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Congratulations to Leopold Z. Sher of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. on your selection by The New Orleans Council for Community and Justice (NOCCJ) as a recipient of the 61st Annual Weiss Awards.

The NOCCJ, founded in 1927 as The National Conference of Christians and Jews, is a human relations organization dedicated to fighting bias, bigotry and racism, and seeks to promote understanding and respect among all races, religions and cultures through advocacy, conflict resolution and education.

The Weiss Awards recognize individuals for their outstanding work in the community and their contribution to the furtherance of human dignity. "While these individuals have received many awards for their outstanding work in the community, we believe that the Weiss Award uniquely recognizes their devotion to programs that promote respect for self and others - a cornerstone to achieving change in our community and in the world," said Robert H. Tucker, Presiding Chair of NOCCJ.

Tulane Law School Faculty unanimously promotes James M. Garner to the rank of Adjunct Assistant Professor in Law, effective Spring 2017.

Sher Garner is pleased to announce that Co-managing Members, Leopold Z. Sher and James M. Garner have been named to Lawdragon's prestigious list of Legends, a remarkable and select few who epitomize achievement in lawyering. According to, "The Legends are a dazzling array of law firm leaders, plaintiff icons, Supreme Court justices, corporate counsel and public interest attorneys" who have made the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America list for 10 or more consecutive years.

The site also explains the grandeur and significance of those listed... "A lot has happened since 2005 - to make the list then, a lawyer would have to have emerged as a star very early on (and, to stay on for those well into their prime is also a feat given how little quarter we award for seniority). When we began publishing, George Bush was president, Hurricane Katrina had not yet hit, and William Rehnquist was Chief Justice. It's been a wild first 10 years, and we're extraordinarily proud to feature the 50 lawyers who have been there every step of the way."

Sher Garner is proud to announce that 19 lawyers were named to the 2017 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. Of the 19, nine lawyers have been recognized as Super Lawyers for 10 or more years. Click here for more information.

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce its Tier 1 selection in the 2017 Edition of "Best Law Firms" by U. S. News and Best Lawyers.

According to U.S. News and Best Lawyers, "Best Law Firms" rankings are based on "a rigorous evaluation process that includes the collection of client and lawyer evaluations, peer review from leading attorneys in their field, and review of additional information provided by law firms as part of the formal submission process." All quantitative and qualitative data are combined into one score per firm. Tier 1 includes the firms that scored within the highest percentage among the "Best Law Firms." At least one lawyer must be recognized in Best Lawyers in a particular practice area for a firm to be eligible in that same practice area.

In August, the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers named 23 Sher Garner attorneys to its elite group of leading lawyers, with four recognized as Lawyer of the Year.

Sher Garner is pleased to announce its 2017 Best Lawyers "Lawyers of the Year." Congratulations to Joshua S. Force, Peter L. Hilbert, Steven I. Klein and Leopold Z. Sher. According to, "Lawyer of the Year" recognitions are based entirely on peer review, and they are awarded to those attorneys with the "highest overall peer feedback for a specific practice area and geographic location. Onlyone lawyer is recognized as the "Lawyer of the Year" for each specialty and location."

Leopold Z. Sher was recognized by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel in the "Nation's Top One Percent." The NADC "employs an objective, rigorous, multi-stage selection process" resulting in "the identification of the finest lawyers in the country, named Nation's Top Attorneys." The organization is dedicated to promoting the highest standards of legal excellence, and according to their website, "only the elite few are invited to join the ranks." Less than 1% of practicing attorneys in the United States are members of the Nation's Top Attorneys.

Sher Garner named "Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016 in the USA" by Wealth & Finance INTL.

February 3, 2016 -- Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. announces its affiliation with Robin & Associates, a government relations firm in Louisiana and Washington, D.C., headed by Dan A. Robin, Sr., along with Theodore (Ted) L. Jones and Dan A. Robin Jr. The firms believe this affiliation will permit both firms to better serve their clients.

