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Kristi D. Obafunwa

Kristi Obafunwa is an associate in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller.  She joined the firm in 2014 and practices in the energy and environmental group. Kristi represents major Louisiana petrochemical and manufacturing clients and businesses in a variety of litigation - general litigation, oil and gas litigation, and commercial litigation.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of major oil and gas companies in oil field legacy cases involving Louisiana’s Act 312 and Louisiana’s usable groundwater remediation statute, as well as claims for alleged breaches of mineral leases, surface leases, and implied obligations under the Louisiana Mineral Code
  • Supported the firm’s representation of a major chemical production facility in a personal injury case
  • Representation of taxpayer in appeal of Louisiana Tax Commission ruling on commercial tax assessment
  • Representation of judgment debtors in connection with collection on judgment obtained in jurisdiction outside of Louisiana
  • Defense of major oil and gas companies in lawsuits alleging that soil, sediment, groundwater, drinking water, and other types of property damage and environmental contamination were caused by oil and gas exploration and production activities, gas processing operations, and refining operations throughout Louisiana
  • Representation of lender in general litigation over credit agreement
  • Representation of a mid-size company for claims on open accounts
  • Representation of firm clients by assisting with electronic and large-scale discovery efforts, including the collection, review and analysis, and production of massive amounts of company documents in the litigation context

Education

Kristi earned her B.S. in 1999 and her M.S. in 2005 from Louisiana State University. Prior to attending law school, she worked in enrollment management particularly focusing on undergraduate admissions and recruitment. Kristi earned her J.D./D.C.L., cum laude, in 2014 from the LSU Law Center, where she was named to the Chancellor’s list, received CALI awards in Legal Professions and Legislation Seminar, and was a member of the Moot Court Board.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2014; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Memberships

  • Baton Rouge Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Women's Energy Network, Southeast Louisiana Chapter; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

Articles, Publications and Presentations

  • Co-presenter, Updates in Louisiana Civil Procedure, LCAA 2017 Fall Conference CLE

Community Service

  • WEN National Chapter Relations Committee, South Louisiana Chapter Representative, 2018
  • Board Member, Women's Energy Network, South Louisiana Chapter, Vice President, 2018; Baton Rouge Special Events Director, 2016 and 2017
  • Committee Member, Baton Rouge Area Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Past Member, Taste of Louisiana Committee, 2015 and 2016, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center