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Scott C. Seiler
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

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).

Experience

  • Representing BP in the OPA and Medical Class Claims Processes Following the Deepwater Horizon Incident.

  • Appointed Special Master of the Court in Several Mold Class Action Cases:

    • Lori Brown, et al. v. Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation, et al., No. 2002-13738, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.

    • Cecelia Powell, et al. v. Credit Suisse First Boston Mortgage Capital LLC, et al., No. 2004-11069, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.

    • Philip Bayer, et al. v. OMNI Hotels Management Corporation, et al., No. 2003-17354, Civil District Court, Parish of Orleans, State of Louisiana.

  • Representing numerous clients in occupational disease and premises litigation, including major shipyards, sulphur mining, chemical and petrochemical companies.

Involvement

Professional

  • American Bar Association - Section of Natural Resources, Energy and Environmental Law (SONREEL) - Marine Resources Committee, Vice Chair, 1991-1998; Toxic Tort and Environmental Litigation Committee - Member

  • Louisiana State Bar Association - Environmental Law Section - Member

  • Louisiana State and American Bar Associations- Member

  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel -- Member

  • Defense Research Institute - Member

Recognition

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2018-2019

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Presentations

Scott has been a frequent invited speaker on numerous topics, such as:

  • Criminal liability for environmental regulatory violations

  • Whistle-blower actions

  • Transactional concerns related to environmental regulatory issues

  • Citizen suits and wetlands regulation

  • Many issues related to occupational disease and toxic tort litigation

He has also presented lectures and seminars on toxic tort, asbestos and naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) litigation.

Publications

  • Constantly-Shifting Demographics in Hurricane-Damaged Areas Warrant New Jury Venire Studies

  • Scott has published several articles and contributes to the SEER's Year in Review publication. 

After Hours

Scott likes football and baseball (LSU) and goes to as many games with his wife and family as he can.  He also enjoys musical theater (just about anything on Broadway) and gardening with his wife, Michele.  When time permits, he tries to make exercise classes at the gym and an occasional golf outing with friends.