New partners at Irwin Fritchie, new associates at Baker Donelson and Stone Pigman | Business News

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Addie Guida has joined Baker Donelson as an associate in its New Orleans office.

She is a member of the firm’s advocacy department. Before joining Baker Donelson, Guida was a student attorney with the Tulane Domestic Violence Law Clinic.

She graduated cum laude from the University of Mississippi and earned a law degree from Tulane University Law School. She was executive editor of the Tulane Journal of International and Comparative Law.

Will Mizell has joined Stone Pigman as an associate in its New Orleans office.

Mizell will practice in the litigation section. He is a native of the greater New Orleans area.

He earned an undergraduate degree from the Tulane University A.B. Freeman School of Business and his law degree from the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. Mizell was the managing print editor of the Loyola Law Review and recipient of the Law Excellence Award in Moot Court and Torts.

Jay M. MattappallyDarleene D. Peters and Ali A. Spindler have all been elected partners with the firm of Irwin Fritchie Urquhart & Moore.

Mattappally focuses his practice on the defense of product manufacturers, including medical device, pharmaceutical, chemical and consumer-product manufacturers in individual and mass-tort actions.

He earned a bachelor’s in biomedical engineering from Tulane University, a master’s in engineering management from Duke University and his law degree from Loyola University College of Law.

Peters represents pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Xavier University of Louisiana, a master’s degree from the Loyola University College of Business and her law degree from Loyola University College of Law.

Spindler has experience in toxic torts, defending premises owners, employers and their insurers in all phases of litigation. Before returning to Irwin Fritchie in 2017, she was a senior attorney at Catholic Charities of New Orleans.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU and law degree from Tulane University Law School, where she graduated magna cum laude.


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Christa Bordelon Leon has been named as elementary principal and Aimee Welch-James secondary assistant principal at LSU Laboratory School.

Leon has been serving as the interim elementary principal at the lab school since July 2019. Most recently, she held the position of kindergarten to eighth grade principal at Mayfair Laboratory School. She has been an elementary principal for 18 years.

Leon earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from LSU and a master’s degree in education from Southeastern Louisiana University.

Welch-James has been a pre-calculus and calculus instructor at LSU Laboratory School since 2002. She earned a Fulbright Japan scholarship in 2011 to participate in a Japan-U.S. teacher exchange program and two Fund for Teachers grants — the first in 2011 to travel and the second in 2018 to travel to Morocco.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics education, a master’s degree in educational technology and a certificate of education specialist in educational leadership, all from LSU.


Kenyetta Nelson-Smith has been named interim department chair of Family and Consumer Sciences in the Southern University College of Agricultural, Family and Consumer Sciences.

Smith is an assistant professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, executive director of the Southern University Child Development Laboratory and program leader for child development.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in family and consumer sciences from Southern University, a master’s degree and a doctorate in human resource education and workforce development, both from LSU.


David Bayard has joined Baker Donelson as an associate in its Baton Rouge office.

Bayard’s practice is in the areas of tax law, trusts and litigation and family business law.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from LSU and his law degree from the Southern University Law Center.


Shawn Portier has been named general manager of energy systems at Danos.

Portier will oversee Danos’ automation, instrumentation and electrical, mechanical maintenance, power generation, and valve and will head service lines. He will assume this leadership position while maintaining his current role as instrumentation and electrical operations manager. He has held that role since 2019.

Portier joined Danos in 2008. He began his career through Terrebonne vo-tech, a technical training program for high school students.

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