Liskow & Lewis is pleased to welcome Cherrell Simms Taplin to the firm.
Cherrell is an energy litigator who 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 an adjunct professor at Tulane University School of Law where she teaches Negotitation and Mediation Skills. She received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 2002. She received the Loyola University College of Law Black Law Students Association Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009.