Litigation in the Coastal Zone

This panel explores the various law suits which have been filed in the Louisiana coastal zone in the past few years. The panel offers an update on the coastal parish litigation and several other suits filed against the oil and gas industry for the industry’s role in the deterioration of coastal wetlands and marshes.

  • Victor Marcello, Talbot, Carmouche & Marcello


  • Bessie Daschbach, Jones Swanson

Bessie Antin Daschbach is a managing member of Jones Swanson. bessie_daschbachShe has extensive experience in all three of the firm’s main practice areas—environmental, commercial and international law.




  • Blair Schilling, Fishman Haygood

Blair Schilling represents clients in a wide-range of commercial matters in federal and state court, with a concentration in environmental law. Blair-Schilling-800x400Blair’s environmental practice is centered on representing landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the oil and gas industry’s largest operators for contamination of “legacy” oilfields, land loss, and groundwater contamination. Blair’s practice also spans a variety of other subject matters, such as lender liability litigation, public bid law disputes, contract dispute, and other commercial litigation matters.

  • Michele Hale DeShazo

Michele is a Partner of Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC. Michele has experience in a wide variety of litigation matters, including environmental law, oil and gas litigation, product and premise liability claims, hearing loss, commercial litigation, Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (“NORM”) litigation, general civil litigation, and transportation law. Her focus is on efficiently and effectively managing complex multi-party litigation to achieve positive outcomes. image001.jpg