Firm News

2020

September 25th – Sher Garner proudly announces its inclusion in the 2021 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, naming 22 of its own to this esteemed list. In addition, four lawyers were named to Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year” in the New Orleans area. Special congratulations to Leopold Z. Sher, Elwood F. Cahill, Jr., Steven I. Klein and John T. Balhoff, II.

June 23rd – The faculty of Tulane Law School unanimously promoted James M. Garner to the rank of Adjunct Professor of Law, effective with the Fall 2020 semester. Jim has served as Adjunct Lecturer in Law since 2014 and continues to teach Advanced Appellate Advocacy at Tulane University School of Law, along with Contemporary Issues in Legal Ethics. Congratulations on this special honor Jim!

April 21st – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Co-Managing Members, Leopold Z. Sher and James M. Garner have been named to the 2020 Lawdragon 500 for a 15th consecutive year. According to the website  lawdragon.com, this annual list, known as the Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America, is “the most elite distinction in the profession, covering the best of the best in all practice areas.” They “represent the remarkable talent that is the U.S. legal profession.”

The selection process involves a combination of elements, primarily editorial research by Lawdragon staff, then submissions from law firms and an online nomination form, allowing visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers.

The 2020 Lawdragon Magazine, featuring 2020 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America is published in the fall.

April 21st – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. was recognized earlier this month for its proactive response to the current COVID-19 crisis. Since mid-March, our Sher Garner COVID-19 Legal Resource Group has been at the forefront of the pandemic, providing the latest news and information, and acting as a guide and a resource to its client and the community.

February 12th – Sher Garner is pleased to announce the promotion of Amanda R. Schenck to the position of Member with the firm. Amanda’s areas of practice include, but are not limited to litigation and appeals, business, commercial and insurance law.

Amanda Russo Schenck obtained her undergraduate degree in Mass Communications from Louisiana State University in 2003 and her law degree from Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law in 2006. While at Loyola, Amanda was the Vice-president of the Student Bar Association, a Student Practitioner in the Family Law Section of the Loyola Law Clinic, and a teaching assistant in the Research and Writing Lab. Amanda was also the Case Note and Comment Editor of the Loyola Law and Technology Annual.

Amanda has been included in the publication Best Lawyers since 2013. Amanda is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana. She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Amanda is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Federal Bar Association, Association of Women Attorneys, and New Orleans Bar Association.

2019

November 25th – Super Lawyers 2020

November 25th – Jim Garner and TJ Madigan take on New York at the annual “New York, New York: A Multi-Topic CLE Seminar,” hosted by the Louisiana Bar Association, speaking on “Jury Selection and Mock Trials – The Processes and the Law, Parts I & II.”

October 22nd – Alumni and longtime supporters, Leopold and Karen Sher and James and Tracie Garner have endowed the Sher Garner Professorship in Sports Law. The professorship will be held by Professor Gabe Feldman, the director of Tulane’s Sports Law program and an internationally recognized leader in the field. It is the largest gift to Tulane’s Sports Law program since its founding more than 25 years ago.

August 23rd – The Louisiana State Bar Association will sponsor Appellate Practice 2019 on October 3rd at the Golden Nugget Lake Charles Hotel & Casino. Our own Jim Garner has been invited to speak as a panel member for the presentation, Precedential Value of Writs and “Law of the Case.” Mention that you heard it first from Sher Garner, and receive a $25 discount toward the seminar!

August 15th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert L.L.C. is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, naming 22 of its own to this esteemed list.

According to a press release from Best Lawyers, “Lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America publication were recognized by their peers in the legal industry for their professional excellence in 146 practice areas. For the 2020 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 8.3 million votes were analyzed, which resulted in the inclusion of more than 62,000 lawyers, or approximately 5% of lawyers in private practice in the United States.”

2018

December 26th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 16 of its lawyers have been recognized as 2019 Super Lawyers.

Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. focuses on litigation and transactional matters, representing individuals and major, multinational companies in a broad range of legal matters.

Clients regularly engage the firm to handle major commercial transactions, including real estate, tax, corporate, finance and banking.

The firm’s litigation practice includes commercial litigation, mass torts, corporate internal investigations, insurance, maritime and admiralty law, municipal, First Amendment, administrative law, energy and environmental law, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, toxic torts, products and premises liability, arbitration, RICO violations and white-collar crime.

The firm serves a multi-jurisdictional clientele, offering the sophisticated legal services of a large firm while maintaining the responsiveness, attention and efficiency of a smaller firm.

November 2nd – Best Lawyers 2019 names Sher Garner Best Law Firm both regionally and nationally, with 22 lawyers named 2019 Best Lawyers and three lawyers named Lawyer of the Year.

October 6th – 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.

August 16th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 22 of its lawyers have been named to the 2019 Edition of Best Lawyers, and 3 were named Lawyer of the Year.

