Frilot Forward is a program by the Frilot L.L.C. law firm providing customized legal services to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses. We started Frilot Forward because we are passionate about the growth of the vibrant entrepreneurial community in Louisiana but see a divide between the members of that community and the lawyers available to represent them. Our mission is to bridge that divide. Frilot Forward pairs entrepreneurs with accessible, forward-thinking lawyers who uniquely share and relate to the entrepreneurial mindset. The program also makes the resources and diverse expertise of a well-established firm more readily accessible to entrepreneurs and early-stage businesses by offering accommodating pricing options, including fixed fees for certain services and reduced legal rates.
Frilot Forward’s clients benefit not only from the sophisticated services we provide, but also from the expansive networks we have developed. The Frilot Forward team is actively involved in numerous commercial and philanthropic organizations throughout the greater New Orleans area. Members of the team also routinely work with The Idea Village and other non-profit organizations at the forefront of identifying, supporting, and retaining entrepreneurial talent in New Orleans. We understand the challenges you face and we are committed to helping you overcome those obstacles so that you can focus on what you do best. You are the Entrepreneur. We are Advocates for Entrepreneurship.
Ben’s Frilot Forward practice focuses on the representation of entrepreneurs and startup companies. He routinely handles matters involving business creation and structuring, financing, all forms of business contracts, real estate, intellectual property, and employment law. Born in Paris, France, and raised in London, England, Ben is a French-American dual citizen and a native French speaker. His dynamic ability with language and unique understanding of different cultures extends to a creative and incisive law practice in which he is able to resolve conflicts and advance his clients’ interests through diplomacy.
Super Lawyers, the nation’s premier publication for the recognition of top lawyers, named Ben in its Louisiana “Rising Stars” lists for 2014, 2015 and 2016, a distinction for which no more than 2.5% of eligible attorneys are selected. He was also selected by The American Society of Legal Advocates for its “Top 40 Lawyers Under 40” in Louisiana in 2014, 2015 and 2016. He received a Business Administration (Finance) degree from the University of Richmond in Virginia and earned his law degree from Tulane University Law School. Ben also earned a Certificate in International Business from Queen Mary Intellectual Property Institute in London, England.
Outside of his law practice, Ben is active in the French-American community in New Orleans, as a member of the Board of Directors of the Lycée Français de la Nouvelle-Orléans (a French immersion, French curriculum charter school) and as a member of the French-American Chamber of Commerce. His obsessive dedication to his clients is only equaled by his obsession with European soccer (Arsenal, in particular), table tennis (don’t even think about calling it ping pong), and his carefully curated sock collection. He was on reality television once, so very little is likely to surprise him.
Everett brings to Frilot Forward extensive experience representing young and emerging businesses, particularly in transactional matters. He was selected by Super Lawyers, the nation’s premier publication for the recognition of top lawyers, as one of their “Rising Stars” of 2016, and his experience in negotiation has been recognized by the firm at large. He’s often called in to “close” and has something of a reputation for doing just that (which also accounts for his really good seller rating on eBay).
Everett graduated magna cum laude from Loyola University College of Business, receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He then graduated cum laude from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, earning both a Juris Doctor and a Certificate in Civil and Common Law. He was a member of the Loyola Law Review and a William L. Crowe Scholar. His passion for pushing and improving his abilities extends beyond the law. He regularly gives presentations for the National Business Institute, really likes going to hear motivational speakers, and would love to give you notes on your prospective TED Talk.
Everett is also an Adjunct Law Professor at the Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, where he teaches Louisiana Civil Procedure. He has a business background and is a co-author of Equity Research (Esq. Books 2011), a graduate-level finance textbook. A standing member of the Advisory and Editorial Board for Esquire Books, Everett has edited numerous legal textbooks, including textbooks on alternative dispute resolution and Louisiana Civil Procedure. He has three boys, including a set of twins, with whom he loves to spend time. He also has a passion for playing golf (badly).
