Lea Ann is a member of our Product Liability, Toxic Tort & Environmental Litigation group.  She focuses her practice on Environmental Litigation and Asbestos, Silica, and Toxic Tort Litigation.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky, 2002
  • Mississippi, 2003
  • Louisiana, 2013
  • U.S. Court of Appeals
    • 5th Circuit
    • 6th Circuit

Distinctions

  • Super Lawyers®
    • Mid-South Rising Star, Personal Injury Defense, General, 2010-Present
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    • Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions, 2017-2020

Education & Honors

  • Mississippi College, J.D., 2002
  • Eastern Kentucky University, B.S., Police Administration, 1999
    • Regents Scholar

Experience

  • Currently defending community-wide, groundwater contamination cases related to two different sites. Each site generated dozens of plaintiffs and multiple lawsuits, including litigation brought by the Attorney General suing on behalf of the State.
  • Counsel for major paper manufacturer in premises liability and negligence cases.
  • Secured summary judgement dismissal of contractor’s premises liability claim against paper manufacturer. 
  • Defending medical device manufacturer in Louisiana litigation related to surgical suture device.
  • Lead trial counsel for construction company in Louisiana asbestos litigation.
  • National representation and member of the trial team for target benzene defendant participating in trials in various jurisdictions.
  • Served on national coordinating counsel teams in toxic tort litigation, focusing on development of corporate and expert witnesses, facilitating large scale document productions and supervising local counsel.
  • Represented clients in toxic tort litigation, including silica, asbestos and chemical exposure cases in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Kentucky.
  • Obtained dismissal of breach of contract claim for multi-national company and served as counsel in successful appeal in federal court.  
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Papers, Presentations, & Publications

  • Presenter, “From Blank Canvas to Masterpiece: The Art of the 30(b)(6) Deposition,” Litigation Skills Workshop, DRI Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Seminar, Phoenix, Ariz., February 19, 2020.
  • Steering Committee and Panel Coordinator, “Convincing the Millennial Juror,” DRI Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Conference, 2018.
  • Speaker, “Most Active Jurisdictions,” Harris Martin National Litigation Conference, 2013.