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Randy Young—Partner, Kean Miller
Energy Regulatory Law

Randy Young is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1992 and practices in the areas of energy, telecommunications, utility regulation, pilotage regulation, and also in environmental litigation. Randy has 25 years of experience in electric utility regulation and environmental law. He has represented industrial manufacturing, refining, and related companies before the Louisiana Public Service Commission (LPSC) and the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). He has represented independent generation companies and power marketers in matters before the LPSC and has represented a telecommunications company in multi-state regulatory complaint proceedings. Randy has also represented industry associations in matters before the Louisiana Pilotage Commission. Randy has extensive experience in complex toxic tort litigation, class action proceedings and settlements, insurance claims litigation, and he has represented clients in connection with environmental remediation and Superfund/CERCLA issues and litigation. Randy is an AV-rated by Martindale-Hubbell, and was elected to The Best Lawyers in America (Woodward White, Inc) in 2007-2020 by his peers. He was named by Best Lawyers as a Baton Rouge Lawyer of the Year in Administrative/Regulatory Law for 2018. Randy is also listed among the top energy & natural resources lawyers in the State of Louisiana by Chambers USA in 2011 – 2019.

Randy earned his B.S. in 1983 from the University of Southwestern Louisiana where he received Outstanding Graduate honors. He earned his J.D. in 1992 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif, Academic Hall of Fame, Phi Kappa Phi, and recipient of the Jules F. Landry Scholarship Award for 1991 – 1992. He also attended the summer law program at Universite’ d’Aix Marseille III in Aix en Provence, France.

Caroline Blitzer Philips (’96), Partner, Vinson & Elkins
Mergers & Acquisitions Workshop

Ms. Blitzer Phillips is a partner in the New York office of Vinson & Elkins. She advises clients in mergers and acquisitions, private equity investments, and general corporate and securities matters. She has substantial experience with clients throughout the energy industry, including oil and gas exploration and production, transportation and midstream, power, oilfield services, coal, and renewables and clean energy. In September of 2015, Ms. Blitzer Phillips was named to the New York Metro Super Lawyers List. Prior to joining Vinson & Elkins, she clerked for The Honorable Jacques L. Wiener, Jr. of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Ms. Blitzer Phillips holds a B.S. from Duke University and a J.D. from LSU.

Stacie Lambert deBlieux (’04), Principal, Salim Beasley, LLC
Complex Litigation and Antitrust

Stacie is a principal at the Salim Beasley, LLC. Prior to joining Salim Beasley, Stacie joined the Louisiana Department of Justice as an Assistant Attorney General. She soon began representing the State in some of its largest and most complex plaintiff cases against big business interests such as the pharmaceutical, insurance and auto industries. With a focus on consumer protection and antitrust enforcement, Stacie became Section Chief of the DOJ’s first Complex Litigation Unit, often working hand-in-hand with other state and federal enforcers and leading efforts on behalf of forty or more states. Stacie has served as the lead attorney for Louisiana in a variety of complex litigation matters, including all Katrina-related cases against the insurance industry, auto cases such as Toyota unintended acceleration and Volkswagen diesel emissions, antitrust multidistrict litigation cases involving the delayed generic entry of Suboxone as well as the price fixing of generic pharmaceuticals, and the State’s cases against Facebook and Google. Most recently, Stacie headed the State’s lawsuit against the opioid drug manufacturers, was a member of the 13-state committee negotiating the national $26 billion settlement with Johnson & Johnson and opioid distributors, and served on the ad-hoc committee for the Purdue Pharma bankruptcy matter related to the national opiate litigation.

Gordon D. Polozola (’95) Partner, Kean Miller
Energy Regulatory Law

Gordon Polozola is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He rejoined the firm in 2020 and practices with the utilities regulation group. Prior to rejoining the firm, Gordon served as vice president and regional general counsel for a major independent power producer in the Southeast, and as executive vice president and general counsel to a private equity infrastructure firm located in Houston, Texas. Gordon has over twenty five years of expertise in electricity, natural gas pipelines and telecommunications, including tariffs and ratemaking, power & commodity sale/purchase agreements, EPC agreements, wholesale energy markets, NERC regulation and compliance audits, asset dispositions, O&M contract negotiations, ad valorem tax disputes and litigation, FERC wholesale transmission and interconnect agreements, and environmental regulations and compliance.

