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October 2015- John Kalmbach to present at the Energy and Environmental Summit

The Louisiana State Bar will host the 2015 Energy and Environmental Law Summit on October 1st and 2nd in New Orleans.
Cook Yancey attorney John Kalmbach was selected as a presenter for this seminar to oil & gas practitioners.  His topic is Louisiana Natural Gas, Today, Tomorrow & Beyond.   With rapid developments in the energy arena, this summit is a must for information on recent coastal land loss, downhole litigation, sinkhole litigation and oilfield contamination litigation.  To register, visit www.lsba.org/cle

July 4, 2015 – Cook Yancey at the Firecracker Race

cookyancey-community2015-5krunOnce again, attorneys from Cook Yancey and their children joined in the walk/run fun of the annual race. The 2015 Firecracker 5K Run for Research, sponsored by Sportspectrum, drew a crowd and raised money too.

Pictured are Steve Yancey, Elizabeth & John Carmody, and Sam Caverlee who were among the entries from the firm.

It was a patriotic good time and all for a good cause.

June 2015- Allison Colomb Foster is representative for LSBA Annual Meeting

The District Eight representative to the LSBA Annual Meeting, is Cook Yancey attorney Allison Colomb Foster.
Allison is a member of the 2014-2015 Leadership LSBA Class, Shreveport Bar Association and Young Lawyers Section of the Bar.
In her community, she is involved with Holy Angels Champions for Individuals with Disabilities.

May 15, 2015- Raise The Bar to Give for Good

The MLK Health Center was the winner of the Lagniappe Fund prize donated by Cook Yancey. This Raise the Bar prize was awarded to MLK, based on a drawing from organizations with gifts of $500 or more. Cook Yancey was pleased to donate, and very pleased that MLK Heath won this prize. John Kalmbach, attorney at Cook Yancey, is actively involved with the center and serves on their board. The CYKG $1,000 prize was one of $34,000 in prizes that was awarded on May 5 as a part of Give For Good.

WHAT IS GIVE FOR GOOD?

MLK HealthGive for Good is a 24-hour online giving challenge led by The Community Foundation of North Louisiana to raise unrestricted dollars for the nonprofits in the community. It is a day of giving to celebrate the nonprofits in our community and a chance to raise thousands of dollars to make our community even better. The Community Foundation of North Louisiana announced that the community raised $1.73 million for 156 local nonprofits, on May 5th.

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April 20, 2015 – Cook Yancey attorney John Kalmbach addresses NARO seminar

Approximately 125 landowners, attorneys, minerals managers, accountants and oil and gas industry officials gathered Monday in Shreveport for the National Association of Royalty Owners Louisiana Chapter seminar following the theme, “The Challenge of Change.”

In John Kalmbach’ s presentation, Louisiana Natural Gas: Today, Tomorrow & Beyond, he stated that there are dark clouds in the short term because of over investment, layoffs, supply and demand imbalance, storage capacity and political resistance. But in the long term, projections indicate demand for natural gas will go up by 65 percent by 2040. And by 2025, the U.S. will be a significant net exporter of liquefied natural gas. “I’m excited about LNG exports because that’s where I believe all of our gas will go, “stated Kalmbach.

From court cases to changing perceptions of hydraulic fracturing to a tutorial on finding specific information on a state website, the day-long seminar was broad-based but boiled down an array of information useful to royalty owners whose property is producing the billions in revenue and thousands of jobs.

April, 2015-  Bill Kalmbach presents at ACTEC

Cook Yancey attorney, Bill Kalmbach, will be speaking to the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel Southern Regional Meeting in New Orleans on Saturday, April 19.  His topic is Unique Aspects of Louisiana Trust and Probate Law.  The American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949. Its members are elected to the College by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors.  All ACTEC members have made substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates law through writing, teaching and bar leadership activities.  ACTEC members advise clients or teach in one or more of the following areas: planning for the orderly and tax efficient transfer of wealth during life and after death and preparing all related estate planning documents; administering trusts, decedent’s estates, guardianships, conservatorships and other family entities; planning for incapacity and elder concerns; planning for employee benefits; Planning charitable gifts and advising exempt organizations; and handling tax controversy and fiduciary litigation.  Membership in ACTEC is by election of the regents of the College. Individual lawyers meeting the criteria for membership are nominated for membership by fellows of the College, and subjected to careful review by both state and national membership selection committees, prior to consideration by the regents of the College.

March 2015- Cook Yancey teams up with Love for Liza

Cook Yancey was pleased to  help out Love for Liza and the Heart of Gold 5K.  The firm was a sponsor for the Cook Yancey teams up with Love for Lizafirst annual Heart of Gold Run.  The run was held on March 28, and the profits went to benefit Love for Liza.
This event was held by the LSU Health Sciences Center Executive Council.  The Heart of Gold Run  was  started by LSU HSC Shreveport medical students who wanted to find a way to support their community and honor those in the community who have a “heart of gold.”  The goal is to find a new cause or issue every year that needs attention drawn to it. This year the council  chose Love for Liza, a research fund for synovial sarcoma research that was started to honor Liza Heaton.  Cook Yancey attorneys pictured are Allison Foster, Sam Caverlee, Steve Yancey, Andrew Lambert, Bernard Johnson and Jena Hogan.

March 2015- Allison Foster engages in Hackcess to Justice Louisiana

Cook Yancey attorney, Allison Foster was selected to be part of the LSBA Leadership Class.   The LSBA Leadership Class Project for 2015 involved a Hackathon.  Cook Yancey was among the sponsors of this event, in support of Allison.  This was held at Loyola Law School in New Orleans on March 21-22.

HACKCESS TO JUSTICE LOUISIANA 2015
An Access to Justice Hackathon
Presented by
The ABA Journal and The Louisiana State Bar Association

Technology has taken a firm hold in the legal industry. Every day legal professionals use technology-enabled Hakcess to Justice tools for discovery, litigation support, document assembly and information needs. But the promise of technology has been fleeting when it comes to the access to justice arena. In 2013 the Legal Services Corporation produced a seminal report outlining key areas where technology can expand access to justice,

Hackcess to JusticeNOLA is  an opportunity for lawyers, coders, entrepreneurs and anyone interested in improving access to justice to come together to help Louisiana’s legal aid community and its at need population by using technology to create solutions for the numerous challenges faced by lawyers who are trying to serve the state’s citizens who cannot afford a lawyer.

February 2015- Cook Yancey Congratulates Sheriff Gary Sexton of Webster Parish on his Patriot Award

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Jim Hill Area Chair for Northwest Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that on February 12, 2015, Sheriff Gary Sexton with Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office, located at 410 Main Street, Minden, Louisiana, was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve.

According to Jim Hill, ESGR Northwest Louisiana Area Chair the Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve. Sheriff Gary Sexton with Webster Parish Sheriff’s Office was nominated for being highly supportive of TSgt Jeremy L. Utphall of the United States Air Force Reserve National Guard 307th Bomb Wing Command Post, his Reserve Component employee. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflict through

January 2015:

Cook Yancey congratulates Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle Honored by Department of Defense for Extraordinary Support of Employees

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Jim Hill Area Chair for Northwest Louisiana Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), an office of the Department of Defense, announced that on February 3, 2015, Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle with DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office was honored with a Patriot Award in recognition of extraordinary support of employees who serve in the Louisiana National Guard and Reserve.

According to Jim Hill, ESGR Northwest Louisiana Area Chair the Patriot Award was created by ESGR to publicly recognize individuals who provide outstanding patriotic support and cooperation to their employees, who like the citizen warriors before them have answered their nation’s call to serve. Sheriff Rodney Arbuckle with DeSoto Parish Sheriff’s Office was nominated for being highly supportive of SGT Ri’chard R. Duncan of the United States Army Reserve National Guard 1087th Transportation Company, his Reserve Component employee. Supportive supervisors are critical to maintaining the strength and readiness of the nation’s National Guard and Reserve units.

As the 1.3 million members of the National Guard and Reserve continue to perform an increasing number of unique missions with America’s borders and beyond, ESGR will continue to be the resource for the employers of citizen warriors. ESGR recognizes outstanding support, increases awareness of the law, and resolves conflict through mediation.

December 18 2014:
MLK Health Center receives a Holiday donation from Cook Yancey

John Kalmbach, board member of MLK, presents a check to Janet Mentesane, Executive Director of MLK.

John Kalmbach, board member of MLK, presents a check to Janet Mentesane, Executive Director of MLK.

Each year Cook Yancey selects a local charity to receive a holiday donation.  For 2014, MLK Heath Center was selected as the recipient. This center serves as a safety net for patients who have no resources to obtain quality health care and pharmacy services. This annual donation is part of the law firm’s holiday card. The artwork each year comes from the winner of a children’s art contest. The donation recipient, or another group creates holiday art for the contest. This year, the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet dancers provided the art as a service act. Cook Yancey gave the SMB a gift card as a prize. The SMB educates the community in the art of classical ballet, to enhance the cultural life by presenting professional full- length ballets and provides education for dancers to showcase their talents.
Cook Yancey is very proud to collaborate with both the SMB and MLK Health Center to serve the community we live in.

