“Having worked with several of the world’s largest energy companies, I’ve had the opportunity to write amicus briefs on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in matters of industry-wide significance. While I take a client-centered approach on every appeal, I regularly lean on the experience I’ve gained from successfully appealing over 50 cases. I have found it to be effective to streamline and simplify arguments as much as possible. No judge says ‘I wish that brief had been longer.’”
Kelly Becker is often retained by clients as appellate counsel for complex litigation, including environmental, energy, and commercial matters. Her appellate practice regularly includes cases before the Louisiana courts of appeal, the Louisiana Supreme Court, and the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal. Because of her experience, Kelly is frequently retained to write amicus briefs on behalf of businesses and trade organizations in matters of industry-wide significance. Kelly is certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Practice Specialist. She is one of only fifteen lawyers in the state of Louisiana with this designation.
Kelly is regularly engaged to assess the viability of appeal and often participates at the trial stage of a case as an appellate strategist. She also handles strategic motion practice at the trial court level. Currently, Kelly manages legal strategy and briefing for several energy industry clients in the Louisiana coastal land loss docket.
Kelly is the co-chair of the firm’s Energy Litigation Practice Group and chair of the Appellate Practice Group. She is involved with various industry organizations and is a member of several appellate committees. Kelly is regularly recognized for her appellate practice by The Best Lawyers in America and the New Orleans Magazine. She is listed in the Chambers USA 2022 edition for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas and is noted by Chambers as “strong in the appellate space.”
Certified by the Louisiana Board of Legal Specialization as an Appellate Practice Specialist. One of only fifteen lawyers in the state of Louisiana with this designation.
Retained by Shell as appellate counsel in the first legacy case (claims for historical oilfield contamination) to go through Louisiana’s Act 312 procedure. She secured a unanimous opinion from the Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal. This decision has served as a precedent for the numerous other legacy cases throughout Louisiana.