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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 clients throughout the United States with difficult and often emotionally-charged litigation.  LuLu has handled a wide range of complex commercial and tort litigation including cases involving intellectual property disputes, maritime disasters, products liability, toxic torts, and construction disputes.  In her more than thirty years of practice, LuLu has represented her clients in numerous jury and bench trials and has headed up and managed large litigation teams while serving as lead trial counsel.    

In addition to having taught toxic tort law at Tulane Law School, where she graduated in 1990 summa cum laude, LuLu has vast experience handling toxic tort matters alleging exposure resulting in various types of cancer (including leukemia and lymphoma) as well as other diseases including encephalopathy. She also has helped clients in numerous personal injury, wrongful death, and land damage cases involving both industrial and consumer product exposures to a variety of chemicals including benzene, toluene, hydrogen sulfide, formaldehyde, and trichloroethylene (TCE).

In the maritime area, LuLu cut her professional teeth working on the deadliest peacetime maritime disaster in history – the collision in the Philippines between the MV DONA PAZ passenger ferry and the MT VECTOR.  Since then, she has represented a major commercial barge line in cases involving cargo disputes, barge breakaways, and personal injuries.  LuLu was among the first attorneys involved in the firm’s representation of BP America and BP Exploration and Production, assisting with the initial investigation of the Deepwater Horizon Incident, the selection of expert witnesses, and depositions.  In addition to the above, LuLu has represented clients who have suffered property damage and deferred production arising from offshore casualties, and she has been asked to interpret contractual indemnity and insurance provisions, master service agreements, drilling contracts and charter agreements. LuLu has also handled numerous Jones Act and longshore claims.  

LuLu has extensive experience questioning medical, engineering, and other scientific experts at trial, in class certification and Daubert hearings, and in depositions throughout the country and abroad.  Examples of the class action matters she has handled include claims made by neighboring residents in chemical release areas and by consumers who purchased gasoline that allegedly damaged fuel gauges in vehicles. 

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.

LuLu’s practice also includes litigation involving patent and intellectual property disputes and breach of contract claims.  Her undergraduate degree in business management from the A.B. Freeman School of Business at Tulane University, which she earned summa cum laude, assists her in understanding the business side of her clients’ cases.   

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.

Experience

  • LuLu served as lead trial counsel for a major company in toxic tort litigation pending in federal court in northern Mississippi arising out of a former hubcap manufacturing facility that was designated as a Superfund site. Neighboring property owners filed numerous property damage, personal injury, and wrongful death claims relating to what their experts claimed was a “cancer cluster.” LuLu convinced the trial court to phase discovery in the matter so that the plaintiffs’ experts were required to establish general causation prior to conducting any factual or expert discovery related to specific causation. She later served as one of two lead counsel for the defendants during a “Science Day” at which numerous experts from throughout the country made presentations to the federal court judge and magistrate judge relative to air modeling, epidemiology, oncology, and toxicology. Shortly thereafter, LuLu secured a favorable settlement for her client following a multi-day settlement conference.   
  • LuLu currently serves as lead trial counsel for a major baby products manufacturer on two matters pending in federal court in northern Louisiana involving patent and breach of contract disputes.  At issue in one of the matters were claims of utility patent and design patent infringement as well as claims of inequitable conduct during the prosecution of the utility patent and unclean hands during the pending litigation. Following an eight day trial, LuLu and her team secured a judgment invalidating their opponent’s utility patent based on obviousness and established by clear and convincing evidence that the patentee and her patent agent were grossly negligent during the prosecution of the patent and that the opposing party had engaged in deceit and “reprehensible” conduct during the litigation, resulting in the dismissal of all claims against her clients based on unclean hands. In the other matter, involving a dispute between LuLu’s client and a former exclusive distributor of its products, LuLu served as lead counsel at an evidentiary bench hearing at which she secured a key victory for her client.       
  • 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 following the failure of parking brakes provided by a Norwegian manufacturer. "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 to overcome the defendant’s Act of God defense, 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." Following the longest jury trial in the history of St. Charles Parish, LuLu obtained a zero verdict for her client.
  • Among the highlights of her various jury trials, LuLu represented a chemical manufacturing facility at which a vacuum truck had exploded and helped secure a favorable defense verdict for her client following a two-week jury trial in federal court in Louisiana.
  • In one of the first cases to address OPA 90 claims, LuLu was a member of the team that obtained a factual finding of no liability for their client following a bench trial in federal court in Louisiana in 1993.     
  • In addition to handling multiple construction litigation matters 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 has represented many clients facing long term occupational exposure claims.  Most recently, she 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, 2016-2022

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After Hours

LuLu loves playing, coaching, and watching sports and is a huge Saints fan.  She began coaching her daughter’s recreational and travel softball teams back in 2004 and continued to serve as a volunteer coach of a diverse group of players at Carrollton Boosters playground in uptown New Orleans long after her daughter quit playing.  LuLu enjoys serving as a role model to her players and she treasures the lasting relationships she has formed with her players and their parents.  LuLu was a state champion tennis player as a teenager, a member of Tulane University's varsity tennis team, and continues to play in USTA (United States Tennis Association) leagues at the 4.5 level.  When not on the softball field or the tennis court, LuLu can often be found attending a country music concert with her husband or son, managing her real estate investments, or planning her next family vacation to the Caribbean.