Patrick A. Talley , Jr. - Phelps Dunbar LLP

Patrick A. Talley , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2008

Patrick Talley practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation, with a focus on transportation, energy and environmental law.

Mr. Talley has worked extensively within the railroad industry, and is well-known both regionally and nationwide in that area. He has successfully represented railroads, including three Class I and two Short Line railroads, in matters involving cargo and freight claims, derailments, crossing litigation, and employee personal injury and death (F.E.L.A.). He also represents the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in Louisiana and the Louisiana Railroad Association, and has served as a member of the executive committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel for more than a decade. 

In the realm of energy and environmental law, Mr. Talley represents companies in toxic tort exposure claims, and in litigation related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (N.O.R.M.), benzene and other chemical exposures, and environmental compliance matters. He also handles claims related to oilfield personal injury and death (Jones Act and Longshoremen's Claims).

Before joining Phelps Dunbar, Mr. Talley practiced at Frilot L.L.C.

Armstrong CollegeBA 1976LSU Law SchoolJ.D. 1982Tulane UniversityLL.M 1993
Louisiana State Bar AssociationNew Orleans Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationFederal Bar AssociationFifth Circuit Bar AssociationBaton Rouge Bar AssociationState Bar of TexasNational Association of Railroad Trial CounselWorld Trade Center of New OrleansDefense Research Institute

Office Location

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


Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Environmental Law of the New Orleans Metro Area2016 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the New Orleans Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Railroad Law of the New Orleans Metro Area
Patrick A. Talley, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Patrick A. Talley, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Patrick A. Talley, Jr. has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Litigation - Environmental
Oil and Gas Law (Litigation)
Railroad Law (Defendants)