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Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett has one of the most sophisticated and successful environmental and toxic tort practices in the Southeast. We regularly assist businesses dealing with the environmental liabilities of their properties in light of today's more stringent environmental regulations. These attorneys advise clients on a wide variety of regulatory issues and litigation arising out of various federal and state environmental laws, including regulations by the Environmental Protection Agency, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. 

We have successfully defended numerous clients in suits for environmental property damage or personal injury from exposure to toxic substances, including from oil and gas or waste disposal operations. In connection with purchase and sale agreements and other arrangements common in the mineral and land-use industries, our environmental lawyers routinely draft, negotiate, and otherwise advise clients on complex contractual indemnity provisions for environmental claims and on environmental site assessments. Additionally, our environmental attorneys represent a variety of clients who face lawsuits in which plaintiffs allege personal injury, property damage and devaluation as a result of chemical exposure, release, long and short term contamination. 

In our practice we have been able to obtain favorable outcomes for our clients in complex litigation matters through both careful negotiation and serious litigation. We have handled a wide range of cases from class action and mass tort litigation, involving thousands of plaintiffs and extensive discovery, to cases involving single plaintiffs and minimal discovery. We have the ability to handle lengthy, complicated trials as well as the experience to know where a low key, quick resolution is the best course. We strive to produce the highest quality work product in the most cost-effective manner.   

We have represented defendants in lawsuits involving all of the following areas:

  • Product Liability
  • Premises Liability
  • Asbestos exposure and claims management
  • Silica exposure and claims management
  • Formaldehyde exposure litigation
  • Punitive damages claims defense
  • Class action and mass tort litigation
  • Maritime chemical exposure litigation
  • Workers' compensation claims, including exposure to chemicals/hazardous materials
  • Hearing loss claims
  • Groundwater contamination
  • "Legacy" lawsuits
  • Oil and Chemical releases, spills and response
  • Remediation claims
  • Railroad litigation, including crossing accidents, FELA, railcar releases and explosions
  • Regulatory compliance

We have handled cases in state and federal courts in Louisiana including the heavily industrial parishes along the Mississippi River, such as St Charles, St. James, St. John the Baptist, St. Bernard, Jefferson, Orleans, and Plaquemines Parishes. Our practice has also included cases in the state and federal courts in Mississippi and Texas.

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