Barbara L. Arras - Phelps Dunbar LLP

Barbara L. Arras

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2014
Phone: 504-584-9246

Barbara Arras represents defendants in toxic tort litigation primarily involving pulmonary diseases allegedly caused by asbestos and other pulmonary irritants and hematopoietic diseases allegedly caused by benzene. She is responsible for the medical defense in each case. Specifically, she analyzes the facts to formulate a theory of defense and identifies the correct scientific discipline needed to advance that theory. She then identifies and retains the best expert in that discipline from her wide network of contacts, she deposes plaintiffs’ experts, defends defense experts at their depositions, prepares Motions to Exclude plaintiffs’ experts, and opposes plaintiffs’ Motions to Exclude defense experts. She also has considerable expertise in management of complex toxic tort litigation nationwide having spent nine years as in-house counsel with two Fortune 500 corporations.

Loyola University ChicagoJ.D. Northwestern UniversityBA
International Association of Defense CounselDefense Research InstituteLouisiana State Bar Association

Office Location

365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA 70130-6534
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2015 Lawyer of the Year in Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants of the New Orleans Metro Area
Barbara L. Arras has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2015!

Practice Areas

Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants