Nora Bilbro
Nora
Nora B. Bilbro
Of Counsel, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Nora Bilbro represents clients in toxic tort matters, class action defense, mass tort litigation, insurance coverage and defense litigation, and property damage, premises liability and product liability litigation.   Clients seek her experience with complex procedural litigation issues, from jurisdiction to appeals.   

With deep experience in the chemical manufacturing arena, she has represented clients in class action suits involving releases of various chemicals, incidents that generally result in thousands of claims for personal injuries, property damages, business interruption and inconvenience. She also represents chemical manufacturers and other premises owners in defense of claims for occupational exposure, including claims for hearing loss, asbestos related diseases, and benzene exposure.

Some of her recent chemical exposure representation includes:

  • Defending a multinational chemical manufacturing company in a mass joinder suit, resulting in the dismissal of all eighteen plaintiffs’ claims at trial.
  • Nora defeated class certification and then significantly reduced the total number of subsequent mass joinder claims through discovery and prescription motions in a Calcasieu Parish chemical exposure case. 
  • Nora obtained supervisory relief from the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal, where the appellate court reversed the judgment of the lower court and dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim for punitive damages arising from claims for chemical exposure.

Nora also litigates and counsels clients on various insurance coverage and contractual defense and indemnity issues, including oilfield indemnity and insurance matters, claims for insurance coverage and additional insured status, as well as first party property damage claims.  Some of her recent representative matters in this area include:

  • Representation of insurance companies in defense of Hurricane Katrina claims, including issues involving the water damage exclusion, Valued Policy Law (VPL) and adjustment practices.
  • Representation of insurance companies in defense of first party property damage and bad faith claims.
  • Representation of insurance company in defense of a suit by a Louisiana legislatively-created body asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Experience

Recent Representative Matters:

  • Representation of numerous chemical manufacturing companies in defense of class action cases involving the release of various chemicals. These incidents generally result in thousands of individual claims for personal injury, property damage, business interruption and inconvenience.
  • Representation of insurance companies in defense of Hurricane Katrina claims, including issues involving the water damage exclusion, Valued Policy Law (VPL) and adjustment practices, and other first party property damage and bad faith claims. 
  • Representation of product manufacturers in products liability litigation involving industrial accidents, property damages and other serious personal injuries.
  • Representation of various chemical manufacturers and premises owners in defense of claims for occupational exposure, including hearing loss and asbestos claims. 
  • Representation of retailers and other premises owners in defense of personal injury claims. 
  • Representation of insurance company in defense of class action for personal injuries due to exposure to mold.
  • Representation of insurance company in defense of a suit by a Louisiana legislatively-created body asserting claims for breach of fiduciary duty and fraud.

Involvement

Professional

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Volunteer judge for LSU Law Tullis Competition  

Community

  • STAIR (Start the Adventure in Reading) – Secretary and Board Member
  • Twinbrook Neighborhood Association – Former Vice President and Board Member
  • Twinbrook Security District – Former Commissioner and Board Member

After Hours

“I enjoy travelling, cooking and spending time with my husband and two daughters.  In addition, I am a Board Member and on the Executive Committee for a local non-profit, Start the Adventure in Reading. When I first began volunteering with STAIR, a former board member stated that second grade children who do not read at grade level are more likely to drop out of school and end up in prison.  This really stuck with me, and I enjoy having the opportunity to help improve the reading skills, self-esteem and potential of local elementary school students.”