Considered the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals, Best Lawyers has published its list for more than 30 years. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

2017

November 3rd – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce both its national and metropolitan rankings in the 2018 Edition of Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers (areas listed in right column). Sher Garner has been recognized as a Tier 1 firm in several areas.

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 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers named 23 Sher Garner attorneys to its elite group of leading lawyers, with two recognized as Lawyer of the Year.

August 15th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 23 of its lawyers have been named to the 2018 Edition of Best Lawyers, and 2 were named Lawyers of the Year.

Considered the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals, Best Lawyers has published its list for more than 30 years. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

May 4th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that Co-Managing Members, James M. Garner and Leopold Z. Sher have been named to the 2017 Lawdragon 500 for a 12th consecutive year. According to the website lawdragon.com, this annual list, known as the 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 selection process involves a combination of elements, primarily editorial research by Lawdragon staff, then submissions from law firms and an online nomination form, allowing visitors to recommend and comment on their favorite lawyers.

Lawdragon recently developed a “Legends” guide, naming those who have made the list at least 10 times. Sher and Garner were also named to this prestigious list of Legends.

The 2017 Lawdragon Magazine, featuring 2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America and Lawdragon Legends are published in the fall.

February 6th – 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 lawdragon.com, “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 publication regarded Sher as “a national leader in real estate and corporate law” and mentioned that “Sher is also a dedicated advocate for his beloved New Orleans and Tulane Law School.” Additionally, Lawdragon acknowledged Garner as a “New Orleans raised powerbroker (who) leads the new crop of ‘lawyers to know’ in Louisiana.”

Lawdragon goes on to explain 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.”

January 26 – One of the firm’s original founding members, Thomas P. McAlister has rejoined Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. as Of Counsel, effective January 1, 2017. After serving as the Vice President and General Counsel of Realm Realty Company and its affiliates for 12 years, the firm is excited to have Tom back at Sher Garner. Tom’s primary practice areas will include Real Estate Law, Business & Commercial Law and Banking & Finance Law.

Mr. McAlister is a commercial real estate attorney with over 30 years experience in all aspects of commercial real estate development and finance, specializing in retail shopping center development and retail/restaurant tenant representation on a nationwide basis for regional and national shopping center development companies and retail and chain restaurant companies.  He has worked extensively on multi unit retail and restaurant expansion roll outs and acquisitions. In addition to his private practice representing numerous national retail and restaurant tenants, Mr. McAlister has served as General Counsel for over 10 years for a national retail shopping center development company supervising acquisition, development, sale, finance and leasing of millions of square feet of retail shopping center space throughout the country.

January 1st – 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.

2016

November 1st – 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.

August 19th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 23 of its lawyers have been named to the 2017 Edition of Best Lawyers, and 4 were named Lawyers of the Year.

Considered the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals, Best Lawyers has published its list for more than 30 years. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

June 6th – 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.

May 27th – Sher Garner named “Most Outstanding Law Firm of 2016 in the USA” by Wealth & Finance INTL.

March 7th – 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.

February 3rd – 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

2015

December 21 – 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.

November 11th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce its inclusion in the 6th edition of Best Law Firms by U.S. News and Best Lawyers.

According to their website, “The U.S.News – 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. To be eligible for a ranking in a particular practice area and metro region, a law firm must have at least one lawyer who is included in Best Lawyers in that particular practice area and metro.”

Sher Garner announced in July that 25 lawyers were nominated to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, and six were named Lawyers of the Year.

October 7th – 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.

September 18 – 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 www.expertguides.com. 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.

August 28th – Lawdragon writes “Lawyer Limelight” on Jim Garner and Lee Sher on Katrina Anniversary: Leopold Sher and James Garner 10 Years After Hurricane Katrina.

August 25th – Sher Garner congratulates litigation attorneys Kevin M. McGlone, Jeffrey D. Kessler and Ryan O. Luminais on being elected as Sher Garner’s newest members.

August 8th – Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. is pleased to announce that 25 of its lawyers have been named to the 2016 Edition of Best Lawyers, and six were named Lawyers of the Year.

Considered the most reliable and unbiased source of legal referrals, Best Lawyers has published its list for more than 30 years. Lawyers on the Best Lawyers in America list are divided by geographic region and practice areas. They are reviewed by their peers on the basis of professional expertise, and undergo an authentication process to make sure they are in current practice and in good standing.

July 16th – 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.

July 10th – Debra J. Fischman, a Member of Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert, L.L.C. has been recognized 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.

June 4th – 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, www.lawdragon.com, “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.

January 9th – 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!

2014

December 29th – Sher Garner is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys in the firm have been selected for inclusion in 2015 Super Lawyers and that four attorneys have been selected as 2015 Rising Stars/ The selection is based on peer recognition and professional achievement.

“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.

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.

November 3rd – 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.

July 14 – 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.

January 29th – 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.

January 19th – 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.

2013

August 22nd – 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.

August 6th – 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.

May 1st – 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!

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.

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.