Kelsey, a New Orleans native, brings to the Frilot Forward team invaluable experience gained in Frilot’s Labor & Employment and Products Liability practice groups. She received her Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude, from Louisiana State University, and her Juris Doctor, summa cum laude, from Loyola University of New Orleans College of Law, where she graduated in the top 2% of her class and was a published member of the Law Review. She is a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court and was selected as a Junior Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, an agency serving in an advisory capacity to the Louisiana Legislature. Kelsey also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Chapter of HeartGift, an organization which helps children born with congenital heart defects receive the specialized care they need.
As one of five siblings, Kelsey has always thrived on collaboration and compromise and her family has profoundly influenced her practice. Her group-focused approach to law and life is particularly suited to developing companies with unique perspectives. Her openness and adaptability allows her to pinpoint the legal needs of startups and chart courses to achieve their objectives and avoid confusion or trouble. She can read currents in contracts and on the water. Growing up in the Lakeview neighborhood of New Orleans and spending a great deal of time in Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian, Kelsey has always loved being on the water. She still loves to go boating on the bay, so you can also direct all your maritime enjoyment queries her way.
As a member of the Frilot Forward team, Krystle brings invaluable experience handling business and healthcare industry matters. Her commercial practice focuses on the areas of products liability, casualty, construction (litigation and contracts), trade secrets, and a variety of other commercial matters. Krystle also practices in the firm’s Healthcare and Medical Malpractice group. She has represented physicians, hospitals, long-term care facilities and other healthcare providers in matters, such as medical malpractice defense, investigations, insurance coverage issues and professional liability claims. Krystle’s experience has honed her ability to help her clients minimize risk and maximize performance. This perspective is an invaluable resource in avoiding the obstacles that face small businesses and start-ups. Krystle attended Howard University, where she received a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and earned her Juris Doctor from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. While in law school, she was a member of Loyola’s Moot Court and participated in Loyola’s Mediation Clinic. Prior to joining the firm, Krystle clerked for the Honorable Judge Rosemary Ledet, Louisiana Court of Appeal Fourth Circuit, in both the district and appellate courts.
Krystle comes from a family of performers and has always had a strong passion and appreciation for the arts and the unique culture of New Orleans. She puts her dedication and inner “actor” into her law practice. In addition to the law, Krystle currently serves on the Contemporary Arts Center New Orleans’ Board of Trustees and Young Audiences of Louisiana’s Board of Directors. She’s had the honor of being in the 2014 Arts and Culture Class of Emerging Philanthropists of New Orleans. Krystle’s involvement in the legal community and greater New Orleans community allows her to help businesses build relationships with their surrounding communities and connect to unique resources. She’s passionate about helping companies from a wide variety of disciplines and approaches.
Dylan was born and raised in Rhode Island, yet knew by his first year of law school that he wanted to live and practice in New Orleans. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science, summa cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island, and attained a Masters in Political Science, with honors and a concentration in Political Theory, from URI in 2012. He then graduated cum laude from Tulane, and received the Walter J. Suthon, Jr. Award for the highest mark in a course on Louisiana Security Rights. Dylan is hungry, to paraphrase Teddy Roosevelt, to dedicate himself to work worthy of dedication. He has clerked for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office, where he was assigned to the Multi-Agency Gang Unit, and clerked for Governor Jindal’s Executive Counsel, Thomas Enright, in Baton Rouge. He also received a civil law certificate, participated in the pre-trial civil litigation boot camp, and received honors in trial advocacy.
As a member of the Frilot Forward team, Dylan uses his political acumen and big-picture thinking to help new entrepreneurs and startups identify their legal needs and execute strategies to address them. He is particularly adept at working with governmental entities (if only he could rack up air miles from his many trips to City Hall). Dylan also brings to the team a long-standing passion for entrepreneurship, which is exemplified by the training he elected to receive in Entrepreneurship Law while in law school.
Dylan brings clarity and passion to all his endeavors. He is a founding member of the Nola Speakeasy, an informal public speaking workshop supporting good friends, good stories, and good drinks. He’s steadily building a vinyl collection (and has strong words ready for anyone who says that Sam Cooke isn’t the greatest singer of all time), an herb garden, and proficiency at woodworking. He is excited to bring his rich experiences and critical abilities to the Frilot Forward team.