Dana Douglas has practiced in a variety of areas in the state and federal courts in Louisiana focusing primarily on commercial, energy and intellectual property litigation. Clients regularly turn to Dana when facing high-exposure litigation.
Her energy-industry work is both onshore and off-shore, where she has helped clients facing difficult cases involving breach of contract issues, exploration and production disputes, expropriation, landowner/mineral lessee disputes, legacy litigation, royalty-related litigation, and oil and gas marketing disputes. She has also represented clients in matters that focused on pipeline servitudes, rights-of-way, easements and other matters.
Dana's IP clients turn to her for both litigation and sophisticated transactions. She has handled cases involving trademark, copyright, patent infringement, trade secret litigation and cybersquatting. She has also prosecuted trademark and trade name applications and drafted intellectual property licensing and work-for-hire agreements.
She also serves as counsel for the U.S. Division of a global automobile manufacturer, handling product liability claims brought against the company.
Dana served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana, 2000–2001.
Notable Experience Snapshot
- Shell v. Robinson, No. 01-1417, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, obtained a complete victory in a bench trial on misappropriation of trade secrets from an employer by an employee. Successfully secured an injunction against the defendant for use of property which belonged to the plaintiff.
- Kieta Alexander v. Norfolk Southern Corporation, et al., No 02-14666, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, obtained a complete victory after bench trial in a mass toxic tort trial involving 2900 plaintiffs that was tried for several weeks in Civil District Court after the other defendants settled. The judgment dismissed all claims against our client, finding that it had no liability for a chemical release that occurred in New Orleans.
- Texaco v. Lainelife, 94-539, United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, obtained complete victory after bench trial against a landowner in an underpayment of royalties on oil and gas interests.
- Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline, 13¬5410, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, obtained a complete victory on a motion to dismiss in a multimillion-dollar environmental tort lawsuit against 97 oil and gas companies, seeking to hold those entities responsible for Louisiana’s coastal erosion.
- Miguel Jones v. Delaware North Company, 09-4819, Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, obtained a complete victory at bench trial on a Motion for Involuntary Dismissal and dismissing plaintiff’s Petition for Writ of Injunction.
- In re: Arbitration Proceeding Against Monsanto Company / Roundup Ready® Cotton Claims – six-month arbitration proceeding involving a redhibition claim brought against the defendant by 600 cotton growers. The case concluded in a zero verdict for plaintiffs.