Practice/Industry Group Overview
Liskow & Lewis represents national and local companies in a broad range of toxic tort, environmental and worker exposure cases. Our litigators have practical experience in such areas.
Typical toxic tort cases involve personal injury and/or property damage claims from chemical spills or industrial releases. These matters may range from a single worker alleging occupational exposure to noise resulting in hearing loss to thousands of consolidated or class action claimants alleging exposure to a synergistic stew of cancer-causing hazardous materials for which they seek medical monitoring.
Our firm is a recognized leader in representation of clients in cases involving tort allegations arising out of damage to land from industrial and oil and gas operations. We also represented potentially responsible parties in CERCLA cost recovery and in private toxic tort claims involving Louisiana “Superfund” sites.
Occupational Disease and Asbestos Exposure Litigation
During the 1990s, our occupational disease and asbestos exposure litigation practice grew considerably. Liskow & Lewis attorneys have been active in thousands of cases involving plaintiffs who claim to have been occupationally exposed to asbestos, silica, benzene, carbon monoxide, hydrogen sulfide, vinyl chloride and other substances on the job. These claims sometimes date as far back as the 1930s.
Because Louisiana courts apply the law at the time of the alleged exposures to such cases, the attorneys in this area are skilled in applying pre-comparative fault principles as well as current comparative fault laws. Many of these occupational exposure cases also involve claims for medical monitoring.
The firm’s primary clients in this area include employers, executive officers, premises owners, and certain equipment manufacturers and others who may be defendants in occupational disease litigation.
Our clients include major oil companies, national and international business and insurance concerns, and various local entities. Our attorneys have served as lead trial counsel in a number of significant lawsuits in this area and are proud of our successful representation of clients in state and federal courts.
The firm’s aviation practice area includes products liability and negligence matters involving general aviation and commercial aircraft manufacturers, aircraft component manufacturers and aviation insurers.
The section handles actions for and against aircraft operators and manufacturers. In addition to trying casualty lawsuits successfully in both state and federal court, in Louisiana and out-of-state, we represent aviation interests in commercial actions. Our attorneys guide clients through aviation related sales, leases, secured transactions, matters involving the FAA, and issues with other regulatory agencies.
This practice group, which includes attorneys who are licensed pilots, has:
- Defended major helicopter manufacturers for more than 20 years in both accident cases, onshore and offshore, and commercial disputes.
- Represented components manufacturers in aviation casualties.
- Drafted and negotiated fixed wing and helicopter transportation services agreements for a variety of aviation users such as major energy companies.
Our casualty lawyers represent corporate clients in cases involving premises liability, negligence, and strict liability. Litigators from the senior ranks of the firm, along with talented young attorneys, bring matters to resolution cost-effectively and to our clients’ satisfaction. From the smallest slip-and-fall matter to the half-billion dollar property loss, Liskow & Lewis casualty lawyers bring to bear recognized courtroom skills. Some representative case examples include:
- Represented large equipment rental company in wide variety of tort matters throughout Louisiana.
- Handled $500 million lawsuit to recover property damages resulting from offshore casualty.
- Represented retailers in premises liability claims.
- Defended clients in vehicular accident cases
Our attorneys handle the defense of worker’s compensation claims under both the Louisiana Worker’s Compensation Act (“LWCA”) and the Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act (“LHWCA”). In addition, we represent employers and statutory employers seeking to recover by way of subrogation compensation benefits paid to or on behalf of employees. Our practice background includes:
- Successfully represented industrial employers in defending intentional tort claims brought by employees in conjunction with compensation claims.
- Represented maritime employers in handling and defending traditional and OCS-related LHWCA claims in a cost-effective manner. Our attorneys used early evaluation and strategy planning at the DOL level to achieve this favorable outcome.
- Advised and defended clients regarding statutory employer issues under the LWCA.