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Matthew D. "Matt" Simone
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Matt is an experienced trial and appellate litigator assisting clients with claims and disputes primarily in the energy sector. Matt’s practice is largely focused on pipeline related matters, including servitudes (easements) and expropriation suits, involving pipeline and underground storage projects from inception to conclusion for natural gas, crude oil, and refined product pipelines.  His pipeline practice also includes assisting midstream companies in the defense of claims for breach of contract or environmental damage claims. Matt’s pipeline practice encompasses the representation of midstream companies before local and state agencies, including the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources and the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources. 
              
Matt also handles environmental matters for industry clients—including property contamination and personal injury class actions—in both state and federal court. In a high-stakes mass toxic tort case, Matt was one of two trial lawyers for the team defending a major international joint venture facing over a thousand claims following a chemical release in a densely populated area.  The defense succeeded in removing the case to federal court, arguing application of the Class Action Fairness Act, a federal statute that expanded federal diversity jurisdiction over class actions.  The trial result: zero verdict for the defense.

 

Involvement

Professional

  • Louisiana State Law Institute – Expropriation Committee Member

  • Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association – Midstream Committee Member

  • International Right of Way Association – Member

  • Federal, Louisiana, and New Orleans Bar Associations

  • New Orleans Bar Association - Member; Young Lawyers Section Executive Board, 2010–2013

  • American Bar Association – Circuit Editor for the Appellate Practice Section of Litigation 2011-2012

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine's List of "Top Lawyers," Eminent Domain and Condemnation Law, 2016-2018
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2016-2018

                           
 
                               Matthew Simone
Selected in 2018
Thomson Reuters 

After Hours

“I enjoy hanging out with my kids and wife, and even though most of my hobbies are family-centered, I wouldn’t change it. When time allows, I enjoy all things outdoor.”