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December 20, 2014:
Cook Yancey angels provide help for Common Ground Community.

Cook Yancey angels provide help for Common Ground Community.A Christmas Market is held for Common Ground, to assist families with buying presents. Gifts are donated for all age levels, and the parents and children can shop for their family at an affordable level. Cook Yancey employees enjoy being angels, by helping them make selections and then wrapping the gifts. Clare Gordon shared her bow making skill with the wrapping team. Cathy McGregor and Veronica Morgan lent their help as personal shoppers. It was a heartwarming experience for all, and one that will be gladly repeated next year. Merry Christmas!

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December 2014:
Employees of Cook Yancey join together to bring Christmas to kidsCY December 2014

For the 7th consecutive year, elementary school children were paired with a Cook Yancey employee to be their Secret Santa. The employees take the child’s wish list, and shops for the gifts. Before they are delivered to the school, a giant wrapping party fills a conference room at the law office.
Gift giving this year was dedicated to the Atkins Literacy Center. The gifts we distributed to the kids and their parents, at a special assembly. The parents took pictures and the kids were absolutely elated. In past years, Midway Elementary was the focus school.
Cook Yancey has increased participation in this program, by expanding the involvement to include the Shreveport Bar Association. In this spirit of the season, this program is a way to give back and build up our community.

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October 10, 2014:
Cook Yancey King & Galloway celebrates 100 years100 year bottle

The law firm is celebrating their Centennial year, having operated continuously from 1914-2014. The attorneys gave a party and gifts to the staff in recognition of their valued service. A client appreciation event was hosted by the firm earlier, and other activities are planned this month to commemorate this landmark.100 year cake

October 9, 2014:
Life Insurance Uses and Issues, by Bill Kalmbach

At the 44th Annual Estate Planning seminar hosted by LSU Law Center, Bill Kalmbach, of Cook Yancey presented, Life Insurance Speed Dating in 2014: How to Fall in Love After the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 20120. Bill is a frequent speaker, teacher and author on a variety of tax planning and estate matters.

October 2014:
John Kalmbach to present at the Energy and Environmental Law Summit in November.

The LSBA Energy and Environmental Law Summit will feature John Kalmbach of Cook Yancey, speaking on the 2014 Mineral Rights Update.  There is no more dynamic topic in Louisiana at the present time than energy and environmental law. Because of the heightened interest in this topic from in-house and outside counsel within and without the state, the LSBA is presenting its first ever two-day Energy and Environmental Law Summit covering matters of interest to executives and lawyers on both sides of the aisle including, how the Louisiana legislature works, the latest 2014 significant energy and environmental legislation and jurisprudence, coastal land loss and contamination claims, litigation involving claims of imprudent operations that caused reservoir loss, regulatory issues, how units are created and established in Louisiana, alternate dispute resolution of energy and environmental claims and topics straight from the morning newspapers and the evening news. This summit brings it all together.

To register, http://www.lsba.org/cle/cleseminar.aspx?cleseminar=d3b6793e-d395-4fca-9f3a-6000e44c3a6

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October 2014:
Brian Homza presents at “Insurance Litigation Update”

Brian Homza, shareholder at Cook Yancey will be featured at the upcoming Insurance  Litigation CLE. This LSBA event will be held in New Orleans on October 10. For more details, click hereBrian Homza presents at  "Insurance Litigation Update".

August 18, 2014:
The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015

The law firm of Cook Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that ten attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2015 (Copyright 2014 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S. C.). Sam Caverlee, Sid Cook, Jr., J. William Fleming, Albert M. Hand, Jr., Brian Homza, Bernard Johnson, William C. Kalmbach,
Robert Kennedy, Ken Mascagni, and Herschel E. Richard, Jr., have been chosen for this distinction.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost . million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers.

August 2014:
Attorneys Schroeder and Lambert join Cook Yancey

The law firm of Cook, Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that Logan Schroeder and Andrew Lambert have joined the firm as associates.

Mr. Schroeder received his B. A. from University of Richmond, in Richmond VA in 2006 and his J. D. from Louisiana State University, magna cum laude, in 2009.  After law school, Logan served as law clerk to the Honorable Peter T. Fay, Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.  Prior to joining Cook Yancey, he practiced in New Orleans.

Mr. Lambert received his law degree, magna cum laude, in 2013 from LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center.  He received his undergraduate degree, from Washington and Lee University, in Lexington, Virginia in 2010. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Lambert practiced in New Orleans.

NBI Seminar in Shreveport to feature Cook Yancey attorneys

The National Business Institute (NBI)will bring a one day seminar to Shreveport. This will be a practical legal toolkit for resolving one of the most commonly disputed injuries, the slip and fall. Elizabeth Carmody and Allison Foster of Cook Yancey, are presenters for this event on October 23, 2014.
For more detail and registration, click www.nbi-sems.com

May 2014:
Jack Wilkes, son of Cook Yancey attorney Gregg Wilkes, signs with LSU

Airline runner Jack Wilkes made his commitment to LSU official when he signed a scholarship with the Tigersack Wilkes, son of Cook Yancey attorney Gregg Wilkes, signs with LSU

Wilkes currently owns the 8th fastest 800m time in the U.S. high school standings, which is also 4th all-time in the state of Louisiana. He also has the fastest outdoor time (:52.15) in the state this season.

All of Cook Yancey congratulates Jack on his achievement, and celebrates with his proud parents too.

Links to news articles below.

http://www.shreveporttimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=2014305030018

http://www.ktbs.com/story/25417012/going-the-distance-airlines-jack-wilkes-signs-with-lsu

May 2014:
Cook Yancey is a Beacon of Justice Award Winner

The National Legal Aid and Defender Association (NLADA) yesterday announced that the Shreveport firm Cook Yancey is among its 2014 Beacon of Justice Award winners. The 25 firms were recognized for devoting significant time and resources to creating and implementing innovative strategies to improve life outcomes for low-income individuals. Award winners will be formally honored at the NLADA Exemplar Award Dinner this June in Washington D.C. “These firms truly serve as beacons of justice.” stated Jo-Ann Wallace, NLADA President and CEO. “Their achievements in advancing the cause of equal justice through pro bono generosity provide the entire legal community with a powerful example. I am so proud to have private partners that consistently demonstrate exactly what we can achieve when we work together to secure justice under the law.”

March  13, 2014:
Health Matters: End Of Life Decisions

Lake Hearne, attorney with Cook Yancey, was featured on a recent edition of Health Matters .
Host Dr. Randy Brewer led this discussion on the medical, legal and spiritual perspective in making end of life choices.
You can listen to this important program on Red River Radio, http://redriverradio.org/post/health-matters-end-life-decisions

February 2014:
Kalmbach and Dodson represent MLK Health Center in acquisition

Cook Yancey attorneys Frank Dodson and John Kalmbach represented the Martin Luther King Health Center, pro bono, in the acquisition of a new facility at 865 Olive Street. Kalmbach, who serves as a board member for MLK Health Center states, ‘ Renovations in this new facility will commence immediately, and occupancy is expected by August of 2014.”
The vision of the Martin Luther King Health Center is to improve the health of our community and the patients served; and to meet the demand for high quality comprehensive healthcare services in a cost-effective manner by putting patients first, and by serving them with care and compassion.

The mission of the Martin Luther King Health Center is to extend primary healthcare and pharmacy services at no cost to uninsured patients with chronic illness who otherwise often forgo routine medical care because of a lack of resources.
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February 10, 2014 – Sid Cook Jr. joins the NLEP Board of Directors

Sid Cook Jr. joins the Board of Directors of the North Louisiana Economic Partnership( NLEP)

In working with this board, he will continue the creation of meaningful job opportunities for North Louisiana through the attraction and retention of new and existing companies. The North Louisiana Economic Partnership promotes development across a 14 parish region. NLEP is a public-private partnership dedicated to the positive and sustainable economic development of the parishes it serves in North Louisiana.
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January 28, 2014 – Brian Homza and  Gregg Wilkes attended the TIDA Advanced Trucking Seminar

Brian Homza and  Gregg Wilkes attended the recent TIDA Advanced Trucking Seminar in Dallas, Texas on January 27-28.

The program included presentations on the effect of MAP 21 and Electronic Recorder Devices for commercial carriers.

TIDA is a nonprofit association with members devoted to sharing knowledge and resources for defense of the trucking industry.

TIDA was founded in 1993 and has become the organization of choice for over ,900 motor carriers, trucking insurers, defense attorneys and claims servicing companies.

The organization is committed to reducing the cost of claims and lawsuits against the trucking industry. Members work to develop strategies and share knowledge to defend the trucking industry in personal injury, property damage, workers’ compensation and cargo claims. TIDA members advocate on behalf of the industry’s interests.

More info here.

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December, 2013 – Check presentation to Feist-Weiller Cancer Center

The Arts in Medicine program at Feist-Weiller Cancer Center/LSU Health and University Health Shreveport provided the artwork for Cook Yancey’s Christmas card.

