• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      J.D., cum laude, 1999; Environmental Law Certificate; Tulane Environmental Law Journal 1997-1998
    • Vanderbilt University
      B.A. in Geology and Political Science, 1991
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+

John B. Shortess

John Shortess practices in the areas of environmental litigation and environmental regulatory and commercial transactional counseling. He represents a number of industry clients including electric utilities, oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturing plants, agricultural and industrial manufacturing plants, and railroad transportation companies. His regulatory practice has involved the defense and resolution of numerous enforcement actions and permitting matters before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and in state court, counseling on water, air, solid waste, reporting, remediation and corrective action, brownfields, and other regulatory issues involving both state and federal regulators and environmental compliance counseling. His commercial transactional practice involves counsel to sellers, buyers, and lenders concerning environmental due diligence, permitting, and compliance issues. His litigation experience involves the defense of oil and gas related property damage claims, train derailment related claims and other environmental contamination claims.

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John Shortess practices in the areas of environmental litigation and environmental regulatory and commercial transactional counseling. He represents a number of industry clients including electric utilities, oil and gas companies, chemical manufacturing plants, agricultural and industrial manufacturing plants, and railroad transportation companies. His regulatory practice has involved the defense and resolution of numerous enforcement actions and permitting matters before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and in state court, counseling on water, air, solid waste, reporting, remediation and corrective action, brownfields, and other regulatory issues involving both state and federal regulators and environmental compliance counseling. His commercial transactional practice involves counsel to sellers, buyers, and lenders concerning environmental due diligence, permitting, and compliance issues. His litigation experience involves the defense of oil and gas related property damage claims, train derailment related claims and other environmental contamination claims.

From 1992-1996, Mr. Shortess worked at the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality where he was employed as a Geologist in the Ground Water Protection Division. He oversaw and evaluated the development, implementation and performance of groundwater monitoring and corrective action plans at sites throughout Louisiana.

Experience

  • Defending lead counsel for chemical manufacturing company in a state enforcement action concerning alleged hazardous waste violations. Following a hearing on the matter before the Division of Administrative Law, the DAL ordered the rescission of the enforcement action.
  • Representing an agricultural and industrial manufacturing company regarding an OSHA incident investigation
  • Representing oil and gas companies in defense of alleged property damage claims.
  • Representing electric utility companies in industry appeals of LDEQ permit conditions.
  • Representing electric utility companies in defense of appeals of LDEQ issued air and water permits.
  • Representing oil and gas company in natural resource damage assessment claim by state and federal trustees regarding oil and gas well blow out.
  • Representing various clients regarding environmental site assessment and remediation including the structuring of purchase and sale agreements and leases.
  • Representing a railroad in defense of alleged damages from a derailment including class action allegations.

Insights

Publications
  • "Recent Developments – EPA Issues Final Action on Greenhouse Gas Emissions at PSD and Title V Sources," Louisiana Bar Journal, Volume 58, No. 1 (June/July 2010)
  • "Interview with East Baton Rouge Parish Attorney Mary Roper," Baton Rouge Bar Association's Around the Bar, No. 243 (January 2010)
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Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association - Environmental, Energy & Natural Resources Section
  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Phi Delta Phi