Shannon Skelton Holtzman: Lawyer with Liskow & Lewis A Professional Law Corporation

Shannon Skelton Holtzman

Phone(504) 556-4148

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  • Business Litigation
  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • Appellate Practice
Contact InfoTelephone: (504) 556-4148
Fax: (504) 556-4108
University Vanderbilt University, B.A., cum laude, 1985
Law SchoolTulane University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1988 Order of the Coif, Tulane Law Review, Senior Editor, 1987-1988
Admitted1988, Ohio; 1990, Louisiana; Louisiana State and Federal Courts; United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit; United States Supreme Court
BornDallas, Texas, 1963

Ms. Holtzman handles a wide variety of business litigation and appellate matters, including the prosecution and defense of contractual disputes, complex collection cases, construction contract disputes, class action defense, unfair trade practice claims, professional liability matters, and trusts and estates litigation. Ms. Holtzman also regularly advises clients with respect to construction contract issues and construction dispute avoidance.

Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Ms. Holtzman represents clients at both the trial and appellate court levels.

Honors & Affiliations

The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2015

•fellow, Louisiana Bar Foundation

•Defense Research Institute (DRI)

•Women's Energy Network

•Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel

•New Orleans, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member

•Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue, 1988-1989

•Elder, St. Charles Ave. Presbyterian Church

•Board member, Metairie Park Country Day School Alumni Association


•Ethics in Class Actions, Louisiana State Bar Association Ethics and Professionalism Program, December 2010

•Panelist, The A to Z of Witness Preparation, Louisiana State Bar Association, October 2009

•Construction Claims in Louisiana panelist (with Harold Flanagan, Frank Adams, and Dan Armstrong) Lorman Education Services, 2001


•American Bar Association Section of Litigation, Professional Liability Litigation Newsletter, Spring 2014, Vol. 10, No. 2

•Legislation Proposed to Reform Professional-Malpractice Claims, American Bar Association Section of Professional Liability Litigation News, February 27, 2014, Professional Malpractice Peremption: Clarified Through Adversity, 59 La. B. J. 176 (Oct./Nov. 2011)

•Liskow & Lewis Wins Reversal of False Statement Conviction

•When the Carrier and Insured Part Ways: The Insured's Right to Independent Counsel (with James A. Brown), 52 La. B.J. (June/July 2005)

•Tortious Interference and Unfair Trade Claims: Louisiana's Elusive Remedies for Business Interference, (with George Denegre, Jr. and John A. Lovett), 45 Loy. L. Rev. 395 (1999)