James M. Garner was selected as an honoree in CityBusiness 2016 Leadership in Law. The class of honorees is made up of 50 legal professionals in the New Orleans area, recognized for their career and community achievements. Mr. Garner was also recognized in the first annual Leadership in Law class, in 2005.

Sher Garner is pleased to announce 18 attorneys selected as 2016 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars, including eight 10-time honorees. Click here for more details on Sher Garner's Super Lawyers.

Sher Garner was selected in the 6th edition of 2016 "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.

James Garner argues for the City of New Orleans in the firefighter pension case, that house arrest or other seizure of assets is unconstitutional, and that branches of government should be coequal under the separation of power doctrine. Read the article from here, October 7, 2015.

Sher Garner Law Firm is proud to announce that Member Chad Morrow has been selected as a 2015 Rising Star in Real Estate by Legal Media Group (LMG). Nominated by LMG's in-house counsel and his peers, Mr. Morrow is one of only 11 other attorneys selected for this honor in the United States. Legal Media Group's Expert Guides, first published in 1994, provide access to the world's leading practitioners in particular areas of law. LMG's guides were the first-ever guides dedicated to leaders in the legal industry. Since then, the guides have "continued to focus on individuals considered by peers and clients to be the best in their respective fields," and have become "one of the most trusted resources for international buyers of legal services," according to LMG's latest series of guides, its Rising Stars, lists "the brightest and most talented practitioners in the area of business law and related practices." Rising Stars are classified as recently appointed partners or senior associates with "energetic, professional and skillful talent who have already demonstrated their status in recent notable transactions," and who are well on their way to becoming leaders in their field.

Lawdragon writes "Lawyer Limelight" on Jim Garner and Lee Sher on Katrina Anniversary: Leopold Sher and James Garner 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina

Sher Garner is pleased to announce that 25 of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, and six were named Lawyer of the Year! Congratulations to the following attorneys: John Balhoff (since 2012), Darnell Bludworth (since 2012), Elwood Cahill (since 2010), Chris Chocheles (since 2012), Martha Curtis (since 2013), Debra Fischman (since 2012), Joshua Force (since 2008), Jim Garner (since 2006), Peter Hilbert (since (2009), Karen Holzenthal (since 2012), Steve Klein (since 2007), Neal Kling (since 2010), Ryan Luminais (since 2012), TJ Madigan (since 2012), David Marcello (since 2013), Kevin McGlone (since 2012), Alvin Miester (since 2010), (since 2009), Marie Moore (since 2010), Chad Morrow (since 2014), Rick Richter (since 2007), Amanda Schenck (since 2013), Lee Sher (since 2006). In addition, congratulations to our Lawyers of the Year: Joshua Force, Jim Garner, Steve Klein, Lee Sher.

Congratulations to Kevin McGlone, Jeff Kessler and Ryan Luminais for being elected as the firms newest members.

Sher Garner's Leopold Z. Sher, Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., Marie A. Moore and Neal J. Kling were recognized as leading real estate lawyers by Who's Who Legal Real Estate Directory 2015. "Since 1996, Who's Who Legal has identified the foremost legal practitioners in multiple areas of business law. In total, this site features over 17,000 of the world's leading private practice lawyers from over 100 national jurisdictions," according to the WWL site. They "act as a reference source for companies seeking to corroborate the reputations of expert lawyers recommended by another party," and aim to "create a network among the lawyers listed, who will know the ablest lawyers in their own practice area," both nationally and internationally. Congratulations to Lee, Elwood, Marie and Neal.

Debra J. Fischman, a Member of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. has been recognized (for a second consecutive year) for her work in defending employers, including schools and other governmental agencies and bodies in employment matters in Human Resource Executive's Top 100 list of The Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys. This is the seventh edition of the "Nation's Most Powerful Employment Attorneys," a joint project produced by Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon, a media company that has been issuing "best of" lawyer lists since 1989.

