Taylor Porter Attorneys French, McMahen Elected to LABI Legal Advisory Council


March 23, 2021

Taylor Porter attorneys Ryan French and Coulter McMahen have been elected to represent the firm on the Louisiana Association of Business & Industry’s (LABI) Legal Advisory Council.

The council helps LABI  set its policy priorities in the judicial branch and gather courtroom data needed to make informed advocacy decisions. Additionally, the council is responsible for enhancing the business community’s amicus brief program. LABI and its board look to the Legal Advisory Council for guidance on important decisions relating to topics like civil justice policy, amicus brief participation, judicial administration and structure, and political positions.

Ryan French is a Partner at Taylor Porter, practicing in commercial and complex litigation, corporate ownership fights, appellate practice, property right disputes, construction litigation, church property law, and white collar criminal defense. French has been ranked by his peers for six consecutive years (2015-2021) among Louisiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” in Business Litigation, and also by Best Lawyers in America (2020-2021) in Commercial Litigation. French graduated from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He boasts a background in accounting and finance, having obtained a B.S. in accounting from LSU. Before attending law school, he successfully completed the CPA Exam in 2009. Because of his accounting background, French is better able to understand his clients’ businesses and can personally assess valuation issues, damage calculations, present value determinations, and related expert witness testimony.

Coulter McMahen is an Associate at Taylor Porter, practicing in commercial litigation, sports law, and business and corporate law, representing clients across a wide spectrum of industries including public utilities, education, healthcare, insurance and financial institutions. A graduate of both LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center and LSU, McMahen joined Taylor Porter after clerking for Chief Judge S. Maurice Hicks, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana. McMahen was recently selected to the LABI Emerging Leaders Council, a select group of distinguished young executives from each region of Louisiana and across a range of industry sectors who have a demonstrated commitment to making the state a great place to live and work.


LABI, the official Louisiana chapter for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers, serves its broad membership by working towards the singular goal of fostering a climate for economic growth through consistently championing the principles of the free enterprise system. For more than 40 years, LABI has used its credibility and influence to effect legislative change and create a pro-business climate to grow Louisiana’s economy.  


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