Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named H. Bruce Shreves as the “New Orleans Best Lawyers Alternative Dispute Resolution Lawyer of the Year” for 2011.

Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP is pleased to announce the following attorneys have become partners:

Susan M. Caruso

Ms. Caruso received her Juris Doctor degree from Tulane School of Law. She practices in the following areas: commercial litigation, insurance defense, general civil litigation, products liabiality, environmental and toxic tort.

James R. Guidry

Mr. Guidry received his Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Mr. Guidry practices in the following areas: general liability, products liability and toxic tort defense.

April A. McQuillar

Ms. McQuillar received her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University School of Law. Ms. McQuillar practices in the following areas: general civil litigation, insurance defense, products liability and toxic tort defense.

Charles E. Riley, IV

Mr. Riley received his Juris Doctor from Tulane University School of Law. Mr. Riley practices in the following areas: civil litigation, general casualty work, insurance subrogation, automobile liability, premises liability, transportation/trucking liability and insurance coverage.

By April A. McQuillar

Acts 2009, No. 81, effective January 1, 2010, amended the Louisiana small succession law. The Act’s amendments increase the gross dollar value of small successions, for the first time allows decedents dying with certain types of immovable property to use the small succession procedure, and simplifies certain small succession rules.

By Christopher M. Guidroz

As a result of the publicity surrounding the U.N. Climate Change Conference held in Copenhagen this last December, and the ongoing Washington debate regarding energy independence, most of us have some familiarity with the various federal programs providing tax credits, grants and favorable financing to individuals and corporations who increase energy efficiency by utilizing renewable energy sources, such as hydrokinetics, wind, solar or geothermal. With this current focus on federal programs, however, it is easy to overlook the significant steps Louisiana has taken to encourage energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources. The summary outline below highlights that Louisiana is one of the most progressive states when it comes to tax credits and programs for renewable energy.

Susan F. Clade was recently elected to the Board of Directors for Sweet Home New Orleans, a non-profit organization whose mission is to support the individuals and organizations that will perpetuate New Orleans' unique musical and cultural traditions, including New Orleans musicians, Mardi Gras Indians and Social Aid & Pleasure Clubs, all of whom are essential to the city's cultural heritage and economy.

Click here to view Ms. Clade's full bio

H. Bruce Shreves was a speaker at the recent American College of Construction Lawyers meeting in San Diego on the issue of Arbitration and the Surety.

Click here to view Mr. Shreves full bio

Four Simon, Peragine, Smith & Redfearn, LLP attorneys earned the designation of Super Lawyers in Louisiana for the year 2009. Bruce Shreves, John Shreves, Denise Puente and Jay Kern were awarded this designation. Bruce was named as one of the top 10 male attorneys and Denise was in the top 25 of women attorneys in the State. Congratulations to all.

The New Orleans Magazine list of Best Lawyers in New Orleans came out Thursday, November 5, 2009 and our firm did extremely well.

By Andrew C. Wilson

Relying in part upon British opinions from near to the time of the Revolutionary War, this past June the U.S. Supreme Court made it clear in Atlantic Sounding Co. v. Townsend (1), that punitive damages are still very much available under the general maritime law of the United States. This decision follows in the wake of another Supreme Court decision just one year ago related to the EXXON VALDEZ oil spill (2), wherein the Court, relying in part on British common law cases from as far back as 1763, held that a Plaintiff can add a claim for punitive damages under the general maritime law to a lawsuit based upon the Clean Water Act (3). These two decisions, taken together, suggest that for the future, in the lower courts, punitive damages may become a regular part of any suit based in whole or in part upon the general maritime law for certain types of claims or claimants. This could be a major cause for concern for the marine industry.

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