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Adams and Reese Announces New Practice Group and Team Leaders for 2021

January 05, 2021

Adams and Reese is proud to announce the firm’s Managing Partner, Gif Thornton has appointed the following attorneys Practice Group Leaders within the firm, effective January 1, 2021:

  • Liz Roussel, New Orleans, Litigation Practice Group Leader
  • Brad Lampley, Nashville, Intersection of Business & Government Practice Group Leader
  • Kenny Bingham, Columbia, Government Relations Team Leader
  • Matt Guy, New Orleans/Houston, Insurance Team Leader
  • Diana Surprenant, New Orleans, Products Liability Team Leader

Roussel focuses her practice on advising employers and managers of businesses and defending their interests in litigation. She has represented energy and oil and gas companies, healthcare organizations, financial institutions, Fortune 500 companies, retailers, public entities, nonprofits, state agencies, private universities, charter schools, start-ups, and technology companies. She received her J.D. from Tulane University in 2002 and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1998.

Lampley serves as legislative counsel to businesses and trade associations with interests before the Tennessee General Assembly and Tennessee state government. He has particular experience advising clients in the energy, environmental, health care, insurance, legal services, public utilities, and transportation industries. He brings years of experience as a corporate litigator to the advice he provides to government relations clients. Lampley has extensive experience advising national and multinational companies on economic development matters, negotiating state and local incentive packages for companies that wish to relocate their businesses to Tennessee. Lampley received his J.D. from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 2000 and his B.A. from the University of Tennessee in 1996.

Bingham advises clients on government relations matters in South Carolina and Washington, D.C. With 20 years of government service, Bingham has an in-depth knowledge of legislative and regulatory processes. He brings a wealth of legislative, strategic, business, and economic development experience to help clients accomplish their goals. Bingham has extensive experience in health care and health insurance, renewable energy, education, and municipal government issues. He received his undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering from the University of South Carolina in 1984.

Guy litigates matters stemming from marine construction, maritime, marine, and energy insurance, and all aspects of worldwide oil and gas operations. With a truly global focus, he handles a great deal of work connected to oil and gas production centers, including the Gulf of Mexico, West Africa, and Europe. Guy also handles brown water and blue water maritime disputes. His practice encompasses domestic and international marine construction companies, drilling contractors, offshore service vessel owners, ship owners, shipyards and rig repair facilities, naval architects, marine engineers, and designers, as well as their insurers, on coverage questions, defense of claims, and subrogation. Guy received his LL.M. in Admiralty Law from Tulane University Law School. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Gray’s Inn after attending Inns of Court School of Law in London and receiving a Diploma in Law from The City University in London. He received a bachelor’s and master’s degree in modern history from Magdalen College, University of Oxford.

Surprenant helps guide clients in oil and gas, construction, manufacturing, hospitality, healthcare, and pharmaceutical arenas. She advises employers in state and federal courts, arbitration proceedings, and in administrative proceedings before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the Louisiana Commission on Human Rights. Surprenant maintains an active post-trial motion practice at the appellate level and drafts appellate briefs stemming from toxic tort litigation and medical malpractice litigation. Also, she represents health care providers in medical malpractice suits. Surprenant is a 2010 graduate of the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law and received her B.A. from Colby College in 2007.