Kelly Ransom


Kelly Ransom’s practice is focused on patent litigation, energy and environmental litigation, and other high-stakes, complex litigation at both the trial and appellate levels. Ms. Ransom represents some of the world’s largest technology companies in patent litigation cases in two of the nation’s busiest patent venues, the Western and Eastern Districts of Texas, as well as others. She also 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.

Ms. Ransom has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America® in numerous practice areas and honored as a Rising Star in Energy Litigation by Louisiana Super Lawyers. She was recognized as one of the top performing patent litigators in the U.S. by Patexia’s 2024 Patent Litigation Intelligence Report, achieving an overall performance score of 95.06%. After serving as the Managing Editor of the Energy Law Advisor, the Institute for Energy Law’s longest running publication, from 2019 to 2023, she was appointed Practice Committee Director and continues to serve on the Institute’s Executive Committee. Ms. Ransom is also active in her local community and is on several local non-profit boards. From 2018 to 2022, she was President of the Board of Directors of New Harmony High, a state-chartered public high school in New Orleans, Louisiana that has received national recognition for educating students through the lens of coastal restoration and preservation.

  • State Bar of Louisiana, 2008
  • State Bar of Texas, 2018
  • State Bar of Alabama, 2007
  • 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, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division

  • Center for American and International Law’s Institute for Energy Law
    • Executive Committee, 2019-Present
    • Practice Committees Director, 2024-Present
    • Vice Chair, Communications Committee, 2022-2023
    • Vice Chair, Young Energy Professionals Programs Sub-Committee, 2020-2021
  • Managing Editor, The Energy Law Advisor, 2019-2023
  • Southwest Association of Bank Counsel, 2023-Present
  • New Harmony High, XQ Super School, President of Board of Directors, 2018-2022
  • Krewe of Red Beans, Board of Directors, 2020-Present
  • Louisiana Oil and Gas Association
  • Best Lawyers®, New Orleans-Ones to Watch, U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2024
    • Energy Law
    • Environmental Law
    • Oil and Gas Law
  • Top 100 U.S. Patent Litigators, Patexia’s 2024 Patent Litigation Intelligence Report
    • Most active patent litigators representing defendants (No. 33) 
    • Best performing patent litigators representing defendants (No. 44)          
    • Best performing patent litigators overall (representing plaintiffs and defendants) (No. 72)
  • Leadership in Law Honoree, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2020, 2022, 2023
  • Leadership in Law Hall of Fame, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2023
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star, Thomson Reuters, 2021
    • Energy & Resources Law
  • Woman of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2016, 2020
  • 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

Best Lawyers®, New Orleans-Ones to Watch, U.S. News & World Report, 2022-2024