SERVING OUR COMMUNITY
Our team is dedicated to serving our community through various charitable groups, educational institutions, industry councils, economic development, and civic organizations.
Community involvement has been a hallmark of Chehardy Sherman Williams since the firm’s founding. Our team of nearly 50 attorneys are business and civic leaders who believe in giving back to our community, providing needed services, assistance and encouragement to others.
“I have fond memories of visiting City Park as a child and now, my wife and I enjoy watching our sons share the same experiences. Being a part of the board of commissioners brings it full circle for me.”
Matthew Sherman, a partner at Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Recile & Hayes, has been selected to serve as a commissioner of the City Park Improvement Association (CPIA) for a term of three years.
The purpose of the CPIA is to preserve and improve City Park spaces for recreational, educational, cultural, and beautification purposes. It’s annual fundraiser, Lark in the Park, has raised millions of dollars to support City Park capital improvements, general maintenance, and beautification within New Orleans City Park since 1982. Mr. Sherman and his wife Emily co-chaired the 39th annual Lark in the Park in March 2022.
“Thank you, Adam Stumpf, for serving as Co-Chairman of Crimestoppers.”
Our attorneys, Adam Stumpf, Rory Bellina, Patrick Follette & George Mueller, attended the 37th annual Crimestoppers Awards Luncheon honoring the 2022 award recipients for their dedication and countless examples of philanthropic work in our community. Among the honorees was outgoing Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman. Sheriff Gusman was awarded the Harry Lee Lifetime Achievement Award.
“As a father myself, I can only imagine the challenges families in this difficult situation face. I am proud to support Angel’s Place and its mission any way that I can.”
Patrick Follette, a partner in the New Orleans law firm Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, Recile & Hayes, is now a volunteer member of the Angel’s Place Advisory Council. Follette, a member of the The Trial Team, will offer his legal services to the non-profit pro bono, advising the executive director on a wide range of issues that come up on a day-to-day basis.
Angel’s Place was founded in 1997 by Anita Gilford to support seriously ill children and their families as they dealt with life threatening illness. Gilford’s own son had faced cancer, and she understood first-hand the need for support and services for families in crisis. The non-profit offers a range of services to affected families, including household aid, support and care during hospital visits and special events throughout the year including an annual Christmas gift drive for all children of client families.
We are honored to have played a significant part in establishing the Team Gleason Foundation, and we continue to maintain a very active role. We also created specific strategies for the foundation and created a unique estate plan to secure a more stable future for the Gleason family and their one-of-a-kind nonprofit.
“I’m proud to be a part of the team bringing the Final Four back to New Orleans. These types of events are so important to the economy of our city and hosting the Final Four is an important sign that things are moving forward.”
David Sherman has been named Co-Chair of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Final Four Local Organizing Committee along with Paul Valteau. Mr. Sherman has served on the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation board of directors for more than 35 years and has represented our city in dozens of major sporting events. The Local Organizing Committee is responsible for identifying, bidding, planning, and producing major sporting events. “Mr. Sherman has been with us since the beginning; he has represented us on local, regional, and national levels,” said Jay Cicero, GNOSF Executive Director. “As an integral part of our team, he has helped us land the big events like the Final Four and Super Bowl. He knows the players in every sector, and we’re honored that he gives so much of his time to our organization.” #backinthebigeasy
“City Park is a vital part of New Orleans’ culture and history, so supporting their annual event is important to me. I have fond memories of visiting City Park as a child, and I want to make sure my kids and generations of New Orleanians can share in those same experiences.”
Lark Picnic in the Park held at New Orleans City Park was the 39th anniversary of the annual event, which raises funds for the iconic park. This year, Chehardy Sherman Williams trial attorney Matthew Sherman served as co-chair with his wife Emily and fellow New Orleanians. Attending the event on behalf of the firm were: Lawrence Chehardy, David Sherman, Matthew Sherman, Patrick Follette, Jacob Young, and Nancy Beninate.
“It has always been important for me to be involved in the community where I live and work. Crimestoppers has proven to be a vital organization that cares about the safety and well-being of our community, and I’m proud to serve on its Board of Directors.”
Adam Stumpf is a business attorney with Chehardy Sherman Williams handling business transactional matters, including sale and mergers of businesses, contract drafting and review, licenses, zoning, and employee issues and disputes. Mr. Stumpf proudly serves as a board member for several non-profit organizations in the community. He is an Executive Committee Member of Crimestoppers (https://www.crimestoppersgno.org/), GNO, dedicated to fostering a safe community for all of us. He is also a board member of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, the Founder, Director, and President of the Lake Area Business Alliance, and a Commissioner and Vice-Chairperson of the New Orleans Redevelopment Authority.
“Being engaged in professional organizations allows me to deepen my commitment to professional excellence so I can better serve my clients, and being present in local organizations helps me build relationships that better connect me to my community.”
Rory Bellina is an attorney in the healthcare section of Chehardy Sherman Williams. He was recently nominated to serve as the District 2 Representative of the Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA) Young Lawyers Division. This leadership position would allow Mr. Bellina to represent the Young Lawyers Division of the LSBA for Jefferson and surrounding parishes. He is also active in his church and neighborhood community. He is a board member of the Lake Area Advisory Committee, the past president and board member of the Lakeview Civic Improvement Association, past chairman of Taste of the Lake, and he served on the Board of Commissioners of the Lakeview Crime Prevention District from 2017-2019. At St. Dominic Catholic School, Mr. Bellina has been the board president, Father’s Club vice president, and intramural basketball league chair. He was also a finance committee board member for St. Dominic Catholic Church.
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