Marta-Ann Schnabel, Shareholder, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC
Serving the Public and the Profession

In over thirty five years as a litigator, she has handled a wide range of cases including business disputes, professional malpractice defense, construction litigation, employment matters and insurance issues. She is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where she was a member of Law Review. In addition to her law practice, Ms. Schnabel is a member of the Patterson Mediation Group and has trained at Pepperdine University’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. She served as Editor of the Louisiana Bar Journal from 2001-2003. When she was sworn into office on June 9, 2006, Ms. Schnabel became the first woman to serve as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. She was honored to receive the LSBA’s President’s Award on four separate occasions–in 1998, 2004, 2010, and 2014. Ms. Schnabel is also a past President of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. The Chief Justice appointed her to the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Judicial Campaign Oversight Committee in 2007, and in 2014 she became the Committee’s Chairperson. In May of 2010, she was honored as the recipient of the David A. Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award for her work as an advocate for Access to Justice. As part of her commitment to public service, Ms. Schnabel also heads the Board of the non-profit Louisiana Civil Justice Center, an organization she helped to found in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is also the Chair of the newly formed Louisiana Access To Justice Commission. In 2014, she was honored to receive the Calogero Justice Award from the Louisiana Bar Foundation, and in 2015 she was named a “Woman of the Year” by New Orleans City Business. Ms. Schnabel is currently the Louisiana Representative to DRI, and she is the Vice Chair of the DRI Law Practice Management Committee. She was recently appointed to the Center for Law and Public Policy and participated as an author and editor of the DRI Law Practice Management Handbook, which was published in 2014. She is a frequent lecturer on a variety of legal issues, including mediation and arbitration, law practice management, ethics, and professionalism.

Kathleen E. Simon, Member, O’Bryon & Schnabel, PLC
Serving the Public and the Profession

Kathleen E. Simon joined O’Bryon & Schnabel in October of 2015 and brings to the firm almost 30 years of experience in litigation practice in the areas of personal injury, casualty, and insurance coverage defense, including arson and fraud claims; pre-suit evaluations, negotiations, medical fraud and prescription drug issues. Her knowledge of the Louisiana attorney discipline system and ethics issues is also extensive. Her career began with the firm of Simon & Rees first as an associate and then a partner when the firm became Simon Rees & Simon. Upon retirement of senior partner, E. Kelleher Simon in March of 2002, Kathleen joined the firm of Porteous, Hainkel & Johnson. Once again, she rose through the ranks at PH&J and became a partner in the Covington office. With the litigation boom post-Katrina, Kathleen’s practice expanded to include complex litigation and bad faith claims. Kathleen is a member of numerous Bar organizations and is currently involved in the Covington and Louisiana Bar Associations and St. Tammany Inns of Court. For more than 12 years she has served as a hearing officer for the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board, and she is now the chairman of one of the hearing committees. She has been active with the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and serves on its Board of directors. She served as a faculty member and mentor as chair of the LADC Trial Academy, a three day CLE program for young defense lawyers. Participants “learn by doing” and go through the phases of trial from opening statement through closing argument including direct and cross examination of witnesses including experts, for over 15 years. Kathleen is a graduate of Tulane University and Loyola University School of Law.

Rachael Mills, Access to Justice Projects Counsel, Louisiana State Bar Association
Serving the Public and the Profession

Rachael Mills graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from George Washington University with a bachelor of arts in History. After graduation, she moved to Louisiana as an AmeriCorps disaster relief volunteer. She completed three terms of service with AmeriCorps, primarily with nonprofit organizations focused on rebuilding after Hurricane Katrina, before initially joining the LSBA’s Access to Justice Department. After a three year hiatus to attend LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Rachael re-joined the Access to Justice Department as ATJ Special Projects Counsel. Currently, she works with the Access to Justice Department to manage, administer and direct various projects of, or facilitated by, the ATJ Program which strengthen relationships and foster coordination among Louisiana’s civil justice community members and partners.

