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.
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: