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Adams and Reese litigation attorney, Kellen J. Mathews in the firm’s Baton Rouge office, was the recipient of the Louis Berry Award presented by the Greater Baton Rouge Chapter of the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. Kellen was among a distinguished group honored during the Baton Rouge Chapter’s 2016 Annual Scholarship and Awards Gala on Saturday, March 12, 2016.

The award is named for Louis Berry, the first African American to practice law in his native Alexandria, Louisiana, and who went on to serve as dean of Southern Law Center from 1972 to 1974. Berry was instrumental to the improvement of living conditions in the black community in Alexandria. In October, 2011, the Alexandria City Court was renamed after Mr. Berry and prominent Alexandria attorney, Camille Gravel, who sponsored Berry’s admission to the courts in Rapides Parish, Louisiana.

Mathews received the award for his continuous work and support within the legal community and all that he has contributed to the Martinet Society.

Kellen is well-known throughout the firm for his legal practice as well as within the community for his philanthropic work. His legal practice encompasses complex litigation, labor and employment, products liability, education, construction, commercial and personal injury claims. Kellen is actively involved with the Louisiana State Bar Association and currently serves as an at-large member of the Louisiana State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Council. Mathews is the current Chair of the LSBA YLD’s Diversity Committee. Kellen and his wife, Mikki Ceasar Mathews are very active in the Baton Rouge community, both serving on numerous boards.