As part of those duties, she staffs numerous committees and subcommittees of both the Access to Justice Committee and the Access to Justice Commission. In particular, she staffs the Pro Bono and Disaster Response subcommittees of the ATJ Committee. In her role as staff liaison with the Disaster Response Subcommittee, she facilitates coordination of the subcommittee and the ABA/YLD Disaster Response Hotline. For the ATJ Commission, she serves as staff liaison for the Funding Committee which explores various ways in which to increase funding for civil legal aid. In addition to those duties, she oversees the ATJ Developing Leadership Intern Program which provides a unique opportunity for 1Ls to learn about Louisiana’s civil justice network and she is the local administrator of, the online pro bono program created and supported by the ABA.

Abboud Thomas, (’93) Partner,Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Managing the Personal Injury Case

Abboud Thomas a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens,
He is a veteran trial lawyer who has handled many jury trials throughout the State of Louisiana. He is a true trial lawyer’s trial lawyer, and is a Member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), a prestigious group whose membership is limited to the only the best and most experienced trial attorneys. His practice centers around serious personal injury and wrongful death cases, including automobile and trucking accidents, products liability, industrial accidents, and medical malpractice.

J. Cullens, (’94) Partner, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC
Managing the Personal Injury Case

J. Cullens is a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, Louisiana trial attorney, J. Cullens, represents clients in commercial litigation in state and federal courts across the nation. Mr. Cullens has achieved several multi-million dollar jury verdicts, including obtaining the sixteenth largest trial verdict in the nation rendered in 2005 ($180 million) according to while serving as lead counsel for the insurance receivers of Louisiana and Oklahoma in a complex commercial fraud case against a Fortune 500 company, an international law firm, and a Big Five accounting firm. This verdict was later affirmed by a unanimous Louisiana Supreme Court in 2011. In July 2017, he obtained a jury verdict in excess of $20 million on behalf of a bankruptcy trustee in a breach of fiduciary duty suit in Texas federal court against the directors and officers of a publicly traded corporation allegedly being run as a pump-and-dump by billionaire John Paul DeJoria, the owner of Paul Mitchell Studios and Patron Tequila. In 2018, based in large part to these jury verdicts, Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC was one of five (5) law firms in the nation nominated by the National Law Journal for the most outstanding achievement in the business tort category.

Jamie Flowers—Assistant US Attorney, MDLA
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Jamie A. Flowers is an Assistant US Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. Prior to joining the DOJ in 2014, Mr. Flowers was a member of the JAG Corps where he served in a number of capacities, including serving as a Legal Assistance attorney and Senior Trial Counsel. He has also served as a trial attorney with the US Office of Homeland Security. At the DOJ, Mar. Flowers practice involves prosecuting violations of federal criminal law in the Middle District of Louisiana focusing primarily on organized and violent crime, drug trafficking, human trafficking, child exploitation, and civil rights offenses. He has also been cross-designated to the Civil Division for the purpose of representing the United States in its Affirmative Civil Enforcement actions, namely filing civil lawsuits on behalf of the United States to recover government money lost to fraud. Mr. Flowers is a graduate of Hampton University and the Mercer University College of Law. He has served as a Trial Advocacy instructor at LSU since 2017.

J. Walter Green, Partner, Phelps Dunbar
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

Walt Green practice focuses on white collar criminal defense and governmental investigations, litigation and cybersecurity law. Until 2017, he served as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. On March 13, 2014, President Barack Obama nominated Mr. Green for the position of United States Attorney for the Middle District of Louisiana. The U.S. Senate unanimously confirmed Mr. Green’s nomination on May 1, 2014, and he was sworn in on June 2, 2014. Mr. Green earned his B.A. from Louisiana State University and his J.D. from Tulane Law School. He served on active duty in the United States Marine Corps from 1993 to 1997. Afterwards, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Las Vegas, Nevada, as an Assistant United States Attorney. In 2000, he returned to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to serve as an Assistant United States Attorney. His prior duties as an Assistant United States Attorney include Weapons of Mass Destruction Coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Task Force Coordinator, Anti-Terrorism Advisory Committee Coordinator, Deputy Criminal Chief, and First Assistant United States Attorney. Additionally, he served as the Acting U.S. Attorney from July 1, 2013 to June 2, 2014. In addition to his duties as U.S. Attorney, Mr. Green served as the Executive Director of the National Center for Disaster Fraud (“NCDF”), formerly the Hurricane Katrina Fraud Command Center, located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The NCDF is the central point for the receipt and processing of disaster fraud-related complaints nationwide. Mr. Green continues to serve in the United States Marine Corps Reserve as the Officer-in-Charge of the Environmental Services Division, Marine Forces Reserve, and currently holds the rank of Colonel.

