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. 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 chair-elect, 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 nine years and are the parents of three children.



3205 Ryan St
Lake Charles, LA 70601-6021
Phone: (337) 433-2053
Fax: (337) 433-2055
Email: jlhoffoss@hdinjurylaw.com
Chair-Elect
Ms. Erin O'Brien Braud
Erin O. Braud is staff counsel for Liberty Mutual Insurance Co. (Law Offices of Robert E. Birtel) 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 secretary and District 2 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council. She has participated in several Law Day and Constitution Day presentations. She is a member of the Plaquemines Parish Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association.

She and her husband, S. Jacob Braud, have been married for seven years and are the parents of two children.



3850 N Causeway Blvd Ste 220
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 681-6951
Fax: (504) 837-0249
Email: erin.braud@libertymutual.com
Secretary
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 served as District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2009-10 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chair of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class. He is currently the chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s (BRBA) Young Lawyers Section and is a 2010 recipient of the BRBA’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 six years and are the parents of three children.



6525 Perkins Rd
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
Phone: (225) 771-8100
Fax: (225) 771-8101
Email: schabert@saunderschabert.com
Immediate Past 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, 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 (BRBA) Young Lawyers Section Council and is the recipient of the 2005 BRBA’s President’s Award. He is a former member of the BRBA’s board of directors and 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
District One Representative
Ms. Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley
Dylan T. 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 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class 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, as well as a member of the Committee on the Profession and the Bar Governance Committee. She also is a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board.

She is a member of the American Bar Association, a Young Lawyers Division board member for the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association and the 2014 president of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys.

In her community, Dylan is the volunteer coordinator for Hogs for the Cause, an organization which provides funding to families whose children are being treated for pediatric brain cancer.

She and her husband, Peter S. Thriffiley, Jr., have been married for two years.




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 attended Louisiana State University and played football for the LSU Tigers from 2000-03. He received a BS degree in accounting in 2003 from LSU, a master’s degree in public administration 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 Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, the American Bar Association’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section, the New Orleans Bar Association and the Mariner’s Club of New Orleans.

He is his wife, Brittany M. Courtenay, have been married for four 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 a partner 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 (JBA) and a board member of the JBA’s Young Lawyers Division. He also is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Federal Bar Association (Young Lawyers Division board member).

He and his wife, Liz Lorio Baer, have been married for five 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 Z. 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 was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class 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 involved with the Junior League of New Orleans.

Jennifer and her husband, Brett Rosenbach, 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. Kassie Liner Hargis
Kassie L. Hargis is a law clerk for Judge John R. Walker, 32nd Judicial District Court, in Houma. She received her BA degree in English literature in 2000 from Louisiana State University and her JD degree in 2006 from Loyola University College of Law. She was admitted to practice in 2007.

Kassie is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates, the Committee on the Profession and the Public Access and Consumer Protection Committee.

In her community, she is involved with the Houma-Terrebonne Girls on the Run Program.

She and her husband, Jeffrey M. Hargis, have been married for seven years.



Courthouse Annex
7856 Main St Ste 211
Houma, LA 70360
Phone: (985) 873-6550
Fax: (985) 873-6592
Email: khargis@32ndjdc.org
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 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and was the co-chair of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. She has served as a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Community Action Committee. She co-chaired the Young Lawyers Division’s High School Mock Trial Committee in 2013-14.

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 five years and are the parents of two children.



One Lakeside Plaza
127 W Broad St Fl 4
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 436-9491
Fax: (337) 493-7210
Email: lynsayfontenot@yahoo.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 degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, and an LLM in taxation in 2012 from the University of Alabama. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Brad was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Committee on the Profession.

He is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and chairs the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Committee on Taxation.

In his community, he serves as treasurer of the Rotaract Club of Baton Rouge.



8550 United Plaza Blvd Ste 1001
Baton Rouge, LA 70809
Phone: (225) 360-3129
Fax: (225) 922-4611
Email: btate@pncpa.com
District Five Representative
Ms. Kristi Wagley Richard
Kristi W. Richard is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of McGlinchey Stafford, P.L.L.C., and an adjunct instructor of business law and sports law at Louisiana State University. She received a BS degree in management, summa cum laude, in 2004 from LSU, a master’s degree in business administration in 2009 from LSU, and her JD/BCL degree, magna cum laude, in 2009 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Kristi was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and vice chair of its Holiday Star Project.

