Kelly Hart & Hallman LLP
Loulan Pitre has extensive experience with the development, construction, operation, and decommissioning of energy, environmental, and infrastructure projects. He has represented energy and other industrial companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, ports, levee districts and other public entities, and participants in the construction and service industries such as contractors, engineers, and material suppliers. His work has included entity formation and governance, traditional and innovative financing methods, complex land rights issues, construction procurement and management, environmental and coastal permitting issues, and complex disputes. In addition to his traditional scope of complex work, in recent years he has developed deep industry knowledge in the business and legal aspects of the growing U.S. offshore wind energy industry.
While serving as an elected member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, Mr. Pitre 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 is highly ranked in Chambers, BestLawyers, and SuperLawyers and is an Adjunct Associate Professor of Law at Tulane Law School. He is an experienced negotiator trained in both arbitration and mediation and a frequent speaker and writer.
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.
Best Lawyers® Energy Regulatory Law Lawyer of the Year, New Orleans, 2024
Best Lawyers in America®, U.S. News & World Report, 2013-2024
Energy Regulatory Law
Litigation - Environmental
Natural Resources Law
Oil and Gas Law
Chambers USA, Louisiana, 2011-2023
Environmental Litigation, Band 1
Louisiana Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2023
Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2021
Oil & Gas Law
Louisiana Super Lawyer Top 50, 2017
Top Lawyers, New Orleans Magazine, 2013