Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC is a majority female/minority owned law firm. Long before the creation of the Firm, our attorneys have been committed to promoting diversity in the legal profession and beyond. That commitment drives our core values today. The Firm supports a wide variety of female and minority legal associations, and our attorneys have been featured speakers and presenters on many topics aimed at the promotion of diversity.
We stand firm in our commitment to diversity and always look forward to exciting new opportunities to carry on this tradition.
Deborah Kuchler is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC. Ms. Kuchler graduated cum laude from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. degree in education in 1980. Her primary focus was upon the secondary school instruction of English and Biology. She attended Loyola Law School in New Orleans, Louisiana at night while working full time as a natural gas contract administrator and gas supply representative for an interstate natural gas pipeline company. She was a member of Loyola Law Review and graduated in 1985 in the top 10% of the combined day and night school class. She was privileged to serve from mid-1985 to 1987 as law clerk for the Honorable Patrick J. Carr in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Ms. Kuchler is admitted to practice in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. She is a member of the Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas State Bar Associations, the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (FDCC), Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ), and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). She is a certified Six Sigma Green Belt and puts the efficiency precepts of Six Sigma into practice in the administration of the Firm as well as the handling of client matters. She enjoys the science issues presented by her docket and typically handles the expert and Daubert issues associated with the Firm’s interesting caseload.
Ms. Kuchler has managed dockets of complex civil litigation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Arkansas, Georgia, Alabama and Florida involving toxic tort and environmental litigation, class actions, product liability, personal injury and commercial litigation.
Ms. Kuchler’s trial experience includes serving as lead or co-lead trial counsel in numerous state and federal actions, including multi-week trials in Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas involving alleged chemical releases and exposures; purported community asbestos and dioxin exposures; oil and gas operations involving alleged down-hole reserve losses; products liability actions; and admiralty.
United Disaster Response, L.L.C. v. Omni Pinnacle, L.L.C., 569 F. Supp. 2d 658, 660 (E.D. La. 2008): favorable decision on issues of res judicata, pendent jurisdiction and issues of construction contract interpretation including forum selection and quantum meruit.
Illinois Cent. R.R. v. Mayeux, 178 F. Supp. 2d 663, 665 (M.D. La. 2000) rev'd and remanded sub nom, Illinois Cent. R. Co. v. Mayeux, 301 F.3d 359 (5th Cir. 2002): co-represented Bridgeline Gas Distribution, LLC in a matter involving expropriation based on “public and necessary” purpose as required by the Louisiana Constitution.
Kelley v. Price-Macemon, Inc., 992 F.2d 1408, 1410 (5th Cir. 1993): After the tragic death of her husband in an ice-plant accident, Cynthia A. Kelley brought this products liability action against Industrial Refrigerated Systems, Inc., and other parties involved in the manufacture, installation, and sale of an industrial ice auger. Following a full trial on the merits in which the jury returned a defense verdict, the trial judge granted a new trial. Ms. Schell authored a Motion for Summary Judgment arguing lack of liability as a matter of law. The trial judge granted the Motion for Summary Judgment and the Fifth Circuit affirmed.
DuFrene v. Browning-Ferris, Inc., 994 F. Supp. 748 (E.D. La. 1998) aff'd, Dufrene v. Browning-Ferris, Inc., 207 F.3d 264 (5th Cir. 2000): co-represented Browning-Ferris, Inc. in successfully winning summary judgment in a case under the Fair Labor Standards Act. The favorable decision was affirmed by the 5th Circuit.
State Court Cases:
Rome v. Avondale, et al., 2010-1645 (La. App. 4 Cir. 6/16/11): the firm represented Dover Engineered Systems, Inc. to obtain dismissal by summary judgment on successor liability which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
Austin v. Abney Mills, Inc., 2001-1598 La. 9/4/02, 824 So. 2d 1137, 1139: wrote amicus curiae for Hopeman Brothers, Inc.
Shows v. Shoney's, Inc., 98-1254 La. App. 1 Cir. 7/29/99, 738 So. 2d 724, 727 (La. Ct. App. 1999): co-retained as appellate counsel for defendant-appellants, Shoney's, Inc., Rhonda McDurmmond, and Northbrook Property and Casualty Insurance Co. following a significant trial court award to Plaintiff. The appeal resulted in a major reduction of the award.
