Stephen Wiegand
Stephen W. Wiegand
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Steve Wiegand focuses on environmental compliance issues arising under state and federal law, as well as environmental transactions and litigation involving  land contamination and nuisance claims.  In addition, clients from throughout the U.S. seek Steve's advice on complex regulatory issues impacting onshore and offshore oil and gas operations. These issues include compliance with operational and safety requirements and the applicability of environmental statutes, including the:

  • Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act

  • Clean Water Act

  • Oil Pollution Act

  • Clean Air Act

  • National Environmental Policy Act

  • Endangered Species Act

He has handled numerous administrative appeals before the Department of Interior Board of Land Appeals and has represented clients in administrative matters before the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality and other administrative agencies.

Prior to joining Liskow & Lewis, Steve served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Steve currently serves on the firm’s Board of Directors.



Steve's notable cases include:

  • Favorable administrative appeal of Incidents of Noncompliance issued by BSEE resulting in INCs being set aside, 2015.

  • Oceana v. Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 37 F. Supp. 3d 147 (D.D.C. 2014). rejected a challenge to environmental reviews conducted in conjunction with Gulf of Mexico Lease Sales 218 and 216/222 and held that such reviews complied with the Endangered Species Act, National Environmental Policy Act, and Administrative Procedure Act.

  • Jefferson Block 24 Oil & Gas v. Aspen Insurance UK Limited, et al, 652 F.3d 584 (5th Cir. 2011). Finding for insured in OPA insurance case, pipeline was a “covered offshore facility” within the scope of coverage afforded by OPA Policy.



  • Liskow & Lewis Board of Directors - Member

  • Judicial clerk to the Honorable Ivan L.R. Lemelle, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana, August 2007–2008

  • Thomas More Inn of Court - Member

  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section – Member, 2009

  • New Orleans Bar Association – Member, 2009

  • American Bar Association – Member, 2009

  • Air & Waste Management Association, Louisiana Section – Member, 2009

  • Federal Bar Association – Member, 2009


  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2016-2021

  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2015-2016, 2018-2019


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  • “2021 Federal Offshore Update,” Liskow & Lewis Webinar, February 10, 2021

  • "Federal Offshore Update," Dallas Bar Energy Section - Review of Oil and Gas Conference, Dallas, TX, August 8, 2019

  • "Litigation/BSEE Updates," Liskow & Lewis' Federal Offshore CLE Update, Houston, TX, January 17, 2019

  • Current Issues in Offshore Enforcement: INCs, Civil Penalties, Criminal Investigations and BSEE’s Latest Reorganization, Liskow & Lewis Breakfast Forum, with Dee Taylor, Houston, TX, March 29, 2016

  • INCs, Civil Penalties and the Appeal Process, Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation Special Institute on Federal Offshore Regulatory Enforcement, January 20-21, 2016

  • Legal Issues Concerning Odors From Industrial Facilities, AFPM Environmental Conference, October 18-20, 2015

  • Acting on Uncertainty: Protected Species Consultation in the Wake of the Deepwater Horizon Incident, EUCI Conference: Federal Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing, Regulation and Enforcement, September 3, 2014

  • Update on Offshore Regulatory Issues, Liskow & Lewis Oil and Gas Seminar, with Jonathan Hunter, Houston, TX, October 23, 2013

  • “Environmental Newsreel Presentation on Current Developments,” Liskow & Lewis 2009 Environmental Law Seminar, Houston, TX, May 7, 2009