Picture of Kelicia D. Raya

Kelicia D. Raya


Kelicia Raya practices law in the firm’s Energy and Environmental Litigation groups. She serves on key client teams that defend major local, national, and international energy companies doing business across Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Kelicia is a valued member of client defense teams that resolve major and high-stakes legacy litigation, land loss disputes, pipeline-related controversy, exploration and production claims, and environmental contamination lawsuits in state and federal courts.

Kelicia focuses her efforts on analyzing the broadest paths of discovery and streamlining that information into cogent talking points that often serve as the starting point for designing overarching case strategy. Clients and colleagues alike appreciate that Kelicia can be relied upon to know the details of every case in which she is involved. An active listener, she is also valued for converting feedback into persuasive talking points grounded in sound legal theory.

Kelicia supports all stages of complex civil litigation, including pre-suit investigation, dispositive motion practice, discovery, trials, appeals, and settlement negotiation. She believes in obtaining an in-depth understanding of the facts of each case, enabling her to concentrate on the issues that matter most. Kelicia is often asked to get involved in difficult matters that require a creative solution or novel approach to resolution. Her dedication to teamplay is manifest not only in the outcomes the firm obtains but also in organizing case details that result in easing case concerns and minimizing the challenges of litigation management for everyone around her.

  • Loyola University New Orleans College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2021
    • Managing Editor, Symposium Editor, Loyola Maritime Law Journal
    • President, International Law Society
    • Member, Moot Court
    • Team Oralist, Brief Writer, Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
    • Member, Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Institutions
    • Member, Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society
    • Member, Black Law Student Association
    • Member, Intellectual Property Law Association
    • Member, AIPLA
    • Member, Evening Law Student Association
    • Research Assistant, James E. Viator, Distinguished Professor of Law
  • Xavier University of Louisiana, B.A., 2014
    • Member, Phi Beta Kappa
    • Member, Student Government Association
    • Member, Biology Club
  • Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Eastern and Western Districts of Louisiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, New Orleans Bar Association
  • Member, Louis A. Martinet Society
  • Member, Institute for Energy Law
  • Member, Maritime Law Association
  • Member, Women’s Energy Network, South Louisiana Chapter
  • Member, Association of Women Attorneys
  • Member, Corporate Counsel Women of Color
  • Member, Junior League of Greater New Orleans
  • Member, Associates Committee; Recruiting Committee New Orleans, Kean Miller
  • Risks of ESG Within Your Corporation: The Rise in Greenwashing Claims, Association of Corporate Counsel Energy Network Legal Update, June 21, 2023
  • Lawful and Reasonable: Federal Energy Regulatory Commission’s Approval of Alaska’s Liquefied Natural Gas Project, Louisiana Law Blog, June 12, 2023
  • SCOTUS Delivers Blow to Fossil Fuel Industry Allowing Climate Change Suits to Proceed in State Court, Association of Corporate Counsel Energy Network Legal Article, June 5, 2023
  • Risks of ESG Within Your Corporation: The Rise in Greenwashing Claims, Stay out of Hot Water, A Kean Miller CLE, Houston, TX, April 13, 2023
  • Conflicting Interpretations: The Fifth Circuit’s Decision in Valero Marketing & Supply Co. v. M/V ALMI SUN and the Road to Uniformity, LMLJ 65, December 2020
  • Establishing Personal Jurisdiction: Negligence Claims Against a Foreign Corporation, Loyola Current, July 2019
  • Border Safety and the Requirement of Reasonable Suspicion to Search Cruise Ship Cabins, Loyola Current, April 2019
  • Beware Alter Ego Liability: Piercing of the Corporate Veil, Loyola Current, October 2018
  • "Lawyers of Color Hot List," Lawyers of Color, 2022