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Kristi D. Obafunwa


Kristi Obafunwa is an associate in the Houston office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2014 and practices in the energy and environmental litigation and casualty and mass tort litigation groups. Kristi represents major Louisiana petrochemical and manufacturing clients, health care providers, and businesses in a variety of litigation - employment litigation, oil and gas litigation, medical malpractice, and general litigation.

Kristi is listed in The Best Lawyers in America as a One to Watch for 2021.

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 firm client for slip and fall personal injury claims
  • Representation of lender in general litigation over credit agreement
  • Representation of a mid-size companies for claims on open accounts
  • Support the representation of health care providers in medical review panel and medical malpractice litigation
  • Support the representation of companies in lawsuits alleging age, race, disability, and gender discrimination, including EEOC claims and Louisiana Commission on Human Resources
  • 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

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. During law school, Kristi also participated on external moot court competition teams and was a judicial extern for Judge Jewel "Duke" Welch at the Louisiana First Circuit Court of Appeals.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2014; Texas, 2021; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • Baton Rouge Louisiana State and American Bar Associations; Louis A. Martinet Legal Society; Women's Energy Network, Southeast Louisiana Chapter; Women's Energy Network; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
Articles, Publications and Presentations
Community Service
  • Board Member, Women's Energy Network, South Louisiana Chapter, President, 2019; Vice President, 2018; Baton Rouge Special Events Director, 2016 and 2017
  • National Membership Director, Women's Energy Network, 2020
  • Committee Member, Baton Rouge Area Chamber Diversity and Inclusion Committee
  • Past Member, Taste of Louisiana Committee, 2015 and 2016, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center