The firm made a monetary donation to Feist-Weiller in honor of the firm clients. Bernard Johnson, president of the board of directors, presented the check to Anne Higdon of Feist –Weiller.

Each cancer patient participating in the Arts in Medicine program painted an individual tile to create a collective art scene evoking the holiday spirit.

The paintings incorporated in the card design were a variation of Joy Ride by Grandma Moses and Poinsettias by Andy Warhol.

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December, 2013-Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that twelve attorneys have been named to the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers.

Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named to the 2014 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers: Samuel W. Caverlee, Sidney E, Cook, Al Hand, Bernard Johnson, John Kalmbach, Bill Kalmbach, Ken Mascagni and Herschel Richard. Matt May has been named Rising Stars. Louisiana Super Lawyers is an annual publication produced by Thomson Reuters and serves to identify attorneys reaching high levels of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys in Louisiana Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-step selection process that begins with a statewide survey of attorneys. According to the publication, only five percent of the state’s lawyers were selected as “Super Lawyers” after a rigorous process of peer evaluation.

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November , 2013 – Best Law Firm recognition received by Cook Yancey

2014 "Best Law Firm" ranking from US News and World Report

Cook Yancey has received a 2014 “Best Law Firm” ranking from US News and World Report, for six areas of law. Shreveport Metropolitan Tier rankings were awarded to Cook Yancey in the fields of Commercial litigation, Labor & Employment Law Litigation, Insurance Law, representation of defendants in Medical Malpractice Law, representation of defendants in Personal Injury Litigation, and Trusts and Estates Law.

Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to establish the U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm”

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August, 2013 – The Best Lawyers in America ® 2014

The law firm of Cook Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that twelve attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2014 (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S. C.). Sam Caverlee, Sid Cook, Jr., J. William Fleming, Albert M. Hand, Jr., Brian Homza, Bernard Johnson, William C. Kalmbach, Ken Mascagni and Herschel E. Richard, Jr., have been chosen for this distinction. Additionally, Albert M. Hand, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Shreveport Litigation – Environmental “Lawyer of the Year and Herschel E. Richard, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Shreveport Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.”

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost . million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers.

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August, 2013- Visually impaired artists making mark

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Mattie Johnson, the artist who designed Cook Yancey’s Christmas card in 2013, has been singled out once again for her artistic achievement. Shreveport residents, Mattie and James each have art pieces to be featured in a juried art exhibit in in Louisville , Kentucky. In addition, James’ sculpture of the Three Wise Men was awarded second place. James will represent LAB at an awards ceremony in Louisville in October. LAB art instructor is Patty McAllister, who started teaching the class at the Louisiana Association for the Blind in Shreveport in January 2012. Students learn painting, sculpture, beading and mixed-media techniques. Cook Yancey celebrates this success for Mattie and James, and also the work at LAB. For the full story, see http://www.shreveporttimes.com/article/20130814/NEWS01/308140025/Visually-impaired-artists-making-mark-national-show?nclick_check=

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April, 2013 – Goodwill Industries to Receive Truck Donation from Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway and Yoken Toyota-Scion

Shreveport, LA – Goodwill Industries of North Louisiana will receive the keys to a brand new Toyota Tundra truck on Tuesday, April 30th, at 2pm, at the Yokem Toyota-Scion dealership at 1199 East Bert Kouns Industrial Loop in Shreveport, LA. The donation of the truck is being made through the generosity of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, LLC and Yokem Toyota-Scion.

Cook, Yancey won the use of the truck from Yokem Toyota as the winner of the Ultimate Door Prize at Goodwill’s 2013 Black Tie Bingo – Paris: City of Lights fundraising gala in March. They, in turn, donated the use of the truck to Goodwill to supplement its Contract Services’ fleet of vehicles. Goodwill’s Contract Services Department provides training and employment opportunities to people with severe disabilities and other barriers to employment. The truck will be used to transport contract workers and equipment back and forth to different contract sites.

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March 15, 2013 – Cook Yancey designated Best Law Firm by Shreveport Times

For the fifth consecutive year, the Shreveport Times has selected Cook Yancey for its Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of “Best Law Firm.” The Times’ Readers Choice Awards is based on the popular votes of its readers. Cook, Yancey is proud to receive this designation from the community it serves and is dedicated to giving back to the community through service. Please see our community service webpage to read more

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February, 2013- Cook Yancey legal secretary receives Top Business Professional recognition

The BDC of the Shreveport Chamber of Commerce recognized Kimberly Gipson as a 2013 MBOA Top Business Professional of the Year Nominee.

Kim is a legal secretary to attorney Frank Dodson. This award recognizes an individual who consistently exemplifies the highest standard of professional excellence; a reputation and performance on the job that is of a respected leader or example to her colleagues; has a record of accomplishments and dedicates her time to providing service to the community.

Congratulations to Kim, for this award and also her service.

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February, 2013- ALTAPL seminar features Cook Yancey shareholder, Matt May

Matt R. May spoke at the 2013 Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen Educational Seminar that was held Friday and Saturday, February 8-9, 2013. Matt’s topic was the negotiation of surface rights.

The Ark-La-Tex Association of Professional Landmen (ALTAPL) is a non-profit organization operated by its membership for the mutual benefit of furthering knowledge and interests of land agents and related professionals, and to better acquaint the public with the scope of such work. For more information, visit www.altapl.org

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January, 2013 – Cook Yancey has fourteen attorneys named to 2013 Louisiana Super Lawyers

Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that the following attorneys have been named to the 2013 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers: Samuel W. Caverlee, Sidney E, Cook, Bill Fleming, Al Hand, Brian Homza, Bernard Johnson, Bill Kalmbach, and Herschel Richard. Matt May has been named Rising Stars. Louisiana Super Lawyers is an annual publication produced by Thomson Reuters and serves to identify attorneys reaching high levels of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys in Louisiana Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-step selection process that begins with a statewide survey of attorneys. According to the publication, only five percent of the state’s lawyers were selected as “Super Lawyers” after a rigorous process of peer evaluation.

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October 25, 2012 – Best Law Firm recognition received by Cook Yancey

us news best logoCook Yancey has received a 2013 “Best Law Firm” ranking from US News and World Report in the fields of energy law, oil & gas litigation, general commercial litigation, labor & employment law, trusts and estates law, insurance law, representation of defendants in medical malpractice law, and the representation of defendants in personal injury litigation. Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to establish the U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings.

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October 23, 2012- Bernard Johnson is admitted to American College of Trial Lawyers

Bernard S. Johnson has become a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, one of the premier legal associations in America.

The induction ceremony at which Mr.. Johnson became a Fellow took place recently before an audience of approximately ,070 persons during the recent 2012 Annual Meeting of the College in New York, New York.

Founded in 1950, the College is composed of the best of the trial bar from the United States and Canada. Fellowship in the College is extended by invitation only and only after careful investigation, to those experienced trial lawyers who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers have been marked by the highest standards of ethical conduct, professionalism, civility and collegiality. Lawyers must have a minimum of fifteen years trial experience before they can be considered for Fellowship.

Membership in the College cannot exceed one percent of the total lawyer population of any state or province. There are currently approximately ,838 members in the United States and Canada.Bernard Johnson is a partner in the firm of Cook Yancey King & Galloway and has been practicing in Shreveport for 35 years. The newly inducted Fellow is an alumnus of Yale University and Louisiana State University School of Law.

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September 12, 2012- Cook Yancey attorneys honored as Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has honored four Cook Yancey shareholders. Samuel W. Caverlee has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Shreveport Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” Sidney E. Cook, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Shreveport Product Liability Litigation – Defendants “Lawyer of the Year.” William C. Kalmbach III has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Shreveport Tax Law “Lawyer of the Year.”

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate these attorneys on being selected as the ‘Shreveport Best Lawyers of the Year’ for 2013.”

Register online now here. Click here for a schedule and registration form to mail or fax.

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July 2012- Bill Kalmbach is a contributing author for West

West Publishing will release the latest volume of Estate Planning in Louisiana in December, 2012. Bill Kalmbach has written seven chapters for this edition, including Tax, Valuation, Lifetime and Testamentary Planning, as related to Louisiana Law.

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July , 2012 Firecracker race draws Cook Yancey participants

Sportspectrum hosted the annual Firecracker race on Independence Day. It is the area’s biggest race of the year, with over 3500 people in the 5K run and health walk that runs through scenic South Highlands. Cook Yancey staff and attorneys enjoyed participating, and the festivity of this celebration.

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June, 2012 Law Day event is held for the Cara Center

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Lake Hearne and John Kalmbach, attorneys at Cook Yancey, participated in the special event for children at the Cara Center. Through the Shreveport Bar Association, attorneys raised funds to provide a fun filled day complete with food and games, haircuts, manicures and gift cards for tennis shoes. John Kalmbach led the Law Day committee for 2012. This group worked with the staff at the Cara Center to organize and provide these special gifts for each child.

