Mr. Tulio D. Chirinos
Proskauer Rose, LLP
Tulio D. Chirinos is an associate in the Labor & Employment Law Department and a member of the Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Group.
Tulio works on a wide variety of ERISA litigation matters, including fee litigation cases, breach of fiduciary duty claims and ERISA benefits claims. He also represents management in litigation of employment-related matters, including claims of unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation.
Tulio is the author of several ERISA-related articles, including several focusing on ERISA fee litigation that appeared in the Benefits Law Journal and Bloomberg BNA. He was also a contributing author to Chapters 21 and 34 of the fifth edition of BNA’s ERISA Litigation treatise, published in 2014 and Chapter 34 of the sixth edition to be published in November 2017.
Prior to joining Proskauer, Tulio clerked for the Federal Public Defender’s office for the Middle District of Florida. Tulio is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Army National Guard, and has served three tours of duty in Iraq, Kuwait and Jordan.
Ms. Lindsey Harreld Chopin
Jackson Lewis PC
Lindsey H. Chopin has practiced complex ERISA litigation for six years, most recently as an Associate in the New Orleans, Louisiana, office of Jackson Lewis P.C., and prior to that in the New Orleans office of an Am Law 25 firm. Her practice focuses on the defense of complex ERISA class actions filed against public and private single-employer ERISA plan sponsors and fiduciaries, as well as multi-employer plans and fiduciaries and ERISA plan services providers. Ms. Chopin has litigated a wide variety of class action claims, including fee litigation claims, “church plan” and “government plan” claims, breach of fiduciary duty claims, and ERISA Section 510 claims. Ms. Chopin also litigates ERISA benefit claims and claims involving non-ERISA benefit plans.
Ms. Chopin the author of several ERISA-related articles, including an article focusing on ERISA fee litigation that appeared in the Benefits Law Journal and is a frequent speaker on ERISA and class action litigation issues, including e-discovery best practices and ethics and professionalism when using social media in litigation. She was a contributing author to Chapter 39 the sixth edition of Bloomberg BNA’s ERISA Litigation treatise, published in November 2017 and is a senior editor of Chapter 15 of Bloomberg BNA’s Employee Benefits Law treatise.
Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Chopin served as a one-year term clerk for the Honorable Carl J. Barbier in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, gaining invaluable insight into the litigation of a wide-variety of cases.
Professor William R. Corbett
LSU Law Center
Professor William R. Corbett is the Frank L. Maraist Professor of Law and the Wex S. Malone Professor of Law at LSU Law Center, where he teaches and writes primarily in the area of Labor and Employment Law, but he also teaches Torts. He is a Fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. Professor Corbett served as Interim Dean at LSU Law Center during fiscal year 2015-2016, and served as Vice Chancellor from May 1997 to January 2000. He was honored by the Louisiana Bar Foundation as the 2013 Distinguished Professor. He received his B.A. from Auburn University and his law degree from the University of Alabama, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. He also received the M. Leigh Harrison Award presented to those graduating in the top 5 percent. He joined the law faculty at LSU in 1991, after practicing in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman. Professor Corbett has served as Executive Director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel for the last 22 years. Prior to that, he served for several years as Executive Director, and then as faculty advisor, of the Louisiana Judicial College.
Judge John W. deGravelles
US District Court - Middle District of Louisiana
THE HONORABLE JOHN W. DEGRAVELLES currently serves as judge on the United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana. He received his BA degree from Louisiana State University in 1971 and graduated from Louisiana State University Law School with honors (Order of the Coif) in 1974. From 1974 until he took the bench in 2014, deGravelles had a distinguished career as a civil litigator specializing in maritime law, products liability and medical malpractice. He was a founding partner in the firm of deGravelles, Palmintier, Holthaus and Fruge. deGravelles was the President of the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (now the Louisiana Association for Justice), a Member of the Board of Governors of the American Association for Justice, President of the Louisiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates, President of the George McMahon Inn of Court, and admitted as a Fellow in both the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and Litigation Council of America. deGravelles has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center since 1994, teaching Maritime Personal Injury, Pre-Trial Litigation and Advanced Litigation. He currently teaches Federal Courts. He has been a regular faculty member of Tulane Law School’s Summer Session in Rhodes, Greece since 1993, teaching Maritime Torts. In 2001, he was awarded a Fulbright Teaching Scholarship to teach American Maritime Private International Law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Law School in Thessaloniki, Greece. He has written and lectured extensively in the areas of maritime law, trial practice and procedure, including lectures in St. Petersburg, Russia, Odesa, Ukraine, Athens, Greece and Istanbul, Turkey. In 2014, he was nominated by President Barak Obama to be United States District Judge for the Middle District of Louisiana and was confirmed by the United States Senate on a vote of 100-0.
Mr. Gregory T. Juge
Supervisory Trial Attorney
United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Gregory T. Juge earned his bachelor’s degree as the Outstanding Scholar in Economics from Tulane University in 1988, where he graduated summa cum laude. He received his law degree from the Columbia University School of Law in New York City in 1991. Mr. Juge worked in the field of employment defense at the law firms of Jones Walker and McCalla Thompson before opening a solo practice in 1993. Four years later, in 1997, he joined the EEOC as a Senior Trial Attorney, where he handled individual and class cases involving discrimination and harassment on the basis of age, disability, race, national origin, religion, retaliation, and sex. Mr. Juge tried an Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) case which resulted in a federal jury award of $1,291,000 against DuPont Corporation and a same-sex harassment suit against Boh Bros. Construction, which resulted in a federal jury verdict of $451,000. The Boh Bros. verdict led to an en banc decision by the Fifth Circuit in 2013 which has had significant impact in the field of LGBT litigation, recognizing the applicability of the sex-stereotyping theory of liability under Price Waterhouse to the same-sex harassment context and reaffirming the breadth of the Supreme Court’s Oncale decision. Mr. Juge has served as a Supervisory Trial Attorney for the Commission since 2011. Mr. Juge was lead counsel for EEOC in the class action nationwide race discrimination suit against Bass Pro, which resulted in a $10,500,000 settlement and a landmark Fifth Circuit decision on “pattern or practice” litigation. Mr. Juge also litigated one of the EEOC’s first cases dealing with the issue of transgender discrimination, which led to a favorable arbitration decision — recognizing transgender coverage under Title VII — and which was settled through a Consent Decree, presaging the Supreme Court’s 2020 LGBT decision in Bostock v. Clayton County. Mr. Juge published an article on the Bostock decision in 2020 in the Louisiana State Bar Journal and has presented on employment discrimination issues at CLE seminars for nearly 30 years.
Mr. Robert Broussard Landry III
Robert B. Landry III PLC
ROBERT B. LANDRY, III is a labor and employment lawyer with offices in Baton Rouge and New Orleans. His practice is devoted solely to the representation of employees. Rob received his BA in Political Science from Tulane University in 1985 and graduated from LSU Law Center in 1988. From 1994 to 2002, he was a partner in the Labor & Employment Section of Chaffe McCall, LLP where he represented numerous Fortune 500 companies with a special emphasis on the healthcare sector. In 2003, Rob transitioned from representing management to representing individuals. He has authored numerous articles on employment law issues, both from the management and employee perspective. Most recently, he was a contributor to the ABA’s 2021 Midwinter Report on the FMLA, and he writes a monthly column on employment law for Louisiana Advocates. He is currently the Employment Law Section Chair for the Louisiana Association for Justice.