Pandemic Stress: 3 Ways to Help Your Employees Cope

By Neale deGravelles As we enter into the month of March, the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 outbreak in the U.S looms over us. Pandemic fatigue, the exhaustion we feel after months of spending extra time and energy dealing with the pandemic changes to our lifestyle and all the struggles it’s brought with it, has […] Learn more...

Why Decorum in Court Proceedings Matters Now More Than Ever

By Neale deGravelles During the coronavirus pandemic, the highest court in the land has been holding oral arguments via telephone and live-streaming the proceedings. In the oral arguments in Barr v. American Association of Political Consultants, Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. began the proceedings by warning everyone to turn off their cellphones. He neglected, […] Learn more...

How Legislative Changes Will Impact Trial Law in 2021

By Neale deGravelles The Civil Justice Reform Act of 2020, House Bill 57 (“HB57”) passed by the Louisiana legislature took effect January 1. The so-called tort-reform bill reduces the jury threshold from $50,000 to $10,000 and requires the party seeking a jury trial to post a $5,000 cash bond before the trial. It also made […] Learn more...

E-Discovery: What You Need to Know

By Neale deGravelles Electronic discovery, or e-Discovery, has increasingly been part of the normal discovery process for the past two decades. But the shift to Zoom hearings and depositions and the difficulties with meeting with clients in person this past year have accelerated the transition away from the exchange of relevant information in the form […] Learn more...