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  • PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D., 1997
    • Louisiana State University
      B.A. in Political Science, 1994
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • Texas
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • CLERKSHIP+
J. Alan Harrell Partner
Resident in the Baton Rouge office
225-376-0232  direct

When toxic tort litigation and environmental regulatory issues threaten their businesses, clients turn to Alan Harrell both for his ability to resolve those issues and for his extensive experience in the trenches. With more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of substantive environmental law, science and litigation, Alan offers clients clear guidance on causation and other complex issues. He simplifies the science behind the issues at hand to a common language that clients, judges and mediators can all appreciate.

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When toxic tort litigation and environmental regulatory issues threaten their businesses, clients turn to Alan Harrell both for his ability to resolve those issues and for his extensive experience in the trenches. With more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of substantive environmental law, science and litigation, Alan offers clients clear guidance on causation and other complex issues. He simplifies the science behind the issues at hand to a common language that clients, judges and mediators can all appreciate.

Alan works on toxic tort litigation, exposure-related products liability claims, and class actions. He also counsels clients on environmental regulatory matters and sustainability programs, as well as product stewardship. Alan regularly works with a variety of expert witnesses in areas ranging from toxicology to industrial hygiene.

His practice includes representing chemical manufacturing facilities in actions alleging personal exposure, diminution of property value, and other damages. He has also defended clients in cases involving claims of contamination from oil and gas operations.

In addition to his environmental practice, Alan has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract claims, as well as defended professional liability claims brought against environmental consultants, engineers and other professionals. He is also the coordinator of pro bono legal services for the Baton Rouge office.

Experience

  • Served as national counsel for international manufacturer regarding exposure-related products liability claims.
  • Successfully defended product manufacturers and oil companies in cases involving claims of occupational exposure to benzene.
  • Counseled manufacturer client on environmental sustainability and product stewardship issues.
  • Represented synthetic rubber manufacturer in connection with environmental regulatory matters.
  • Defended an environmental insurer in class action and citizen suit litigation relating to a hazardous waste injection well facility.
  • Litigated “stigma” damages sustained by owner of industrial property adjacent to contaminated site.
  • Represented agricultural and industrial manufacturing company in connection with an OSHA incident investigation.

Insights

Publications
  • EPA Offers Formal Compliance Guidance for Regulated Entities (March, 2020)
  • EPA, States Provide Direction on Dealing with Agency Submittals during COVID-19 Pandemic (March, 2020)
  • "Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy," American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, June 2019 (Co-Author)
  • "Toxic Tort Litigation," American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2013 (Co-Author)
  • "Jurisdictional Survey of Local Requirements Governing Class Actions: Louisiana," A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2010 (Co-Author)
  • "CERCLA Contribution Actions," Environmental Law Update for the Louisiana Bar Journal, 52 La. B.J. 384, 2005 (Co-Author)
Speaking Engagements
News

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional

  • American Bar Association, Mass Torts Litigation Committee
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic

  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge

Recognition

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation - Environmental, The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2021)

Education

  • Louisiana State University Law Center
    J.D., 1997
  • Louisiana State University
    B.A. in Political Science, 1994

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Served as national counsel for international manufacturer regarding exposure-related products liability claims.
  • Successfully defended product manufacturers and oil companies in cases involving claims of occupational exposure to benzene.
  • Counseled manufacturer client on environmental sustainability and product stewardship issues.
  • Represented synthetic rubber manufacturer in connection with environmental regulatory matters.
  • Defended an environmental insurer in class action and citizen suit litigation relating to a hazardous waste injection well facility.
  • Litigated “stigma” damages sustained by owner of industrial property adjacent to contaminated site.
  • Represented agricultural and industrial manufacturing company in connection with an OSHA incident investigation.
Publications
  • EPA Offers Formal Compliance Guidance for Regulated Entities (March, 2020)
  • EPA, States Provide Direction on Dealing with Agency Submittals during COVID-19 Pandemic (March, 2020)
  • "Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy," American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, June 2019 (Co-Author)
  • "Toxic Tort Litigation," American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources, 2013 (Co-Author)
  • "Jurisdictional Survey of Local Requirements Governing Class Actions: Louisiana," A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, 2010 (Co-Author)
  • "CERCLA Contribution Actions," Environmental Law Update for the Louisiana Bar Journal, 52 La. B.J. 384, 2005 (Co-Author)
Speaking Engagements
News

Professional

  • American Bar Association, Mass Torts Litigation Committee
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute

Civic

  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Litigation - Environmental, The Best Lawyers in America (2014-2021)