Complex toxic tort and environmental litigation often turns on science. When our clients come under attack, it is the lawyer’s job to present the science in an understandable way. That’s what we do. And we do it well.
Our lawyers are known for their knowledge of complex science and changing law – aggressively defending our clients from personal injury and property damage claims. This ranges from bet-the-company litigation spanning multiple states to localized claims of exposures from isolated incidents. We have the capability to quickly respond and handle cases of any size, from single party suits to complex, multi-party claims or class actions. Companies of all types, including energy, petrochemical, specialty chemical, mining, construction, and marine transport industries, call on us for all ranges of matters stemming from both short and long-term alleged exposures. No matter the size, our clients trust our judgment to protect their interests.
This shows in multiple ways. Lex Machina has ranked us near the top among the most active counsel in the defense of tort litigation. We’ve participated in more than 6,000 federal court cases during a three-year span. Two recent examples demonstrate our commitment to the success of our clients:
- We’ve achieved approximately 5,000 dismissals to date in a toxic tort docket resulting from a major oil spill.
- In a recent personal injury class action, we successfully reduced the number of claimants from 500,000 to four.
Developing experts who can make (your) or break (the plaintiffs’) cases
The complexities of environmental exposure cases involve biological and chemical interactions – our lawyers understand the science and help experts tell the client’s story in the most effective way. That same understanding helps us go on the offensive against plaintiffs’ cases, particularly their experts, in depositions and motion practice. We expose weaknesses in the case that set the litigation up for the best resolution that can be achieved for our clients. Simply put, these cases require an understanding of the law and the science. Proficiency in the law is not enough: you must be all in. And we are.
Using foresight, not formulas
Liskow’s approach to every case is unique and non-formulaic. Identifying and anticipating the potential issues of the case requires strategic foresight. We develop a theory of the case and tell the client’s story.
Our job, as we see it, is to find the best solution for our client at the very beginning. We don’t take a case through the same legal motions – instead, we create a gameplan intended to produce the best results for each particular case. The endgame is simple: resolving the matter for our client in the most economical and efficient manner. That takes many shapes depending on the case and the client – from a complete win at trial to the leveraging of the opponents for the best alternative resolution.
Our clients can rely on us to handle minimizing risk and discouraging future litigation. In Louisiana specifically, where companies can be burdened with large judgments, we build a solid case that is ready for trial, while minimizing potential liability and leaving the ultimate business decisions to you.
Strong connections based on decades of experience
Because we’ve worked on thousands of cases, we know the jurisdictions, and the courts recognize the Liskow name and expect the best.
We also value long-term relationships with our clients. We are not just your lawyers, but also your business partners whom you trust to handle your legal matters. Any business involves risk. We look for innovative solutions that are cost-effective, so that you can continue to focus on your operations.
We recognize that sometimes a successful defense of a significant case may involve high levels of teamwork and planning with a client’s business and legal groups as well as its other legal counsel. Every day, we work seamlessly with international firms, as well as our colleagues in the region, to present the best defense and achieve the best outcome for the client.