John P. Manard, Jr.

John Manard’s practice is exclusively litigation in the area of toxic torts, pharmaceutical, environmental, class actions and commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex multi-party litigation. He has been with the firm since 1975. Mr. Manard has represented clients in many industries, including the railcar industry, petrochemicals, construction, health care, tank terminals, utilities and hospitality.


Toxic Tort, Environmental and Class Action Litigation 

  • Defense of class action involving approximately 3,000 plaintiffs arising out of a styrene monomer accident, resulting in the evacuation of a large portion of the campus of a university in Baton Rouge and numerous injury claims.
  • Defense of a railcar owner and loading facility arising out of a butadiene leak and subsequent fire, requiring the evacuation of approximately 10,000 residents of New Orleans and 1-1/2 day closure of the interstate highway. The litigation, involving 8,000 class members, proceeded through all levels of the Louisiana courts.
  • Exposure, death, and injury claims arising out of the explosion of petroleum storage facilities at a terminal near New Orleans, as well as related environmental cleanup.
  • Defense of silicosis cases on behalf of a protective equipment manufacturer and its insurer, arising out of shipyard work in south Louisiana.
  • Defense of class actions arising out of a train derailment and xylene release resulting in claims by more than 4,000 residents of a partially evacuated Louisiana town.
  • Litigation regarding “stigma” damages sustained by owner of property adjacent to contaminated site.
  • Defense of a class action arising out of a railroad tank car release of dimethyl sulfide at two locations in the city of New Orleans.
  • Defense of mass joinder hearing loss cases arising out of industrial exposure.
  • Defense of class action involving a claim for injuries to 30,000 coal miners arising out of alleged exposure to isocyanate.

Pharmaceutical Litigation

  • Representation of international pharmaceutical manufacturer in birth defect litigation.
  • Defense of international pharmaceutical manufacturer in Louisiana and Mississippi in nationwide litigation involving claims of autism and related problems allegedly caused by the use of certain childhood vaccines. 
  • Defense of diet supplement manufacturers in suits contending that products containing ephedra resulted in strokes and other serious injuries.

Commercial Litigation

  • Represented national theatre chain in a dispute with the owners of a retail complex in the New Orleans area concerning termination of a lease and a variety of mold and premises condition issues.
  • Represented national hotel chain in connection with various commercial disputes related to its hotel in downtown New Orleans, involving its HVAC systems and its roofing systems.
  • Represented international tank car fleet owner in a contractual dispute with a coatings manufacturer concerning the failure of coating systems on a fleet of railroad tank cars.
  • Represented a major contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute with Louisiana Power and Light Company concerning construction of the Waterford nuclear power plant.
  • Represented a petroleum trading company in a multi-million dollar dispute with Shell Oil Company.


  • Chapter Co-Author, "Chapter 13- Communication Methods and Skills," Successful Partnering Between Inside and Outside Counsel, published by West/American Corporate Counsel Association (2011-present)
  • Co-Author, "Toxic Tort Litigation," published by The American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (May 2009, with the chapter update in 2013)
  • Chapter Co-Author, "Environmental Litigation: Law and Strategy," published by The American Bar Association's Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (January 2007)
Speaking Engagements
  • "Hot Topics in Environmental Litigation," Joint Meeting of the Environmental Law Sections of the Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama Bar Associations (June 14, 2013)
  • Moderator, "Class Actions and the Law of Unintended Consequences: How Lawyers in the Real World React to Changes in Procedural and Substantive Rules," American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and the Center for Continuing Legal Education, 10th Annual National Institute on Class Actions
  • "Mass Torts - Managing Tort Crisis on Multiple Fronts," American Bar Association annual joint seminar by the Litigation Section's Mass Torts, Environmental Litigation and Products Liability Committees, Vail, Colorado (January 2006)
  • "Class Action Countdown: What's Hot on the Class Litigation Front" American Bar Association, Section of Litigation and the Center for Continuing Legal Education, 9th Annual National Institute on Class Actions, San Francisco, California (October 2005)
  • "Katrina: We Won't Talk About Camille Any More," presentation to the Fall Meeting of the ABA Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Nashville, Tennessee (October 2005)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American College of Environmental Lawyers (Fellow)
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section
  • American Bar Association - Litigation Section; Mass Torts Committee (Co-Chair, 2008-2010; Vice-chair, 2005)
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources (Council Member, 2010-2013); Book Publications Committee (Chair, 2002-2003); and Fall Meeting (Chair, 2001)
  • New Orleans Association of Defense Counsel
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation (Fellow) (Grants Committee, 2004-2005)
  • CASA, “Court Appointed Special Advocates,” New Orleans, dealing with neglected and abandoned children (President, 2003-2006)
  • New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute (Board of Directors, 2004-2007)
  • Greater New Orleans, Inc. (Board of Directors, 2007-2009)
  • New Orleans Municipal Yacht Harbor Management Corporation, a public benefit corporation of the City of New Orleans (President, 2009-2011)


  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers: Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions
  • Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions - Defendants 
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers