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. Bradley Joseph Tate
Bradley J. Tate is tax manager for the firm of Carr, Riggs & Ingram, L.L.C. 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 has served as chair-elect, secretary and the District 5 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He was a member of the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class. He has served on the Louisiana Bar Journal’s Editorial Board and on the LSBA’s Budget Committee.

He is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA) where he has served as chair of the ABA Young Lawyers Division’s (YLD) Committee on Real Property, Estates and Trusts and the ABA YLD’s Committee on Taxation.

200B Greenleaves Blvd
Mandeville, LA 70448
Phone: (985) 320-6996
Fax:
Email: btate@cricpa.com

Chair-Elect

Ms. Dylan Tuggle Thriffiley
Dylan T. Thriffiley is director of compliance for Ochsner Health System in New Orleans. 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 served as the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council secretary in 2016-17 and as a District 1 Council representative from 2012-16. She was a member of the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2011-12 Leadership LSBA Class. She is a member of the LSBA’s Committee on the Profession and the Bar Governance Committee. She also was a member of the Louisiana Bar Journal Editorial Board and serves on the board of trustees for the Louisiana Civil Justice Center.

She is a former president of the New Orleans Association for Women Attorneys and a member of the American Health Lawyers Association. In 2015, she was named a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star.” In 2016, she became certified in healthcare compliance.

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 five years and are the parents of two children.

1450 Poydras St Ste 2300
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone: (504) 842-4517
Fax:
Email: dylan.thriffiley@ochsner.org

Secretary

Mr. Scott Lehman Sternberg
Scott L. Sternberg is a partner at Sternberg, Naccari & White, L.L.C., in New Orleans, where he focuses on business, media and general litigation. He received a BA degree in journalism from Louisiana State University and his JD/DCL degree in 2010 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Scott has served as the District 1 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. He has served on the LSBA’s Public Information Committee, was a member of the 2012-13 Leadership LSBA Class and is a former member of the LSBA’s Crystal Gavel Committee. In 2015, he received the LSBA’s Stephen T. Victory Memorial Award for most outstanding Louisiana Bar Journal article.

He is chair-elect of the Federal Bar Association New Orleans Chapter’s Younger Lawyers Division and is an adjunct professor at Loyola University. He serves on the board of the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education. He has been recognized as one of Gambit Weekly’s “40 Under 40,” as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” and on New Orleans Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list.

In his community, he serves on the board of the Jefferson Chamber of Commerce. Scott and his wife Breland are the parents of two children.

643 Magazine St Ste 402
New Orleans, LA 70130
Phone: (504) 324-2141
Fax: (504) 534-8961
Email: scott@snw.law

Immediate Past Chair

Mr. Scotty E Chabert Jr
Scotty E. Chabert, Jr. is an assistant district attorney for the 18th Judicial District and a partner in the Baton Rouge law firm of Saunders & Chabert. He previously served as 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 the state and federal courts of Louisiana in 2006 and in Mississippi in 2007.

Scotty served as chair, chair-elect, secretary and 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-chaired the 2010-11 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a past chair of the Baton Rouge Bar Association’s (BRBA) Young Lawyers Section and 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 eight and a half 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

District One Representative

Ms. Cristin Fitzgerald Bordelon
Cristin F. Bordelon is an associate in the New Orleans office of Leake & Andersson, L.L.P. 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 and is admitted in New York and Georgia.

Cristin served as Louisiana’s representative on the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council for three years and assisted in disaster recovery operations in Louisiana following Hurricane Isaac.

She serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana Civil Justice Center and on the advisory board for the Legal Innovators for Tomorrow (LIFT) Program. She also is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the New York Bar Association.

Cristin and her husband, Lanson Bordelon, have been married for five years and are the parents of two children.

1100 Poydras St Ste 1700
New Orleans, LA 70163
Phone: (504) 585-7922
Fax: (504) 585-7775
Email: cbordelon@leakeandersson.com

District One Representative

Mr. James Edward Courtenay
James E. Courtenay is an attorney with The King Firm in New Orleans. He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting in 2003 from Louisiana State University, 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 Louisina in 2008.

Jimmy served as the District 1 representative on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division Council from 2013-15. He is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association. He was recognized as a Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” from 2015-17 and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell (2014-17).

He and his wife Brittany have been married for seven years and are the parents of three children.

2912 Canal St
New Orleans, LA 70119
Phone: (504) 909-5464
Fax: (800) 901-6470
Email: jimmy@kinginjuryfirm.com

District Two Representative

Ms. Shayna Beevers Morvant
Shayna B. Morvant is managing partner of the Gretna firm of Beevers & Beevers, L.L.P. She received a BSM degree in 2009 from Tulane University’s A.B. Freeman School of Business and her JD degree in 2012 from Tulane Law School. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2012.

Shayna serves in the Louisiana State Bar Association’s House of Delegates and is a member of the Civil Law and Litigation Section. She was a member of the 2015-16 Leadership LSBA Class. She is the current secretary for the Tulane Inn of Court and is a former chair of the Jefferson Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

In her community, she is chair of business evaluation and legislative affairs for the Junior League of New Orleans and is a member of the Italian American Ladies Auxiliary.