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January 31, 2012 -Cook, Yancey Advises Buyer of Interest in Atlanta Falcons

Cook, Yancey recently acted as lead counsel to Brian J. Barker in his purchase of a minority interest in the Atlanta Falcons, the National Football League franchise owned by Atlanta philanthropist Arthur M. Blank. Mr. Barker is the founder and chief executive of AFS, a logistics company based in Shreveport. He joins seven other minority owners of the Falcons. The Falcons recently finished their fourth consecutive winning season.
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January 2, 2012- Award is presented to Sam Caverlee

The Shreveport Bar Association has honored attorney Sam Caverlee, shareholder at Cook Yancey. Sam was recognized for his outstanding Pro Bono work during 2011, and presented with a plaque at the Pro Bono reception.
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November 18, 2011- Cook Yancey selected for Top Ranked Law Firms by Martindale

Martindale-Hubbell® has just released a first ever Top Ranked Law Firms TM list, which they will present in Fortune magazine’s Investor’s Guide 2012 issue.

Of 254,000 firms rated by Martindale Hubbell, only 1000 firms were selected nationally for inclusion in the list, for having at least one-third (33%) of their attorneys achieve an AV Preeminent rating. Specifically, only 31 firms in Louisiana and only 1 in Shreveport were listed. This is the first time Martindale has done a ranking for law firms, and Cook Yancey is pleased to be selected for this distinction.

Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Ratings are driven by the confidential opinions of lawyers and members of the judiciary who receive invitations from LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell to provide reviews of lawyers of whom they have professional knowledge. As the highest rating available, an AV Preeminent Peer Review certification mark is a significant accomplishment – a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence. Peer Review rated lawyers are not required to have a paid listing on Lawyers.com SM or martindale.com ®.

November, 2011- Bernard Johnson will address the LCPA

The Louisiana chapter of CPA’s have asked Mr. Johnson to speak at their meeting on November 21 at the Petroleum Club. His topic will be the current state of Louisiana law governing claims of malpractice and other liability for accountants, including consideration of the operation of accountant review panels and special provisions of the Louisiana Code of Evidence relating to accountant-client privilege (Article 515) and subpoenas of accountants in criminal (Article 516) and civil (Article 517) cases.

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October 7, 2011 – Cook Yancey attorney honored as Lawyer of the Year

Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has honored three Cook Yancey shareholders. J. William Fleming has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Shreveport Oil & Gas Law Lawyer of the Year, William C Kalmbach as Best Lawyers’ 2012 Shreveport Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year and Herschel E. Richard, Jr. has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2012 Shreveport Professional Malpractice Law Lawyer of the Year.

After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities. Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”

Best Lawyers compiles its lists of outstanding attorneys by conducting exhaustive peer-review surveys in which thousands of leading lawyers confidentially evaluate their professional peers. Because of the rigorous methodology used by Best Lawyers, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.

The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity.

Steven Naifeh, President of Best Lawyers, says, “We continue to believe – as we have believed for more than 25 years – that recognition by one’s peers is the most meaningful form of praise in the legal profession. We would like to congratulate J. William Fleming, William C. Kalmbach, and Herschel E. Richard on being selected as the ‘Shreveport Best Lawyers of the Year’ for 2012.”
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September 13, 2011 – Cook Yancey renews their investment in North Louisiana Economic Partnership

Cook Yancey partners and Herschel E. Richard, present an investment check to North Louisiana Economic Partnership (NLEP)Chair John Peak and President Kurt Foreman to contribute to economic development in North Louisiana. The firm is proud to support NLEP in attracting business and industry to the area, and pleased with recent business expansions facilitated by the partnership.

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September 1, 2011 – Ten Cook Yancey lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America ® 2012

Ten lawyers from Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2012 (Copyright 2011 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S.C.). Sam Caverlee, Sid Cook, Bill Fleming, Brian A. Homza, Bernard Johnson, Bill Kalmbach, Kenneth Mascagni and Herschel Richard were honored with this distinction.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 41,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.9 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers. The subspecialties listed after their names are based on information from a variety of sources.
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July 27, 2011 – Cook Yancey is Proud to Feature Works of Karen Mathison Schmidt in Print and Online Materials

Cook Yancey is pleased to feature works by local artist Karen Mathison Schmidt in its print and online materials. Ms. Schmidt’s landscapes and familiar scenes celebrate Northwest Louisiana and reflect her roots and appreciation of what make the area special.

Ms. Schmidt lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Creator of Louisiana Edgewood Art, her works often feature images of the Northwest Louisiana region. Schmidt’s use of bold color and movement evokes a spirit of strength, vitality, and growth familiar not just to those who know the landscapes and tree lined streets of her hometown, but to people everywhere. Click here to learn more about her work…

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July 25, 2011 United Way campaign is underway at Cook Yancey

logo-boxA full slate of events including a golf challenge and a silent auction are taking place at Cook Yancey during the week of July 25th.The firm holds a Pacesetter drive annually, to support the local United Way. Attorneys and staff participate in the informative and fun events to increase awareness and also raise funds.
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June 1, 2011- Cook Yancey designated Best Law Firm by Shreveport Times

For the fourth consecutive year, the Shreveport Times has selected Cook Yancey for its Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of “Best Law Firm.” The Times’ Readers Choice Awards is based on the popular votes of its readers. Cook, Yancey is proud to receive this designation from the community it serves and is dedicated to giving back to the community through service. Please see our community service webpage to read more
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May 23, 2011 – An attorney from Cook Yancey volunteers for Junior Achievement

An attorney at Cook Yancey, inspired Ms. Bowies 2nd grade class at Shreve Island to succeed in a global economy with the program called Our Community . For the week of May 23-27, the attorney spent time in the classroom each afternoon Monday through Friday; exploring the interdependent roles of workers in a community, the work they perform, and how communities work. These lessons proved to the students that they too can be successful in our community with the right attitude, an education, and with the work-readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship skills from our program.

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.

The attorney’s practice is focused on commercial and energy litigation.
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May 17, 2011 – Candace S. Spinks Receives Award

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On Tuesday May 17, the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce presented Candace Spinks, Marketing & Recruiting Director at CY, with their Very Important Volunteer Award (VIVA) commending her for her volunteer commitment to the chamber and business community. Candace is actively involved with the Greater Shreveport Chamber of Commerce, as well as Volunteers of America, United Way, YMCA and the Downtown Business Lunch at First Methodist.

NLEP is a non-profit economic development marketing organization, promoting 14 parishes in North Louisiana as a desirable and profitable business location. The NLEP and its many partners work with both existing companies and prospective employers to encourage job creation and capital investment as a way to build a strong and thriving economy.

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January 17, 2011 – Attorneys at Cook Yancey participate in the MLK National Day of Service

MLK-day-BSJ-WLH‘Where there’s a Will, there’s a Way’- Bernard Johnson, (lower right) and Lake Hearne ( upper right) of Cook Yancey help members of the community prepare living wills and medical powers of attorney during the MLK Day National Day of Service. This annual event was sponsored by the Shreveport Bar Association.

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January 12, 2011 – Cook Yancey attorneys are named to Louisiana Super Lawyers

Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that the following four attorneys have been named to the 2011 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers: Samuel W. Caverlee, Sidney E. Cook, Bernard Johnson and Herschel Richard. Louisiana Super Lawyers is an annual publication produced by Thomson Reuters and serves to identify attorneys reaching high levels of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys in Louisiana Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-step selection process that begins with a statewide survey of attorneys. According to the publication, only five percent of the state’s lawyers were selected as “Super Lawyers” after a rigorous process of peer evaluation. Cook Yancey congratulates its shareholders on this distinction.
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January 4, 2011 – William C. Kalmbach Co-Authors 2010 Edition of West’s Estate Planning in Louisiana

William C. Kalmbach, a shareholder in the law firm of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, is a co-author of the recently published book Estate Planning in Louisiana (West Group 1991; 2010-2011 Ed.) Mr. Kalmbach has served as chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Estate Planning and Administration Advisory Commission and currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of estate planning and tax issues, and was recently elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC). Mr. Kalmbach graduated, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa, from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, and his masters in law degree from the University of Miami. He is currently admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas.
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December 20, 2010 – Cook Yancey teams up with LSU-Shreveport for “Secret Santa” Project

Day-of-SSThis holiday season kicked off Cook, Yancey’s fourth annual “Secret Santa” project. In partnership with the College of Education and Human Development at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Cook Yancey identified a local school, Midway Elementary Professional Development School, with many children in need this holiday season. Attorneys and staff at Cook Yancey, along with faculty, staff, and students at LSU-Shreveport, provided gifts and holiday cheer for 77 Midway students.  In 2011, we hope to expand the project and include more area law firms and more schools and school children.”
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November 11, 2010 – William C. Kalmbach Elected to Fellowship in the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel

William C. Kalmbach, a shareholder in the law firm of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, was recently elected a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC).

ACTEC is a nonprofit association of lawyers established in 1949 whose members are elected to it by demonstrating the highest level of integrity, commitment to the profession, competence and experience as trust and estate counselors. All ACTEC members have made substantial contributions to the field of trusts and estates law through writing, teaching, and bar leadership activities. The members work together in a collegial manner to: enhance their ability to provide the most efficient and highest quality services to their clients; develop qualified trust and estate counselors; improve and reform probate,

trust and tax laws, procedures and standards of professional responsibility; and cooperate with bar associations and other organizations with similar missions. ACTEC members advise clients or teach in one or more of the following areas: planning for the orderly and tax efficient transfer of wealth during life and after death and preparing all related estate planning documents; administering trusts, decedent’s estates, guardianships, conservatorships, and other family entities; planning for incapacity and elder concerns; planning for employee benefits; planning charitable gifts and advising exempt organizations; and handling tax controversy and fiduciary litigation. Membership in ACTEC is by election of the regents of the College.

“We congratulate Bill on being named a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel,” said Cook, Yancey’s president, Herschel E. Richard, Jr., “Bill’s election highlights his experience and skill with estate planning issues and is evidence of the high regard in which he is held by his peers.”

Mr. Kalmbach has served as chairman of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Estate Planning and Administration Advisory Commission and currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization. He is a frequent author and lecturer on a variety of estate planning and tax issues and is a co-author, beginning with the 2010-2011 Supplement, of Hickey, McDaniel, Sigler, Kalmbach & Raglin, Estate Planning in Louisiana (West Group 1991; 2010-2011 Ed.)

Mr. Kalmbach graduated, magna cum laude, and Phi Beta Kappa, from Vanderbilt University with a B.A. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University, and his masters in law degree from the University of Miami. He is currently admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas.

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September 15, 2010 – Best Law Firm recognition received by Cook Yancey

USnews_BL_LogoWIP2Cook Yancey has received a 2010 “Best Law Firm” ranking from US News and World Report in the fields of energy law, general commercial litigation, representation of defendants in medical malpractice law, and the representation of defendants in personal injury litigation. Best Lawyers has partnered with U.S. News & World Report, the leading rankings publication in the U.S., to establish the U.S.News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” rankings that will be released in print and online on Wednesday, September 15.
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August 26, 2010 – The Best Lawyers in America ® 2011

The law firm of Cook Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that seven attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2011 (Copyright 2010 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S. C.). Samuel W. Caverlee, Sidney E. Cook, Jr., J. William Fleming, Brian A. Homza, Ken Mascagni, William C. Kalmbach and Herschel E. Richard, Jr., have been chosen for this distinction.

Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which more than 39,000 leading attorneys cast almost 3.1 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas, and because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” It is important to note that the lawyers listed in Best Lawyers have no say in deciding which practice areas they are included in. They are voted into practice areas entirely as a result of the votes they receive from their peers.

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June 25, 2010 – Herschel E. Richard, Jr. elected as President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation Fellows

Herschel-E.-Richard-photoThe Louisiana State Bar Foundation elected Herschel E. Richard, Jr. as the President, for 2010 and 2011. Mr. Richard was inducted at the Annual Meeting of Fellows in Destin, Fl.

Mr. Richard received his undergraduate degree from Tulane University and his law degree from Louisiana State University, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers. This year, he was recognized the Top of the Top Attorney List by SB Magazine. He is the current president of Cook Yancey King & Galloway as well.

Click here to view the press release.
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May 1, 2010 – Cook Yancey’s Herschel Richard “Tops” the SB Magazine’s Top Attorney List

Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that the following fifteen attorneys have been named to the 2010 Top Attorneys by SB magazine: James Campbell (Oil/Gas/Energy Law, Real Estate); Samuel W. Caverlee (Railroad Law, Medical Malpractice, Commercial Litigation); Frank Dodson (Real Estate, Commercial Transactions, Energy Law ); Bill Fleming (Oil/Gas/Energy Law, Real Estate); Al Hand (Environmental Law, Toxic Tort, Products Liability); Brian Homza Insurance Coverage, Defense of Extra Contractual Claims, Fire Science & Technology Claims); John Kalmbach (Natural Gas Pipeline Development, Federal & State Eminent Domain, Oil& Gas, Legal Malpractice); Jason Nichols (Business Litigation, Products Liability, Legal Malpractice); Herschel Richard (Federal & State Eminent Domain, Business Litigation, Toxic Tort, Products Liability, Legal & Medical Malpractice); and Jarrod Thrash (Law Enforcement, Municipal Litigation, Products Liability, Personal Injury). The annual top attorney list is compiled by a balloting of over 800 local attorneys. Herschel Richard earned the top number of votes by his peers. SB magazine states, “Once again this year Richard received the most votes, in fact when the votes are counted each year he has been on top or near the top every single time.”

Click here for SBmag.net article

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April 1, 2010 – Attorneys from Cook Yancey serve it up at the METT

KCM-tennis-METTIn March, Al Hand attorney with Cook Yancey, played in the 10th annual Metroplex Energy Tennis Tournament at the T Bar M Tennis Club in Dallas, Texas. Al played in the A division. The METT, administered and sponsored by prominent oil & gas firms in the Metroplex, helps to raise money for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital. Cook Yancey was also a proud sponsor of the METT this year. For more information on the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, visit www.tsrh.org.
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February 4, 2010 – Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that three attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers.

Cook Yancey is pleased to announce that the following three attorneys have been named to the 2010 edition of Louisiana Super Lawyers: Samuel W. Caverlee (personal injury defense); Bernard Johnson (business litigation); and Herschel Richard (business litigation). Louisiana Super Lawyers is an annual publication produced by Law & Politics magazine and serves to identify attorneys reaching high levels of peer recognition and professional achievement. Attorneys in Louisiana Super Lawyers are selected through a multi-step selection process that begins with a statewide survey of attorneys.

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February 3, 2010 – Cook Yancey contributes to Haiti earthquake relief effort

The employees and attorneys of Cook Yancey recently made a contribution to the American Red Cross International Response Fund on behalf of the Haiti earthquake relief effort. Cook Yancey attorney William C. Bradford coordinated this effort, raising individual contributions from Cook Yancey attorneys and staff members.

January 21, 2010 – Outstanding Service Award presented to Cook Yancey

On January 21, 2010, Cook Yancey received the Northwest Louisiana Pro Bono Project’s Outstanding Service Award for its work during the past year on behalf of residents of the Shreveport-Bossier Rescue Mission and other individuals in need. Cook Yancey is the first law firm ever to receive this award. We are committed to serving our community, and we appreciate the Pro Bono Project’s recognition of our efforts.

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December 14, 2009 – Cook Yancey teams up with LSU-Shreveport for “Secret Santa” Project.

1-6-2011-10-58-58-AMThis holiday season kicked off Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway’s third annual “Secret Santa” project. In partnership with the College of Education and Human Development at Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Cook Yancey identified a local school, Midway Elementary Professional Development School, with many children in need this holiday season. Attorneys and staff at Cook Yancey, along with faculty, staff, and students at LSU-Shreveport, provided gifts and holiday cheer for 108 Midway students.  We hope to expand this effort next year to include other area schools and law firms.”

Priscilla Pullen, principal of Midway elementary, organizes the gifts.
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September 2009 – Louisiana Bar Foundation installs Board of Directors

Herschel E. Richard, Jr., will serve as the Vice-President of the Louisiana Bar Foundation (LBF) for 2009-10. The newly-elected board was installed in June. Mr. Richard is the current president of Cook Yancey.

September 2009- Cook Yancey attorney elected to BOD

An attorney at Cook Yancey has been elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Shreveport Metropolitan Ballet. As a former principal dancer of SMB, she is pleased to serve this company.

The attorneys primary areas of practice are commercial litigation and contract issues. She received her undergraduate degree in Political Science from Rhodes College and received her law degree, cum laude, from Tulane University School of Law. She was also a recipient of the Tulane European Legal Certificate. The attorney is a member of both the Shreveport and Louisiana Bar Associations.
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August 14, 2009 CookYancey- RBM Team Takes 1st Place at Third-Annual I-Bowl Trivia Night

The CookYancey- RBM trivia team (aka: “The Answering Machine”) took first prize at the THIRD-ANNUAL ADVOCARE V100 INDEPENDENCE BOWL TRIVIA NIGHT sponsored by the Independence Bowl Foundation. The event was held Friday night at the Independence Stadium’s club level. The night included dinner provided by PieWorks Pizza and trivia questions with categories ranging from COLLEGE SPORTS to HISTORY, ENTERTAINMENT, LAGNIAPPE and AROUND THE STATE. Members of the winning team included: Scotty & Lesley Amos (RBM), Harry McInnis, Jason Nichols (CookYancey) and Scott & Kori Shurley. The winning team took home a prize package totaling more than $1,250, including 16 Premium Chairback seats to the 2009 AdvoCare V100 Independence Bowl to be played on December 28th at 4pm on ESPN, Round-trip Shuttle tickets to and from the game, and tickets to the Independence Bowl Foundation Member Tailgate Party. This was the team’s second year to compete in the event.

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Cook Yancey attorneys proudly supported Operation Rehydration through the contribution of legal services.

