Pugh Accardo Special Partner Christopher M. Landry has been elected as a Fellow in the College of Workers’ Compensation Lawyers (CWCL). He will be inducted into the College as part of its 2019 Class.
“I discovered the College while attending a conference in Nashville,” Landry said. “After asking around, I reached out to the Louisiana Fellows and expressed my interest.” The nomination process was an extensive six month process during which Landry submitted his resume and publications, along with professional references. For Landry, it was important to refer the College to an array of his colleagues from both sides of the bar. He submitted a plaintiff attorney, a fellow defense attorney, a judge and a client as references.
The CWCL was established to honor those attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their practice in the field of workers’ compensation. Individuals are nominated for the outstanding traits they have developed in their practice of twenty years, or longer, representing plaintiffs, defendants, serving as judges, or acting for the benefit of all in education, overseeing agencies and developing legislation. These individuals have to convince their peers, the bar, bench and public that they possess the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards, character, integrity, professional expertise and leadership.
The College’s stated mission includes a professionalism element, and Landry sees this as a main benefit of membership. “I think it’s important for young attorneys practicing comp to understand that it doesn’t have to be so adversarial,” he said. “You represent your client to the extent of the law, but it doesn’t have to be ugly.”
Landry has been practicing workers’ comp for 29 years, starting almost immediately after graduating from Loyola Law. Though he said that workers’ comp can sometimes be perceived as the “red headed stepchild of legal practice,” he has always had a passion for it. “My thinking is, people will always work, so people will always need comp,” he said. “My job is secure!”