Shayna and her husband, Wesley C. Morvant, have been married for four years and are the parents of one child.

210 Huey P Long Ave
Gretna, LA 70053
Phone: (504) 361-4287
Fax: (504) 362-1405

District Two Representative

Mr. Jeffrey David Hufft
Jeffrey D. Hufft is the sole member of Jeffrey D. Hufft, Attorney at Law, L.L.C., in New Orleans. He received a BA degree in psychology in 2003 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2009 from Loyola University College of Law. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009 where he began his career as a criminal prosecutor for the State of Louisiana before opening his own firm in 2017.

Jeffrey serves on the board of directors for the Louisiana Center for Law and Civic Education. He is a member of the Jefferson Bar Association and a former member of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association.

In his community, he is the president of the Homestead Brockenbraugh Civic Association and is an annual speaker for the Jesuit High School Career Day Law Curriculum.

Jeffrey and his wife, Danielle Treadaway Hufft, have been married for four years and are the parents of one child.

825 Baronne St
New Orleans, LA 70113
Phone: (504) 232-3080
Fax:
Email: jeff@hufftlawfirm.com

District Three Representative

Ms. Lauren Ledet Gardner
Lauren L. Gardner is an associate in the Onebane Law Firm in Lafayette. She received her BA degree in 2003 from Louisiana State University and her JD/BCL degree in 2006 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006 and is admitted to practice in Texas. Her areas of practice include oil and gas title and transactions, labor and employment law and special needs estate planning.

Lauren is a member of the Lafayette Association of Professional Landmen and the Acadiana Society of Human Resource Management. She also serves on the board of directors for the Lafayette Education Foundation.

She and her husband, Paul Gardner, are the parents of two children.

1200 Camellia Blvd Ste 300
Lafayette, LA 70508
Phone: (337) 237-2660
Fax: (337) 266-1232
Email: gardnerl@onebane.com

District Four Representative

Mr. Adam Patrick Johnson
Adam P. Johnson is a partner in The Johnson Firm in Lake Charles. He received a bachelor’s degree in business management in 2006 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2009 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2009.

Adam was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class. He co-chairs the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division’s Wills for Heroes Committee.

He serves on the Executive Council for the Southwest Louisiana Bar Association and is a member of the American Association of Premier DUI Attorneys. He was recognized as a “Top 40 Under 40” professional and as a “Top Criminal Defense Lawyer” by Acadiana Magazine (2014 and 2017).

In his community, he is a member of the V.I.S.A. Coalition of Lake Charles and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Lake Charles.

Adam and his wife, Ashley Leonards Johnson, have been married for seven years and are the parents of two children.

910 Ford St
Lake Charles, LA 70601
Phone: (337) 433-1414
Fax: (337) 433-3234
Email: adam@johnsonfirmla.com

District Five Representative

Ms. Kristi Wagley Richard
Kristi W. Richard is a member 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 and served as co-chair of the Wills for Heroes program in 2014-16. She served as chair of the Young Lawyers Professional Development Seminar this year.

In her community, she is a community council member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge, serving on the board of directors in 2016-18. She was a member of the 2015 class of the Baton Rouge Area Leadership Program.

She and her husband, Daniel Richard, have been married for 14 years and are the parents of two children.

301 Main St Fl 14
Baton Rouge, LA 70801
Phone: (225) 382-3704
Fax: (225) 343-3076
Email: krichard@mcglinchey.com

District Five Representative

Ms. Carrie LeBlanc Jones
Carrie L. Jones is a partner in the Baton Rouge firm of Shows, Cali & Walsh, L.L.P. She received a BA degree in mass communication in 2004 from Louisiana State University, an MBA degree in 2005 from Southeastern Louisiana University and her JD/BCL degree in 2008 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2008.

Carrie is serving her second term on the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division Council. She has co-chaired the Richard N. Ware High School Mock Trial Competition and served on the Young Lawyers Division’s Awards Committee. She was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class.

She is the 2017 chair of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and has served as a board member since 2014. She is a member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association and the Bar Association of the 5th Federal Circuit. She also serves on the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Capital Area Community Partnership Panel.

In her community, she is a parishioner of St. George Catholic Church. She and her husband, Aaron Jones, have been married for six years and are the parents of two children.

628 Saint Louis St
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 346-1461
Fax: (225) 346-1467
Email: carrie@scwllp.com

District Six Representative

Mr. Nicholas R Rockforte
Nicholas R. Rockforte is a partner in the firm of Pendley, Baudin & Coffin, L.L.P., in Plaquemine. He received a BS degree in construction management in 2004 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2007 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in 2007.

Nicholas is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Louisiana Association for Justice and the Public Justice Foundation. He was recognized in the “Young Lawyer Spotlight” section of the Louisiana Bar Journal.

He and his wife Hannah have been married for five years and are the parents of one child.

