Cherrell S. Taplin After graduating from Loyola University School of Law in 2002, Cherrell began her career at Bryan & Jupiter law firm as a litigation associate. She primarily represented the Orleans Parish School Board in all aspects defense litigation, including personal injury defense – which encompassed premises liability and various negligence claims – employment defense litigation, contract litigation, as well as novel issues specific to education and/or school matters. In 2006, Cherrell accepted an opportunity at Galloway. There, she represented insurance companies, businesses, and corporate clients in both Federal and State Courts throughout Louisiana. She litigated hundreds of cases and was able to expand her litigation experience to include all insurance law (property and casualty, liability and coverage, and bad-faith claims), maritime law, commercial litigation, general liability, construction defects, environmental/toxic tort liability, subrogation, and workers’ compensation matters. During this time, she mediated hundreds of cases for a major insurance client following Hurricane Katrina. The cases that Cherrell handled at Galloway usually involved complex legal issues and high-dollar exposures. At the end of 2013, Cherrell was offered a position as Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. Her role was as second-in-command to the City Attorney and included the position – Chief of Litigation. As Chief of Litigation for the City of New Orleans, Cherrell managed over 1000 cases that involved various issues in state, federal, and municipal and traffic courts. The matters that she handled were varied and included: personal injury, contract, construction, land use, public bid protests, employment, code enforcement, administrative appeals, and civil rights litigation. In addition, the City attracted many cases brought by summary proceedings, and Cherrell actively litigated cases in this posture. She was also tasked with continuous supervision of attorneys assigned to litigation in the City Attorney’s Office to facilitate management of caseloads and working cases towards trial and/or other resolution. Cherrell also maintained a docket of cases and worked on special cases and projects for the City as required. In April 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court saw fit to appoint Cherrell to serve as Judge Pro Tempore in Division J of the Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. The experience that she gained over the years as a litigator no doubt prepared her for this important appointment. Cherrell served as judge from May 1, 2017 to December 15, 2017 and presided over two jury trials, two judge trials, several summary proceedings, and hundreds of motion hearings. In addition to her docket responsibilities, Cherrell managed her staff and continued the business of the Court. Cherrell is currently a Shareholder at Liskow & Lewis in the commercial and energy litigation sections and handles a wide variety of cases.
Louisiana State Bar Association
New Orleans Bar Association
Federal Bar Association
Association of Women Attorneys
American Inns of Court (A.P. Tureaud Chapter)
National Bar Association (2008-2009 National Board of Governors, 2006-2007 & 2017-2018 Regional Board of Governors
Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Foundation & Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, president 2007-2008
Diversity Planning Committee for Defense Research Institute, 2007
Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012
Super Lawyer, 2014
Loyola BLSA Distinguished Alumni Award
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