Declouet v. Orleans Parish Sch. Bd., 96-2805 La. App. 4 Cir. 6/3/98, 715 So. 2d 69, 83 (La. Ct. App. 1998) writ denied, 98-2051 La. 11/13/98, 730 So. 2d 450 and writ denied, 98-2054 La. 11/13/98, 730 So. 2d 451 and writ denied, 98-2058 La. 11/13/98, 730 So. 2d 935 and writ denied, 98-2079 La. 11/13/98, 730 So. 2d 936: retained to write brief on behalf of Plaintiff in wrongful death case regarding issues of defense and indemnity.
Eagle, Inc. v. Alexander & Alexander, Inc., 576 So. 2d 553 (La. Ct. App. 1991): case involving action against insurance agent to recover excess premiums paid.
Alexander v. Liberty Terrace Subdivision, Inc., 1999-2171 La. App. 4 Cir. 4/12/00, 761 So. 2d 62, 63 (La. Ct. App. 2000): co-represented SECOR Bank f/k/a First Financial Bank, F.S.B. in obtaining dismissal based on abandonment which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
Hargis ex rel. Krey v. Jefferson Parish, 99-0971 La. App. 4 Cir. 12/8/99, 748 So. 2d 606, 606 (La. Ct. App. 1999) writ granted, judgment rev'd sub nom. Hargis v. Jefferson Parish, 2000-0072 La. 3/17/00, 755 So. 2d 891: co-represented Texaco, Inc. in matter involving alleged contaminated water.
Touro Infirmary v. Henderson, 92-2720 La. App. 4 Cir. 12/28/95, 666 So. 2d 686, 687 (La. Ct. App. 1995): successfully represented Louisiana Health Service and Indemnity Company (Blue Cross) obtaining a dismissal based on prescription which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
S. Shell Fish Co., Inc. v. Office of Pub. Health, Dept. of Health & Hospitals, 96-2295 La. App. 1 Cir. 11/7/97, 703 So. 2d 1321, 1321 (La. Ct. App. 1997): co-represented Southern Shell Fish Company, Inc. in an appeal of a decision involving agency action against the Office of Public Health.
Duhon v. Holi Temp. Services, Inc., 97-0604 La. App. 4 Cir. 10/1/97, 700 So. 2d 1152, 1153 (La. Ct. App. 1997): handled the appeal to obtain reversal of an award of supplemental earnings benefits entered by the trial court against Holi Temporary Services, Inc.
Lefeaux v. Taylor, 97-0332 La. App. 4 Cir. 9/24/97, 700 So. 2d 1027, 1028 (La. Ct. App. 1997): represented Patco Assurance Company to obtain dismissal by summary judgment which was affirmed by the Fourth Circuit.
Johnson v. EI duPont de Nemours & Company, Inc., 2009 WL 91481 (La. App. 5 Cir. 1/13/09)
Warren v. Sabine Towing and Transp. Co., Inc., 01-0573 (La. App. 3 Cir. 10/30/02), 831 So.2d 517
McCarra v. Illinois Central R. Co., 01-298 (La. App. 4 Cir. 9/25/01), 798 So.2d 252
Comer v. Murphy Oil USA, 585 F.3d 855 (5th Cir. 2009), reh’g en banc granted, 598 F.3d 208 (5th Cir. 2010), appeal dismissed, 607 F.3d 1049 (5th Cir. 2010).
Jefferson County Sch. Dist. V. Lead Indus. Ass’n, Inc., 223 F.Supp.2d 771 (S.D. Miss. 2002).
Hollaway v. Gaylord Chem. Corp., 98-0828 (La. App. 1 Cir. 142/28/98), 730 S.2d 952. In re Union Carbide Corp., 145 S.W.3d (805) (Tex. App. —Houston 2004).
Warren v. Sabine Towing and Transp. Co., Inc., 01-0573 (La. App. 3 Cir. 10/30/02), 831 So.2d 517.
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