24110 Eden St
Plaquemine, LA 70764
Phone: (225) 687-6396
Fax: (225) 687-6398
Email: nrockforte@pbclawfirm.com

District Seven Representative

Mr. Ethan Andrews Hunt
Ethan A. Hunt is a solo practitioner in Monroe. He earned a degree in biology in 2001 from Louisiana Tech and his JD degree in 2006 from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2006. His practice includes estate planning, corporate transactions, insurance law and general litigation.

Ethan is a member of the 4th Judicial District Bar Association and the 4th Judicial District Young Lawyers Section.

In his community, he is a member of the board of directors for Ouachita Parish Habitat for Humanity, a member of the board of directors of the Northeast Louisiana Chapter of Delta Waterfowl and an adult Sunday school teacher for First Methodist Church in Monroe.

Ethan and his wife Erin have been married since 2004 and are the parents of three children.

1315 Cypress St
West Monroe, LA 71291
Phone: (318) 235-1412
Fax:
Email: ethanh007@gmail.com

District Eight Representative

Mr. Joshua K Williams
Joshua K. Williams is an assistant district attorney for Caddo Parish in Shreveport. He received a BS degree in business in 2009 from the University of New Orleans and his JD degree in 2013 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014.

Joshua was a member of the 2016-17 Leadership LSBA Class. He is a member of the Shreveport Bar Association, the Louisiana District Attorneys Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He was recognized by SB Magazine as a “Top Attorney” in 2017.

Joshua and his wife Samerrial have been married for a year.

2221 Jewella Ave Ste A
Shreveport, LA 71109
Phone: (318) 798-9845
Fax:
Email: jwilliams@caddoda.com

At-Large Representative

Mr. Travis Jordan Broussard
Travis J. Broussard is a partner in the firm of Durio, McGoffin, Stagg & Ackermann in Lafayette. He received a BA degree in sociology in 2003 from Louisiana State University and his JD degree in 2010 from Southern University Law Center. He was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2010.

Travis was a member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class and co-chaired the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class. He is secretary-treasurer of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Civil Law and Litigation Section and a member of the LSBA’s Outreach Committee.

He is the current president of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association, a member of the board of directors of the Lafayette Bar Association and a member of the American Inn of Court. He was named the Lafayette Bar Association’s Outstanding Young Lawyer in 2016. He also participates with the Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Program.

220 Heymann Blvd
Lafayette, LA 70503
Phone: (337) 233-0300
Fax: (337) 233-0694
Email: travis@dmsfirm.com

YLD Representative to the ABA House of Delegates

Ms. Kristen L Burge
Kristen L. Burge is an associate in the Metairie office of Sessions, Fishman, Nathan & Israel, L.L.C. She received a BS degree in neuroscience in 2005 from Vanderbilt University, her JD degree in 2010 from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and an LL.M. in 2011 from the University of Washington School of Law. She was admitted to practice in Louisiana in 2014 and is admitted in Washington (2012) and Florida (2013).

Kristen is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s (LSBA) Diversity Committee and its Pipeline to Diversity Subcommittee. She also is an editor for the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of Litigation and a member of the A.P. Tureaud American Inn of Court. She also has volunteered as a mock trial judge and helped to organize the LSBA’s Law School Mock Trial Competition.

In law school, she was recognized for the best thesis in the LL.M. intellectual property program (2010-11), the best casenote in the Law Review and the highest grade in law school courses. She also has published three articles in law reviews and two online articles for the ABA.

In her community, she is a youth soccer coach and plays on a tennis team. Kristen and her husband, Chris Burge, have been married for eight years and are the parents of three children.

3850 N Causeway Blvd Ste 200
Metairie, LA 70002
Phone: (504) 828-3737
Fax: (504) 288-2099
Email: kburge@sessions.legal

ABA YLD Representative

Mr. Graham Harris Ryan
Graham H. Ryan is a business litigation associate in the New Orleans office of Jones Walker LLP, where he advises and represents businesses and individuals in all phases of litigation. He graduated summa cum laude in finance from Louisiana State University and received both a JD and a diploma in comparative law in 2011 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he served as online editor on the Louisiana Law Review.

Graham serves on the Louisiana State Bar Association Access to Justice Committee’s Disaster Leadership Team and co-chairs the LSBA’s Annual Meeting and Summer School Planning Committee. He was a member of the 2014-15 Leadership LSBA Class.

He is a council member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, a board member of Young Lawyers Divisions of the American Bar Association and the Jefferson Bar Association and a member of the New Orleans Bar Association and the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

As the Louisiana representative for the American Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division, he oversees a FEMA-funded program to provide legal services to low-income Louisiana residents following a presidentially declared disaster.

In his community, he is past chair of HandsOn New Orleans, a nonprofit volunteer center founded in the wake of Hurricane Katrina that has engaged more than 40,000 volunteers to rebuild south Louisiana. He also provides pro bono legal services to the homeless and veterans at the Father Harry Tompson Rebuild Center in New Orleans.

Graham and his wife Erin live in New Orleans.

201 Saint Charles Ave Ste 5100
New Orleans, LA 70170
Phone: (504) 582-8370
Fax: (504) 589-8370
Email: gryan@joneswalker.com
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