Luis A. Leitzelar has more than 25 years of courtroom experience in a wide array of toxic tort, product liability, insurance, and commercial cases. He has litigated numerous cases to judgment on behalf of individual and corporate clients, particularly in the petrochemical, manufacturing, and insurance industries. Lou has also argued before appellate courts, at the state and federal levels.
As trial and appeal counsel, Lou has successfully defended many cases involving allegations of product defects, environmental contamination, personal injury, property damage, and economic loss allegedly resulting from exposure to toxic or noxious substances, including chlorinated hydrocarbons, dioxins, pesticides, metals, solvents, gasses, odors, petroleum products, chemical warfare agents, asbestos, benzene, and others. He has tackled all phases of complex mass tort litigation, including defeating attempts to certify class actions under state and federal law. In addition, he has advised clients on the effects of federal and state regulations and has provided legal guidance with respect to permitting, compliance, and other activities required for their operations, such as best practices in responding to regulatory investigations and industrial plant accidents.
Lou has served as coverage and defense counsel for a number of insurance company clients and their policyholders. He was appointed and served as liaison counsel in the Superfund and class action proceedings captioned In re: Combustion, Inc,. by the chief judge in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, with respect to insurance issues arising from a long-tail chemical exposure due to operation of a waste oil reclamation and disposal facility.
We are energized to have Lou with us at BBFVH and excited to have his resources for servicing our clients with the highest standards of innovative legal representation.