Mr. Wilson has been appointed as a member of the External Advisory Board for the Louisiana Coastal Sustainability Studio, an experimental program being developed by LSU's Coastal Studies Institute to develop, coordinate and implement coastal restoration projects in a manner that will maximize efficiency and benefits in an effort to save our rapidly disappearing coast. The first project being developed is associated with the area of Bayou Bienvenue and the Lower Ninth Ward.

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Mr. Wilson will address the Louisiana Landowner's Association on March 12, 2010 at their monthy meeting in Baton Rouge on the topic of liability issues on privately owned wetlands.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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