Posted on Nov 11, 2022

New Orleans CityBusiness has chosen its 2022 Leadership in Law class, recognizing area professionals in the field of law for their career and community accomplishments. The honorees for the 18th annual event are:

Court associated

Danny Dysart
Barksdale Hortenstine Jr.

Educator

Susan F. Clade

Firm associated

Camille R. Bryant
Cami Capodice
Chloé M. Chetta
Richard F. Cortizas
Nicholas V. Cressy
Susan E. Dinneen
Stephen I. Dwyer
Katie Dysart
Jonathan S. Forester
Byron Miller Forrest
Amber Barlow Garcia
Maureen Brennan Gershanik
Pablo Gonzalez
Alan H. Goodman
Jackie E. Hickman
S. Eliza James
Alexis P. Joachim
Terrence K. Knister
Noah Kressler
Erin E. Kriksciun
Caroline D. Lafourcade
Alex Lauricella
Thomas J. McGoey II
Amy L. McIntire
Mark Melasky
Walter F. Metzinger III
Randy Opotowsky
Mike Parks
Daniel Plunkett
Aldric C. (Ric) Poirier Jr.
Kelly Ransom
R. Devin Ricci
Mary Ellen Roy
Kristi S. Schubert
Philip Sherman
Scott Sternberg
Adam M. Stumpf
Lynn E. Swanson
Lauren L. Tafaro
Paul Thibodeaux
Brooke C. Tigchelaar
Peter S. Title
David Vicknair
Bryant S. York

In-house counsel

Midge Collett
RuthAnne Oakey-Frost
Darryl M. Phillips

We are proud to announce that our own David Vicknair has been selected as a winner of the 2022 Leadership in Law Award hosted by CityBusiness!  David is honored to accept the award and looks forward to continuing to serve the New Orleans community.

Leadership in Law

David Vicknair was a college football player who thought seriously about becoming a football coach after he graduated. However, a family friend who is a successful football coach steered him away from that line of work. Vicknair moved to New Orleans to enroll at Loyola Law School and hasn’t looked back. He now specializes in personal injury and maritime injury law.

Working on contingency allows Vicknair and his firm to help clients that may not be able to afford a higher rate hourly attorney, he said. Scott Vicknair is a litigation-centric firm, Vicknair said, and he always enjoys working with opposing lawyers in court.

The pandemic upended most of that as outbreaks shuttered courtrooms repeatedly. “It was a constant shifting of goalposts,” he said. “Because of COVID, it really just delayed things. We couldn’t get trial dates; we couldn’t get cases to resolution. That’s better now, but unfortunately, we’re dealing with somewhat of a backlog, but I think that’s the case across the board.”

Outside of the courtroom, Vicknair serves on the Volunteers of America Board, an organization he said makes an incredible impact on the community. Serving on the board has been a pleasure, he said, especially as the pandemic brought the need for community services to the forefront.