Areas of Practice
  • Tulane University Law School, J.D., 1992, magna cum laude; 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, B.A., 1988; Dean's List; Second Honors
Bar Admissions
  • Louisiana, 1996
  • New York, 1994
Court Admissions
  • 5th Cir., 1996
  • 11th Cir., 2011
  • E.D. La., 1996
  • M.D. La., 1996
  • W.D. La., 1996
  • S.D. Tex., 2013
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's practice includes all aspects of corporate litigation, focusing primarily on energy litigation. She has extensive experience litigating energy matters, including the defense of improper royalty payment claims, breach of joint operating agreement claims, breach of gas purchase contract claims, claims arising out of oil and gas asset purchases, protection of geological and geophysical trade secrets, oil and gas property restoration claims, and claims under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act and the Administrative Procedure Act against the offshore deepwater drilling moratorium. Immediately following her graduation from Tulane University Law School, Ms. Hainkel practiced for three years in the litigation section of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York. Since 2008, Ms. Hainkel has taught the Oil and Gas Law course at Tulane University Law School as an adjunct faculty member. 


  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 (Copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, SC) in the area of Commercial Litigation (listed annually since 2013)
  • Louisiana Diversity Council's Glass Ceiling Award, 2013
  • Board Member, New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2013-2014
  • CityBusiness Leadership in Law, 2011




  • Federal Bar Association
  • Georgetown Alumni Admissions Program Interviewer
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation
  • Petroleum Landman's Association of New Orleans
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Tulane University Law School (Adjunct Law Faculty, Fall 2008 to present)