Founded in part by Cook Yancey summer employee William Webb, a sophomore at Millsaps College, Operation Rehydration is a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to combating the lethal effects of dehydration by diarrheal disease on the children of the developing world. Click here to read more about Cook Yancey’s Pro Bono work.
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July 14, 2009- Estate Planning Seminar

Cook, Yancey shareholder, Bill Kalmbach, will speak to attorneys, accountants, bank trust officers, and insurance professionals at Louisiana State University’s 39th Annual Estate Planning Seminar on October 8, 2009. Mr. Kalmbach will present his paper entitled Engagement Letters for Estate Planning Matters, Including Wills, Trusts and Successions and conduct a question and answer session. LSU’s annual estate planning seminar is held in Baton Rouge, Louisiana each year and attracts a wide spectrum of estate planning professionals.

Mr. Kalmbach joined Cook, Yancey in 1990, and practices primarily in the business, estate planning, and taxation areas. He is a frequent speaker to professional and lay groups regarding wills, trusts, successions, life insurance, and sophisticated wealth transfer planning. He is admitted to practice in Louisiana and Texas and is Board Certified Specialist in Estate Planning and Administration by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization.
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May 21, 2009 – Reception held for The Honorable Tom Stagg

The North Louisiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association hosted a reception at The Shreveport Club for The Honorable Tom Stagg, United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, to recognize his thirty-fifth anniversary on the bench. Cook Yancey attorneys Brian A. Homza and Jason B. Nichols are currently serving as president and treasurer, respectively, of this newly-formed chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Cook Yancey attorneys Ken Mascagni, Robert Kennedy, John T. Kalmbach, and Lilia J. Knicely formerly served as law clerks for Judge Stagg. Many judges, attorneys, and federal court staff members attended this event to honor Judge Stagg’s many years of serve to the community.
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May 15, 2009 – Cook Yancey is Proud to Feature Works of Karen Mathison Schmidt in Print and Online Materials

Oak-Tree-on-RatcliffCook Yancey is pleased to feature works by local artist Karen Mathison Schmidt in its print and online materials. Ms. Schmidt’s landscapes and familiar scenes celebrate Northwest Louisiana and reflect her roots and appreciation of what make the area special.

Ms. Schmidt lives in Shreveport, Louisiana. Creator of Louisiana Edgewood Art, her works often feature images of the Northwest Louisiana region. Schmidt’s use of bold color and movement evokes a spirit of strength, vitality, and growth familiar not just to those who know the landscapes and tree lined streets of her hometown, but to people everywhere. Click here to learn more about her work…

Since 1914, Cook Yancey has led the way in the Ark-La-Tex region and beyond.
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May 11, 2009 – Cook Yancey commits to second year of CIC sponsorship

Cook-Yancey-CIC-2Cook Yancey presented a check to the Cyber Innovation Center (CIC) to continue as a Community Partner for the next year. Candace S. Spinks of Cook Yancey stand with Mayor Lo Walker and G.B. Cazes, Asst. Director of the CIC. Cook Yancey is pleased to support this community effort to coordinate academic, private and public entities focus on our nation’s interests in cyberspace.

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May 5, 2009 – Cook Yancey congratulates Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC on the commencement of services on its Gulf Crossing Pipeline Project.

Cook Yancey congratulates its client Gulf Crossing Pipeline Company LLC, a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, on the commencement of services on its Gulf Crossing Pipeline Project. This new, 42 inch diameter natural gas pipeline runs from Sherman, Texas, to interconnects with other natural gas pipelines near Tallulah, Louisiana. When fully completed, the pipeline will be capable of transporting 1.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per day. For more information, please visit: http://www.gulfcrossing.com/default.aspx. Cook Yancey was proud to assist Gulf Crossing in its acquisition of the property rights necessary to construct, operate, and maintain the Gulf Crossing Pipeline Project, which represents a substantial capital investment in North Louisiana. Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, and John T. Kalmbach practice in the areas of federal and state eminent domain, with substantial experience in federal condemnation and state expropriation of pipeline servitudes and rights of way.
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May 1, 2009 – Cook Yancey team volunteers for Day of Caring

As part of the United Way’s 2009 Day of Caring, Cook Yancey employees volunteered their time to the Reach out and Read program at Louisiana State Health Science Center Shreveport children’s clinic. Reading to patients and labeling books for this program was a rewarding way to give back to the community where we live and work. Day of Caring is a one-day, community-wide volunteer event that allows United Way donors an opportunity to see first-hand where their contributions are going and whom their dollars are helping. The program connects volunteer groups from local business and industry with non-profit agencies in need of assistance. The program is an organized way for individuals to make a difference in their community. Nearly 1,000 volunteers from local organizations rolled up their sleeves and completed 97 service projects across northwest Louisiana for the 2009 Day of Caring! See photos.

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March 1, 2009- Cook Yancey designated Best Law Firm by Shreveport Times

For the second consecutive year, the Shreveport Times has selected Cook Yancey for its Reader’s Choice Awards in the category of “Best Law Firm.” The Times’ Readers Choice Awards is based on the popular votes of its readers. Cook, Yancey is proud to receive this designation from the community it serves and is dedicated to giving back to the community through service. Please see our community service webpage to read more.
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February 4, 2009-Simmons joins United Way Board

United Way of Northwest Louisiana has elected the 2009 Board of Directors. Candace Simmons, Marketing and Recruiting Director at Cook Yancey will join this board for a three year term. She will serve as President of the Women’s Leadership Council, an affinity group of United Way that seeks to inspire women to address and support community challenges. The council’s current initiative is the David Raines Health Centers Dental Sealant Program. Simmons is a native of Shreveport who joined Cook Yancey in 2008, bringing with her over a decade of legal marketing experience in the Houston area.
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December 1, 2008-Ryan C. Williams made the list as a finalist for a 2008 Presidential Management Fellowship

The LSU Alumni magazine announced the University’s Top Scholars for 2008 in its winter issue, and Ryan Williams made the list as a finalist for a 2008 Presidential Management Fellowship. The Presidential Management Fellows program is a highly competitive program administered by the United States Office of Personnel Management. Selection for the PMF program is based on academic and leadership achievements, career goals, and interest in public service. Finalists were assessed on their superior writing, interpersonal, analytical, and leadership skills. Williams was nominated by the LSU Law Center for this honor.

Williams received a Juris Doctor/Bachelor of Civil Law degree at LSU. He was an accomplished editor of the Louisiana Law Review. He joined Cook Yancey as an associate in the Oil & Gas group following graduation. The firm congratulates Ryan on this distinction and honor.

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November 20, 2008 – Newly elected officers from Cook Yancey

The North Louisiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association was formed in July 2008 to improve the quality of practice in federal courts and to create a vehicle for an active dialogue between attorneys and area federal judge. Newly elected officers from Cook Yancey include Brian A. Homza as the president and Jason B. Nichols serving as treasurer. Other members from Cook Yancey include John T. Kalmbach, Brandon A. Politz, and Herschel E. Richard, Jr.

On November 20, 2008, the chapter held its inaugural event, a seminar and swearing-in ceremony for area attorneys. Judges Carl E. Stewart, S. Maurice Hicks, Jr., Mark L. Hornsby, and Karen L. Hayes presented detailed information about their respective courts. Immediately following the seminar, a number of attorneys were sworn in to practice before the United States Court of Appeal for the Fifth Circuit, as well as the United States District Courts for the Western, Middle, and Eastern Districts of Louisiana. Following the seminar and swearing-in ceremony, a reception was held to give local attorneys a chance to visit with the federal judges and network with other federal court practitioners in North Louisiana. Cook Yancey was pleased to be one of the sponsors of this event.

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October 8, 2008-Six Cook Yancey lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America ® 2009

The law firm of Cook Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that six attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2009. (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S. C.) Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, F. Drake Lee, Jr., Ken Mascagni, J. William Fleming and William C. Kalmbach have been chosen for this distinction. Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Mr. Richard’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business litigation, toxic tort, products liability, and legal and medical malpractice. Mr. Caverlee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, railroad law, federal and state eminent domain, and commercial litigation. Mr. Lee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Mascagni’s practice includes law enforcement and municipal litigation, franchise litigation, products liability, and construction litigation. Mr. Fleming’s practice is concentrated on oil & gas, energy and real estate matters. Mr. Kalmbach’s practice is concentrated in business, estate planning, and taxation. Cook Yancey congratulates its shareholders on this distinction.

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October 6 – Four Cook Yancey attorneys named Louisiana “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers.com.

Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, F. Drake Lee, Jr., and Bernard S. Johnson have been named Louisiana “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers.com. According to the publication, only five percent of the state’s lawyers were selected as “Super Lawyers” after a rigorous process of peer evaluation and attorney polling.

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October 1, 2008 – Cynthia Anderson gains a board appointment

Cynthia Anderson has been appointed to the Institutional Review Board at Louisiana State University Shreveport Health Science Center. The IRB is responsible for reviewing and monitoring biomedical research involving human subjects and ensuring the protection of the rights and welfare of humans participating in research. Ms. Anderson has been with Cook Yancey for 31 years. Her practice is concentrated in Health Care Law, representing physicians, hospitals, and other health care providers.

