Young Lawyers Division Council Members

Young Lawyers Division Council Members

Council members are elected by mail ballot and internet voting of the members of the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division from their respective districts by majority vote. The term for Council Members is two years. The Council nominates at least one person for the positions of Secretary and Chair-Elect and solicits additional nominations from the members of the Young Lawyers Division. These officers are elected by majority vote of all members of the Young Lawyers Division by mail ballot and internet voting. Every third year, the Secretary and Chair-Elect must be a resident of Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, or Plaquemines Parishes.

Current Young Lawyer Division Council

Chair
Mr. Kyle Achee Ferachi

Kyle A. Ferachi is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C. He received a BA degree in 1998 from Louisiana Tech University and his JD degree in 2001 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2001.

Kyle served as chair-elect and District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. He is a past president of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section Council and is the recipient of the 2005 Baton Rouge Bar Association’s President’s Award. He is a former member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s board of directors. He is also a member of the American Bar Association.

He is a past president of the Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association.

He and his wife, Kara King Ferachi, have been married for 13 years and are the parents of two children.

301 Main St Fl 14
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 383-9000
Fax: (225) 343-3076
Email: kferachi@mcglinchey.com
Chair-Elect
Mr. John Lee Hoffoss Jr

J. Lee Hoffoss, Jr. is a partner in the Lake Charles firm of Hoffoss Devall, L.L.C. He received a BA degree and an MA degree in 2000 and 2001, respectively, from Louisiana Tech University and his JD degree in 2004 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2004 and in Texas in 2010.

Lee served as secretary and the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. He is a member of the Louisiana Association for Justice, the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and the Judge Albert Tate, Jr. American Inn of Court.

He was chosen as a Young Lawyers Fellow by the ABA GP Solo Division. He also was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” trial lawyer and by Louisiana Super Lawyers (Rising Star).

In his community, he works with St. Nicholas Center for Children and is a member of Immaculate Conception Cathedral.

Lee and his wife, Corlissa Nash Hoffoss, have been married for eight years and are the parents of three children.



3205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601-6021
Phone: (337) 433-2053
Fax: (337) 436-5430
Email: jlhoffoss@hdinjurylaw.com
Secretary
Ms. Erin O'Brien Braud

Erin O. Braud is an attorney with the Law Offices of Robert E. Birtel, staff counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co., in Metairie. She received a BA degree in mass communications in 2002 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2005 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2005.

Erin served as District 2 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. She is a member of the Plaquemines Parish Bar Association, the Jefferson Bar Association and the Junior League of New Orleans.

She and her husband, S. Jacob Braud, have been married for four years and are the parents of a daughter.

3900 N Causeway Blvd Ste 625
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 837-7050
Fax: (504) 837-0249
Email: erin.braud@libertymutual.com
Immediate Past Chair
Mr. Lawrence Joseph Centola

Lawrence J. (Larry) Centola III practices law at the New Orleans firm of Martzell & Bickford. He received a BA degree in 1998 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2001 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2001.

Larry is vice chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Lawyers in Transition Committee and serves on the Public Information Committee. He has served as LSBA Young Lawyers Division (YLD) chair, chair-elect, secretary and on the YLD Council. He is the past chair of the Federal Bar Association (New Orleans Chapter) Young Lawyers Division and is a former chair of the Louisiana Association for Justice Young Lawyers Section.

He received the LSBA Young Lawyers Section’s Bat P. Sullivan, Jr. Chair’s Award in 2007.

In a ceremony at the United States Supreme Court, he was presented with the 2008 Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service from the American Inns of Court. The national award is presented to an attorney who has been practicing for fewer than 10 years.

He and his wife, Amy, have been married for six years and are the parents of three girls.



338 Lafayette St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 581-9065
Fax: (504) 581-7635
Email: lcentola@mbfirm.com
District One Representative
Ms. Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley

Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley is an associate in the New Orleans office of Kean Miller, L.L.P. She received a BS degree, magna cum laude, in 2005 from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and her JD degree, cum laude, in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Dylan was a member of the Leadership LSBA Class in 2010-11 and served as co-chair of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class. She currently serves as co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Public Information Committee.

She is a member of the American Bar Association and is the 2013 vice president of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys.

Dylan and her husband, Peter S. Thriffiley, Jr., have been married for one year.



