LAJ 2020-21 immediate past-president
A founding member of Walters, Papillion, Thomas, Cullens, LLC, Baton Rouge, J. Cullens focuses his law practice on complex commercial litigation and professional negligence cases. He is board certified as a civil trial lawyer by the National Board of Trial Advocacy and the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys.
Cullens has achieved several eight- and nine-figure jury awards for his clients, including a $180 million award, which was ranked as the 16th largest verdict in the nation in 2005 by VerdictSearch.com, and a $20 million jury verdict against the former owner of Patrón Tequila in 2017. Cullens’ firm was one of five plaintiffs’ law firms nominated by The National Law Journal for recognition as its top 2018 business tort firm in the nation.
Cullens twice chaired the LAJ Business Section, co-chairs the LAJ Legislation Committee, and has served on the LAJ Amicus Curiae Committee for years. He is also a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Legal Malpractice Committee, the Federal Bar Association, Baton Rouge Bar Association, American Bar Association, the Dean Henry George McMahon American Inns of Court, and is a member of the Leaders Forum for the American Association for Justice.
He frequently contributes legal articles to several statewide periodicals and regularly gives continuing legal education seminars on a variety of topics, including trial advocacy and Daubert practice. Cullens is an adjunct professor at the LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, where he teaches an advanced trial and evidence course. He has been involved in such civic groups as the Council for a Better Louisiana, the Leadership Council of Greater Baton Rouge, and Capital Area United Way. He volunteers in public schools to help educate students on the justice system and has coached the mock trial team at Episcopal High School.
A New Orleans native, Cullens is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and Louisiana State University law school. At LSU, Cullens served as the executive senior editor of the Louisiana Law Review, earned the Best Casenote or Comment Award for his published law review article, and won the Flory Trial Competition during his third year of law school.