Reported CasesMr. Hunter's notable cases include: Federal Leasing Cases; Exxon Mobil Corp. v. Salazar, No. 2:11-cv-01474 (W.D. La.) (settled) (challenging final Department of the Interior decision denying request for suspension of production for deep water unit). Kerr-McGee Oil & Gas Corp. v. U.S. Dep't of Interior, 554 F.3d 1082 (5th Cir. 2009) (held price threshold lease provisions inserted by Department of the Interior violated the the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act and were therefore unenforceable). United States ex. rel. Little v. Eni Petroleum, Co., 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61942 (W.D. Okla. 2007) (granting motion to dismiss federal royalty qui tam action). Santa Fe Snyder Corp. v. Norton, 385 F.3d 884 (5th Cir. 2004) (held Department of the Interior regulations that imposed volumetric limitations on deep water royalty relief violated the Deep Water Royalty Relief Act and were therefore unenforceable). Shell Offshore Inc. v. Babbitt, 238 F.3d 622 (5th Cir. 2001) (obtained reversal of Interior refusal to allow tariff-based transportation allowances in calculating offshore royalty payments). Phillips Petroleum Co. v. Johnson, 22 F.3d 616 (5th Cir. 1994) (successfully challenged Interior's reliance on internal manual to value natural gas liquids for royalty purposes). BP Exploration & Production Inc., 172 IBLA 372 (2007) (obtained 85% reduction in civil penalty assessment arising from offshore INCs). Conoco Inc., MMS-98-0164-OCS (2001) (established that OCSLA Section 6 lessee was entitled to deduct gas processing costs in computing natural gas royalties). Amoco Production Co., MMS-99-0053-O&G (2001) (reversed MMS royalty payment order disallowing the deduction of transportation costs and directing payment on flash gas volumes). Amoco Production Co., 148 IBLA 255 (1999) (reversed MMS order that required lessee to pay natural gas royalties based on affiliated purchaser's resale price). Additional Oil and Gas Case; Bois D'Arc Energy, Inc. v. BHP Billiton Petroleum (Deepwater), Inc., 2008 WL 2080747 (E.D. La.) (5/16/08) (obtained summary judgment dismissing claim for breach of contract and liquidated damages arising from offshore oil and gas contract). Weyerhaeuser Co. v. Hinton, 225 Fed. Appx. 332 (5th Cir. 2007) (defeated claim that Louisiana mineral servitude had prescribed); Board of Commissioners v. Estate of Elizabeth Smith, 881 So. 2d 811 (La. App. 4 Cir. 2004) (defeated challenge by Orleans Levee Board to mineral lessees' fifty-year ownership of leasing rights affecting Stone Island). Acadian Gas Pipeline System v. Bourgeois, 890 So. 2d 634 (La. App. 5th Cir. 2004) (expropriation of servitude for pre-existing pipeline on landowner's land); PennzEnergy Co. v. Wells, 31 Fed. Appx. 158 (5th Cir. 2001) (obtained summary judgment defeating claim for royalties under Louisiana law). Mr. Hunter is a frequent lecturer and organizer for energy law programs, including those presented by the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation, for which he has served as a Trustee and member of the Executive Committee. Mr. Hunter has also taught courses on basic Oil and Gas Law and Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Law at the Tulane University and Louisiana State University law schools. Representative matters include: Briefed all issues on appeal in which the U.S. Fifth Circuit affirmed summary judgment in favor of client/indemnitor on novel issue involving effect of indemnitee's bankruptcy on indemnity obligations. Duval v. Northern Assurance Co. of America, et al. 722 F.3d 300, 2013 U.S. App. LEXIS 13680 (5th Cir. 2013); Obtained dismissal, without leave to amend, of all claims against major oil company at pleadings stage and handled successful appeal in which dismissal without leave to appeal was affirmed in full. Insulation Technologies, Inc. v. Industrial Labor & Equipment Servs. Inc. et al. 2013 La. App. LEXIS 1655 (La. App. 4th Cir. Aug. 14, 2013); Obtained dismissal of all claims against major oil company at pleadings stage. Canon v. Towns, et al. No. 2011-3610 (14 Judicial District Court for the Parish of Calcasieu Jan. 4, 2012); Successful defense of major oil company in multiple commercial disputes involving alleged breach of contract, breach of lease, unjust enrichment, unfair trade practices, negligent misrepresentation, and alleged property damage (2010 to present); Defeated remand of cases removed on fraudulent joinder grounds in Blanchard v. BP, No. 11-1542, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 115707 (E.D. La. Oct. 6, 2011); Mones v. BP, No. 11-996, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 84770 (E.D. La. Aug. 1, 2011); and Serigne v. Loupe Constr. & Consulting Co. No. 10-3891, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 7604 (E.D. La. Jan. 20, 2011); Successfully defended an international chemical manufacturer in a multi-million dollar construction dispute in a two-week arbitration held in Boston, Massachusetts (2002). Assumed representation of individual on appeal of federal false statement conviction and, with other firm attorneys, obtained full reversal from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. U.S. v. Individual, 467 F.3d 496 (5th Cir. 2006). Represented the defendant and counter-claimant in the successful opposition to a motion to remand and obtained monetary damages and declaratory judgment in the client's favor. This entitled the client to more than $2 million, and the case was affirmed in full on appeal. Ms. Holtzman also successfully opposed a petition for certiorari review filed by the opposing party. City of New Orleans v. Municipal Admin. Servs. Inc., No. 02-130 (E.D. LA July 15, 2003); aff'd, 376 F.3d 501 (5th Cir. 2004); cert. denied, 125 S. Ct. 1396 (2005). Obtained summary judgment on behalf of the defendant, the owner of the facility, and succeeded in dismissing all claims by construction contractor who sought damages for alleged undue delay, fraud and extra costs. The judgment was affirmed in full on appeal. Pellerin Constr. Inc. v. Witco Corp., 169 F. Supp. 2d 568 (E.D. La. 2001); aff'd, No. 01-30536, 2002 U.S. App. LEXIS 11536 (5th Cir. May 21, 2002). Assumed the representation of defendants after a jury verdict rendered against them in a contract dispute, and successfully obtained a full reversal on appeal for clients. C.C. Clark, Inc. v. DCV, Inc., 250 F.3d 738, 2001 WL 274113 (5th Cir. 2001) (not designated for publication). Obtained dismissal on the pleadings in favor of national law firm and successfully defended judgment in client's favor on appeal. Brookwood Invs. Co. v. Sixty- Three Twenty-Four Chef Menteur Hwy. L.L.C., 958 So. 2d 1200 (La. App. 4th Cir. 2003); writ denied, 2007 La. LEXIS 2347 (La. 2007). Part of the legal team that successfully defended the former president of one of Louisiana's largest health maintenance organizations against multiple civil actions brought by the company's Receiver. (2006). In a professional liability case for a federal banking agency, part of the legal team that secured an important victory in the United States Fifth Circuit involving the failure of Louisiana's largest thrift institution. FDIC v. Barton, 233 F.3d 859 (5th Cir. 2000). Part of the legal team representing defendant hospital-lessor that secured summary judgment dismissal of insurer's petition for intervention, which was upheld on appeal and led to dismissal of entire action. Lifecare Hosps. of New Orleans, L.L.C. v. Lifemark Hosps. of La. Inc., 984 So. 2d 894 (La. App. 5 Cir. 2008).Ms. Holtzman is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

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Shannon Skelton Holtzman

701 Poydras Street, Suite 5000
New OrleansLA 70139


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