The Founders
Erich Rapp
General Counsel

Erich Rapp is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 1987 and practices in the areas of state and local taxation, public policy and government affairs, state and local business incentives and commercial litigation with an emphasis on internet, software and technology issues, asbestos litigation and toxic tort litigation.
As a matter of legal public service, Erich is an expert in and a long time advocate of the restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. See Erich's blog at Erich is also a founder of the Louisiana Internet Software and Technology Association ("LISTA") which is a trade association providing public policy and government affairs assistance and also assistance with state and local business incentives to member companies. See

Erich has worked on numerous state and local taxation matters including sales tax, property tax, and income and franchise tax matters in both the administrative and district court settings.

Erich has expertise in the defense of large national and multinational industrial clients in cases involving human exposure to hazardous chemicals and in cases involving large scale environmental contamination. Erich also has specialized expertise in making environmental claims against the federal government.

Erich has extensive experience in litigation involving vinyl chloride, benzene, asbestos and ethylene dichloride.

Jeffery Corey
Chairman, Governing Board

Jeffery Corey has been in the information technology and software development industry for more than 25 years. He has held numerous positions within the industry from data entry to coding and development.

Jeffery was educated at Southern University where studied computer science and physics. That educational foundation has lead to a rewarding career within the software industry.

Jeffrey is currently a partner in RiffSoft, LLC and has other business interest throughout the state of Louisiana.

Phyllis Sims
Executive Director

Phyllis Sims is of counsel to the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2000 and practices in the governmental, legislative, administrative and tax practice group.

Phyllis practices primarily in the state and local tax area with an emphasis on Louisiana state and local tax planning, incentive programs, tax litigation, and legislative matters. She represents local, state, national, and international clients in Louisiana taxation matters, and represents some of Louisiana's most prominent businesses in governmental, legislative and regulatory matters.

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