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Bevinetto named “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers

Andrew Bevinetto of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger was recently named to “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40” List.

Bevinetto is an experienced defense attorney, starting his career in Orleans Parish court system before moving to Baton Rouge to join Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger. He has handled pre-trial hearings for bond reductions and evidence suppression, and defended clients facing charges ranging from driving under the influence to second-degree murder. He is a graduate of Louisiana State University and the LSU Paul  M. Hebert Law Center.

Bevinetto join three other attorneys at the firm who are also recognized by The National Trial Lawyers.  Tanner C. Woods  was selected for the “Top 40 Under 40” list this year. James Manasseh and Andre Bélanger, partners at Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger were named “Top 100 Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers in 2012 and 2013, respectively.


UPDATE: Metro Council unanimously approves tougher penalties to protect motorcycle escorts

The Baton Rouge Metro Council voted unanimously May 8 to approve a change to an existing law to strengthen penalties for drivers who cut into an officer-led procession.

Shannon Hultberg of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger has supported the change to improve safety. She was interviewed by WAFB Channel 9 about the decision. Watch it here


Bander and Hultberg Fighting for Injured Client

Shannon Hultberg and Yigal Bander of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger are fighting for our client and to protect law enforcement motorcycle escorts and the thousands of drivers who encounter them on the road.  

Our client, Jared Neyland, is a Baton Rouge motorcycle officer who was struck by a vehicle that interrupted a procession he was escorting in March 2018.  He suffered major injuries and multiple broken bones in the incident and continues his recovery through the hard work and physical therapy in hopes of one day returning to his job as a police officer.  

Now Hultberg and Bander are supporting an effort to change Baton Rouge traffic law to protect people like our client and other law enforcement officers as well as drivers who encounter funeral processions, oversized loads and hazardous materials escorted by police on motorcycle.

The Baton Rouge Metro Council is set to consider these changes on April 24. Bander was interviewed for this story in The Advocate.


Tanner Woods named a “Top 40 Under 40” by The National Trial Lawyers  

Tanner C. Woods of Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger was selected by “The National Trial Lawyers: Top 40 Under 40”. 

Earning the “Top 40 Under 40” distinction shows Woods “exemplifies superior qualifications, leadership skills, and trial results as a trial lawyer,” according to the National Trial Lawyers.

Attorneys are chosen for this elite honor after a process that includes peer nominations and research by the National Trial Lawyers, an organization of premier trial lawyers nationwide who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers.

 Woods joined the Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger team in 2018 and specializes in family law and criminal defense. A native of the Shreveport area, Woods is a graduate of Tulane University and Loyola University law school.

James Manasseh and Andre Bélanger, partners at Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger previously were named “Top 100 Lawyers” by The National Trial Lawyers.

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Yigal Bander to Discuss Women’s Participation in Politics at LSU Symposium

Yigal Bander  will participate in a discussion of challenges women face when seeking elective office, part of the LSU Breaux Symposium: Politicking While Female. 

Bander will be part of a panel discussing “The Gendered Political Environment: How Louisiana’s Ethics Board Childcare Debacle Exemplifies the Challenges to Politicking While Female”.  

Last month Bander testified on behalf of a candidate for a state House seat who successfully appealed a Louisiana Ethics Board decision denying her the right to use campaign funds for childcare during campaign events.  

“Additional child care that is for the sole purpose of allowing a candidate to attend campaign functions may be a personal use, but it’s a personal use related to a political campaign,” Bander said, as quoted in The Advocate newspaper.

The candidate appealed to the state Ethics Board arguing that reasonable childcare expenses are a legitimate campaign expense and since 2000 the board previously had allowed male candidates to use campaign funds for the same purpose.   

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Super Lawyers 2019 Includes Four at Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger

Andre Bélanger, John Di GiulioWilliam Robert Gill,  and James G. Knipe III named to the 2019 Louisiana edition of Super Lawyers.

Bélanger and Gill have been recognized by Super Lawyers every year since 2015. Veteran defense attorney Di Giulio  was selected for the list from  2010 through 2013 and  again in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Knipe was named a Rising Star 2013 and 2014. More


Click on the links below to read other articles:

Four Manasseh, Gill, Knipe & Bélanger Attorneys Honored by LACDL

Liens, Subrogation, and The Rules of Professional Conduct (Updated 1/16/2019)

National Trial Lawyers Names James P. Manasseh to Top 100 Civil Trial Attorneys

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