"The premier guide to leading legal professionals throughout the world," Global Law Experts names James M. Garner 2015 Oil & Gas Tort Litigation Attorney of the Year in the USA.

The first task of the Committee will be the consideration of UCC Article 2A, and whether Louisiana should adopt the act or a modified version of it. The Committee will also need to consider Louisiana remedies laws, and the effect of limitations on self-help on a lessor's right of repossession, among numerous other matters.

Timothy B. Francis was selected as an honoree in CityBusiness 2015 Leadership in Law. The class of honorees is made up of 50 legal professionals in the New Orleans area, recognized for their career and community achievements. Congratulations Tim!

James M. Garner and Leopold Z. Sher rank 146 and 178, respectively, in the 2014-2015 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America. They are the 1st and 2nd highest-ranked Louisiana Lawyers listed. According to the website,, "The annual Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America is the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas." The list is presented online and in print magazine.

Sher Garner was recognized, by Chambers USA, as one of the Top Litigation and Real Estate Firms in Louisiana. Leopold Z. Sher (Real Estate), James M. Garner (Litigation: General Commercial), Elwood F. Cahill Jr. (Real Estate), Steven I. Klein (Corporate/M&A: Tax) and Marie A. Moore (Real Estate) were all included in the 2015 edition.

Congratulations to our 2015 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars. This year, 13 Sher Garner lawyers have been selected to Louisiana Super Lawyers. Three, Elwood F. Cahill Jr., James M. Garner and Leopold Z. Sher are on the Top 50 New Orleans list, with Cahill and Garner also on the Top 50 Louisiana list, and Sher named to the Top 10 Louisiana list. Marie A. Moore has been selected to the Top 25 Women's list for Louisiana. Martha Y. Curtis, Debra J. Fischman, Joshua S. Force, Peter L. Hilbert Jr., Steven I. Klein, Neal J. Kling, , Richard P. Richter also selected to Super Lawyers. Jonathan B. Cerise, Ashley G. Coker, Ryan O. Luminais and Kevin M. McGlone were selected to Rising Stars.

Sher Garner was recognized as the winner of the 2015 CorporateINTL Magazine Global Award in the categories, Oil & Gas Tort Litigation Attorney of the Year in the USA (to James M. Garner) and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Louisiana.

Human Resource Executive and Lawdragon select Debra J. Fischman as one of the nation's top corporate employment attorneys for 2014. This highly selective selection process was based on a number of attributes, such as recent headline clients or cases; proven leadership, either as a thought leader or as a chair of a firm's labor and employment group; affiliations or associations in peer-selected organizations; and other accomplishments, such as noteworthy publications and speaking circuits.

Six attorneys were recognized by Chambers & Partners for their specialties in two Sher Garner practice areas. The six lawyers selected were Steven I. Klein (Corporate/M&A: Tax); James M. Garner (Litigation: General Commercial); Leopold Z. Sher, Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., Marie A. Moore and Neal J. Kling (Real Estate).

Sher Garner was recognized overall, in two areas, General Commercial Litigation (Band 3) and Real Estate (Band 1). A passage from the Chambers & Partners website states that the firm is known for "Established New Orleans practice, with extensive experience in representing clients in complex commercial litigation before both state and federal courts. Areas of strength include insurance coverage, tort claims and product liability disputes." With regard to Real Estate, the same website quoted that "The team is known for Broad real estate practice with expertise in litigation as well as zoning, land use and financing transactions. Also handles related development and construction issues on behalf of a variety of clients."

The firm is proud to announce its newest Member, Chad P. Morrow.

Tulane Faculty unanimously appointed James M. Garner and Emily E. Ross to Adjunct Lecturers in Law for the Fall 2014 Semester. Mr. Garner and Ms. Ross will teach Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Tulane University School of Law.

Joshua S. Force was selected as an honoree in CityBusiness 2014 Leadership in Law. The class of honorees is made up of 50 legal professionals in the New Orleans area, recognized for their career and community achievements.

