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Brittany Buckley Salup

Brittany Buckley Salup is a litigation partner with a focus on environmental, toxic tort, and complex commercial litigation.  She regularly represents clients in high-stakes environmental tort cases involving claims for hundreds of millions of dollars in remediation damages, particularly in sensitive and coastal environments.  Brittany has significant experience representing energy clients in litigation and regulatory proceedings regarding land use, property damage, nuisance, environmental compliance, and contractual disputes, including those involving hydraulic fracturing operations and alleged harm to wildlife and groundwater.  She has also substantial experience representing clients in mass and class action toxic tort litigation.  Brittany brings a unique perspective to her representation of corporate clients based on her past secondment to the in-house legal team for a Fortune 500 corporation.  She has been commended for her outstanding client service and for partnering with her clients to understand their businesses and develop creative litigation solutions that are consistent with her clients’ business objectives.

Brittany has experience litigating in all forums, including state and federal trial courts and appellate courts, as well as regulatory proceedings involving a variety of state and federal agencies.  Her practice is geographically varied, and she has experience representing clients in jurisdictions across the country.  She also has significant experience in working with multi-disciplinary teams of experts to develop complex scientific and technical issues for juries and regulatory panels. 

Brittany has been recognized multiple times as a Rising Star in Environmental Litigation by Louisiana Super Lawyers

Representative Experience

  • Defended energy clients in lawsuits alleging that soil, sediment, groundwater, drinking water, and other types of environmental contamination were caused by oil and gas exploration and production, midstream, and refining operations
  • Defended clients in litigation and before regulatory tribunals regarding claims that client’s alleged historic discharges into canals threatened aquatic species, including blue crabs, and required a seafood consumption ban
  • Represented clients in suits involving cost recovery and contribution claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) and similar state hazardous waste control laws
  • Represented global energy client in litigation alleging that noise and other disturbances from nearby operations, including hydraulic fracturing, caused property damage and constituted a legal nuisance
  • Represented clients in numerous commercial disputes regarding environmental and decommissioning obligations associated with purchase and sales agreements and joint operating agreements
  • Defended global energy company in class action litigation alleging personal injuries from toxic exposures to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
  • Defended clients in lawsuits seeking damages fear of contracting cancer, increased risk of contracting cancer, and/or medical monitoring damages based on alleged toxic exposures at former industrial sites
  • Defended energy clients in numerous lawsuits involving alleged breaches of mineral leases, surface leases, and pipelines rights-of-way in which plaintiffs sought monetary damages for environmental and natural resource damage, including coastal erosion and land loss
  • Advised client regarding environmental regulatory compliance for storm water pollution prevention and associated regulatory proceedings
  • Defended industrial client in suit alleging toxic exposures, trespass, and property damage associated with nearby industrial operations
  • Represented clients in various environmental regulatory matters before the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR) and Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), including environmental assessment and remediation plans under Louisiana Risk Evaluation/Corrective Action Program (RECAP), Statewide Order 29-B, and the Louisiana Environmental Quality Act (LEQA)
  • Represented property owner in commercial dispute surrounding purchase and sale of commercial real estate 
  • Defended commercial retailer in consumer dispute and unfair trade practices litigation

Education

Brittany earned her B.A., summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Virginia Tech University in 2007. While attending Virginia Tech, Brittany was the recipient of the Pamplin Leadership Scholarship, and studied abroad at the Universidad de Sevilla. Brittany earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 2010, where she was actively involved in the Civil Litigation Clinic.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2010; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Memberships

  • New Orleans, Louisiana State, American and Federal Bar Associations; Institute for Energy Law; National Association for Women Attorneys (NAWL); Women's Energy Network, Southeast Louisiana Chapter

Articles, Publications and Presentations

Community Service

  • Board of Directors, New Orleans Council on Aging
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professionals Board Member
  • Volunteer, Homeless Experience Legal Protection (HELP) Program
  • Provisional Member, Junior League of New Orleans
  • Past Member, GNO, Inc. NextGen Council
  • Past Judge, American Collegiate Moot Court Association's National Semi-Finals
  • Past Volunteer and Guide, New Orleans YLC's College Admissions Program (CAP)

Reported Cases

  • Layton, et al. v. Chevron Environmental Management Company, et al., No. 13-1634, 2014 WL 222829 (W.D. La. 2014)
  • Watkins v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al., 2013-1545 (La. 5/7/14); 145 So. 3d 237
  • Nellie Pierce, et al. v. Atlantic Richfield Co., et al., 2013-1103 (La. App. 3 Cir. 3/19/14); 2014 WL 1047061
  • Stewart Title of Louisiana v. Chevron U.S.A. Inc., 2012-1369 (La. App. 4 Cir. 3/27/13); 112 So. 3d 949
  • Hill v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et al, No. 11-2786, 2013 WL 27634 (E.D. La. 1/13/2013)
  • Bourgeois v. Exxon Mobil Corp., et. al., No. 11-2787, 2011 WL 6130767 (E. D. La. 12/8/11)