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Dana
Dana M. Douglas
Shareholder, New Orleans
Assistant
One Shell Square
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

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. 

Experience

Additional Representative Matters:

  • Successfully defended a defendant at trial in a mass toxic tort chemical release trial and secured a complete dismissal of all claims against our client
  • Obtained a favorable decision for an independent oil and gas exploration and production company in an environmental remediation legacy lawsuit
  • Obtained dismissal of major oil and gas company in a redhibition action
  • Obtained a permanent injunction against a former employee of a major oil and gas exploration and production company for misappropriation of the company’s trade secrets
  • Successfully defended a local news publication in trade name and trademark lawsuit
  • Successfully assisted a major oil and gas company in the debranding of abandoned gasoline facilities across the state of Louisiana.
  • Obtained a favorable result for client for use of a domain name in a cybersquatting dispute
  • Successfully defended major oil and gas company in a shareholder suit

Involvement

Professional

  • New Orleans Bar Association - President

  • Federal Bar Association - Member

  • Greater New Orleans Louis A. Martinet Society – Immediate Past President

  • Loyola University Institute of Politics - Fellow

  • Sports Lawyers Association - Member

Community

  • Women's Energy Network – Southeast Louisiana Founding Chapter President 

  • New Orleans Civil Service Commission, 2003–2013; Vice Chair, 2011-2013

  • St. Andrew’s Village Board Member 2010-2012

  • Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated - Member

Recognition

  • Women Lawyers Division Outstanding Minority Partner in Majority Firm Award, National Bar Association, 2018

  • New Orleans CityBusiness "Women of the Year" Class of 2017

  • Camille Gravel Pro Bono Award Recipient, 2016

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2015-2018

  • LSBA Crystal Gavel Award Recipient, 2013-2014

  • New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law Award, 2007 and 2013

  • Louisiana State Bar Association President's Award, 2009

  • Named a "Rising Star" in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012–2013

  • Monte M. Lemann Award Recipient, 2012

  • 2013 Loyola Alumni Women in Law Honoree

                           
 
                               Dana M. Douglas
Selected in 2018
Thomson Reuters 

Presentations

  • "Implementing Proportionality and Other Significant Changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure," Winter 2016 and Summer 2017

  • "Politics and the Oil and Gas Industry," Winter 2016 and Spring 2017

  • "Breaking News: What the Headlines Can Teach Us About Lawyer Misconduct," January 20, 2010 and Winter 2008

  • "Social Networking and Legal Ethics," Spring and Fall 2010, Winter 2009

  • "Primer on Legacy Litigation," Fall 2009

  • "The Devil Wears Pradeau: The Impact of Counterfeit and Knockoff Merchandise on Intellectual Property Law," Summer 2009 and Winter 2009

  • The Changing Political Landscape

Publications

After Hours

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