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Cherrell Simms Taplin
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Cherrell is a member of the firm’s Energy Litigation practice group. Cherrell has extensive experience representing clients in all facets of litigation.  She has worked as a partner in private practice, served as judge pro tempore in state court, and she served as the Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans.

As a partner in private practice, Cherrell cultivated a diverse litigation practice, including commercial litigation, complex personal injury, and tort matters. She has litigated several cases through trial in both state and federal court. As the Senior Chief Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, Cherrell expanded her litigation practice to include contract, construction, land use, public bid, employment, administrative appeals, and civil rights matters. She also managed over 1000 open cases, including high-profile litigation, from inception to resolution, supervised the lawyers and staff, and oversaw the office budget.  In April 2017, the Louisiana Supreme Court saw fit to appoint Cherrell to serve as Judge Pro Tempore in the Orleans Parish Civil District Court, Division J. As a judge, she gained an inside perspective on the judicial process and presided over several trials and hearings.

Cherrell serves as counsel for the U.S. Division of a global automobile manufacturer, handling product liability claims brought against the company.



  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Bar Association
    • Annual Convention Planning Committee Co-Chair, 2010
    • National Board of Governors, 2008-2009
    • Regional Board of Governors, 2006-2007
  • Association for Women Attorneys
  • Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Legal Society
    • President, 2007-2008
    • Board of Governors, 2006-2009
  • American Inn of Court, A.P. Tureaud Chapter
  • Defense Research Institute 
    • Diversity Planning Committee, 2007
  • Tulane University Law School – Adjunct Professor, Negotiation and Mediation


  • Bridge House/Grace House, Board of Directors, 2020


  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012, 2014
  • Loyola University College of Law, Black Law Students Association (BLSA) Distinguished Alumni Award, 2009


  • How to Try a Case in Ten Days, December 20, 2017 - Louisiana Bar Association
  • Professionalism in the Judiciary, December 1, 2017 - Louisiana Bar Association
  • Summary Proceedings, Jully 26, 2017 - City of New Orleans
  • Everything You Don't Know About E-Discovery (But Wish You Did), May 15, 2015 - National Bar Institute

After Hours

Cherrell was born and raised in New Orleans, is a graduate of St. Mary’s Academy, Loyola University, and Loyola Law School.  She is married to a New Orleans musician and has two children. She loves to travel and enjoys all things that New Orleans has to offer, especially Saints games, Mardi Gras, and all the festivals that she can attend.