It is often said, accurately, that Louisiana has a “working coast” where energy, fishing, and other commercial and recreational interests intersect each other and coastal protection, environmental, and similar efforts. The competing interests and needs of those living and working in the coastal area, and those affected by the use and restoration of the coastal area, have frequently led to conflicts among coastal user groups, regulatory limitations on uses of the coastal area, and coastal programs and projects that are crucial to many but problematic for others. This complex interrelationship creates challenges and opportunities for Louisiana attorneys representing clients who must navigate these conflicts and the overlapping requirements, responsibilities, and risks resulting from the ongoing efforts to balance these interests and needs. The environment itself adds to the complexity, as coastal erosion and subsidence continuously alter the landscape, creating new challenges and grounds for dispute.
This program will present a wide-ranging variety of legal issues encountered by coastal users, regulators, and special interest groups. Recent developments in coastal law and litigation will be covered, along with specific issues confronting many Louisiana residents regarding the coastal area, including coastal project financing, governmental coastal erosion lawsuits, coastal use permitting, coastal resettlement projects, water bottom ownership and access, and water resource-related issues. Presenters include governmental attorneys and outside counsel implementing Louisiana’s handling of coastal matters, as well as prominent private attorneys engaged in coastal law and related matters. The program will also satisfy Louisiana ethics and professional responsibility requirements. Please join us as we consider the issues related to coastal law that confront many Louisiana residents.
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Amanda M. Carr, Program Co-Chair, is a partner with Plauché & Carr LLP. She counsels public and private clients on environmental, natural resource and land use matters. She assists with strategic planning, project permitting, regulatory compliance, mitigation and ecosystem banking programs and projects.
Lawrence E. Marino, Program Co-Chair, is a partner at Oats & Marino APPC. He counsels public and private clients regarding property rights, environmental, and regulatory matters. He represents the LA Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, DOTD, and DNR, as well as local governmental agencies.
Christine “Chris” Barnes is a Legal Advisor for Coastal Activities in the Office of the Governor, Louisiana. She provides legal and policy advice to the Governor’s Executive Assistant for Coastal Activities on various aspects of coastal protection, restoration and environmental issues at state and federal levels.
Kelly Brechtel Becker is a shareholder at Liskow & Lewis. Her primary practice is in Appellate, Business Litigation, and Energy Litigation. Her practice focuses on complex litigation, including environmental, energy, and commercial matters. She is a frequent speaker at corporate and oil and gas seminars.
Christopher J. Dalbom serves as Executive Director of Tulane University Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. He has done work on legal & policy issues relating to interstate water compacts, comparative water law, Mississippi River management, the RESTORE Act and other revenue streams.
M. Taylor Darden is a founding partner of Carver Darden Koretzky Tessier Finn Blossman & Areaux LLC, focusing on general property and oil/gas advices. He has handled claims for property damage resulting from well blowouts, lease cancellation and expropriation claims, as well as title and boundary disputes.
Rep. Garret Graves represents Louisiana’s 6th Congressional District. He has more than 20 years of experience working on energy, infrastructure, fisheries, maritime, and water resources issues. He currently sits on the House Committees on Transportation, and Infrastructure and Natural Resources.
Kristen Hilferty is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. During law school, she was a research intern at the Water Law Institute, a member of the Environmental Law Journal, and a student attorney in the Environmental Law Clinic.
Jamie Huffman is a Senior Research Fellow at Tulane University Law School’s Institute on Water Resources Law & Policy. She was a graduate fellow at the Virginia Coastal Policy Center at William & Mary during law school, working on different environmental issues that impacted Tidewater Virginia.
Tanner A. Johnson has been Director of the Gulf Environmental Benefit Fund (GEBF) at the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) since 2013. A native of Baton Rouge, he has worked for more than a decade on coastal conservation and restoration policy at the federal, state and local levels.
S. Beaux Jones, an attorney with Baldwin Haspel Burke & Mayer LLC, joined the firm in 2017 after serving as an assistant attorney general and environmental section chief, Louisiana DOJ. His practice is based in litigation and administrative matters, focusing on environmental, coastal, and oil and gas law.
Victor L. Marcello is a member of Talbot Carmouche & Marcello PLC. In the last 15 years, he has focused exclusively on “legacy lawsuits,” which involve claims for remediation and other relief arising from damage to private and public property arising from oil and gas exploration and production activities.
David A. Peterson is General Counsel for the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, Legal Section, Executive Division. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s mandate is to develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan.
Loulan J. Pitre, Jr. is partner in charge with Kelly Hart Pitre. He focuses his work on energy, natural resources and the environment. His law practice concentrates on the most challenging aspects of doing business in and protecting the vulnerable environment of Louisiana’s working coast.
Samuel W. “Billy” Plauché, a partner with Plauché & Carr LLP, provides counsel on issues regarding natural resources, land use, and environmental regulations, including matters involving wetlands or hazardous waste, natural resource damage actions, and Clean Water Act and Clean Air Act challenges.
Caitrin A. Reilly is a research attorney at Kanner & Whiteley LLC and has been with the firm since 2016. Her research has covered natural resource damages, consumer protection, constitutional law, and complex litigation. She assists with research related to the firm’s environmental practice.
Alfred W. Speer is the State of Louisiana, House of Representatives Clerk and General Counsel, having held this position since March of 1984. He has served as the President of the American Society of Legislative Clerks and Secretaries and as Staff Chair of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Megan K. Terrell is the Deputy Director for Coastal Activities, Office of the Governor, State of Louisiana. Prior to joining the Governor’s Office in February 2016, she spent 12 years with the Louisiana Department of Justice, where she served as Deputy Director of the Civil Division and Chief of the Environmental Section.
Jeffrey J. Thomas is a Louisiana licensed attorney with over fifteen years of legal practice, consulting, and senior-level government experience centered on crafting public-private transactions, programs, and public policies to address community sustainability and disaster resilience challenges.
J. Michael Veron is a member of Veron Bice Palermo & Wilson LLC. He is an active trial lawyer, representing plaintiffs and defendants in civil and criminal cases in federal and state courts. He has served as an adjunct professor at LSU and Tulane Law Schools and is a frequent CLE lecturer.
Mark R. Wingate, PE, serves as the Deputy District Engineer for Programs and Project Management for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District. He is delegated full authority for management decisions related to all major District Civil, Environmental and Support for Others programs and projects.