Loulan J. Pitre, Jr.

Loulan J. Pitre, Jr.


Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP

Recognized since 2013

New Orleans, Louisiana

Practice Areas

Energy Regulatory Law

Environmental Law

Litigation - Environmental

Natural Resources Law

Oil and Gas Law

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Oil and Gas Law
Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Environmental
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    Loulan Pitre leads our Louisiana offices and focuses his work on project development, construction, and operations in the Louisiana coastal zone. His law practice concentrates on the most challenging aspects of doing business in and protecting the vulnerable environment of Louisiana’s working coast, including entity formation and governance, complex land rights issues, construction procurement and management, environmental and coastal permitting issues, and dispute resolution.

    He has represented energy and other industrial companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, ports, levee districts, and other public entities, and players in the construction and service industries such as contractors, engineers, and material suppliers. While serving as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, he was intimately involved in the development of the state’s coastal restoration and protection program and large transportation infrastructure projects such as the elevated highway to Port Fourchon. He has carried that knowledge and experience into his law practice.

    Mr. Pitre is very familiar with the Louisiana law concerning public and private finance, procurement, and contracting. His experience includes traditional finance and procurement methods for both public and private projects, such as bidding and requests for proposals, as well as more innovative methods such as public-private partnerships, securitization, and toll bonds. Mr. Pitre has wide experience with the major federal environmental statutes and their Louisiana counterparts. He is ranked in Chambers, BestLawyers, and SuperLawyers, and is a frequent speaker and writer. He is an experienced negotiator and is trained in both arbitration and mediation. He is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School.

    Mr. Pitre is also extremely well known for his practice in legacy litigation in which landowners and public entities sue oil and gas companies alleging environmental damage from oil and gas exploration and production operations. These cases often involve claims in the hundreds of millions of dollars. As lead trial counsel in Meaux et al. v. Hilcorp et al., he defended two oil and gas exploration and production companies from claims of environmental damage. After a three-week trial, plaintiffs asked the jury for over $60 million dollars. Instead, the jury’s verdict resulted in no liability for defendants, a result that withstood appeal.

    Mr. Pitre grew up in Cut Off in southern Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which has grown in the past century from a collection of small Cajun French fishing villages to the central hub of the Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas industry at Port Fourchon. Thus, from an early age he has understood the intricate challenges of living and working on the Louisiana coast. At South Lafourche High School, Mr. Pitre was a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar (one of 121 nationwide), and a Telluride Association Summer Program Scholar (one of 20 nationwide). He then spent seven years at Harvard, where he earned his bachelor and law degrees and numerous honors. He wrote his Harvard College magna cum laude honors thesis about a 19th century village on the Louisiana coast and his Harvard Law School senior paper about aspects of the Louisiana Constitution. He then returned to Louisiana, ultimately serving his home town as attorney to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission during a period of explosive expansion and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives.

Location

  • 400 Poydras Street, Suite 1812
    New Orleans, LA 70130

Languages

  • English

Education

  • Harvard University , J.D., graduated 1986
  • Harvard University, A.B., graduated 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1986
  • Oregon, 1990

Affiliations

  • National Association of Bond Lawyers - Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources - Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation - Member
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Board of Directors, Energy Council - Board
  • GNO, Inc., Public Policy Committee - Member
  • Institute for Energy Law - Advisory Board Member
  • Institute for Energy Law, Renewables Practice Committee - Officer
  • Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors - Officer
  • Harvard Law School Class of 1986 - Permanent Class Secretary
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section - Member
  • La. 1 Coalition, Corporate Secretary, Executive Committee - Board of Directors
  • Louisiana House of Representatives - Member, 2000-2008
  • Water Code Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute, 2016 - Member
  • Petroleum Landman's Association of New Orleans, - Member

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2023 - Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year Badge - 2015 - Litigation - Environmental

Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Natural Resources Law, New Orleans (2023)
  • Oil and Gas Law, New Orleans (2023)
  • Litigation - Environmental, New Orleans (2015)

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Energy Regulatory Law
  • Oil and Gas Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Natural Resources Law

Awards:

  • Best Lawyers® Natural Resources Law Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, 2023
  • Best Lawyers® Oil and Gas Law Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, 2023
  • Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2023Energy Regulatory LawEnvironmental LawLitigation - EnvironmentalNatural Resources LawOil and Gas Law
  • Chambers USA, Louisiana, 2011-2022Environmental Litigation, Band 1
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2021Environmental Litigation
  • Leadership in Law Hall of Fame, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2019-2022
  • Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2021Oil & Gas Law
  • Driving Forces Recipient, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2020
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer Top 50, 2017Environmental Litigation
  • Best Lawyers® in Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, 2015
  • Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2013Environmental Law
  • Leadership in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2009

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