Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School
    JD, magna cum laude, 1992
    Order of the Coif; Notes & Comments Editor, Tulane Law Review, 1990–1992; Senior Fellow; Mitchell Franklin Award in Contracts; Rufus C. Harris Award in Torts

  • Georgetown University
    BA, 1988
    Dean's List; Second Honors
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana
  • New York
Court Admissions
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • US District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • US Court of Federal Claims
Alida Hainkel
201 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70170-5100
504.582.8602 tel
504.582.8013 fax

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Lele Hainkel is a partner in the Litigation Practice Group. She focuses on energy litigation.

Lele has extensive experience handling offshore and onshore energy-related disputes in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitration. Her oil and gas litigation practice covers defense of claims against the oil and gas industry asserting liability for coastal erosion, legacy suit property restoration claims, disputes related to Outer Continental Shelf decommissioning liability, preferential right to purchase claims, oil and gas product liability claims, breach of gas balancing agreement claims, improper royalty payment claims, breach of joint operating agreement claims, breach of gas purchase contract claims, and breach of lease claims for failure to explore and develop. She also has experience handling claims arising out of oil and gas asset purchases, protection of geological and geophysical trade secrets, and claims against federal governmental agencies under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, including breach of contract claims in the Court of Federal Claims under the Tucker Act and claims under the Administrative Procedure Act that challenged the imposition of the deepwater drilling moratorium.   

Immediately following her graduation from law school, Lele practiced for three years in the litigation section of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. From 2008 to 2013, she taught the Oil and Gas Law course at Tulane University Law School as an adjunct faculty member. 

Lele leads the firm’s energy and natural resources team.


  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Commercial Litigation (listed annually since 2013)
  • Louisiana Diversity Council, Glass Ceiling Award (2013)
  • CityBusiness, Leadership in Law (2011)




  • Federal Bar Association, New Orleans Chapter, Board Member
  • Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program Interviewer
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Petroleum Landman's Association of New Orleans
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Tulane University Law School, Adjunct Law Faculty (2008-2013)