Mr. Seiler's practice focuses on complex litigation matters relating to occupational disease, mass tort, environmental cleanup, property damage, contribution disputes and insurance coverage litigation. He heads the firm's Toxic Tort and Occupational Disease Section.
Mr. Seiler has handled numerous litigation matters for industrial clients related to a variety of substances including asbestos, benzene, ozone, dioxin and mold. He has been appointed Special Master of the Court in several class action cases involving mold and fungal substances. His environmental litigation practice includes contamination and spill-related damage claims, including his representation of BP in connection with claims under the Oil Pollution Act following the Deepwater Horizon Incident. He has spoken on numerous topics, such as criminal liability for environmental regulatory violations, whistle-blower actions, transactional concerns related to environmental regulatory issues, citizen suits and wetlands regulation, and many issues related to occupational disease and toxic tort litigation. Additional subjects on which he has presented lectures and seminars are toxic tort, asbestos and natural occurring radioactive material (NORM) litigation.
Mr. Seiler is an active member of several professional organizations including the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources Law ("SEER") and serves on its Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Committee, and has been a Vice Chair of its Marine Resources Committee. He has published several articles and contributes yearly to the SEER's Year in Review publication. He is also an active member in the ABA's Torts, Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TTIPS) and the Defense Research Institute (DRI).
Representative matters include:
· Representing BP in the OPA Claims Process Following the Deepwater Horizon Incident.
· Appointed Special Master of the Court in Several Mold Class Action Cases:
- Lori Brown, et al. v. Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, et al., No. 2002-13738, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.
- Cecelia Powell, et al. v. Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Capital LLC, et al., No. 2004-11069, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.
- Philip Bayer, et al. v. OMNI Hotels Management Corporation, et al., No. 2003-17354, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.
· Representing numerous clients in occupational disease and premises litigation, including major shipyards, sulphur mining, chemical and petrochemical companies.
Honors & Affiliations:
· American Bar Association - Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (SONREEL) - Marine Resources Committee, Vice Chair, 1991-1998; Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Committee - Member
· Louisiana State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section - Member
· Louisiana State and American Bar Associations- Member
· The Best Lawyers in America, 2012-2014
· Presentation topics include: OPA claims, toxic tort litigation, asbestos litigation, NORM regulation and litigation, and other environmental regulatory subjects relating to transactional concerns; Citizen suits; Wetlands regulation; Criminal liability for environmental regulatory violations and other matters
· Constantly-Shifting Demographics in Hurricane-Damaged Areas Warrant New Jury Venire Studies
· Co-author of the Toxic Tort and Environmental Committee 1998 and 1999 Annual Reports, Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law 1998: The Year in Review; Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law 1999: The Year in Review
· "The Environmental Due Diligence Defense and Contractual Protection Devices," 49 La. L. Rev. 1405 (1989)
· "Federal Preemption of State Law Environmental Remedies After International Paper Co. v. Ouellette," 49 La. L. Rev. 193 (1988)
· Author of Marine Resources Committee 1992, 1993, and 1996 Annual Reports - Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 1992: The Year in Review; Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 1993: The Year in Review; Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law 1996: The Year in Review