selection by his peers for being named a Louisiana Super Lawyer 2015.

Nov 2014

William J. “Bill” Sommers, Jr. attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) in Philadelphia, September 21 – 24, 2014. At the annual meeting, Bill chaired a very well received CLE panel to a standing room only audience. The subject of the CLE was “The Art of Persuasion: Influencing Juries When the Law and Facts Are Against You.”

Sep 2014

Valerie Theng Matherne attended the 2014 Annual Meeting of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF) in Philadelphia, September 21 – 24, 2014. At the annual meeting, Valerie chaired a well received CLE panel. The subject of the CLE was “Understanding Spinal Injuries to Maximize Your Defense.”

Sep 2014

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers, LLC congratulates GlaxoSmithKlein as the National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firm’s (NAMWOLF) Diversity Initiative Award recipient for 2014! This award is given to the corporate legal department that is a champion for diversity and inclusion in the legal profession through its strong leadership and effective actions. GlaxoSmithKlein has proven to be an organization that truly deserves this recognition. The annual award allows NAMWOLF firms to recognize a Corporate Partner that has distinguished itself through outstanding commitment to using minority or women-owned law firms. Our own Valerie Theng Matherne had the privilege of sitting on this year’s committee.

Sep 2014

Jeffrey M. Burg has been selected as a member of NAMWOLF’s White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations PAC. The White Collar Defense and Internal Investigations Practice Area Committee is made up of law firms and attorneys that have significant experience in government-initiated investigations and internal investigations. Member firms’ investigation experience includes white collar defense as well as civil and quasi-criminal regulatory defense. Member firms also have experience in federal qui tam litigation and whistleblower litigation.

Sep 2014

Valerie Theng Matherne has been selected as a committee member for the following National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms committees (NAMWOLF): NAMWOLF Diversity Initiative Award committee.

Jul 2014

Kaye N. Courington has been appointed to a three-year term on the Director’s Council of the Newcomb College Institute, an academic center at Tulane University with a mission to educate women for leadership in the 21st century.

Jun 2014

William J. Sommers, Jr. was invited to attend the Champions Breakfast hosted by the Leading Educators organization. Other participants included the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Patrick Taylor Foundation. Leading Educators advances teacher leadership skills by building a national movement to ensure all students have the opportunity to succeed in school and life. It influences and motivates colleagues to improve teaching and learning skills to improve the entire community.

Jun 2014

Dawn Marullo and Scott B. Kiefer obtained a favorable decision on a matter that was argued before the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals on June 4th, 2014. The plaintiff, Deren Smith, had filed a complaint pursuant to the Jones Act for the alleged unseaworthiness of an inland workover barge under the General Maritime Law, against Basic Marine Services, Inc. A Motion for Summary Judgment was filed on behalf of Basic Marine seeking dismissal of the Jones Act and unseaworthiness claims on the basis that there was no genuine issue of material fact as to the absence of negligence on behalf of the employer, the unseaworthiness of the vessel, or causation. The District Court granted the Motion for Summary Judgment on August 7th, 2013 and dismissed the plaintiff’s claims in their entirety (Maintenance and cure benefits had at all times been paid to the plaintiff). The plaintiff appealed to the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and requested oral argument which was granted by the Court. Following oral argument, the panel was comprised of Judges Jennifer Elrod, W. Eugene Davis, and Gregg Costa issued a per curiam decision on June 12th affirming the District Court’s decision granting summary judgment in Basic Marine’s favor. The Court held that “no question of fact was presented tending to establish Basic Marine’s negligence or the unseaworthiness of the vessel….For the reasons stated above and in the district court’s careful August 7th , 2013 Order and Reasons, the judgment is affirmed”. Dawn Marullo prepared the brief and Scott Kiefer presented the oral argument to the Court of Appeals.

Jun 2014

Valerie Theng Matherne has been selected as a Co-Chair of NAMWOLF’s Restaurant, Retail and Hospitality Practice Area Committee.

Apr 2014

A successful application for emergency supervisory writs with Louisiana’s Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal was filed by Jonathan Hilbun, Jennifer McLaughlin, and Blaine Moore. The appeal concerned the denial by an Orleans Parish Civil District Court judge of a summary judgment motion regarding executive officer liability. The Fourth Circuit reversed the trial court judge and granted the original summary judgment motion, resulting in the successful extrication of the firm’s clients from the case just before trial.

Feb 2014

Kaye N. Courington has been named to the Editorial Board of the new Journal of American Law in the Environmental/Energy Specialty Board area. The journal will be similar to the American Medical Association Journal. Courington has also been selected to Co-Chair the CLE Subcommittee of the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms’ Insurance Alliance’s Committee.

Jan 2014

William J. Sommers, Jr. has been been selected to be a 2014 City Business Leader in Law. New Orleans City Business is an annual publication and event that honors professionals in the legal profession for their career and community achievements. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. Honorees were selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community. Click here.

Jan 2014

Scott B. Kiefer has been selected to be a 2014 City Business Leader in Law. New Orleans City Business is an annual publication and event that honors professionals in the legal profession for their career and community achievements. Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. Honorees were selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community. Click here.

Jan 2014

Valerie Theng Matherne has been selected as a committee member for the following National Association of Minority and Women Owned Law Firms committees (NAMWOLF): NAMWOLF Insurance Committee; NAMWOLF Insurance Subcommittee on CLE’s

Nov 2013

Blaine A. Moore named 2013 New Orleans Magazine Top Lawyer, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action.

Nov 2013

Tulane University Labor Law Moot Court team headed to nationals, coached by our own William J. Sommers, Jr.

Nov 2013

Valerie Theng Matherne has been selected as a committee member for the following Claims and Litigation Management Alliance committees: CLM Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Committee; CLM Insurance Bad Faith Committee; CLM Diversity & Inclusion Committee; CLM Construction Committee

Oct 2013

Courington, Kiefer & Sommers announces the opening of our Mississippi office.

Oct 2013
Courington, Kiefer & Sommers is pleased to announce its certification by the National Association of Women Owned Law Firms. (NAMWOLF) in Louisiana and Mississippi.
 
Oct 2013
Courington, Kiefer & Sommers featured in the Defense Research Institute’s “The Voice” column, “DRI Cares”
 
Jul 2013
Jeffrey Burg featured in the Times-Picayune for his dedicated volunteer coaching.
“Burg holds a law degree from Loyola and works with Courington, Kiefer and Sommers in New Orleans. But on many nights during the summer he can be found at Girard Playground in Metairie, where he umpires softball and baseball games and directs the 9- and-10-year-old girls softball league. Burg, along with his wife Laurie, also coaches Girard’s 9- and 10-year-olds girls all star softball team. He also referees middle school softball, basketball and flag football games.”