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George Arceneaux, III
Shareholder, Lafayette
822 Harding Street
P.O. Box 52008
Lafayette, Louisiana 70503


George Arceneaux helps major corporate energy clients with the defense of complex and potentially costly energy and commercial claims in Louisiana.  Energy companies with business in Louisiana have hired George on cases involving:

  • Large-scale legacy litigation
  • CERCLA cost-recovery actions
  • Trade secret claims and other commercial matters
  • Casualty and personal injury cases arising from oil and gas operations

George has years of experience as lead counsel in difficult, energy industry-related litigation, such as lease maintenance and royalty disputes, joint operations disputes, mass torts and claims under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990.  In addition, George represents businesses before Louisiana's regulatory agencies, such as the Office of Conservation -­ part of the state's Department of Natural Resources -­ and the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality.


George has years of experience leading teams of litigators in high-exposure cases involving major energy-sector corporate clients with business in Louisiana.  He also serves as coordinating counsel, providing trial and docket management.

In recent legacy cases, George has defended clients at trial on claims for tens of millions of dollars based on allegations of soil and groundwater contamination.  In jury trials on these matters, George has argued that conditions were consistent with historic practices and expectations, and posed no serious environmental risks.  Juries have agreed, returning zero verdicts in the recent cases.



  • Louisiana Oil & Gas Association - Member
  • Liskow & Lewis Board of Directors – Former Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Fellow
  • Lafayette, Louisiana State and American Bar Associations – Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Acadiana Legal Services Corporation
  • Acadiana Inn of Court, 1995–1998
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Henry A. Politz, United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1986– 1987


  • Best Lawyers' – Litigation - Environmental "Lawyer of the Year" 2016, 2018-2019, 2021, 2023
  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, 2021
  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Energy Law, Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Law, 2019– 2020
  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Environmental Law, Oil and Gas Law, 2018
  • Acadiana Profile “Top Lawyer” in Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, and Environmental Law, 2017
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer for Louisiana, 1994
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009–2023
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2020-2021

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George has spoken frequently to clients and corporate legal departments, and on continuing legal education seminars addressing legacy litigation and energy law.


  • "Fifth Circuit Symposium: Oil and Gas," 46 Loy. L. Rev. 1 (Spring 2000)

After Hours

George loves the outdoors, hiking in North Carolina and west Texas, and deer and duck hunting in Louisiana.  "I also like to garden.  Bougainvillea, flowers and other plants that are relatively easy to grow…at least in Louisiana."