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    JD, 1992

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Carmen Rodriguez
Special Counsel
Suite 1600
600 Jefferson St
Lafayette, LA 70501
337.593.7622 tel
337.593.7601 fax

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Carmen Rodriguez is special counsel in the Litigation Practice Group. Carmen’s role on litigation teams centers on analysis, case evaluation, research, and briefing at the district and appellate levels.

Carmen’s substantive practice is varied and includes admiralty, commercial litigation, administrative law, telecommunications, environmental and toxic tort litigation, and insurance coverage and fraud. She has considerable experience with complex cases, including multidistrict litigation and class actions. She was recently appointed deputy special master for the In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 2299 in the US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana.

Before joining Jones Walker, Carmen worked for Longman Russo, APLC, in the same capacity. She also worked for Liskow & Lewis as a litigator in the areas of toxic tort litigation, admiralty, bank director and officer litigation, energy litigation, and commercial disputes.

From 1992 to 1993 and 2003 to 2006, Carmen served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Rebecca F. Doherty of the US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana. She also clerked for the Honorable Richard T. Haik of the US District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana, from 1993 to 1996, with special assignment to the Combustion, Inc., multi-district environmental litigation.

Representative Matters

Multi-District Litigation

  • Acted as deputy special master in In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL No. 11-md-2299, including the responsibility for legal analysis, case management, discovery (including ESI and predictive coding), and privilege review 
  • Worked as the sole judicial law clerk for both US District Judge Richard T. Haik and US Magistrate Judge Pamela A. Tynes in In re: Combustion, Inc., 94-MDL-4000, serving as liaison to counsel as well as case management, assisting the court with rulings on numerous legal issues and discovery disputes, including those raised in the context of motions and those that arose through daily handling of the case

Environmental 

Defends lawsuits involving allegations of environmental contamination and other harm, such as:

  • Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority, et al v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, et al, Docket No. 13-5410, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • The Parish of Plaquemines v. Apache Oil Corporation, et al, Docket No. 13-6711, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • State of Louisiana and Cameron Parish School Board v. Aspect Energy, LLC, Azimuth Energy, LLC, and ConocoPhillips Company, Docket No. 10-18673, 38th Judicial District Court, Cameron Parish, Louisiana
  • The Maryland Company v. ExxonMobil Corporation, Burlington Resources Oil & Gas Company, LP, Civil Action No. 10-1781, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Energy and Admiralty

Defends lawsuits involving extensive cross-indemnity disputes, personal injury defense, general litigation, including:

  • Apache Corporation v. GlobalSantaFe Corporation, et al, Civil Action No. 06-1643, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana (litigated jury trial rights up to a writ denial in the United States Supreme Court)
  • Smetana v. Apache Corporation, et al, Civil Action No. 10-349, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Administrative

Defends challenges to various actions taken by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, including:

  • Center for Biological Diversity v. Salazar, et al, Case No. 10-60490, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Gulf Restoration Network v. Salazar, et al, Case No. 10-60414, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Defenders of Wildlife v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, Civil Action No. 10-0254, United States District Court for the Southern District of Alabama 
  • Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Civil Action No. 11-2208, United States District Court for the District of Columbia

Commercial Litigation

Litigates various cases involving allegations of breach of contract, fraud, and conspiracy for banks and other companies, including:

  • Whitney National Bank v. Boylston, Civil Action No. 09-59, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Q2 Software, Inc. v. MidSouth Bank NA, Civil Action No. 11-66, United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Insurance Coverage and Fraud

Defends numerous civil suits adverse to insureds, agents, and/or consultants.

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  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • Bar Association of the United States Supreme Court
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Lafayette Parish Bar Association