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Serving as primary defense counsel, Ms. Cullens has successfully represented debtors, debtors-in-possession, creditors, and trustees in chapter seven and eleven bankruptcy, while her commercial litigation includes commercial litigation, bank work outs and litigation, including foreclosures, revocatory actions, and wrongful seizure. In her employment law practice, she has successfully represented both plaintiffs and defendants in employment litigation, including ERISA, ADA, and Title VII claims.
Ms. Cullens holds an AV-Preeminent peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell.
Ms. Cullens’ notable commercial cases include:
•Lead counsel for JP Morgan Chase in discrimination in lending suit;
•Lead counsel for First Bank and Trust in suit for payment on a note;
•Lead counsel for IBERIABANK in collection and workout claims;
•Lead counsel representing H&E Equipment Services Inc., defending chapter eleven and chapter seven trustee avoidance action claims;
•Representing state government entities in tax credit disputes.
Ms. Cullens’ notable labor and employment cases include:
•Lead counsel for a Federal Credit Union in defending claims for severance and retirement benefits;
•Lead counsel for JP Morgan Chase in discrimination claims;
•Represented ITC DeltaCom, Inc., an EarthLink subsidiary, in state wage claims;
•Lead counsel for suit against corporate management company for sexual harassment.
Ms. Cullens is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, in the federal district courts for the Middle, Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association and the Baton Rouge Bar Association.
Ms. Cullens is a member of Leadership Alumni of Greater Baton Rouge and was a member of the 2015 Baton Rouge Area Chamber Leadership Class.
In the community, Ms. Cullens is a family selection committee member for Habitat for Humanity, a 2018 Board member of WRKF, and a volunteer for the Episcopal High School Annual Fund and Fair. She formerly volunteered for several nonprofit and community organizations, including Junior League of Baton Rouge, LSU Hilltop Arboretum, Louisiana Arts and Science Center and CASA.
Ms. Cullens graduated from University of New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts in 1989. She received her Juris Doctor from Louisiana State University in 1994. While in law school, she was called to active duty during Operation Desert Storm and served as Finance Corps Sergeant with the 4010th U.S. Army Hospital at Bayne-Jones Army Community Hospital in Fort Polk, Louisiana. Achieving the highest rank of Sergeant, Ms. Cullens received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious performance of duties as the finance clerk for the reserve personnel on active duty and preparing soldiers for demobilization in support of Operation Desert Storm.
In her spare time, Ms. Cullens enjoys spending time with her family, husband, J.E. Cullens, Jr., since 1994, two children, Cameron and Grace, and she also enjoys gardening, fishing, reading, running and sailing.
Speeches and Presentations
• Closing the Gaps: #MeToo at LSU, LSU University Council on Gender Equity and Office of Diversity, February 21, 2018
• Data Security, Taylor Porter Labor and Employment Law Seminar, April 27, 2017
• Deciphering Suits against State Agencies, BRBA Public Law Section Meeting, Author/Presenter, March 18, 2015
• Employer's Guide to the Shared Responsibility (Excise Tax) Penalty Under the ACA: What Employers are at Risk?, Firm employment law seminar, February 2013
•“May it Please the Court” - Effective Case Presentation at Trial, Author/Presenter, National Business Institute, April 2012
•“Signed, Sealed, Delivered. ..” Common Mistakes In Transactions, Author/Presenter, Louisiana State Bar Association, June 2010
• Evidence: Strategies for Finding, Preserving & Using Evidence to Support Your Case, Author/Presenter, National Business Institute, August 2008
• A Practical Guide to Motions Practice, Presenter, National Business Institute, December 2007
•“Which Is the Correct Chapter to File?” - Bankruptcy Basics: The How To For Attorneys & Paralegals in Louisiana, Author/Presenter, National Business Institute, March 2005
•“Introduction to the Bankruptcy Code & Rules” - Fundamentals of Bankruptcy Law & Procedure in Louisiana, Author/Presenter, National Business Institute, March 2004
•“The Law of Expert Testimony” - Admissibility of Evidence & Expert Testimony in Louisiana, Author/Presenter, National Business Institute, October 2003
•“Current Employment Discrimination Law Issues” - Recent Developments in Employment Law, Author/Presenter, Sterling Education Services, LLC, February 2003
•Judgment Enforcement in Louisiana, Author/Presenter, Lorman Education Services, January 2003
AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Professional Memberships and Associations
Baton Rouge Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association
American Bar Association
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Baton Rouge - Family Selection Committee Member
WRKF - Board Member