C. Frank Holthaus (’75), Principal, Holthaus Law
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

C. Frank Holthaus is the principal shareholder of Holthaus Law. He has over forty years of trial experience. Graduating LSU Law Center in 1975, Mr. Holthaus clerked for Louisiana Supreme Court Justice John A. Dixon, Jr. before establishing his practice in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Holthaus is the past president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, past president of the Criminal Law Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He is board certified in criminal law by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Holthaus been named a Louisiana Super Lawyer every year since 2008 and is a member of the Top 50 Lawyers in Louisiana. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at the Louisiana State University Law School.

Catherine Maraist (‘98) Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, L.L.P.
Prosecuting and Defending Federal Criminal Trials

In September 2017, Catherine Maraist entered private practice after a distinguished career with the Department of Justice where she was the Civil Chief in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, a position she held since 2011. Prior to assuming the role of Civil Chief, she served as the Appellate Chief for the office and also prosecuted all types of cases as a criminal Assistant United States Attorney from 2003-2012. As a member of the Middle District of Louisiana’s Health Care Strike Force, she prosecuted criminal health care fraud cases working along with federal agents from the FBI, the HHS, and the IRS. She currently works with these agencies and others in investigating and prosecuting civil fraud cases brought pursuant to the federal False Claims Act, and in defending the United States’ interests in other civil cases brought in the district. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, she worked as a Trial Attorney from 1999-2002 at the Aviation and Admiralty Section of the Department of Justice’s Torts Branch in Washington D.C. under the Attorney General’s Honor Program, and as a law clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, Chief Judge of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She received her J.D. in 1998 from LSU Law School, where she was the Articles Editor of the Louisiana Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. Ms. Maraist has taught at various CLE programs on criminal, civil, and appellate subjects, and has taught regularly at the LSU Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program since 2002. She is the co-author of several legal texts and casebooks involving civil matters.

Kristen D. Amond (‘16), Mills & Amond, LLP
Making Your Case. What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say

Kristen D. Amond is a founding member of Mills & Amond LLP. She served as a clerk to the Honorable Judge Susie Morgan of the United States District Court of the Eastern District of Louisiana. In law school, she served as an intern for the Honorable Judge Brian A. Jackson of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. Kristen graduated magna cum laude from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University in 2016. In law school, she served as the Editor-in-Chief of the Louisiana Law Review, Chair of the SBA’s Ethics Board, 3L Representative of the Diversity and Inclusion Committee, and team member of the greatest LSU Law Powderpuff Football team to grace PMH’s halls. Before law school, Kristen taught second and third grades in New Orleans charter schools and has been an advocate for public education ever since. Kristen has a special commitment to Louisiana’s economic development, its culture, and, in particular, its underserved communities. As a member of the Eastern District of Louisiana’s civil pro bono panel, she regularly volunteers her professional time to the representation of plaintiffs in civil rights cases. Kristen is the District 1 representative for the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division and will serve as the council’s Secretary in 2022. Kristen also serves on the boards of the New Orleans Federal Bar Association Younger Lawyers Division and Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. She is a member of the New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute’s Class of 2021 and a recent alumna of Council for a Better Louisiana’s Leadership Louisiana program. Kristen is currently an adjunct professor at Tulane University, teaching a class on the First Amendment and the media.

U. S. District Judge Susie Morgan, Eastern District of Louisiana
Making Your Case. What Makes Judges Read and Hear What Lawyers Say

Judge Morgan graduated from the LSU Law Center where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. After graduation, she clerked for Judge Henry Politz of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Judge Morgan handled complex civil litigation cases before becoming a United States District Court Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana in 2012. During her nine years on the bench, Judge Morgan has handled hundreds of motions to dismiss and motions for summary judgment. She thinks of motions practice as the bread and butter of a trial judge’s work and encourages her clerks to get all the education and experience they can in dealing with pretrial motions before beginning their clerkships.

