The Louisiana Super Lawyers 2011 list includes H. Bruce Shreves in the overall top 10. Denise C. Puente is listed in the top 25 Louisiana women attorneys and Jay H. Kern is listed under New Orleans Construction/ Surety lawyers.

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David Bienvenu recently presented at the 7th World City Bar Leaders Conference in Montreal, Canada on the involvement of lawyers in disaster relief efforts. His co-panelists were Eiji Yamahara of the International Committee of the Tokyo Bar Association and Christiane Feral-Schuhl, President Elect of the Bar of Paris.

View Mr. Bienvenu's full bio here.

The Louisiana State Bar Association recently presented the David A. Hamilton 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award to SPS&R partner David F. Bienvenu. The Award recognizes a Louisiana attorney who demonstrates a commitment to the provision of legal services to the poor, has made significant contributions to enhance the pro bono movement in Louisiana over their lifetime, and has shown significant leadership and service on behalf of the poor and disenfranchised. The Award was presented at a ceremony at the Louisiana Supreme Court.

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David Bienvenu will speak on Professionalism at upcoming LSBA Multi-Topic Seminar in New York on November 20th.

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David Bienvenu has been appointed Chair of the ABA Special Committee on Disaster Response and Preparedness.

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We are proud to announce that Simon, Peragine Smith & Redfearn, LLP was named in U.S. News & World Report’s as one of the best “Best Law Firms”.

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.

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