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
William R. Corbett holds the Frank L. Maraist Professorship and the Wex S. Malone Professorship at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center of Louisiana State University. He has been a faculty member at LSU since 1991. In 28 years on the faculty, Corbett has taught Labor Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Comparative Labor Law, Torts, Relational Torts, Federal Civil Procedure, and Louisiana Civil Procedure. Professor Corbett served as Interim Co-Dean of the Law Center during the 2015-16 academic year and as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs from 1997 through 1999. He was a visiting associate professor at William and Mary in 1996 and a visiting professor at the University of Georgia School of Law in 2004, 2011, and 2015. He has served as the executive director of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (LADC) since 2001, with responsibility for arranging and administering the continuing legal education programs of the LADC. From 1998 to 2001, he had similar responsibilities while serving as the executive director of the Louisiana Judicial College. Since September 2016, he has served as Faculty Advisor to the Louisiana Judicial College. Professor Corbett has contributed to several books and written numerous articles on labor, employment, and torts topics. He is a frequent speaker on continuing legal education programs. Corbett received his B.A. from Auburn University and his J.D. from the University of Alabama School of Law, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Alabama Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif. Before coming to the LSU Law Center in 1991, he practiced labor and employment law in Birmingham, Alabama with Burr & Forman.
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.