J. Alan Harrell

Alan Harrell practices environmental law and litigation, with an emphasis on toxic tort litigation, exposure-related products liability claims, and class actions. He also counsels clients on environmental regulatory matters. Working at the intersection of substantive environmental law, science and litigation, Mr. Harrell regularly works with a variety of expert witnesses in areas ranging from hydrogeology to industrial hygiene.

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Alan Harrell practices environmental law and litigation, with an emphasis on toxic tort litigation, exposure-related products liability claims, and class actions. He also counsels clients on environmental regulatory matters. Working at the intersection of substantive environmental law, science and litigation, Mr. Harrell regularly works with a variety of expert witnesses in areas ranging from hydrogeology to industrial hygiene.

Mr. Harrell’s practice includes representing chemical manufacturing facilities and environmental insurers in actions alleging personal exposure, diminution of property value, and other damages. He has also defended clients in cases involving claims of contamination from oil and gas operations.

In addition to his environmental practice, Mr. Harrell has handled a variety of commercial litigation matters, including breach of contract claims, as well as defended professional liability claims brought against environmental consultants, engineers and other professionals. He is also the coordinator of pro bono legal services for the Baton Rouge office.

Experience

  • National counsel for international manufacturer regarding exposure-related products liability claims.
  • Defense of a chemical manufacturer in class action litigation arising out of the release of hydrochloric acid from a tanker truck.
  • Representation of synthetic rubber manufacturer in connection with environmental regulatory matters.
  • Defense of an environmental insurer in class action and citizen suit litigation relating to a hazardous waste injection well facility.
  • Litigation regarding “stigma” damages sustained by owner of industrial property adjacent to contaminated site.
  • Defense of mass joinder hearing loss cases based on claims of industrial noise exposure.
  • Defense of oil company in cases involving claims of occupational exposure to benzene.
  • Representation of agricultural and industrial manufacturing company in connection with an OSHA incident investigation.
  • Defense of oil and gas exploration and production company in connection with “legacy” suits alleging contamination from operations.
  • Defense of oil and gas exploration and production company in litigation alleging operations contributed to coastal land loss.
  • Defense of an environmental consulting and engineering firm in connection with professional liability claims.
  • Representation of a biodiesel facility in connection with judicial review of a water discharge permit.

Insights

Publications
  • Co-Author, "Toxic Tort Litigation," published by the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy, and Resources (2013)
  • Co-Author, "Jurisdictional Survey of Local Requirements Governing Class Actions: Louisiana," A Practitioner's Guide to Class Actions, published by the American Bar Association's Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (2010)
  • Co-Author, "Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy," published by the American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (May 2009)
  • "CERCLA Contribution Actions," an Environmental Law Update for the Louisiana Bar Journal, 52 La. B.J. 384 (2005)
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Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Mass Torts Litigation Committee
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Rotary Club of Baton Rouge
  • Theatre Baton Rouge (Board of Governors)

Recognition

  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated By Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Environmental Litigation