Scott Seiler focuses on large, high-exposure litigation involving occupational disease, mass tort, environmental cleanup, property damage, contribution disputes and insurance coverage litigation in Louisiana's state and federal courts. He is the long-time head of the firm's Toxic Tort and Occupational Disease Section.
Major industrial clients have turned to Scott for help with difficult cases involving petroleum, asbestos, benzene, ozone, dioxin, mold and other substances. He was appointed Special Master of the Court in several class action mold and fungal substances cases. In his environmental litigation practice, Scott has handled contamination and spill-related damage claims, including his representation of BP America and BP Exploration and Production for claims under the Oil Pollution Act following the Deepwater Horizon Incident.
In a recent occupational disease case, Scott helped the in-house counsel with the serious insurance coverage issues:
- A company was facing a series of occupational disease cases involving severe injuries and was preparing to pay significant defense and indemnity costs. Scott worked with the company's legal department to prepare to defend the cases. "I started going after historic insurers for the client and was able to get full coverage for several years. More than the client anticipated."
Scott has planned, created and managed large, complex litigation structures and teams to deal with big cases – onshore, as well as in the Gulf – related to occupational disease and toxic tort litigation. He has helped major domestic and multinational clients facing whistle-blower actions, criminal liability for environmental regulatory violations, transactional concerns with environmental regulations, citizen suits, wetlands regulation and toxic tort cases involving asbestos and naturally occurring radioactive material litigation (NORM).