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Loulan J. Pitre

Loulan Pitre leads our Louisiana offices and focuses his work on energy, natural resources and the environment.  His law practice concentrates on the most challenging aspects of doing business in and protecting the vulnerable environment of Louisiana’s working coast.   He has represented oil and gas and other industrial companies, real estate developers, financial institutions, ports, levee districts and other public entities, and players in the construction and service industries such as contractors, engineers, and material suppliers.  While serving as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives from 2000 to 2008, he was intimately involved in the development of the state’s coastal restoration and protection program and large transportation infrastructure projects such as the elevated highway to Port Fourchon.  He has carried that knowledge and experience into his law practice. 

Mr. Pitre has wide experience with the major federal environmental statutes, and in particular the Coastal Zone Management Act, the Clean Water Act, the Rivers and Harbors Act, the Oil Pollution Act, the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act, the Clean Air Act, the National Environmental Policy Act, and their Louisiana counterparts.  Mr. Pitre is very familiar with the Louisiana law concerning public and private finance, procurement, and contracting.  His experience includes traditional finance and procurement methods for both public and private projects, such as bidding and requests for proposals, as well as more innovative methods such as public private partnerships, securitization, and toll bonds.  He is ranked in Chambers, BestLawyers, and SuperLawyers, and is a frequent speaker and writer.  He is an experienced negotiator and is trained in both arbitration and mediation.  He teaches International Oil & Gas Law as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Law at Tulane Law School.

Mr. Pitre is also extremely well known for his practice in legacy litigation in which landowners and public entities sue oil and gas companies alleging environmental damage from oil and gas exploration and production operations.  These cases often involve claims in the hundreds of millions of dollars.    As lead trial counsel in Meaux et al. v. Hilcorp et al., he defended two oil and gas exploration and production companies from claims of environmental damage.  After a three-week trial, plaintiffs asked the jury for over $60 million dollars. Instead, the jury’s verdict resulted in no liability for defendants, a result that withstood appeal.  

Mr. Pitre grew up in Cut Off in southern Lafourche Parish, Louisiana, which has grown in the past century from a collection of small Cajun French fishing villages to the central hub of the Gulf of Mexico deepwater oil and gas industry at Port Fourchon. Thus, from an early age he has understood the intricate challenges of  living and working on the Louisiana coast.  At South Lafourche High School, Mr. Pitre was a National Merit Scholar, a Presidential Scholar (one of 121 nationwide), and a Telluride Association Summer Program Scholar (one of 20 nationwide).  He then spent seven years at Harvard, where he earned his bachelor and law degrees and numerous honors.  He wrote his Harvard College magna cum laude honors thesis about a 19th century village on the Louisiana coast and his Harvard Law School senior paper about aspects of the Louisiana Constitution.  He then returned to Louisiana, ultimately serving his home town as attorney to the Greater Lafourche Port Commission during a period of explosive expansion and as a member of the Louisiana House of Representatives. 
Experience and highlights
  • Defense of several dozen lawsuits by landowners and public entities alleging environmental damage arising from oil and gas exploration and production operations
  • Lead counsel in a three-week jury trial that resulted in no liability or remediation obligation for defendants
  • Represented a client with respect to a remediation program required as a condition of settlement
  • Retained by a prominent law firm as an expert witness on the litigation and resolution of claims for environmental damage
  • Retained by the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association to provide testimony in legislative committees and advice regarding proposed legislation relating to environmental damage litigation
  • Defense of Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality enforcement actions directed at alleged air and water violations
  • Represented the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association with respect to environmental issues pending before the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Advises a major international investment bank regarding the energy industry and the Louisiana coastal protection and restoration program
  • Advised a biodiesel manufacturer on Louisiana issues
  • Advises a hydroelectric power company on Louisiana issues
  • Advised the Greater Lafourche Port Commission with respect to a citizen suit challenging NEPA compliance with respect to a federal action critical to port expansion
  • Advised the Greater Lafourche Port Commission with respect to the development of a wetlands litigation program in connection with obtaining permits for port expansion
  • Advised the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources with respect to plans for major increase of freshwater flow in to Bayou Lafourche
  • Advised the South Lafourche Beachfront Development District regarding opposition to a coastal use permit application that interfered with recreational use
  • Advised the South Lafourche Beachfront Development District regarding the compatibility of recreational use with planned federal and state ecosystem restoration projects, including preparation of a NEPA comment letter
Affiliations and honors


  • Construction Lawyers Society of America, Fellow
  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Resources
  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section
  • GNO, Inc., Public Policy Committee
  • Institute for Energy Law, Advisory Board Member, 2017-2018
  • Harvard Alumni Association Board of Directors
  • Harvard Law School Class of 1986, Permanent Class Secretary
  • Louisiana Association of Business and Industry, Board of Directors, Energy Council
  • La. 1 Coalition, Corporate Secretary, Executive Committee, Board of Directors
  • Louisiana House of Representatives, Member, 2000-2008
  • Water Code Committee of the Louisiana State Law Institute, 2016
  • Petroleum Landman's Association of New Orleans, Member
  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell


  • AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2013-2019
  • Chambers USA, Louisiana, Environment: Litigation, 2018
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2018
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer Top 50 in Environmental Litigation, 2017
  • New Orleans Best Lawyers® in Environmental Litigation Lawyer of the Year, 2015
  • Top Lawyers in Environmental Law, New Orleans Magazine, 2013
  • Leadership in Law, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2009
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1986
  • Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1983
  • State Bar of Louisiana, 1986
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
Speeches & Publications
Chambers USA 2018 recognizes Loulan Pitre for excellence in Louisiana Environmental Litigation