Spotlight: Liskow Shareholder Beth Wheeler Named to CityBusiness Women of the Year Class of 2018

Liskow Shareholder Beth Wheeler Named to CityBusiness' Women of the Year Class of 2018

8.13.18

Liskow & Lewis is proud to congratulate Beth Wheeler for her selection to New Orleans CityBusiness’ ‘Women of the Year’ 2018.

Beth was recognized for her success in the legal industry, as well as her work in the community. She is a shareholder in the firm’s New Orleans office focusing on a range of complex litigation matters, including environmental law and toxic tort litigation, oil and gas disputes, insurance disputes, commercial litigation, and construction contract litigation. Beth has represented clients in defending toxic tort and chemical exposure proceedings, oil and gas property litigation, class action breach of contract claims, and large construction disputes, including government contract disputes.

Beth says that her favorite thing about practicing law is working on the strategy of an argument or building a case for trial.  “This is most satisfying when done collaboratively and I have been honored to work with lawyers at prior firms and at Liskow who are great strategists and legal minds.”   Beth says that her ultimate goal as a lawyer is to communicate a message or argument clearly and succinctly. “I strive to provide just the right amount of information to my clients so he or she can make an informed decision knowing that they are inundated with information and pressed for time.”

Beth is passionate about Court Watch NOLA, a nonprofit organization that through citizen volunteers monitors all aspects of the New Orleans Parish Criminal Parish Court system to make sure they are doing their jobs effectively, transparently and efficiently. She is active on the Board (and now serves on the Advisory Board) of Court Watch NOLA.  Beth said, “I have enjoyed working with the organization and its many stakeholders as Court Watch has grown and expanded to make a real difference in our community.”

Beth is proud of the progress that the legal industry has made with diversity and inclusion, and Liskow & Lewis is proud that she is being recognized for the part that she has played. Beth encourages young females to consider the legal industry, she said, “I am proud to be a part of the inroads that female lawyers have achieved in the legal field. Starting the practice of law when working as a female associate was just becoming more widely accepted, law firms (with the help of technology) have evolved to allow more flexible schedules and a more reasonable work life balance increasing the opportunities for woman lawyers. I encourage any young female to consider the practice of law as a career.”

Started in 1999, Women of the Year recognizes 50 women from the area whose successes in business and contributions to the community have made them movers and shakers in the region. Honorees are innovative leaders who are making waves with their energy, ideas, achievements and commitment to excellence in the area. Honorees are selected based on business and community involvement and achievement that have set the pace for the overall community.