Sher Garner was recognized as the winner of the 2014 CorporateINTL Magazine Global Award in the categories, Oil & Gas Tort Litigation Attorney of the Year in the USA and Real Estate Law Firm of the Year in Louisiana.

The firm is pleased to announce its newest associate, Emily E. Ross. Ms. Ross joined the firm in September 2013 as a litigation attorney.

Martha Y. Curtis was selected as an honoree in CityBusiness 2013 Women of the Year. The class of honorees is made up of 50 individuals, recognized for their career and community contributions. According to the website, selections are made based on "business and community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community." Congratulations to Martha on this special honor.

James M. Garner has been recognized as a "Litigation Star" in Louisiana in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Plaintiff, the Guide to America's Leading Plaintiff Firms and Attorneys. Based on research and feedback from his peers, Mr. Garner is considered "one of the preeminent litigation practitioners in the United States".

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert L.L.C. will be featured as a top firm in the state of Louisiana in the annual Benchmark Litigation guide – The Definitive Guide to America’s leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys. James M. Garner will be listed as a top litigator in Louisiana.

Sher Garner Law Firm was nationally recognized this year, by Best Lawyers in the practice area, Litigation – Construction (Tier 2). The firm received local Tier 1 rankings in the following areas: Admiralty & Maritime Law, Commercial Litigation, Corporate Compliance Law, Corporate Governance Law, Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, Equipment Finance Law, Financial Services Regulation Law, Litigation (Banking & Finance, Construction, Eminent Domain, Environmental, Real Estate, Securities), Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, Real Estate Law, Securitization and Structured Finance Law and Tax Law. Click here to see all 2013 rankings.

The firm's own James M. Garner was recognized as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer for Energy, Environmental and Natural Resources, putting Sher Garner in an elite group of firms that deliver exceptional work for the Fortune 500. Mr. Garner was selected for this accomplishment based on his exceptional AV rating with Martindale-Hubbell

Alvin Miester receives Good Apple Award from the Louisiana Appleseed At its annual Good Apple Gala held on January 17, 2013, the Louisiana Appleseed awarded Alvin Miester the Good Apple Award for his commitment to pro bono excellence. Mr. Miester has been working with the Louisiana Appleseed in preparation of a handbook for the Boards of Directors for Charter Schools in Louisiana. The handbook covers a wide variety of topics including Charter School Law, Education Law, Corporate Law and Employment Law.

Our own co-managing partner Leopold Sher is now a member of the Board of The Pro Bono Project representing the New Orleans Bar Association. Congratulations to Lee! Click here for more information on The Pro Bono Project.

Joshua S. Force has become the Editor-in-Chief of Benedict on Admiralty, a 33-volume looseleaf treatise on maritime law. Benedict on Admiralty is recognized as the leading and most comprehensive compilation of American and international laws and conventions on maritime law.

The Firm congratulates Marie A. Moore, who is the Editor of "The Last Word," a column in Probate and Property, a monthly publication of the Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Co-Managing Member Leopold Z. Sher and Associate Jake Airey co-author, Arbitration & Disputes: In Advance of Need. About the book:
We've all heard the adage that failing to plan is the same as planning to fail. Most business executives approach a deal from the standpoint of how a transaction will benefit their company. If the company is purchasing equipment, it will want to be sure of receiving the fullest value for its dollars spent. If the company is building or selling items to another firm, the company will want to make sure the transaction is profitable. Generally, how and where a dispute should be resolved is not addressed in contracts. After all, why enter into a business relationship in the first place if the parties have expectations that the relationship will not work?

Benchmark Plaintiff lists Sher Garner as "highly recommended" among Louisiana litigation firms, and announces three "local litigation stars," James M. Garner (Commercial, Environment, Insurance, Professional Liability, Toxic Tort), Peter L. Hilbert Jr. (Commercial) and Martha Curtis (Commercial, Insurance, Torts). For more information on Benchmark Plaintiff and its method of naming litigation firms and attorneys, click here.

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