In her community, she is a community council member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge and a member of the board of directors of the Capital Area March of Dimes.

She and her husband, Daniel Richard, have been married for 11 years.



301 Main St Ste 1400
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 382-3704
Fax: (225) 343-3076
Email: krichard@mcglinchey.com
District Six Representative
Ms. Christie C Wood
Christie C. Wood is an associate in the firm of Faircloth Melton, L.L.C., in Alexandria. She received a BA degree in 1999 from Louisiana Tech University and her JD degree in 2008 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Christie is a young lawyer observer for the Louisiana State Law Institute.

She is chair-elect of the Alexandria Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Council and a member of the Crossroads American Inn of Court in Alexandria-Pineville. In law school, she was named to the Chancellor’s List and was a member of the Legal Association of Women and the Civilian Student Society.

She and her husband, Jeremy Wood, have been married for six 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. Ashley Lynn Smith
Ashley L. Smith is a law clerk for Judge Sharon I. Marchman and Judge James H. Boddie, Jr. with the 4th Judicial District Court, Ouachita and Morehouse parishes. She received a bachelor of business administration degree in accounting in 2001 from the University of Louisiana at Monroe and her JD degree in 2009 from Southern University Law Center. She earned an LLM in taxation in 2010 from Southern Methodist University. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Ashley is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Access to Justice Committee. She was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class and is the 2013-14 co-chair of the Leadership LSBA Class.

She has been a member of the 4th Judicial District Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section since 2011. In her community, she is a member of First Baptist Church in Tallulah.

Ashley is engaged to Brian Dayton and will be a future stepmother to two children.



105 Westland Pl
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: (985) 351-1325
Fax:

District Eight Representative
Mr. Jerry Edwards
Jerry Edwards, Jr. is a director in the Shreveport law firm of Blanchard, Walker, O’Quin & Roberts. He received a BA degree in political science in 2002 from Georgia State University and his JD degree in 2005 from Vermont Law School, where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and president of the Student Bar Association. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006. Before joining Blanchard Walker, he clerked at 1st Judicial District Court (Caddo Parish) for Judge Scott J. Crichton and Judge Jeanette G. Garrett.

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

He is a member of the Harry V. Booth and Judge Henry A. Politz American Inn of Court.



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 political science in 2004 from Millsaps College and his JD 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 LSBA Class. He currently serves as the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Diversity Committee chair and is a member of the LSBA Conclave on Diversity Subcommittee. He also has chaired the YLD’s Law School Outreach Committee, helping to put on the Law School Mock Trial competition in 2013.

In his community, he is a board member of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, assisting more than 130 charitable agencies in Baton Rouge and 11 surrounding parishes.

Kellen and his wife, Mikki Ceasar Mathews, have been married for a year.



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
Mr. Ryan Matthew McCabe
Ryan M. McCabe is an associate in Steeg Law Firm, L.L.C., in New Orleans. He received BS and BA degrees in 2004 from the University at Albany, State University of New York, and his JD degree and certificate in maritime law in 2007 from Tulane University Law School. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2007. He has been an associate professor of trial advocacy at Tulane Law School since 2013.

Ryan is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) House of Delegates, 2011-15. He was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He also is a member of the LSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee (2009-11 and 2013-present). He is national chair of the Federal Bar Association Professional Ethics Committee (2013-present).

He received the 2013 LSBA Young Lawyers Division’s Hon. Michaelle Pitard Wynne Professionalism Award. He was chosen as a Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star in real estate in 2014 and in professional liability defense in 2013. He also received the 2007 Tulane Admiralty Law Institute Award of Excellence and won the 2005 Tulane Maritime Law Journal annual writing competition.

In his community, Ryan has served as secretary and Land Use Committee member for the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association since 2012.



201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 3201
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-1199
Fax: (504) 582-1240
Email: rmccabe@steeglaw.com
ABA YLD Representative
Ms. Cristin Fitzgerald Bordelon
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 2005. She also is admitted in New York and Georgia.

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 Georgia 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 two years and are the parents of one child.



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


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