Janell M. McFarland-Forges

Janell M. McFarland-Forges joined our law firm in 2018, and her work focuses on litigating matters in the areas of casualty and personal injury, products liability, premises liability, and commercial litigation.

With experience in handling matters from their inception through the appellate process, her focus is on assessing and recommending the best and most practical approach to achieve the client’s desired result.

Prior to joining OB&S, Janell worked for another New Orleans law firm well-known for handling matters involving premises liability, medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, motor vehicle accidents, workers’ compensation, sexual abuse/molestation, property disputes, and commercial litigation.

After graduating from Loyola University New Orleans with a Bachelor of Arts degree, Janell attended Southern University Law Center, earning a Juris Doctor degree. While at Southern, she was a student practitioner in the Civil and Administrative Law Clinic. Prior to graduation, she was a judicial extern for the Honorable Roland Belsome of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. After law school, she served as a teaching assistant and researcher at Xavier University of Louisiana to the Honorable Sandra C. Jenkins of the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has recently presented at the 2019 Suit Up for the Future High School Summer Legal Institute and Intern Program. In partner with Andrew Adams and representing O’Bryon & Schnabel, she presented “Premises/Merchant Liability in an Age of Increased Random Violence” for the RIMS South Louisiana chapter.

Janell is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts. She is an active member of the American Bar Association, Louisiana Bar Association, New Orleans Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Bar Association, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, and the Defense Research Institute.