Leigh Ann Schell is a founding partner of Kuchler Polk Schell Weiner & Richeson, LLC. Ms. Schell was granted early admission to Loyola Law School after three years of undergraduate education. In 1987, after her first year of law school, Ms. Schell received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Orleans with a B.A. in English/Pre-law. In 1989, Ms. Schell graduated cum laude from Loyola University School of Law ranked in the top 5% of her class. In law school, Ms. Schell was a member of the Law Review and served on the Moot Court Board both as a team member and coach. She was also a teaching assistant for legal research and writing.
Ms. Schell is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI). For the IADC, Ms. Schell serves as social media chair of the Civil Justice Response Committee. Ms. Schell is also active in Lawyers for Civil Justice (LCJ) and the National Association of Women and Minority Owned Law Firms (NAMWOLF). As a marathon runner, Ms. Schell knows firsthand that most tasks are marathons not sprints, and incorporates that discipline into pursuing good results.
AWARDS AND APPOINTMENTS
On August 27, Leigh Ann Schell and Tommy Porteous won a Motion for Summary Judgment in Slappy v. Albany International Corporation, et al. which successfully challenged the plaintiffs’ lack of expert causation evidence. Presented with the Altec Allstar Award for product liability work in 2012. July 2013 Appointed as vice chair in charge of social media for the IADC’s Civil Justice Response Committee 2011 Appointed by the IACD’s Legislative, Judicial and Governmental Affairs Committee, 2011 IADC’s liaison to LCJ 2010 Appointed as the Louisiana chairperson for Justice Sandra Day O’Connor’s Our Courts program which aims to educate middle school children in civics in an effort to preserve judicial independence and understanding of our government 2010 Appointment to the board of Girls on the Run a non-profit organization with the goal of instilling self-discipline, self-worth and a sense of achievement in girls through running 2009 Appointed by the IADC as vice chairman of its Legislative Judicial and Governmental Affairs Committee 2009 Named by New Orleans Magazine as one of New Orleans’ Top 100 Lawyers 2009 Renewed Martindale-Hubbell AV rating 2009 Asked to serve on HB Litigation Conferences, LLC’s Chinese Drywall Advisory Council PRESENTATIONS AND ARTICLES
December 2013 “Judges are people, too! How to present motions to capture and keep the court's attention." CLE for the Louisiana Bar Association – New Orleans, Louisiana 2013 "Blowing the Roof Off – Insurance Coverage for Natural Disasters." NAMWOLF Annual Meeting, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ms. Schell was quoted on LouisianaRecord.com in response to an annual survey issued 9/10/2012 ranking states based on the perception of their legal climates. Louisiana ranked second to last. Read the article >> 2010 “New Reporting Requirements Under the Medicare Secondary Payer Statute: Let the Paying Party Beware.” IADC Mid-Year Meeting, Naples, Florida May 2010 HB Litigation’s Chinese Drywall Symposium at the Ritz Carlton, New Orleans, La.