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September 11, 2008-Cook Yancey is a Pacesetter in the United Way of Northwest Louisiana

The theme was Working together we make a Winning Team. The week of activities paid off in both teambuilding and financial results. The amount raised by the firm was three times that of the prior year. The firm is proud to partner with the United Way effort to impact lives and invest in our community.

Candace Simmons and Gaye Garbarino were the campaign coordinators, and Emily Gillespie was the United Way staff representative.

(Photo-left to right; Candace, Emily and Gaye)

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September 5, 2008-Cook Yancey Pink Bracelet Brigade

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All employees proudly wear the BE STRONG pink bracelet, an internationally recognized symbol of support for breast cancer research and as a show of encouragement to those people fighting the disease. Our Support Staff had 100% participation as they rallied to purchase the bracelets and wear them together as the Cook, Yancey Pink Bracelet Brigade in honor of fellow employee, Margaret Gould. Margaret has shown incredible strength and spirit in her own fight with this disease. It is our hope that this colorful and visible show of support will bring cheer to her and to other cancer patients.

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September 2, 2008 – Ryan C. Williams joins Cook Yancey

The law firm of Cook, Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that Ryan C. Williams has joined the firm as an associate.

“We are enthused about Ryan joining us, and working in the Oil and Gas practice group. He will be an asset, at this time of exciting growth,” says Bill Fleming, a shareholder at Cook Yancey.

Mr. Williams received his B. A. from Louisiana State University in 2005 and his J. D. from Louisiana State University in 2008. He was Senior Editor of the Louisiana Law Review.

Cook Yancey is the largest law firm in Northwest Louisiana. In business since 1914, the firm has more than 35 lawyers working together to provide full-service representation across a broad range of client needs.

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August 15, 2008-20th Annual Minority Job Fair

The Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Section’s 20th Annual Diversity Job Fair, was held on Friday, August 15, 2008 at Tulane University Law School. A Cook Yancey attorney and Recruiting Director, Candace Simmons interviewed candidates and attended the lunch and reception hosted by the Louisiana Bar.

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Luis A. Leitzelar, Chair, Minority Job Fair Planning Committee, an attorney at Cook Yancey, Candace Simmons, Marketing and Recruiting Director for Cook, Yancey, and Kelly McNeil Legier, Esq. Director of Member Outreach and Diversity for the Louisiana State Bar Association.

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August 4, 2008

Cook Yancey has been named a Go-To Law Firm for litigation by CNA Surety Corporation. As a result of this designation, Cook Yancey will appear in In-House Law Departments at the Leading Financial Services Companies, an annual reference guide to be distributed to over 10,000 General Counsel including all the General Counsel at Fortune 1000 companies.

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August 1, 2008 – Brian Homza and Bernard Johnson to speak at LSU seminar

Recent Developments in Legislation & Jurisprudence will be the topic for LSU Law Center’s CLE seminar on September 25-26. Bernard S. Johnson, shareholder at Cook Yancey, will be presenting on Arbitration Law. The section on Insurance law will be given by Brian A. Homza, who is also a shareholder at Cook Yancey. This professional development course will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center.

This seminar will address significant issues and changes in Louisiana law practice in an informative way. This valuable seminar is open to online registration is at http://www.lsucle.org/.

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June 26, 2008- Lake Hearne joins Cook Yancey

The law firm of Cook, Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that W. Lake Hearne has joined the firm as Special Counsel. Lake brings more than 27 years of legal experience to the firm. His practice focuses on Oil & Gas, Real Estate, and Creditor’s rights.

“Mr. Hearne will be a real asset to our Oil & Gas group. His expertise will be of great benefit to the clients we serve” says Herschel E. Richard, President of Cook Yancey.

Mr. Hearne received his B. A. from Louisiana State University in 1978, and his J.D. from Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University, 1981, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in Louisiana, and is admitted to the LA State Bar and the United States District Court for both the Western District of Louisiana and the United States Supreme Court.

“The opportunity to associate with a premier firm like Cook Yancey is very exciting, and I look forward to working with its Oil & Gas group, particularly in the current climate of that industry” Hearne said.

Cook Yancey is the largest law firm in Northwest Louisiana. In business since 1914, the firm has more than 37 lawyers working together to provide full-service representation across a broad range of client needs.

Cook Yancey King and Galloway is located at 333 Texas in the Regions Bank building. For more information call 221-6227 or visit /.

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June 25, 2008 – “An Overview of Patents, Trademarks & Copyrights”

Lunch & Learn from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Location: LSUS Technology Center 209

Sponsored by Louisiana Small Business Development Center at LSUS

Additional Info. & Registration

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May 23, 2008 – Cook Yancey Lawyers Actively Involved in Haynesville Shale Leasing

Cook Yancey is actively engaged in representing oil and gas exploration companies, producers, landowners, and others in activities related to the Haynesville Shale play in Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Bienville, Red River, Desoto, Sabine, and Natchitoches Parishes, Louisiana.

Cook Yancey’s long experience in all phases of the oil and gas industry in North Louisiana gives its local, regional, and national clients a competitive advantage in lease negotiations, the acquisition of mineral rights, and other strategies to take advantage of the opportunities that the current level of Haynesville Shale activity presents. Bill Fleming, chair of the firm’s oil and gas section, stated, “We are pleased to bring our experience to what appears to be one of the largest natural gas plays in the continental United States, with significant economic upside to North Louisiana and the Shreveport/Bossier City region.”

Cook Yancey also provides innovative tax and estate planning strategies for landowners who have recently received or are about to receive large lease bonuses and anticipate significant royalty payments. These dramatic increases in income often cause unexpected federal income, gift, or estate tax consequences. Cook Yancey is committed to designing tax planning strategies to reduce income and death taxes imposed on this new wealth.

The Haynesville Shale discovery was announced by Chesapeake Energy Corporation in late March. This large natural gas deposit is being described as one of the richest onshore fields of natural gas ever discovered in the United States. Chesapeake, which reports it has already leased 200,000 acres for development of the Haynesville Shale, estimates that the deposit may hold at least 7.5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas and maybe up to 20 trillion cubic feet. Other oil and gas production companies involved in the Haynesville Shale include Petrohawk Energy Corporation, Encana Oil & Gas (USA), Inc., Questar Exploration and Production Company, Camterra Resources, Inc., Fossil Operating, Inc. Shell Western E&P. Inc, Comstock Oil & Gas, El Paso, and Winchester Production Co. Potentially, the Haynesville Shale could mean millions of dollars for landowners, a boost in natural gas production business in the Northern Louisiana region, and a trickle-down effect for communities, schools and others.

The Haynesville Shale’s boundaries are still being interpreted, but the most active areas appear to include all of DeSoto Parish, the mid to southern regions of Caddo and Bossier parishes, the southern tip of Webster Parish, the western end of Bienville Parish, most of Red River Parish, the upper parts of Sabine and Natchitoches Parishes and sections of East Texas.

“The economic impact will be absolutely monstrous if it’s as big as it can be,” said Don Briggs, president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association.

Cook Yancey King and Galloway is located at 333 Texas in the Regions Bank building. For more information call 318-221-6277 or visit www.cookyancey.com .

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May 22, 2008- Al Hand confirmed Treasurer of the Environmental Council

At the annual meeting of the Environmental Section of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Al Hand was confirmed as the Treasurer of the Environmental Council, which is the governing body of the Section. Mr. Hand has been with Cook Yancey for 29 years, and his practice focuses on Environmental, Products Liability and Toxic Tort litigation.

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April 30, 2008- Gregg A. Wilkes is elected to the LADC board

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President Drake Lee is pictured above second from left.

Gregg A. Wilkes, shareholder at Cook Yancey, has been chosen to serve on the board of directors of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel (“LADC”). F. Drake Lee, Jr. is the President-Elect for this year, and Brian A. Homza is a continuing board member. Lee and Homza are also shareholders at the firm of Cook Yancey.

This organization provides a vehicle for a sharing of ideas and an enhancement of the education and training of its members.

The LADC also functions as the voice of its members in public service, working with its members and with other organizations to improve the speedy administration of justice

in Louisiana courts. In 1998, the LADC was selected as the outstanding defense organization in the United States.

The LADC contributes to the public good by working for the adoption of laws which will provide the speedy and inexpensive resolution of civil disputes. The organization’s efforts concentrate on legislation (proposing, supporting and opposing bills) and judicial decisions (filing amicus curiae briefs in cases of general statewide importance). The LADC also supports pro bono efforts and has contributed more than $200,000 to the enhancement of legal education in the state’s law schools.

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April 09, 2008- Small Business Lunch & Learn–Legal Structures

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Small Business Lunch & Learn

April 30 11:30-1 pm

LSUS Business/Education Bldg. 103 $10 includes boxed lunch sponsored by the Louisiana SBDC at LSU in Shreveport Pre-registration required by calling 797-5144 by Tuesday (April 29) Click here to learn more about the Louisiana SBDC

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April 4, 2008-Cook Yancey hosts Russian judges

Five judges from the Republic of Tatarstan visited Cook Yancey today in order to learn about law firm practices and organization in America. F. Drake Lee, Jr. of Cook Yancey, welcomed the guests and explained the firm’s practice areas team organization. Lee and Sam W. Caverlee led the group on a tour of the firm, stopping for questions in the library and Information Technology areas. Andrey Alekseyevich Nikolayev of the Supreme Court of Kazan City asked about offsite storage and computer viruses.

