Saturday, March 11, 1:10pm, Weinmann Hall, Room TBD
This panel will untangle the inconsistent lower court rulings on the applicability of the subsequent purchaser theory in oilfield contamination cases.
Rock Palermo (moderator), Attorney at Law
Rock graduated from LSU Law School in 1992 and from LSU with a bachelor’s degree in 1987. While at LSU Law School he was selected to the Moot Court Board. He is a partner in the firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson in Lake Charles. The firm handles environmental litigation, oil and gas litigation, serious personal injury and maritime law claims and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Judge Albert Tate American Inn of Court, LSU Law Center Board of Trustees and Chancellor’s Council, American Board of Trial Advocates and the Louisiana Association for Justice. Rock was named to each edition of the Louisiana Super Lawyers since 2007 and to each edition of The Best Lawyers in America since 2009. He is AV rated by Martindale Hubbell. He is a certified mediator, FAA licensed Airline Transport Pilot with airplane, jet and helicopter ratings. Rock is a PADI master scuba instructor. He is a member of the Civil Air Patrol, the United States Air Force Auxiliary, and holds the rank of Colonel. In addition, he serves on the Board of the Louisiana National Guard Youth Challenge Program and serves on the Lake Charles Regional Airport Authority. He and his wife, Kim, have three children.
Rob McNeal, Shareholder, Liskow & Lewis
Mr. McNeal is a 1984 graduate of Tulane University Law School and earned his LL.M. in Energy/Environmental Law in 1993. He represents businesses as lead litigation counsel in a variety of environmental, energy, commercial, and tort matters in both federal and state courts. In addition, he advises clients regarding energy and environmental regulatory matters. Rob has litigated all types of environmental cases, including land damage/pollution cases, toxic torts, environmental enforcement disputes, mass torts and citizen suits. He regularly speaks on environmental issues. He is a partner with Liskow & Lewis in its New Orleans’ office, where he is the coordinator of the Energy Litigation practice group.
Bessie Daschbach, Member, Jones, Swanson, Huddle & Garrison, LLC
Bessie Antin Daschbach leads the firm’s environmental litigation practice. In that role, Bessie has spearheaded the work that has gone into filing the coastal land loss litigation against 97 oil and gas companies, titled Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority – East, et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, et al. In her position generally, Bessie ensures that the firm’s environmental litigation matters progress efficiently and effectively, and avoid an unnecessarily prolonged litigation process. Bessie’s environmental litigation experience at Jones Swanson has been with land and groundwater contamination cases. She, together with her team, represents landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the industry’s largest oil and gas operators for extensive land and groundwater contamination caused by those operators. Bessie also has extensive experience in commercial litigation.
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