A legal Go-To
Phelps Dunbar was chosen as a Go-To Law Firm for the fourth consecutive year in a recent survey of Fortune 500 companies by Corporate Counsel magazine. Sears Holding Corporation named Phelps Dunbar as an outside law firm to which they turn for assistance in the area of litigation, and Sara Lee recognized the firm for work done in labor and employment law. The full list of Go-To Law Firms will be published in early December.
The Baton Rouge Area Convention and Visitors Bureau purchased a new office building at 359 Third St. The building was previously owned and occupied by the Louisiana Homebuilders Association. The bureau will share the new address with the Baton Rouge Area Sports Foundation and the Baton Rouge Film Commission.
Dial M for martini
The M Bar, downtown’s newest martini bar, celebrated its grand opening at 305 Third St. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The Mike Foster Project provided entertainment and Chef Alonzo Johnson provided the complimentary menu. Keturah Dolejsi, partner and bar manager, says the bar offers at least 20 martinis with seating for as many as 300 people.
Woman’s Hospital has been recognized as a Breast Imaging Center of Excellence from the American College of Radiology (ACR). The hospital has the only breast imaging center in the state with this designation, which demonstrates excellence in breast imaging by successfully achieving accreditation in mammography, stereotactic breast biopsy, breast ultrasound and ultrasound-guided breast biopsy.
The Greater Baton Rouge Industry Alliance announced the winners of its 2007 Contractor Safety Excellence Awards at its Oct. 25 banquet. Turner Industries Group (large) and Performance Contractors (small-medium) won first place in the Manufacturing and Industrial Building Construction and Maintenance General Contractors category; Industrial Specialty Contractors and Protherm Services Group tied for first place (large), Petrin Corporation and Triad Electric and Controls also tied for first (medium) and Midwest Cooling Tower Services (small) won first place in the Construction and Maintenance Specialty Trade Contractors category; and SGS Petroleum Service Corporation (large) and John L. Lowery & Associates (small-medium) won first place in the Technical Support Contractors category. Turner Industries Group received the Hal G. Ginn Safety Excellence Award for best overall performance.
Senior Wildlife and Fisheries Agent Toby Miller received the Keep Louisiana Beautiful Litter Enforcement Office of the Year Award for the second consecutive year. Col. Winton Vidrine, head of the Louisiana Wildlife and Fisheries Enforcement Division was also honored with the Law Enforcement Award. Over the past year, the department issued 336 gross litter citations and 478 simple litter citations, more than any other law enforcement agency statewide.
Dr. Russell C. Klein, associate dean for alumni affairs for the LSU School of Medicine, and Dr. Roger D. Smith of Ochsner Heath Systems were named president and president-elect of the Louisiana State Medical Society, respectively. Klein, a specialist of internal medicine and pulmonary disease, previously held the position of speaker of the society’s House of Delegates for five years. Smith will assume the presidency at the delegates’ 2008 meeting.
The hour-long documentary, Louisiana Speaks: Our Voice, Our Plan, Our Future, produced by Louisiana Speaks and Louisiana Public Broadcasting, has been nominated for an Emmy Award by the Suncoast Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The Suncoast Chapter will announce its awards Dec. 1 at a ceremony in Kissimmee, Fla.
Armstrong Relocation, the Baton Rouge agent of United Van Lines, has been honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. Armstrong Relocation received the President’s Club Award, which honors agents that have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year.
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