During lunch, the visiting judges explained that in Russia, one must serve in the army prior to attending law school, and that Tatarstan has one law school that takes five years to complete.

Russian official Rinat Gallyamutdinovich Gayfutdinov, Chairman of Tukaevsky District Court, presented gifts from his country and a book on the Russian courts to Cook Yancey in appreciation for the learning opportunity and cultural exchange. Each guest was given a gift box of Louisiana food items to take home by the Cook Yancey attorneys.

This group is participating in the Open World program, sponsored by the United States Library of Congress. The jurists were accompanied by United States District Judge S. Maurice Hicks and United States Magistrate Mark L. Hornsby.

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April 3, 2008 – Brian Homza lectures at IAAI; Investigating fire claims without getting burned

Brian A. Homza was an instructor at the 2008 Northern Training Seminar “Fire Investigation – Legally Speaking” held by the Louisiana Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators, speaking on Applying Daubert Standards to Fire Investigators. Homza’s instruction provided the audience with knowledge of exactly what the court expects of an investigation. He stressed the importance of following the guidelines set by the court, in order to get the arsonists convicted and off the street.

Brian has also been a lecturer for the Louisiana State Bar Association on First Party Arson Defense Claims, a two time instructor for the Louisiana Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms Chapter on investigation of fire & explosions.

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April 1, 2008 – Herschel E. Richard to present at LSU Law Center

A course in the Fundamentals of Civil Litigation will be held at McKernan auditorium on April 10. Herschel E. Richard will be addressing the issues of Assessing the Case. In this seminar on evaluating the case, he will speak for the Defense. Mr. Richard is president of Cook Yancey King and Galloway. This seminar registration can be done online at http://www.lsucle.org/.

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April 1, 2008 – William C. Kalmbach to speak at Elder Law seminar

A Case Study in Estate Planning will be presented by Bill Kalmbach at LSU Law Center’s Elder Law seminar on April 4.

“About 70 million baby boomers are close to hitting their retirement years, a seismic demographic shift that will dramatically alter the way attorneys and courts do business in the coming decades”, says The National Law Journal.

Elder law involves much more than the estate planning issues traditionally associated with legal representation of the elderly. This seminar will address significant issues involved in an elder law practice in an informative way. This valuable seminar is open to the public. Online registration is at www.lsucle.org.

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March 28, 2008 Shreveport Times releases Reader’s Choice awards announcing CYKG a winner of best local law firm

Award-WinnerThe Shreveport Times presented a certificate to Cook Yancey for being selected in a recent survey as a best local law firm.

The Times conducted this survey in over 170 categories, to establish their reader’s preference regarding local businesses.Thousands of ballots were submitted, providing a great response to the very first Reader’s Choice awards.

Cook Yancey has proudly served Shreveport and the Ark-La-Tex for over 93 years, and thanks the readers for this vote of confidence.

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March 19, 2008 – A Cook Yancey attorney will speak at the National Business Institute seminar on

“Bad Faith Insurance Claims in Louisiana”. This course is designed to help professionals involved in insurance disputes. It will be held in Shreveport on April 15, 2008. The electronic brochure link will provide more details. http://www.nbi-sems.com/Enbi/Brochurepdfs/42644.pdf

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March 11, 2008 – Cook Yancey congratulates Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, on the commencement of services on its East Texas to Mississippi Expansion Project

Cook Yancey congratulates its client Gulf South Pipeline Company, LP, a subsidiary of Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, on the commencement of services on its East Texas to Mississippi Expansion Project. This new, 42 inch diameter natural gas pipeline runs from Keatchie, DeSoto Parish, Louisiana to interconnects with other natural gas pipelines near Bosco and Delhi, Louisiana. When fully completed, the pipeline will be capable of transporting 1.7 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of natural gas per days. Cook Yancey was proud to assist Gulf South in its acquisition of the property rights necessary to build this substantial capital investment in North Louisiana. Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, and John T. Kalmbach practice in the areas of federal and state eminent domain.

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March 8, 2008 – A Cook Yancey Attorney attends Bankruptcy seminar

An intensive course in the Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law was hosted by the American Law Institute/American Bar Association. It covered all the basic areas of bankruptcy liquidation and rehabilitation. The attorney completed this training which included all aspects of bankruptcy proceedings, including Chapter 7, 13 and 11 proceedings.

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February 22, 2008 – Cook Yancey has announced the addition of Candace R. Simmons as Marketing and Recruiting director for the firmCandaceSpinks

“We are thrilled to have Candace join us,” said Herschel R. Richard, President of the firm. “We expect that her involvement will help us serve our clients better and more efficiently, and continue to attract and retain top notch attorneys.”

A Shreveport native, Simmons brings with her more than 20 years of marketing experience in Texas, including legal marketing for Jones Walker, and Winstead. Her skills were also strengthened by working for Mobil Oil, Edward Fox, and Foleys. She holds a Master of Arts in Marketing from Louisiana Tech University.

Simmons will guide recruiting and marketing efforts, and also be involved with client relations, business development and events.

“I am pleased to be associated with Cook Yancey,” Simmons said. “They have a long tradition of excellence with ethics. I look forward to strengthening our business exposure and service in the community.”

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February 1, 2008 – Five Cook Yancey lawyers named to The Best Lawyers in America ® 2008

The law firm of Cook Yancey King and Galloway is pleased to announce that five attorneys were recently selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2008. (Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, S. C.). Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, F. Drake Lee, Jr., Ken Mascagni, and William C. Kalmbach have been chosen for this distinction. Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.” Mr. Richard’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business litigation, toxic tort, products liability, and legal and medical malpractice. Mr. Caverlee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, railroad law, federal and state eminent domain, and commercial litigation. Mr. Lee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Mascagni’s practice includes law enforcement and municipal litigation, franchise litigation, products liability, and construction litigation. Mr. Kalmbach’s practice is concentrated in business, estate planning, and taxation. Cook Yancey congratulates its shareholders on this distinction.

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February 1, 2008 – Four Cook Yancey attorneys named Louisiana “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers.com.

Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Samuel W. Caverlee, F. Drake Lee, Jr., and Bernard S. Johnson, have been named Louisiana “Super Lawyers” by Super Lawyers.com. According to the publication, only five percent of the state’s lawyers were selected as “Super Lawyers” after a rigorous process of peer evaluation and attorney polling. Mr. Richard’s practice is concentrated in the areas of business litigation, toxic tort, products liability, and legal and medical malpractice. Mr. Caverlee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of medical malpractice, railroad law, federal and state eminent domain, and commercial litigation. Mr. Lee’s practice is concentrated in the areas of construction law, commercial litigation, and appellate advocacy. Mr. Johnson’s practice is concentrated in the areas of contract issues, commercial litigation and commercial transactions. Cook Yancey congratulates its shareholders on this distinction.

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December 14 , 2007 – Cook Yancey teams up with LSU-Shreveport to bring gifts to children for the holidays

This holiday season kicked off Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway’s first annual “Secret Santa” project. In partnership with the College of Education and Human Development of Louisiana State University in Shreveport, Cook Yancey identified a local school, Midway Elementary Professional Development School, with many children in need this holiday season. Attorneys and staff at Cook Yancey along with faculty, staff, and students of LSUS, provided gifts and holiday cheer for 58 Midway students. Cook Yancey and LSUS’ College of Education and Human Development plan to make the “Secret Santa” project an annual event.

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December 3, 2007 – Cook Yancey Supports Cyberspace Symposium

From November 27th through November 29th, 2007, approximately 2,000 attendees, representing 35 different states and multiple countries, participated in the “Fly and Fight in Cyberspace” Symposium, which was held at the new Shreveport Convention Center. The event was Shreveport-Bossier City’s most recent response to the provisional placement of the new Air Force Cyber Command at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City. Cook Yancey demonstrated its support of this important initiative with a booth exhibit and attendance by more than 20 of the firm’s attorneys.

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August 3, 2007 – Cook Yancey Launches New Website:

Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, announces the launch of its newly-designed website. The new website is now accessible at both http://www.cookyancey.com and at www.cookyancey.com.

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July 31, 2007 – New Board of Directors Elected:

The shareholders of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, have elected a new board of directors. Newly elected board members include Albert M. Hand, Jr., Bernard S. Johnson, John T. Kalmbach, Robert Kennedy, and F. Drake Lee., Jr. The newly elected board will serve staggered two-year terms.

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July 24, 2007 – Herschel E. Richard, Jr., Elected Firm President:

The shareholders of Cook, Yancey, King & Galloway, APLC, have elected Herschel E. Richard, Jr., as president of the law firm. Mr. Richard has been a member of the firm for over thirty-five years. Mr. Richard is a Fellow in the American Collage of Trial Lawyers, the International Society of Barristers, and the Louisiana Bar Foundation. He is also the past president of the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel and the Shreveport Bar Association