“Often, in complex litigation, my role is to make our client’s story understandable and attractive to our audience, whether that is the Court, a jury, an arbitrator, a mediator, or even the opposition in negotiations. My background includes a master’s degree in educational instruction, which is all about conveying information in way that resonates with your audience. That has been a resource I can use to accomplish that goal.”
Cheryl Kornick is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer, and a fellow in the American College of Trial lawyers, an organization composed of preeminent member of the trial bar and recognized as the leading trial lawyers organization in the United States and Canada. She is experienced in helping clients with claims and disputes, often in the energy sector, including both upstream and midstream matters. She also is experienced in alternative dispute resolution, including AAA arbitrations and mediations. Cheryl regularly appears in Louisiana’s state and federal courts and before the Louisiana Supreme Court, often involving pipeline, royalty, land acquisition, joint operating agreements, and other complex claims and disputes.
Cheryl’s clients also come to her for counsel and representation on complex business tax disputes, an area where she’s well-regarded for her ability to de-jargonize highly technical information and communicate it clearly, simply and persuasively. Her state and local tax litigation practice and business law experience includes such issues as:
- Severance tax
- Sales and use tax
- Ad valorem tax
- Corporate income and franchise tax
Working closely with the firm’s tax lawyers, Cheryl regularly represents corporate taxpayers against the Louisiana Department of Revenue and local taxing authorities in matters before the Louisiana courts, Louisiana Tax Commission and Louisiana Board of Tax Appeals. She has taken many state and local tax disputes from trial to final disposition in the Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court. She recently successfully argued a major case before the Louisiana Supreme Court where the Louisiana Supreme Court declared a Louisiana tax statute unconstitutional in violation of the Dormant Commerce Clause. She also won in the Louisiana Supreme Court a case regarding a long-standing tax exemption for the ship building industry and Department of Revenue regulations for charging sales tax on major projects. In another complex, precedent-setting tax case before the Supreme Court, Cheryl was the litigation partner in a case involving how the state can tax utilities ultimately decided by the Louisiana Supreme Court.
In addition, Cheryl is a frequent speaker and a noted authority on energy litigation issues. Her background in this area includes royalty and mineral lease issues, pipeline-related matters, energy marketing, contracts disputes, expropriation actions and oil well lien actions. She has continued the firm’s long history of special expertise in pipeline matters, including the handling of all land acquisition issues in major pipeline projects in Louisiana. She also has taken numerous expropriation matters from pre-suit negotiations to trials and appeals.
Cheryl is chair of the firm’s technology committee and is highly experienced in the use of computerized litigation support. She was selected for the inaugural, 2005 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award.