909 Poydras St Ste 3600
New Orleans, LA 70112
Phone: (504) 585-3050
Fax: (504) 585-3051
Email: dylan.thriffiley@keanmiller.com
District One Representative
Mr. James Edward Courtenay

James E. (Jimmy) Courtenay is a partner in the Civil Litigation Department in the New Orleans office of Deutsch, Kerrigan & Stiles, L.L.P. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2003 from Louisiana State University, a master in public administration degree in 2005 from LSU and his JD degree in 2008 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Jimmy is a member of the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

He is his wife, Brittany M. Courtenay, have been married for three years and are the parents of two children.



755 Magazine St
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 581-5141
Fax: (504) 566-4012
Email: jcourtenay@dkslaw.com
District Two Representative
Mr. Jason Matthew Baer

Jason M. Baer is an associate in the Metairie office of Hailey, McNamara, Hall, Larmann & Papale, L.L.P. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2008 from Loyola University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Jason is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Federal Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division board member). He also is a board member of the Jefferson Bar’s Young Lawyers Section.

He and his wife, Liz Lorio Baer, have been married for three years and are the parents of one child.



1 Galleria Blvd Ste 1400
Metairie, LA 70001
Phone: (504) 836-6500
Fax:
Email: jbaer@hmhlp.com
District Two Representative
Ms. Jennifer Zeringue Rosenbach

Jennifer Zeringue Rosenbach is an assistant district attorney with the Jefferson Parish District Attorney’s Office. She received a BS degree in 2000 from Louisiana State University and her JD/BCL degree in 2003 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2003.

Jennifer is currently serving on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Crystal Gavel Awards Committee. She also was a member of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2011-12 and served on the LSBA Young Lawyers Division Council in 2005-08.

She is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and the National District Attorneys Association. She also is the “Rebuilding Together” chair for the Junior League of New Orleans.

Jennifer and her husband, Brett Rosenbach, have been married for four years and are the parents of one child.



200 Derbigny St
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 368-1020
Fax: (504) 361-2699
Email: jrosenbach@jpda.us
District Three Representative
Ms. Sara Beth Rodrigue

Sara B. Rodrigue is an associate in the Lafayette office of Laborde & Neuner. She received her bachelor of arts and sciences degree in 2005 from Nicholls State University and her JD/BCL degree in 2009 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Sara served as co-chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s High School Mock Trial Competition. She coached the mock trial competition for Northside High School in 2011.

She is a member of the Lafayette Bar Association and the Acadiana Inn of Court. She received the 2011 Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Outstanding Attorney Award.

In her community, she participates in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Acadiana.



One Petroleum Center
1001 W Pinhook Rd Ste 200
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: (337) 237-7000
Fax: (337) 233-9450
Email: srodrigue@ln-law.com
District Four Representative
Ms. Lynsay Marie Fontenot

Lynsay M. Fontenot is an associate in the Lake Charles firm of Stockwell, Sievert, Viccellio, Clements & Shaddock, L.L.P. She received a BS degree in risk management and insurance in 2002 from Florida State University and her JD/BCL degree in 2006 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006.

Lynsay was a member of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2011-12 and is the co-chair of the Leadership LSBA 2012-13 Class. She is currently a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Community Action Committee.

In her community, she is a member of the Junior League of Lake Charles and “Fusion Five,” a young professionals’ organization sponsored by the Chamber of Southwest Louisiana. She is a parishioner of Our Lady Queen of Heaven Catholic Church.

Lynsay and her husband, Kevin Fontenot, have been married for four years and are the parents of two children.



127 W Broad St Fl 4
One Lakeside Plaza
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 436-9491
Fax: (337) 493-7210
Email: lmfontenot@ssvcs.com
District Five Representative
Mr. Scotty E Chabert Jr

Scotty E. Chabert, Jr. is an assistant district attorney for the 18th Judicial District, a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Saunders & Chabert and an adjunct professor at Southern University Law Center. He received a BS degree in 2002 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2006 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006 and in Mississippi in 2007.

Scotty was a member of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2009-10 and co-chair of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class. He is currently the chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section. He is a 2010 recipient of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s President’s Award.

In his community, he is a member of First United Methodist Church.

Scotty and his wife, Katie D. Chabert, have been married for three and a half years and are the parents of twins.



6525 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 771-8100
Fax: (225) 771-8101
Email: schabert@saunderschabert.com
District Five Representative
Mr. Bradley Joseph Tate

Bradley J. Tate is tax manager for the firm of Postlethwaite & Netterville in Baton Rouge. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University, his JD/BCL degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and an LL.M. in taxation in 2012 from the University of Alabama. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Brad was a member of the Leadership LSBA Class of 2011-12 and is currently co-chair of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and is vice chair of the American Bar Association’s YLD Committee on Taxation.



