Lafayette attorney Jeffrey K. Coreil, an associate at the NeunerPate law firm, devotes a majority of his practice to civil defense litigation, with a primary focus on admiralty, maritime, toxic torts and environmental litigation and workers’ compensation defense.
He received a BS degree in business administration from Louisiana State University and his JD degree and graduate diploma of civil law from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he served as president of the student bar association and his class. Since 2011, he has participated in the LSBA’s Law School Professionalism Orientations at LSU Law Center, stressing the importance of professionalism and ethics to incoming law students.
A member of the 2013-14 Leadership LSBA Class, Coreil currently serves on the Lafayette Bar Association board of directors, the Lafayette Bar Foundation board of directors and the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association board of directors. He chairs the Lafayette Bar Foundation’s Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers (LVL) Program which administers pro bono legal services in the Acadiana area. He is a member of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel Young Lawyers Committee and the board of the Acadiana Chapter of the Coastal Conservation Association.
In the past six years, Coreil has contributed more than 450 hours of legal work to the impoverished and victimized citizens of Lafayette Parish. As chair of the LVL Program, he spearheaded the Counsel on Call Program, which offers 15-minute conferences with attorney volunteers for basic legal advice. Since the program’s inception in 2013, hundreds of Lafayette residents have received assistance from more than 50 lawyers. As a member of the LVL Protective Order Panel, Coreil also assists victims of domestic violence with their petitions for Title 46 protective orders. He also accepts pro bono civil cases and coordinates the efforts of attorney volunteers to assist homeless individuals through the Project H.E.L.P. Program (Homeless Experience Legal Protection).
In 2012, Coreil spearheaded the creation of the CLE Committee of the Lafayette Young Lawyers Association to provide quality, low-cost CLE opportunities in professionalism and ethics to the region’s young lawyers. In 2014, the LSBA’s Young Lawyers Division recognized his efforts by awarding its Service to the Bar Award to the CLE program.
In 2014, Coreil received the American Inn of Court Sandra Day O’Connor Award for Professional Service, which recognizes an American Inn of Court member in practice for 10 or fewer years for excellence in public interest or pro bono activities. The award was presented at the U.S. Supreme Court during the annual American Inns of Court Celebration of Excellence ceremony hosted by Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
He also has received the 2013 LSBA’s Crystal Gavel Award, the 2012 LSBA’s Pro Bono Publico Award, the 2012 LSBA Young Lawyers Division’s Pro Bono Award, the LSBA’s Pro Bono Century Award from 2011-14, and multiple awards from the Lafayette Bar Association.
A native of Ville Platte, Coreil is married to Hallie P. Coreil, a 2011 LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center graduate and an associate at the law firm of Briney Foret Corry, L.L.P., in Lafayette. They are the parents of a son.