• PRACTICE FOCUS+
  • INDUSTRIES+
    • Corporate Business
    • National Fraternities
    • Oil and Gas Companies
    • Railroad
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      LL.M. in Energy and Environmental Law, 1993
    • Louisiana State University Law Center
      J.D., 1982
    • Armstrong College
      B.A., 1976
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • Texas
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+

Patrick A. Talley, Jr.

Partner

New Orleans

504-584-9220 office

504-289-4289 mobile

patrick.talley@phelps.com

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Patrick Talley practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation and personal injury defense, with a focus in transportation, energy and environmental law.

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Patrick Talley practices primarily in the area of commercial litigation and personal injury defense, with a focus in transportation, energy and environmental law.

Mr. Talley has worked extensively within the railroad industry, and is well-known both regionally and nationwide in that area. He has successfully represented railroads, including three Class I and two Short Line railroads, in matters involving cargo and freight claims, derailments, crossing litigation, and employee personal injury and death (FELA), as well as real estate, expropriation and environmental matters. He also represents the Association of American Railroads (AAR) in Louisiana and the Louisiana Railroad Association, and serves as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel.

In the realm of energy and environmental law, Mr. Talley represents companies in litigation and compliance matters related to the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA), Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM) and toxic tort exposure claims, particularly benzene and other chemical exposures. He also represents companies in general business litigation, contract disputes and other commercial litigation matters.

Experience

In his over 30 years of practice, Mr. Talley has extensive experience in litigation in both federal and state courts, including over 75 trials to verdict. He has also been lead counsel in numerous class certification hearings, Daubert hearings and injunction hearings. Mr. Talley's recent experience includes:

  • representing a marine engine manufacturer in engine warranty action and breach of contract litigation.
  • representing a national company in an environmental cost recovery action and in antitrust and civil RICO litigation.
  • defending a major oil and gas company in defending against benzene exposure claims.
  • defending several railroads in defense of mesothelioma death claims.
  • defending national fraternities in personal injury and premise liability claims and litigation.

Memberships & Affiliations

Professional 

  • Louisiana State Bar Association (Board of Governors, 2013-present; House of Delegates member, 1994-2013)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Fifth Circuit Bar Association
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association
  • Texas State Bar Association
  • Louisiana Bar Foundation
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel (Executive Committee and Secretary)
  • World Trade Center of New Orleans (Transportation Committee)
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States (Proctor)
  • Southeastern Admiralty Law Institute 
  • Defense Research Institute


Civic/Community 

  • Boy Scouts of America, Southeast Louisiana Council (Executive Board and Executive Committee)
  • Holy Name of Jesus Parish (School Board)
  • Louisiana Recovery Authority (Member, Environmental Task Force)
  • New Orleans Charter Schools Foundation (Board of Directors and Vice-President)
  • Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity (Board of Directors and International President)
  • Carrollton Boosters, Inc. (Executive Committee Member and President)
  • St. George's Episcopal School (Board of Trustees)
  • Academy of the Sacred Heart (Board of Trustees and President)

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine - Top Lawyers: Railroad Law, Transportation Law
  • New Orleans CityBusiness - Leadership in Law (2008)
  • AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© - Real Estate Law, Litigation - Environment, Oil and Gas Law, Railroad Law (New Orleans Lawyer of the Year: Environmental Law, 2017; Railroad Law, 2016 and 2018)
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers