Elizabeth Ryan joined Coats Rose as a Director in 2012. A former editor of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s magazine, she has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in the area of professional malpractice law, and was most recently featured in their 2012 listing. Additionally, Elizabeth has been named a Louisiana Super Lawyers® in 2007-2009 and 2012 for her work in class action/mass torts, transportation/maritime and environmental law. She has lectured on numerous occasions regarding environmental, insurance and professional topics, and is an adjunct professor at the Tulane University Law School.
Elizabeth pursued architecture studies at the Tulane School of Architecture (1975-1976). In law school she served on the Moot Court of Tulane University Law School, and as an editor of the Tulane Maritime Law Journal. Additionally, she clerked for the Honorable George Arceneaux, Jr., U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana (1980-1981). Her former employment includes partner at Lemle and Kelleher, and partner at Montgomery Barnett.
Elizabeth practices in the area of general civil litigation, with a concentration in construction, environmental, insurance defense and coverage, admiralty and pharmaceutical and medical device law. For over 30 years, she has litigated matters involving toxic tort, class action, maritime personal injury and property damages, personal property damage arising out of fire, products liability, pharmaceuticals, interstate transportation of hazardous substances and the sale of same by maritime transporters; and truck and auto litigation. Elizabeth also serves as a mediator and an umpire in insurance appraisal matters and is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association.