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ELIZABETH BARROUQUERE is a litigation paralegal with the Baton Rouge office of Phelps Dunbar LLP, where she works primarily in insurance defense. She holds a B.A. degree in English literature and a certificate in paralegal studies from LSU. While in college, she completed an ethics course, and since that time has attended several seminars that included ethics sessions/topics. Ms. Barrouquere is a member of the Baton Rouge Paralegal Association. Before deciding to pursue a career as a paralegal, she worked for many years as a newspaper reporter and editor.
ANGELA M. LEONARD is an experienced litigation attorney who has been practicing for nearly 15 years. She received her B.A. degree, cum laude, from Southern University A&M College where she was a member of the Honors College and was recognized as Student Marshal of the College of Arts and Humanities for having the highest grade point average upon her graduation. Ms. Leonard continued her education at Southern University Law Center where she graduated, magna cum laude, in the top 5% of her class in 2004 and also served as a student attorney in the Southern University Administrative and Civil Law Clinic. She began her legal career in 2004, practicing as a plaintiffs' attorney in the areas of family law, personal injury, criminal, and general civil litigation. In 2007, Ms. Leonard transitioned her legal career and practiced almost ten years for the largest civil defense law firm in the Baton Rouge area. Her civil defense practice areas included medical malpractice defense, workers' compensation defense, oilfield legacy work, defense of law enforcement agencies, and general commercial litigation. Ms. Leonard began her career with the Louisiana Department of Justice in 2017 and presently serves as an assistant attorney general in the Litigation Division, practicing exclusively in the area of medical malpractice defense. During her professional career, Ms. Leonard has maintained memberships with the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Louis A. Martinet Legal Society. She has also participated in various volunteer projects including serving at the St. Vincent De Paul Soup Kitchen and participating in the Baton Rouge Bar Association's Holiday Star Project.
TRACY D. OWENS is a litigation paralegal with the Louisiana State Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General. Ms. Owens has more than 25 years of legal experience, with 20 of those years employed with the Louisiana Department of Justice Attorney General's office as a litigation paralegal. Additionally, she was an adjunct instructor and created a computer application course for the UNO's Paralegal Program and taught paralegal courses for the LSU's Paralegal Program. Ms. Owens also received a certificate for completion of the notary course from LSU. Currently, she is a member of the Baton Rouge Paralegal Association, serving as the outgoing secretary; and the Louisiana State Paralegal Association and served as the Scholarship Committee chairman. Ms. Owens earned her B.A. degree and paralegal certificate from the University of New Orleans. She is a former UNO ambassador and served on the Student Government Association. Ms. Owens also attended UNO's M.B.A. program and obtained a private investigation certificate.
REGINA L. VALENTI is a senior trial paralegal with the law firm of Herman, Herman & Katz, LLC, in New Orleans, Louisiana. She handles all aspects of file management, client contact, and trials in multi-district litigation, mass torts, personal injury cases, and products liability cases. Ms. Valenti supervises all the paralegals in the firm, conducts training, and oversees all areas of file management and organization. She also performs administrative duties for all MDL depositories and handles or assists in all trials. Ms. Valenti conducts medical research, legal and factual research, and investigations, as well as client interviews. She is also responsible for preparing pleadings, memoranda and briefs, witness lists and exhibits, trial notebooks, demand and settlement documents, and deposition schedules and summaries. Other responsibilities include coordinating and managing document production; locating and interviewing witnesses and experts; organizing pleadings and trial exhibits; assisting lawyers at trial; gathering and reviewing medical records; and maintaining general client contact. Ms. Valenti earned her degree from Nicholls State University. She has spoken for the American Association for Justice on "Preparing a Powerful Trial Notebook" and for the Institute for Paralegal Education on "Using the Internet in Discovery Efforts” and “Trial Presentation from Start to Finish.” Additionally, Ms. Valenti has spoken to members of the New Orleans Paralegal Association on class actions. She is a member of the New Orleans Paralegal Association and was recently named as the 2014-2015 chair of the Louisiana Association for Justice Paralegal Section. Ms. Valenti is also a paralegal affiliate member of the American Association for Justice, member of the AAJ Paralegal Advisory Task Force, and former member of the AAJ Paralegal Education Committee. She was named Advocate Capital, Inc./AAJ Paralegal of the Year for 2014 and was presented with that award in July at the AAJ convention in Baltimore, Maryland.