E. Blair Schilling
Blair Schilling’s dedication to her cases has proven that she can handle challenges that run the gamut. Blair is adept at quickly transitioning between complex environmental damage disputes to securities law cases to with ease, making her determination and ability to quickly synthesize the facts of a new case and contribute insight invaluable to the firm and its clients.
Blair represents clients in a wide-range of commercial matters in federal and state court, with a concentration in environmental law. She represents landowners across the state who claim property damages and remediation from oil and gas companies for contamination of “legacy” oilfields, land loss, and groundwater contamination. Her practice also spans a variety of other subject matters, including class actions, public bid law disputes, securities fraud and lender liability litigation, and contract disputes.
Prior to law school, Blair handled public and government relations for a Fortune 500 company that operates hospitals and nursing centers throughout the country.
Blair serves as the President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Women Attorneys and as the Secretary of Board of the Directors and Chairperson of the Development Committee for the International High School of New Orleans. She is also a member of the St. Thomas More Inn of Court.
J.D., magna cum laude, from Loyola University College of Law, 2013
- Member of the Loyola Law Review
- B.A. Integrated Strategic Marketing from the University of Kentucky, 2007
Publications / Presentations
- “Bundrick v. Anadarko Petroleum Company: Third Circuit Denies Certain Mineral Lessors the Right to Demand Restoration,” Louisiana Association for Justice publication, May 2016
- Panelist, “Coastal Remedies Post-SLFPAE: Private and Parish Litigation,” 23rd Annual Tulane Environmental Law & Policy Summit, March 9, 2018
- Tried a lender liability case in Broward County, Florida on behalf of a real estate development company against a hedge fund lender and its general partner that resulted in a $7.3 million judgment.
- Tried a business tort case for Rouse’s Enterprises, Louisiana’s largest grocer, against its major supplier that settled in the middle of trial for a confidential amount.
- Successfully defended Rouse’s Enterprises against a class-action suit with potential damages in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Class certification was denied in the district court and the denial was affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.
- Currently represents landowners across Louisiana against some of the industry’s largest oil and gas operators for extensive land loss and groundwater contamination caused by those operators.
- Currently represents investors from across the country against broker-dealers and financial advisors in a range of securities fraud disputes in federal court and FINRA arbitration.
- Currently represents Wallace C. Drennan, Inc. in a multi-million dollar public bid law dispute against the New Orleans Sewage and Water Board.
- U.S. District Courts for the Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit