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Dorothy D. Thomas

Dorothy Thomas is special counsel to the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller and practices in the areas of energy and environmental litigation. She has more than 20 years of experience defending product liability matters, chemical exposure cases, railroad crossing accidents, FELA matters, workplace accidents and retail premises cases.

Representative Experience

  • Defense of Railroad in derailment matters, crossing accidents, and Federal Employer’s Liability Act cases
  • Defense of petrochemical companies in product liability suits involving alleged herbicide, 1-1-1 trichlorethane, benzene, and butadiene exposure
  • Defense of physicians in medical malpractice cases

Education

Dorothy earned her B.S. from Louisiana State University in 1975.  She earned her J.D. from Loyola University New Orleans College of Law in 1979 where she was a member and Lead Articles Editor of the Loyola Law Review and a member of the winning Appellate Advocacy team. 

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1979; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Memberships

  • Member, Baton Rouge, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations

Community Service

  • Alumni, Louisiana Leadership, Class, 2008
  • Volunteer, National American Red Cross, 2005
  • Volunteer, Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Hotline, 2003

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Corporal Punishment: The Supreme Court Strikes a Blow, 24 Loyola  L. Rev. 323

Reported Cases

  • In re Eunice Train Derailment, 2012 WL 4471123 (W.D. LA. 2012)
  • Carr v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 803 So.2d 427, (La. App. 5 Cir. 2001)
  • Vizena v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 2001 WL 34154325, (La. App. 5 Cir. 2001)
  • Vizena v. Union Pacific Railroad Company, 2001 WL 34154318, (La. App. 5  Cir. 2001)
  • Rivere v. Union Pacific Railroad Co., 647 So.2d 1140, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1994)
  • Our Lady of the Lake Hosp., Inc. v. Carboline Co., 632 So.2d 339, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1993)
  • Richard Price Contracting Co., Inc. v. Neosho Const. Co., Inc., 840 F. Supp. 419, (M.D. La. 1993)
  • Matassa v. Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, 1992 WL 12144676, (La. App. 5 Cir. 1992)
  • Devoe Napco Protective Coatings, Div. of Grow Group, Inc. New York v. Surface Preparation and Coating Enterprises Inc., 558 So.2d 1217, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1990)
  • Carter v. Louisiana State University, 520 So.2d 383, (La. 1988)
  • Fitch v. Prather, 502 So.2d 573, (La. 1987)
  • Coxe v. F. W. Woolworth Co., 652 F.Supp. 64, (M.D. La. 1986)
  • Growden v. Ed Bowlin and Associates, Inc., 833 F.2d 1149, (La. App. 5  Cir. 1984)
  • Massingale v. Sibley, 449 So.2d 98, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1984)
  • Hampton v. Rubicon Chemicals, Inc., 458 So.2d 1260, (La. 1984)
  • Lang v. Prince, 447 So.2d 1112, (La. App.  1 Cir. 1984)
  • Hampton v. Rubicon Chemicals, Inc., 436 So.2d 1254, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1983)
  • Reliance Ins. Co. v. Barnard & Burk, Inc., 428 So.2d 1097, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1983)
  • Customer Service Elec. Supply Corp. v. SCR & Associates, Inc., 417 So.2d 423, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1982)
  • Davidson v. Peden, 413 So.2d 568, (La. App. 1 Cir. 1982)