Charlotte Bushnell was appointed by United States District Judge James Cain to serve on a panel of neutrals to mediate cases arising from Hurricanes Laura and Delta. Prior to that, Bushnell served as a Workers’ Compensation District Court Judge where she worked for twenty-seven years conducting judicial hearings at the District 3, Lake Charles Office. She retired in September 2020. As judge, she held approximately 1,500 trials, hearings and exceptions. She handled over 4,000 settlement conferences.
Before serving as a judge, Bushnell served as counsel for the Calcasieu Parish Public Defenders’ Office. She was admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1984. She is a member of the National Association of Administrative Law Judiciary, National Association of Workers' Compensation Judiciary, Southwest Louisiana Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section, Executive Board, and Ethics Section. She is also a fellow with the College of Workers' Compensation Lawyers since 2017.
Bushnell has served her community and the Bar through volunteer work on various committees and boards including Louis A. Martinet Legal Society, Inc. and the Louisiana Bar Association Foundation - Jock Scott Community Partnership Panel.