Our Attorney Team
Christopher J. Couch, Managing Member
Christopher J. Couch is the Founding Member and Managing Partner of Couch Lambert (formerly known as Couch Conville & Blitt), a multi-state law firm focusing upon representation of the financial services industry. The Firm maintains offices in Louisiana, Alabama, Texas, Mississippi, Tennessee, and Arkansas. His legal practice focuses in the areas of Creditors’ Rights, Commercial Litigation, General Business Counseling, and Collateral Lending. He represents a wide variety of clients, including collateral lenders, national banks, finance lessors, credit grantors, debt purchasers, collection agencies, local corporations, and several publicly traded corporations.
In 2019, Mr. Couch was appointed as Co-Chair of the Communications & Public Relations Committee of the National Creditors’ Bar Association.
In May 2016, Mr. Couch was selected for CityBusiness Magazine’s 2016 Leadership in Law class. As a third time honoree, Chris was inducted into the Leadership in Law Hall of Fame. He was recognized as one of New Orleans’ Leaders In Law by New Orleans CityBusiness in 2009, 2010 and 2016.
He is a 2012 graduate of New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (NORLI) 2012 Leadership Program.
In 2013, Mr. Couch was recognized by CityBusiness as one of the top 50 financial professionals whose fiscal work has set the pace for their company and received the Money Maker Award.
He has lectured nationally on a variety of topics, such as Compliance, Disaster Planning & Recovery, and Law Office Management.
Mr. Couch served as the Co-Chairman of the Future Leadership Committee for the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (“NARCA”). From October 2005 through January 2008, he served as a member of the Board of Directors of NARCA. From January 2008- October 2009, he served as Parliamentarian to the President of NARCA.
Mr. Couch was admitted to the United States Supreme Court in 2010. He is also a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and is licensed to practice before all Courts of Louisiana.Mr. Couch is a 2000 graduate of the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University. He is a 1997 graduate of the University of New Orleans. He also received a Certificate for attending the Summer Scholar Program at George Washington University School of Political Management.
Mr. Couch has published a variety of articles related to the compliance, audit, lending and legal collections, law office management and disaster planning and recovery. He is also a co-author of the Louisiana Law of Pawn, 3d. Edition, 1999.
Benjamin G. Lambert, Member
Prior to becoming a Partner with the Firm in 2015, Mr. Lambert served as the Firm’s Director of Legal Operations.
Mr. Lambert has served on various committees and participated in strategic planning for the National Creditor’s Bar Association.
Prior to graduating from law school, Mr. Lambert was an intern for the Honorable Eldon E. Fallon in the Eastern District of Louisiana and the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office.
In 2017, Mr. Lambert became a member of the Firm. He currently manages various aspects of litigation operations, client relationships, and all of the Firm attorneys.
Bradley J Chauvin, Partner
Mr. Chauvin acts for the rights of his clients in the legislature as well. He co-authored and actively supported passage of the former Louisiana Collection Agency Regulation Act, the Louisiana Pawnshop Act, and has helped draft and pass revisions to various other Louisiana business and collection related statutes.
Mr. Chauvin has guest lectured at Loyola University School of Law, for Dun & Bradstreet, for the National Association of Credit Managers, and throughout the state on business and collection law issues. He co-authored the 1990, 1993, and 1999 Louisiana Law of Pawn.
Mr. Chauvin is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, Jefferson Bar Association and the Commercial Law League of America. He is licensed before all of the courts of Louisiana, the United States District Court for the Eastern and Middle Districts of Louisiana, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Chauvin was licensed in the area of property and casualty with the Louisiana Insurance Commission for 10 years and has held a solicitor’s license with the Louisiana Real Estate Commission for 25 years.
Mr. Chauvin is a 1990 graduate of Loyola University School of Law. During law school, he clerked for the United States Army Corps of Engineers in New Orleans and subsequently for Babovich & Spedale, a predecessor firm. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Loyola University of the South.
Sarena Y. Gaylor, Partner
Ms. Gaylor graduated from Paul M. Hebert Law Center at Louisiana State University with a Juris Doctor and Diploma in Comparative Law in 2013. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy of Law, Morality & Society and Physical Anthropology from Tulane University in 2009.
Prior to graduating from law school, Ms. Gaylor clerked at CCB, Southeast Louisiana Legal Services’ Family Law Division, and interned for Judge Guy Holdridge of the 23rd Judicial District Court. Ms. Gaylor joined the firm in September 2013.
Shawn R. Redman
In 1997, Shawn received his Bachelor of Sciences Degree from Louisiana State University. He subsequently attended Loyola University- New Orleans School of Law where he received his Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2001. During his tenure at Loyola University, he participated in the comparative law studies program at the University of Vienna School of Law in Vienna, Austria.
