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Michael R. Phillips

For more than 25 years, Mike has developed extensive experience in matters involving high stakes litigation, including defending numerous cases with exposure in the hundreds of millions and even billions of dollars and successfully representing businesses and individuals as plaintiffs with multiple multi-million dollar jury awards.  Throughout his career, Mike has maintained a diverse trial practice, representing clients and trying cases on a wide variety of subject matters, including commercial disputes, environmental contamination, anti-trust, class actions, oil and gas exploration and production, construction, toxic tort personal injury, intellectual property, product liability and more.  As part of this diverse practice, Mike has developed extensive experience in advising clients in matters affecting the litigation, including media and governmental relations and crisis communications.  Mike has also developed significant experience working with complex scientific issues and experts in numerous disciplines.  Whether in state or federal court in any state or territory, and whether a plaintiff or a defendant, Mike’s experience and success make him a true go to lawyer for any type of case.

Mike has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America and Louisiana SuperLawyer.

Representative Experience

  • Representation of a major international oil and gas company in first ever trial and proceeding under Louisiana Act 312 dealing with oil field contamination sites. This included a successful jury trial in Concordia Parish, Louisiana and a subsequent trial before the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources where the plaintiffs' proposed $120 million remediation plan was defeated.
  • Representation of major international oil and gas companies in defense of suits alleging environmental contamination and personal injuries from historic exploration and production activities. Damages sought by plaintiff in a single case exceed $5 billion.
  • Representation of a global oil and gas company in class action and mass joinder litigation involving personal injury and property damage claims allegedly resulting from exposure to Naturally Occurring Radioactive Waste ("NORM")
  • Representation of chemical and petroleum industry clients in "global warming" cases where plaintiffs alleged that damages from Hurricane Katrina were the result of defendants' contribution to global warming
  • Representation of a major international oil and gas refinery in multi-week trial of a claim for alleged environmental damage to wetlands
  • Representation of clients in defense of multiple suits alleging damage to oyster beds by oil and gas exploration in the marshes of south Louisiana: This representation included defenses of individual suits as well as defeating attempts by plaintiffs to certify a class action in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.
  • Representation of a major waste disposal company in a mass toxic tort exposure case involving over 2,000 plaintiffs: Plaintiffs alleged illness resulting from exposure to dioxins and other contaminants from the client's waste treatment and disposal facilities. Plaintiffs ultimately ceased prosecution of the claims against the waste disposal company.
  • Representation of water heater industry clients in defense of state civil and criminal lawsuits relating to product failure as well as trial counsel against supplier of defective component part: This representation concluded in a multi-month trial in Civil District Court for Parish of Orleans.
  • Representation of a gasoline refiner against civil and criminal antitrust violations and below cost sales: Following a trial on the issue of relevant market and the scope of the below cost sales definition for manufacturers in Louisiana, the court found in favor of the defendant.
  • Representation of clients in a variety of state and federal antitrust matters dealing with alleged conspiracies, tying, monopolization, and price discounting, including seminars to major retail sales department on Robinson-Patman Act Compliance
  • Representation of a gasoline distribution company in petroleum dealer termination cases in multiple states
  • Representation of commercial client as a plaintiff in major construction litigation involving damage by a public entity that resulted in a multi-million dollar recovery by the client after a multi-week jury trial
  • Representation of industrial client against property owner’s claims of trespass from client’s use of underground injection wells
  • Representation of client in response to state agency investigation and private landowner demand for environmental discharges in Montana and North Dakota
  • Representation of client in claims for toxic exposure, property damage and nuisance relating to fracking operations in Ohio
  • Representation of chemical manufacturer in securing federal prosecution of individual who altered and sold herbicide
  • Representation of client in claims of theft of trade secrets, breach of contract and violation of federal computer hacking statues in Texas federal court

Education

Michael earned his B.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1988. He earned his J.D. in 1991 from the LSU Law Center, where he was a member of the Louisiana Law Review.

Admissions

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1991; Texas, 2017; United States District Court for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court

Memberships

  • Louisiana State (Officer, Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section) and American Bar Associations

Articles, Publications, Presentations

  • Act 312 Update, 57th Annual Louisiana Mineral Law Institute, LSU Law Center, March 26, 2010
  • Co-Author, Louisiana Chapter of American Bar Association, Antitrust Practices and Statutes, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Ed.
  • Organization Sans Binders, Law Technology News, December 2006
  • Featured in Forbes Magazine, May 2008
  • Louisiana Superlawyer 
  • Antitrust Ethics (CLE seminar materials)
  • Robinson-Patman Act Compliance (seminar materials)
  • American Conference Institute's 3rd National Forum on Chemical Products Liability and Environmental Litigation