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Meghan Smith
Special Counsel
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8709 tel
504.589.8709 fax

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Meghan Smith is special counsel in the firm's Business & Commercial Litigation Practice Group and focuses her practice on environmental/toxic tort, energy, and construction litigation. Ms. Smith also advises clients on regulatory compliance issues.  

Ms. Smith has worked in defense of major corporations, including oil and gas companies and chemical manufacturers among others, in state and federal litigation; alleged onshore contamination and coastal erosion from historical and active gas exploration and production operations; and personal injury claims (latent exposure claims and sudden occurrence incidents in industrial settings and offsite injuries.) She also works on construction disputes; class action defense; workers' compensation claims; indemnification and contract disputes; commercial disputes; and insurance coverage claims. Ms. Smith has extensive experience managing expert witnesses and consultants in connection with both litigation matters and regulatory compliance issues.

At her prior firm, Ms. Smith led the effort to develop, participate in, and promote the firm's pro bono program in the community, particularly representing those who otherwise might not have access to legal services. Under her leadership, her prior firm was named as the 2015 Louisiana Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year by the Pro Bono Project of New Orleans and was the recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award.  

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Presentations

  • "Managing Conflicts, Privileges, and Duties Under a Reservation of Rights in Complex Litigation", June 15, 2017
  • "Three's Company: The Relationship Between the Insured, Coverage Counsel, and the Claims Professional in Complex Environmental Litigation", September 22, 2016
  • "Joint Defense Privilege and Joint Defense Agreements" Webinar Moderator and Organizer, June 17, 2015

Publications

  • "Focus on Professionalism: The Law Student Debt Crisis Matters"
    Louisiana State Bar Association Bar Journal, April 2016

Memberships

  • American Bar Association Environmental Litigation and Toxic Tort Committee Vice Chair, 2014 - 2016
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association