Adams and Reese LLP
Debbie Rouen joined Adams and Reese in 1983 and has extensive experience in defending class actions, mass torts and complex litigation involving tobacco, refineries, pharmaceuticals, crop fertilizer and Hurricane Katrina and Road Home suits. She is the former leader of the Class Action/Complex Litigation team and focuses her practice on defense of product design, toxic tort, environmental, maritime, fraud, misrepresentation, conspiracy and punitive damages.
Debbie has acted as liaison counsel for defendants and has successfully defeated class certification in both federal and state courts. She is experienced in partnering with clients to handle major litigation in order to achieve quality solutions through the efficient use of resources, technology and case management.
Her other significant contributions include:
After serving a three-year term as the first woman elected to the Executive Committee at Adams and Reese, Debbie was appointed Chair of the firm’s Diversity Committee and served in that role from 2006-2012. She worked to expand cultural inclusion, partnered with clients to meet diversity requisites, improved recruitment, mentoring and retention of women and minority lawyers; obtained firm recognition in national rankings of women and minority lawyers and increased firm support of minority-sponsored legal, cultural and social events. She has frequently participated in client-sponsored diversity conferences, panels and roundtables.
Debbie serves as Vice President of the Board of the New Orleans Bar Foundation and is a former board member of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. In the community, she serves as President of the Board of the Jefferson Performing Arts Society. She coordinates the firm’s participation in the Dress for Success program.
Debbie is the mother of three children, and in her free time keeps up her skills as a classical pianist. She also enjoys playing tennis, cooking, and international travel.