Michael Koch (pronounced Cook) graduated from law school in 1989 with honors. Shortly thereafter, he joined the law firm of Neblett, Beard and Arsenault in Alexandria, Louisiana and has been practicing with them since 1989. His primary area of practice is representing “everyday people” who were injured as a result of the carelessness of someone else. Martindale-Hubbell, an organization that provides a review of attorneys that is recognized world-wide, has acknowledged Mike’s professional ethics and legal ability by awarding him an “AV” rating since 2011. An “AV” rating is the highest rating an individual attorney can receive. Martindale-Hubbell’s peer review ratings are based on a rigorous, multi-step evaluation process that includes confidential assessments of a lawyer’s ability (legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication, legal experience) and ethics from members of the Bar and the Judiciary.
Mike practices in City, State and Federal Court and has been involved in a wide variety of serious injury claims including select slip and falls, trip and falls, car accidents, trucking accidents, boating accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death, product liability, offshore, defective roads, maritime, police brutality, nursing home negligence, and medical malpractice. In addition, Mike has handled minor criminal cases and domestic matters in City and State Courts. He has tried numerous bench and jury trials throughout the State of Louisiana, including cities such as Alexandria, Monroe, Bossier City, Ville Platte, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Opelousas, Breaux Bridge, Jennings, Baton Rouge, Pineville, New Orleans and Thibodeaux.
Mr. Koch is married to Patricia Koch, a District Judge for the 9th Judicial District Court in Alexandria. Together they have three sons, with whom Mike stays actively involved by attending their numerous sporting events and seeing to their educations, both academic and spiritual. Mike serves his community in many capacities. He has recently served as president of the Bolton High School Booster Club and as a representative of the Bear PAC. He recently completed his 11th year of participation in the Upward Basketball League where he served as a coach and referee. He routinely volunteers as a Judge for high school speech and debate tournaments and was asked to serve as a presiding judge in the 2010 Louisiana State High School Mock Trial competition.
You will also see Mike lecturing to groups of school children about trials, being a lawyer, and simply trying to be the best they can be during monthly field trips to the district courthouse which are sponsored by Neblett, Beard and Arsenault. Mike is a Christian attorney who is a longtime member of Horseshoe Drive United Methodist Church where he serves in a leadership capacity. He has served on various committees within the church including PPR, Trustees, and Finance. He is also an usher and communion helper. Mike has handled over a thousand injury claims and has earned a reputation as a compassionate attorney who puts his clients’ interest first.
JURISDICTIONS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE
- Louisiana State Courts, 1989
- U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana, 1989
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana, 1989
- U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit, 1989
- American Red Cross, 1992-1998
- Member Since: 1992-1998
- Board of Directors
- Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project
- Member Since: 1995, 1997, 1998
- Chairperson “Don’t Gamble on Your CLE”
- Louisiana Gumbo, Inc.
- Member Since: 1994-2000
- Board of Directors
- Upward Basketball League
- Served as Coach and Referee Since: 2000
- Bolton High School Boosters
- Active Since: 2009
PRESENTATIONS AND SEMINARS
- Young Lawyers, Ethics & Hollywood 2007
- Alexandria Bar Association, Ethics & Hollywood 2006
- Speaker, “LTLA Section”, Southern University Law Center, 2006
- Mock Trial Instructor, Alexandria High School, 1990 – 2000
- Central Louisiana Pro Bono Project “Don’t Gamble on Your CLE”, Chairperson 1995, 1997, 1998
- Speaker, “Legal Research: Knowing When to Start and When to Stop”, 1994
- Adjunct Paralegal Instructor, Northwestern State University, 1990
- Alexandria Bar Association “Three for Free” seminar, moderator and organizer, 2014 - 2016
- Louisiana Association of Justice, Member Since: 1989
- Louisiana State Bar Association, Member Since: 1989
- Alexandria Bar Association, Member Since: 1989, Executive Council Member
- Young Lawyers, Executive Member
- J.D., Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana; 1989 Honors: Cum Laude
- B.S., University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, North Dakota; 1985
- A.A., Bismarck Jr. College, Bismarck, North Dakota; 1982