Asbestos litigation continues to clog the trial courts' docket in all states. Despite attempts to reform this litigation on both federal and state levels, new suits are filed virtually every day.

Adams and Reese has long been recognized as a leader in the fields of asbestos and silica litigation, and has represented various types of defendants, in numerous states, including product manufacturers, distributors, retailers, premises owners, and employers. The firm has served as national, regional and local coordinating counsel for a variety of clients. Many of the firm's lawyers have also served as defense liaison counsel in numerous trial courts. Adams and Reese has considerable trial experience in asbestos personal injury litigation and holds the distinction of having tried the largest consolidated asbestos personal injury trial in the State of Louisiana to a successful defense verdict. Adams and Reese also has considerable experience in the medical defense of this type of litigation.

Traditionally, the targeted defendants in asbestos litigation were asbestos product manufacturers and suppliers. While many of these companies are now defunct, plaintiffs' counsel continue to find new targets to prolong the litigation.  These new targets include equipment manufacturers, component manufacturers, manufacturers of drilling mud additives, contractors, employers, and premises owners.  Adams and Reese's Asbestos Litigation Team defends clients faced with all of the above threats.

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The firm has a well-established, national reputation and many of our partners have held leadership positions in organizations such as the DRI, ABA,  AIADC and IADC. Adams and Reese attorneys are frequently included on seminar faculty and panels addressing asbestos, silica and other toxic tort issues.   Adams and Reese attorneys have also testified before legislative bodies in support of asbestos legislative reform.

Representative Matters:

  • National counsel for a large petrochemical company in its asbestos litigation.
  • National, regional and local counsel for boiler manufacturer in Louisiana asbestos litigation.
  • Regional counsel for a stevedoring company in its asbestos litigation.
  • Represented several major chemical and petrochemical companies with regard to premises claims in asbestos claims.
  • Coordinated the medical defense in over 10,000 asbestos cases for a consortium of clients in Mississippi and Louisiana.

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Diversity is not new at Adams and Reese and is not the work of one individual or committee, but rather the work of our entire firm.  Through dedication, creativity, hard work and leadership of many culturally diverse individuals coming together, our diversity momentum grows stronger every year. Our appreciation of the unique differences among us and how we benefit from the diverse backgrounds, experiences and talents of our attorneys, advisors and staff enhances our service to our clients while it enriches the lives of both our employees and the communities in which we work and live. 

The Adams and Reese Diversity Committee is comprised of Deborah Rouen, Partner and Diversity Committee Chairwoman,  the Recruiting Partner, the Partner for Associates, an Executive Committee Appointee, three Practice Group Leaders, the Chief Marketing Officer and additional representatives throughout the firm's footprint.

Our minority attorney committee also meets regularly with the firm’s Diversity Chairwoman to further develop and promote diversity through events targeted to other minority attorneys, clients and community members. This committee has successfully held numerous minority receptions and events in conjunction with the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Bayou Classic and the Essence Music Festival, as well as sponsorships including the Urban League, Diversity Summits, Black Business Networks, Minority Bar Association events, National Minority AIDS Council efforts, as well as endowed professorships and scholarships at historically black universities.

Adams and Reese women and minorities lead by example and share in the leadership of our firm. We are also proud of our women and minority attorneys serving in leadership positions in professional, civic and philanthropic organizations.

Recent Diversity Honors

Adams and Reese is proud of our diversity recognitions made possible through the hard work, dedication and commitment within the firm:
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 200 Law Firms for Women Equity Partners
    American Lawyer Media 2012
  • Diversity Award - Unity Award in Large Company Category
    Biz941 Magazine 2012
  • Diversity Award - Corporate Counsel Women of Color Diversity Award of Excellence
    Corporate Counsel Women of Color® 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commitment to Diversity Award
    Human Resources Management Association 2011
  • Diversity Award - Commendation of Diversity Principles
    Louisiana State Bar Association 2010
  • Diversity Recognition - Diversity Scorecard - Among top 200 law firms in diversity
    Minority Law Journal 2010, 2009, 2008
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, Finalist Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2009, 2007
  • Diversity Recognition - Women in Law Firms - Nationally ranked among nation's best law firms for women
    American Lawyer Magazine 2009
  • Diversity Award - Encouraging Diversity Award, First Place Minority Business Awards
    Birmingham Business Journal 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Diversity
    MultiCultural Law Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Recognition - Top 100 Law Firms for Women
    Women 3.0 Magazine 2008
  • Diversity Award - Lighthouse Award - Fostering diversity in the legal profession
    International Paper Legal Department 2006

Events and Sponsorships

Adams and Reese is proud to host, sponsor, partner and participate in numerous diversity initiatives:
  • ABA Minority Counsel Program
  • ABA Section of Litigation Products Liability Committee's "Women in Products Liability"
  • Bayou Classic
  • Corporate Counsel Women of Color® Annual Career Strategies Conference
  • Endowed Professorships and Scholarships at Historically Black Universities
  • Essence Music Festival
  • GE Midwestern Diversity Conference
  • Louisiana State Bar Association Minority Involvement Annual Job Fair – Loyola University
  • Loyola University College of Law Diversity Programs
  • Martinet Scholarship Gala
  • Mobile United Ethics and Diversity Seminar
  • National Association of Women Judges Annual Conference
  • National Bar Association National Convention
  • National Black Law Student Association Convention
  • National Directory of Minority Attorney
  • National Minority AIDS Council
  • National Urban League Conference
  • National Women’s Law Center Annual Awards
  • National Women’s Leadership Council
  • New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
  • Power Ties
  • Southeastern Minority Job Fair
  • SunBelt Minority Job Fair
  • Vault/MCCA
  • Women of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness


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