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Kevin Powell

Counsel

504.310.2285

PROFILE

Kevin has a wide range of litigation experience handling matters arising out of industrial operations. He has defended clients in cases involving chronic and acute chemical exposures, product liability, premises liability, transportation accidents, business interruption, property damage, mass tort, and class actions. He has represented major corporations and trade associations in both state and federal courts, including as national coordinating counsel for a Fortune 500 company in the defense of legacy toxic tort cases. Kevin has provided counsel to clients on the legal implications of their industrial hygiene, safety, and document retention policies, as well as press releases following catastrophic events. He has been a member of a client’s refinery crisis response team to interact with local and federal regulatory agency officials in the event of excessive air or water releases. He served on a trial team defending chemical companies and trade associations against claims of an industry-wide conspiracy to hide the health effects of vinyl chloride monomer, successfully defeating the claims on a national scale.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Representative Matters / Experience

  • Chronic Toxic Exposures: Asbestos; Benzene; PCBs; VCM; Other Chlorinated Hydrocarbons
  • Acute Toxic Exposures: Crude Oil Spills; SO2; H2S; Isobutane; Carbon Tetrachloride
  • Maritime Injury, Jones Act, and FELA Claims
  • Class Action and Mass Tort Claims Related to Industrial Air and Water Emissions
  • Clean Water Act (OPA-90 and NRDA)
  • Property Damage and Diminution of Value Claims
  • Oil Field Contamination
  • Nuisance Claims Involving Industrial Operations
  • Extensive Document Retrieval, Review, and Production Projects
  • Deposing and Defending Expert Witnesses
  • Bench and Jury Trials, Mediations, and Jury Focus Groups

Honors

  • LSU Board of Supervisors’ Certificate of Excellence
  • SWLA Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Award
  • Leadership Southwest Louisiana, Graduate

AFFILIATIONS

  • Defense Research Institute, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Steering Committee, Oil Spill Litigation Emerging Issues Program Committee Member (2010)
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • New Orleans Bar Association

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Louisiana State University Paul M. Herbert Law Center (1997)
  • B.S., Louisiana State University (1994)

ADMISSIONS

  • Louisiana state courts
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana

Community

  • Educational and Treatment Center, Inc., Board of Directors
  • United Way, Program Audit Committee

Publications and Presentations

  • DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, Program Moderator
    Defense Research Institute 2005
  • DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, Program Moderator
    Defense Research Institute 2004