Jessica C. Engler, CIPP/US
Privacy & Data Security Law

Jessica is a partner in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller LLP whose practices include data security and privacy, intellectual property, and commercial litigation. Jessica received her undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from LSU in 2010 and her JD/DCL from LSU Law Center in 2013. While at LSU Law, Jessica and fellow students founded the LSU Journal of Energy Law and Resources and she was a finalist in the Tullis Moot Court tournament. In her privacy work, she advises clients in all aspects of privacy protection and regulation, including prevention efforts, breach response, litigation, compliance, and third-party risk management. Jessica also helps inventors and brand owners manage and protect their exclusive rights to innovations and safeguard their valuable IP portfolios. Jessica holds the ANSI-accredited Certified Information Privacy Professional for the U.S. Private Sector (CIPP/US) designation by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) in January 2018. In the legal community, Jessica is the Young Lawyer’s Liaison to the Defense Research Institute Cybersecurity and Data Privacy Committee and Chair of the IAPP KnowledgeNet New Orleans Chapter. In 2021, Jessica was awarded the Frank L. Maraist award by the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and was named to the New Orleans City Business Leadership in Law Class for her contributions to the legal profession and her community

David Fleshman (’11) Partner, Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson, LLP
Sports Law/NIL Experience

David is a partner in the firm of Breazeale, Sachse & Wilson law firm. The primary focus of David’s practice has been a blend of general litigation, business transactions, construction law, sports law, and contract law. In addition to representing individuals and private companies, David has also represented several Louisiana governmental entities, including the Ernest N. Morial Exhibition Hall Authority (the New Orleans Convention Center), the Louisiana Stadium & Exposition District, the Sewerage and Water Board of New Orleans, Ascension Parish, LSU Board of Supervisors, and the New Orleans Aviation Board. Through this representation, he has extensive experience in matters involving public bid and procurement law, open meetings and public records law, public bid protests and disputes, construction contracts, and public-private partnerships for the construction of large public projects in Louisiana, such as the new North Terminal at the Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport. David also represents professional and amateur athletes, coaches, agents, venue owners, and businesses in the wide-ranging and rapidly evolving arena of Sports law, including in matters involving name, image, likeness (“NIL”) contracts and compliance, interpretation and enforcement of NCAA and LHSAA rules, food, beverage and concession agreements, facility use agreements, coaching contracts, business and estate planning, and sports-related injury and business litigation. David currently serves as an Adjunct Law Professor at LSU where he teaches Sports Law.

Ashley Clare-Kearney Thigpen, Associate AD/Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, LSU
Sports Law/NIL Experience

Ashley Clare-Kearney Thigpen is the LSU Associate Athletic Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, Ashleigh Clare-Kearney Thigpen, has played an integral role in shaping LSU’s name, image, and likeness (“NIL”) program. As one of LSU’s all-time most highly decorated gymnast and a Louisiana licensed attorney, Thigpen is uniquely positioned to assist LSU student-athletes navigate the complex and every-changing world of NIL. Ashley is a two-time national champion and former gymnast for LSU and she enters her 10th season as a volunteer assistant coach for the Tigers. Clare-Kearney received her bachelor’s degree from LSU in 2008, earned her master’s at LSU in 2010 and earned her law degree from Southern University in 2013. A five-time First-Team All-American during her career at LSU, Clare-Kearney handles all choreography for floor and beam routines, and she assists in coaching all four events. Clare-Kearney is considered one of the top choreographers in the nation and her influence in Baton Rouge cannot be underscored. LSU’s floor performers consistently produce big floor scores each season from start to finish.

J. Michael Monahan
Video Game Law

J. Michael Monahan is the principal of Astrolabe, LLC where he focuses on “soft IP law” — e.g., trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets – and other issues arising from technology and consumer-facing content. For over 20 years, he has helped businesses large and small with the establishment, development and protection of intellectual property assets. His sub-specialty is the law of video games, including MMOs, and the intellectual property concerns and other special legal and business issues that arise in that space. Mr. Monahan is a 1995 graduate of Georgetown University and a 1998 graduate of the LSU Law Center. At LSU, he was a member of the Law Review and graduated Order of the Coif. After receiving his law degree, Mr. Monahan was an associate at McGlinchey Stafford and Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein McAlister & Hilbert. In 2006, Mr. Monahan moved to Chicago and joined Pattishall, McAuliffe, Newbury, Hilliard & Geraldson where he became a partner prior to founding Astrolabe. Mr. Monahan has lectured extensively on intellectual property and videogame issues and teaches a seminar in videogame law at the Chicago Kent School of Law.