Mr. Redman has gained first and second chair jury trial experience. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, the State of Louisiana and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Randall C. Roth
Mr. Roth is a graduate of Loyola University of New Orleans School of Law where he earned a Juris Doctorate in 1978. He earned his under graduate degree, a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology, from the University of New Orleans in 1975.
Mr. Roth also volunteers at the National World War II Museum, The Burden Rural Life Museum in Baton Rouge Louisiana and serves on the District Shooting Sports Committee for the New Orleans area Boy Scouts of America. In conjunction with his museum interests Mr. Roth is a certified Interpretive Guide and maintains membership in the National Association of Interpretation (NAI).
Charles F. Dismukes
Ms. Carlisle obtained her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University where she was a member of the National Negotiation team, the James Edwin Horton Inn of Court, an Executive Member of the Henry Upson Simms Moot Court Board, and an Associate Justice of the Gordon T. Saad Moot Court Competition. Ms. Carlisle received her B.A. in Political Science with a minor in English from Jacksonville State University.
Prior to joining the firm in January 2019, Ms. Carlisle practiced at a plaintiff’s firm in Birmingham, AL. Her litigation experience includes representing hundreds of clients in consumer arbitration.
Teri Stewart Mace
Teri received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Journalism from the University of Kansas in 1978, and her J.D. from the University of Oklahoma College of Law in 1986. Teri clerked for the honorable Justice Alma Wilson while in law school, the first woman appointed to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
Teri is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas, and in the United States District Courts for the Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. Teri joined the firm in January 2020, and is based in the Dallas office.
Elizabeth A. Cash
Ms. Cash graduated with a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis Cecil C. Humphries School of Law in 2003 and a Bachelor of Science from Baylor University in 1998. Prior to joining to Couch Lambert (formerly known as Couch, Conville & Blitt), Ms. Cash represented clients in consumer legal collections, commercial litigation, estate planning, foreclosures, landlord-tenant matters, and real property transactions.
Britney A. Bernard
Marlei English Thames
Amanda Hamm de Pingré
Gilbert G. Gonzalez, Jr.
Nicholas R. Hood
Nicholas Hood is a Partner of the Firm. His practice focuses upon consumer legal collections and creditors’ rights defense. He is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Mr. Hood graduated summa cum laude from Missouri Valley College in 2008 with a dual-degree in Economics and Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. He obtained his Juris Doctor cum laude from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2011, where he was an editor for the law review, board member of the moot court society, and member of the honors program. Mr. Hood also published a law review article in the Valparaiso University Law Review (No Requirement Left Behind: The Inadvertent Discovery Requirement—Protecting Citizens One File at a Time, 45 Val. U. L. Rev. 1529 (2011)) and was honored as Valpo Law’s Best Oral Advocate in 2009 for his skills in written and oral advocacy.
Mr. Hood has litigated creditor’s rights throughout Arkansas and Oklahoma since 2011.
M. Clark Hays
M. Clark Hays is an Associate Attorney licensed to practice in Arkansas. He graduated with his Bachelor of Science in Physics from Tulsa University and received his law degree from the University of Arkansas School of Law – Fayetteville. He has nearly six years of experience in the collection practice field, from both the consumer and collection side.
Mr. Rowatt is an Associate in the Kansas office. He graduated from William Jewell College in 1991 with a degree in English; and he obtained his Juris Doctorate from the University of Missouri Kansas City School of Law in 1994. Mr. Rowatt joined Couch Lambert LLC after over 20 years of practice with collection law firms in Kansas and Missouri. He is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Kansas and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri and the United States District Court for the District of Kansas. While in law school Mr. Rowatt served on the UMKC Law Review and authored a published article regarding The Public Policy Exception to Employment At Will, 62 UMKC L. Rev. 325, Winter, 1993. Areas of practice include Consumer and Commercial Collection law.
Highly skilled attorney with experience in Debtor Creditor matters, primarily representing creditors, including major financial institutions. Strong Compliance background in areas involving banking and consumer protection legislation, both on National and State/Levels. Licensed in Missouri and Texas, as well as all four Federal District Courts in Texas, Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. Supreme Court. Martindale-Hubbell AV rated.
Fred N. Blitt, Of Counsel
Fred N. Blitt is Of Counsel with the Firm. While Fred’s practice is limited to the State of Illinois, he participates in marketing and executive level decision making at the Firm.
In 2011, Mr. Blitt was recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in the Credit and Collection Industry.
He currently serves as Immediate Past President of the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys (NARCA). He was President from 2009-2011, in addition to serving as a member of the NARCA Board of Directors from 2001-2007. Mr. Blitt is also a member of Illinois Bar Association, Commercial Law League of America (CLLA) and Debt Buyer’s Association (DBA).
Mr. Blitt is a 1988 graduate of the John Marshall Law School. He is licensed to practice before all Courts of Illinois.