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Loulan Pitre's practice focuses on environmental, energy and resources law. He is ranked by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of environmental litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers - The World's Premiere Guide under the categories "Litigation - Environmental" and "Oil & Gas Law." A native of Cut Off, Louisiana, Loulan is a graduate of Harvard Law School and a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. He teaches Advanced Oil and Gas Law as a member of the part-time faculty of Tulane Law School.
Loulan has defended several dozen “legacy” lawsuits asserting environmental damage, often involving 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.
Loulan frequently writes and speaks on environmental issues. He has spoken at the Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, the Tulane Environmental Law Summit and to various industry groups. Loulan’s Tulane Environmental Law Journal article was treated as an authority by the Louisiana Supreme Court. He recently published a major update on that article in the first issue of the new Louisiana State University Journal of Energy Law and Resources. Loulan has represented and advised the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association (LOGA) on environmental legislation.
As a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, Loulan focused on environmental policy and developed a deep understanding of the structure and operations of critical environmental agencies. He authored and passed several pieces of important environmental legislation, including constitutional amendments approved by the voters in 2003. As Loulan completed eight years in the legislature in 2007, Governor-Elect Jindal appointed Loulan as Chair of the Transition Advisory Group on Coastal Restoration and Flood Control.
At Harvard College, Loulan graduated magna cum laude. At Harvard Law School, he served on the Harvard Journal on Legislation and as a Vice President of the Harvard Law School Forum. Loulan was elected Class Secretary by his Harvard Law School Class of 1986, and had the honor of giving the Class Address at Harvard University’s 350th Commencement exercises. Loulan is a member of the Board of Directors of the Harvard Alumni Association.