8550 United Plaza Blvd Ste 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 360-3129
Fax: (225) 922-4611
Email: btate@pncpa.com
District Six Representative
Ms. Christie C Wood

Christie Clark Wood is an associate in the Alexandria law firm of The Faircloth Law Group, LLC. She received a BA degree in political science in 1999 from Louisiana Tech University and her JD/BCL degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Christie is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and the Alexandria Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council.

She and her husband, Jeremy, have been married for five years and are the parents of two children.



105 Yorktown Dr
Alexandria, LA 71303
Phone: (318) 619-7755
Fax: (318) 619-7744
Email: cwood@fairclothlaw.com
District Seven Representative
Ms. Jennifer Hodge Johnson

Jennifer H. Johnson is an attorney practicing in Monroe. She received a BA degree in 1998 from the University of Louisiana-Monroe and her JD degree in 2001 from Mississippi College School of Law. She was admitted to practice in Mississippi in 2001 and in Louisiana in 2002.

Jennifer is currently serving as secretary of the 4th Judicial District Bar Association. She is the past president of the 4th Judicial District Bar’s Young Lawyers Section and is a member of the Judge Fred Fudickar, Jr. Inn of Court.

She is actively involved in her church and community organizations, including Family Promise of Ouachita.

Jennifer and her husband, Gus, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of two children.



2400 Forsythe Ave Ste 2
Monroe, LA 71201
Phone: (318) 361-3140
Fax: (318) 361-3141
Email: jjohnson@mkmblaw.com
District Eight Representative
Mr. Jerry Edwards

Jerry Edwards, Jr. is an associate in the firm of Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts, P.L.C., in Shreveport. He received a BA degree in political science in 2002 from Georgia State University and his JD degree in 2005 from Vermont Law School. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006.

Jerry coordinated the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s two Professional Development Seminars in 2012. He was a member of the Leadership LSBA 2009-10 Class and was a speaker at the LSBA’s Mini Conclave on Diversity in Shreveport.

He is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Shreveport-Bossier Black Lawyers Association and the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court. He also is a member of the Judiciary Commission of Louisiana.



400 Texas St Ste 1400
Shreveport, LA 71101
Phone: (318) 221-6858
Fax: (318) 227-2967
Email: jedwards@bwor.com
At-Large Representative
Mr. Kellen James Mathews

Kellen J. Mathews is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Adams and Reese, L.L.P. He received a BA degree in 2004 from Millsaps College and his JD/BCL degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Kellen was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class and was co-chair of the 2011-12 Leadership Class.

He is the immediate past president of the Crossroads American Inn of Court.



450 Laurel St Ste 1900
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 336-5200
Fax: (225) 336-5220
Email: kellen.mathews@arlaw.com
YLD Representative to the ABA House of Delegates
Ms. Sarah Elizabeth Stogner

Sarah E. Stogner is an associate in the New Orleans office of Carver, Darden, Koretzky, Tessier, Finn, Blossman & Areaux, L.L.C. She received a BS degree in international trade and finance in 2005 from Louisiana State University and her JD/BCL degree in 2008 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Sarah is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Legislation Committee and was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates, a Young Lawyers Division board member for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, a member and Young Lawyers Division Committee member of the Defense Research Institute, and a board of directors member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel. She was named to the 2013 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law list.

In her community, she is a member of the United Way Women’s Leadership Council and its WINGs Committee.

Sarah and her husband, Jeremy Adkins, have been married for two years.



1100 Poydras St Ste 3100
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: (504) 585-3845
Fax: (504) 585-3801
Email: stogner@carverdarden.com
ABA YLD Representative
Ms. Cristin Gill Fitzgerald

Cristin G. Fitzgerald is a member/partner in the New Orleans firm of Fitzgerald & Brown, L.L.C. She received a BAS degree in 2001 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2005 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006. She also is admitted in New York.

Cristin served as a volunteer for the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Wills for Heroes program. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice.

In her community, she volunteers her time with the Habitat for Humanity program and with the Susan G. Komen for the Cure program. She also teaches exercise at Hour Blast in New Orleans.

Cristin and her husband, Lanson Bordelon, have been married for one year.



630 N Carrollton Ave
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 564-7677
Fax: (504) 564-7677
Email: cfitz@fitzbrownlaw.com


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