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Kelly Ransom

Biography
Kelly Ransom is a partner in Kelly Hart’s New Orleans office and focuses her practice on energy and environmental litigation, patent litigation, and other high-stakes, complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Ransom represents oil and gas companies in cases involving environmental damage claims, gas storage and migration issues, royalty disputes, and mineral lease termination claims, and she has defended clients in dozens of high-stakes “legacy litigation” cases involving claims of coastal land loss and damaged hydrology in wetlands. She also represents some of the world’s largest technology companies in patent litigation cases in the nation’s fastest-growing major patent venue, the Western District of Texas, Waco Division.

Ms. Ransom was recently recognized by Best Lawyers in America® Ones to Watch in three practice areas—Energy Law, Oil and Gas Law, and Environmental Law—and by Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Energy Litigation. She is the Managing Editor of the Institute for Energy Law’s longest running publication, the Energy Law Advisor, and is on the Institute’s Executive Committee. She is also active in her local community and serves on several local non-profit boards. She is President of the Board of Directors of New Harmony High, a state-chartered high school in New Orleans, Louisiana that has received national recognition for educating students through the lens of coastal restoration and preservation.


Experience and highlights
  • Represent clients in lawsuits involving claims of coastal land loss and altered hydrology
  • Represent client in litigation involving gas storage reservoir and migration
  • Represented clients in over a dozen legacy lawsuits and other complex, environmental litigation matters
  • Represented clients in NORM and other toxic tort litigation
  • Secured numerous dismissals of claims against clients through preliminary motion practice
REPRESENTATIVE CASES
  • Enable Mississippi River Transmission LLC v. Linn Energy Holdings, LLC, et al., 3:15-CV-01625 (W.D. La. 2016) (dismissing claims brought under Natural Gas Act).
  • Enable Mississippi River Transmission LLC v. Linn Energy Holdings, LLC, et al., U.S. Bankruptcy Court S.D. Tx., Houston Div. 16-60040 (DRJ), Adversary No. 16-6017 (11/28/18 Order) (granting Motion to Dismiss claims relating to gas storage facility)
  • D&D Cajun Ventures, LLC v. Atlantic Richfield Company, et al., No. 87694, Div. L, 15th JDC, Vermillion Parish, Louisiana (dismissing numerous claims, including Louisiana Mineral Code claims, through pretrial motion practice)
  • ConocoPhillips Company v. Texas Petroleum Investment Company, et al., 113th JDC, Harris County, Texas, No. 2011-46437; Texas Petroleum Investment Company v. Elysium West LLC, 113th JDC, Harris County, Texas, No. 2011-46437-B (defended client in litigation involving indemnity claim arising from settlement of legacy lawsuit)
Affiliations and honors

AFFILIATIONS

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, Member
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Texas State Bar Association, Member
  • Alabama State Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, Member
  • Women’s Energy Network, Member
  • Center for American and International Law:  Institute for Energy Law, Executive Committee, 2019-2022
  • Center for American and International Law:  Institute for Energy Law, The Energy Law Advisor, Managing Editor, 2019-2022
  • New Harmony High, XQ Super School Board of Directors,
    • President, 2018-Present
    • Founding Board Member, 2016-2021
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professional
    • Advisory Board Member, 2017-Present
    • Publications Sub-committee, Vice Chair, 2019-Present
HONORS
  • Named Best Lawyers®, New Orleans-Ones to Watch, U.S. News & World Report, 2022
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Oil and Gas Law
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2021
    • Energy & Resources
  • Leadership in Law Honoree, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2020
  • Woman of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2016, 2020

 

Education
  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2007
    • Moot Court National Team Member, 2006-2007
    • Moot Court Executive Board Member, 2006-2007
    • Certificate in Trial Advocacy
    • Scholar in Merit Awards for highest grade in Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure; Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Real Estate Transactions; and Domestic Relations
    • National Order of Barristers Honors Society
    • Dean's List, 2004-2007
  • Rhodes College, B.A., Political Science, 2003
Admissions
  • State Bar of Louisiana
  • State Bar of Texas
  • State Bar of Alabama
  • United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

 

 

Speeches & Publications
Kelly Ransom Named 2021 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star in Energy & Natural Resources