Joel Boussert, General Counsel, Stonehenge Capital
Community Development and Tax Policy

Joel Boussert’s responsibilities include transaction structuring and product development. Prior to joining Stonehenge, Mr. Boussert practiced with Gould & Ratner, LLP in Chicago, where he focused on a wide variety of tax matters for individuals and corporations. Prior to Gould & Ratner, LLP, Mr. Boussert was a corporate and tax attorney with Crowell and Owens, LLC in Alexandria, Louisiana. Before working for Crowell and Owens, Mr. Boussert clerked for the Honorable Judge Harry F. Randow in the Louisiana Ninth Judicial District Court. Mr. Boussert received an LLM in Taxation, with honors, from Northwestern University School of Law, a JD from Tulane University Law School, and a BA, magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University.

Whitney LaNasa, Senior Managing Director, Stonehenge Capital
Community Development and Tax Policy

Whitney LaNasa is a Senior Managing Director at Stonehenge Capital, a specialty finance firm that provides transformational capital to communities across the country. Whitney leads a team that has invested in projects that use programs designed to stimulate private capital investment in targeted industries and spur economic growth. She is responsible for overseeing origination, syndication, and asset management for a wide variety of tax incentives, including but not limited to federal and state historic rehabilitation tax credits, federal and state renewable energy tax credits, film, and state low-income housing. Whitney joined Stonehenge Capital in 2009 as a member of the legal team and was promoted to Director of Tax Credit Services in 2014. Under her leadership, the practice flourished, and LaNasa was promoted to Managing Director in 2019 at the firm’s 20th-anniversary meeting in Bluffton, South Carolina and named Senior Managing Director in 2021. Stonehenge Capital has played a key role in the revitalization of iconic historic buildings throughout the country, including the Four Seasons Hotel in New Orleans, The National in Dallas, and The First National Center in Oklahoma City. Several of Stonehenge Capital’s historic rehabilitation projects have been recognized for excellence, which is a testament to Stonehenge’s leadership, diligence, and vision. In 2020, Whitney was named to the 40 under 40 list by the Baton Rouge Business Report and was honored to accept an invitation to join the LABI’s Emerging Leaders Council. LaNasa serves on the Board of Directors of the Historic Tax Credit Coalition, the Baton Rouge Area Chamber FuturePAC and is a longtime supporter of Feeding America, The Baton Rouge Food Bank, Alzheimer’s Services of The Capital Area, and the Tiger Athletic Foundation.

Jeffery Boudreaux, (’00) Partner, Kean Miller Law Firm
Construction Law

Jeff Boudreaux is a partner with Kean Miller, LLP. He has a regional practice representing clients in Louisiana and Texas state and federal courts, tribal courts, and in arbitration and administrative proceedings. Jeff’s practice is primarily focused on the design and construction of. He represents commercial developers, industrial owners, design professionals, contractors, material suppliers, product manufacturers, sureties, and lenders. Jeff frequently represents clients before the Louisiana State Licensing Board for Contractors and the Louisiana Professional Engineering and Land Surveying Board. Jeff earned his B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1996. He earned his J.D. in 2000 from the LSU Law Center where he was a member of the Order of the Coif. He is licensed to practice in Louisiana, Texas, the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Tribal Court, and the Tunica-Biloxi Nation Tribal Court.

Kelsey Kornick Funes, (’97) Partner, Phelps Dunbar, LLP
Construction Law

Kelsey Kornick Funes is a partner with Phelps Dunbar, LLP. in the represents both plaintiffs and defendants in their disputes involving public and private construction projects. She has represented owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and design professionals in state and federal courts in Louisiana, as well as in mediations and arbitrations across the Gulf Coast region. Kelsey regularly speaks at seminars and briefings on construction-related topics. She is also the author of a number of published works relating to Louisiana construction law, the use of electronic documents in Louisiana and Louisiana’s rules of professional conduct. Kelsey earned her B.A. from Louisiana State University in Political Science and History in 1994. She earned her J.D. from the LSU Law Center in 1997 where she was a member of the Order of the Coif. She is involved in many professional and civic organizations including the National Association of Women in Construction where she has served on the Baton Rouge Chapter’s Board of Directors; the Federal Bar Association where she was elected National Young Lawyers Division President in 2008, and most recently she was recognized as a Construction Law Trailblazer by the National Law Journal.