justin swam has been promoted to member of stone pigman after serving as an associate since joining the firm in 2015.
Swaim is a commercial trial attorney specializing in energy and utility regulation, as well as appellate law.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in southeast Louisiana and graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in New Orleans. Swaim served as a board member of the Loyola Law Review and was recognized for numerous achievements, including Loyola Law Review’s Warren E. Mouledoux Editor-in-Chief Award and Professional Responsibility Award.
Matthew S. Chester has been elected as a member of donelson bakerthe board of directors.
Chester is a shareholder in the company’s New Orleans office and president of the Government Investigations and Enforcement Group.
He has more than 20 years of experience practicing law in the private sector and in the United States Department of Justice. Prior to joining the firm, Chester worked with the Department of Justice as an Assistant United States Attorney in New Orleans.
He graduated with honors from Tulane University School of Law.
blaine briggs has withdrawn from the Louisiana Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance Co. after 36 years.
Briggs has served as executive vice president and state manager since March 2010. Under his leadership, Louisiana Farm Bureau Insurance saw its AM Best rating increase from B+ to A. That improved rating came despite severe hurricanes that caused $100 in damage. billions of dollars worth of property in Louisiana. Biggs was also instrumental in finding a site for a new state office for the Louisiana Farm Bureau. He was heavily involved in the design and construction of the building, which opened in August.
He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration, finance from what was then Southwestern Louisiana University.
Brian Badinger has been promoted to vice president of technical programs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Badinger joined Blue Cross in 2001. He will be responsible for developing, overseeing and ensuring the successful completion of large intercompany strategic programs.
Most recently, he served as director of strategic business programs for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from Southeastern Louisiana University.
J.Christopher Dippel Jr. has joined miller as special counsel in the firm’s downtown Baton Rouge office.
Dippel focuses his practice on white collar criminal defense, government investigations, internal investigations for companies and organizations, and litigation. His experience includes 10 years as a United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Louisiana, including his tenure as Deputy Chief Criminal Officer.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his law degree from the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center. Dippel served as a law clerk for United States District Judge Jay C. Zainey of the Eastern District of Louisiana.
Evan Scoggs will lead the new Baton Rouge office for read and associates.
Lee & Associates is the largest broker-owned commercial real estate firm in North America.
The Baton Rouge office will specialize in industrial, office, land and retail brokerage and plans to team up to increase its capabilities throughout South Louisiana.
Scroggs has over 13 years of office and industrial sales experience. He was previously a Senior Counsel at NAI / Latter & Blum.
popup methoda management consulting firm, has appointed three new CEOs.
Nikki Godfrey has been with the firm since 2020, serving as a strategy consultant for several high-profile clients. He has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, communication, and leadership development.
Robyn Stiles has been with the company since 2018. He has extensive experience in public policy, research, data analysis, and organizational assessment. He manages the firm’s qualitative and quantitative research initiatives and has been instrumental in implementing several large-scale organizational assessment and strategic planning efforts for clients including North Carolina State University, Kansas State University, and the Economic Alliance. Las Vegas Global.
theresa walker He has been with the company since 2018, he is a multifaceted consultant. He has developed public relations, crisis communication, and outreach strategies for some of the firm’s most complex projects. In addition, Walker manages Emergent Method’s creative and web development service lines.
Emergent Method also announced the following staff promotions:
Dwayne Judice to the manager
annielandry to the manager
Curtis McGinity to the manager
Sonya Murray-Wade to the manager
Twila Arrington to senior consultant
keesler morrison to senior consultant
Taylor Stirling to senior consultant
clarissa walton to senior consultant
Shannon McNemar to senior associate.
Dr Aaron DeWitt has been appointed medical director of Baton Rouge General Mid City Campus.
DeWitt has worked for BRG since 2017 as a hospitalist. He has assumed various leadership roles, including faculty member of BRG’s Internal Medicine Residency Program, medical director of BRG’s skilled nursing unit, and medical director at local assisted living facilities and nursing homes.
He earned a master’s degree in biomedical science from Mississippi College and a medical degree from the American University of the Caribbean. DeWitt completed his internal medicine residency at Baton Rouge General.
Lou Patalano has been named Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana.
Patalano succeeds Michele Calandro, who has announced his retirement after more than 30 years with Blue Cross. Calandro will continue to serve as Executive Vice President and Special Advisor to the CEO until her retirement on March 31.
Patalano has more than 20 years of experience in the healthcare industry in a variety of settings, including private practice, payer side, provider side, and for government. Patalano was most recently an attorney in the healthcare practice group at K&L Gates, a fully integrated global law firm that employs nearly 2,000 attorneys on five continents.
He also served as Chief Legal Officer, Senior Vice President and Corporate Secretary of Sentara Healthcare and Optima Health, a large Virginia-based integrated delivery network, and Deputy General Counsel and Vice President of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina.