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LuLu
Carol "LuLu" Welborn Reisman
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

LuLu Reisman is an experienced trial lawyer who represents companies throughout the U.S. with difficult and sometimes emotionally-charged litigation in the Louisiana courts.  LuLu has handled a wide range of litigation including cases involving breach of contract, products liability, offshore and land-based personal injury and property damage claims, construction disputes, maritime matters and toxic torts.

In products liability and warranty matters, LuLu’s practice has included cases involving aerial platforms, offshore drilling tools and equipment, building materials, cranes, and chemical compounds. She has handled construction and lien disputes for both owners and their subrogated property insurers and subcontractors.

In the maritime area, LuLu has represented clients who have suffered property damage and deferred production arising from offshore casualties, and she is often asked to interpret contractual indemnity and insurance provisions, master service agreements, drilling contracts and charter agreements. LuLu also has handled cases involving barge breakaways and cargo disputes, as well as Jones Act and longshore claims.  

LuLu has defended attempts at class certification made by neighboring residents in chemical release areas and by consumers who purchased gasoline that allegedly damaged fuel gauges in vehicles. She also has helped clients in numerous individual personal injury and death matters involving industrial accidents and alleged toxic exposures occurring on land. She has extensive experience in questioning medical, engineering and scientific experts at trial, in class certification and Daubert hearings, and in depositions throughout the country and abroad. 

In addition to being an active trial lawyer, LuLu also acts as appellate counsel in courts throughout the country.  Her service as a law clerk to the Honorable Luther F. Cole, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, before joining Liskow & Lewis provides her with valuable insight into the workings of appellate courts.  She recently secured a significant victory in the United States Fifth Circuit for her client, a global leader in the design and sale of baby products.  At issue were certain contract provisions that provided patent-like protection over unpatented products offered for sale and in the public domain.  As a result of LuLu’s efforts, the district court’s summary judgment dismissal of LuLu’s client’s claims was reversed on appeal.  

Experience

  • In a case filed in federal court in Louisiana, LuLu represented a major oil and gas company after a drilling rig slid off her client’s offshore platform during hurricane conditions.  "The products liability and breach of contract case," according to LuLu, "involved complex engineering, oceanography and meteorology with damages sought from both the drilling contractor and the manufacturer of the brake."   After written discovery and extensive motion practice, the matter was mediated successfully.

  • LuLu represented a Louisiana chemical plant operator facing serious personal injury claims involving brain damage due to toxic encephalopathy.  "We decided to try one of these cases in front of a jury," LuLu explained, "which resulted in the longest civil jury trial in the history of the parish."  LuLu obtained a zero verdict for her client.

  • In addition to handling construction litigation involving elevation disputes, LuLu has represented a sugar company following the collapse of its storage warehouse near Baton Rouge. LuLu sued the manufacturer of the building materials, the contractor who built the warehouse and their insurers through the Louisiana direct action procedure.  After LuLu defeated several motions to dismiss regarding insurance and warranty/contract issues, the matter was mediated, and the parties reached a favorable settlement.

  • LuLu represented former executives for a company that provided cleaning services to ships in the port of New Orleans who were sued when a longshoreman died of mesothelioma and his heirs claimed long-term occupational exposure.  In their defense, LuLu argued the plaintiff did not have the legal right to sue the executives, because the Longshore and Harbor Workers' Compensation Act preempts Louisiana law.  The claim was favorably settled.

Involvement

 Professional

  • The Maritime Law Association - Associate Member

  • Louisiana State and American Bar Associations - Member

  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Luther F. Cole, Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Louisiana, 1990–1991

  • Tulane University Law School - Former Adjunct Lecturer of Law, “Toxic Tort Law, Theory, and Science” 

Recognition

  •  The Best Lawyers in America, 2016-2019

Best Lawyers Award Badge

 

After Hours

LuLu began coaching softball thirteen years ago when her daughter was eight years old.  Even though her daughter no longer plays, she has continued to coach a diverse group of players at Carrollton Boosters playground in uptown New Orleans.  LuLu was a state champion tennis player as a teenager and continues to play in USTA (United States Tennis Association) leagues at the 4.5 level.