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Practice Focus

Litigation Practice, Environmental, Class Actions/Mass Actions/MDLs

Julie Meaders is an associate in the firm’s Litigation Section and is a tenacious advocate for her clients.

Her practice is primarily focused on environmental litigation, including coastal land loss cases in which she represents landowners, and pollution/nuisance cases in which she represents members of affected communities.

Julie also represents investors, bankruptcy trustees, and employees in a variety of commercial disputes, including bankruptcy-related litigation, matters involving breaches of fiduciary duties by directors and officers, and WARN Act litigation.

Julie’s prior experience with insurance and personal injury defense also helps support strategy in a variety of disputes.

While in law school at Tulane, Julie interned for the Honorable James L. Dennis of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. She also served as Editor in Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal. As a student attorney in the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, Julie successfully argued a motion against Formosa and LDEQ, resulting in a court order compelling LDEQ to redo its environmental justice analysis of Formosa’s proposed project.

Julie is a member of the Louisiana Bar Foundation, the Tulane Inn of Court, Phi Alpha Delta, the Federal Bar Association, the Louisiana Bar Association, the New Orleans Bar Association, and the Association for Women Attorneys.

When she is not busy working, Julie marches with the NOLA Cherry Bombs and serves as a board member for local nonprofit Make Your Move.

Education

  • J.D., cum laude, from Tulane University Law School, 2021
    • Editor in Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal
  • B.A. in Communication & Political Science, magna cum laude with departmental honors, from Tulane University, 2011

Publications / Presentations

  • The Continuing Contractual Duty Not to Aggravate a Servient Estate: Available Damages in Pipeline Servitude Cases, and Proposed Codal and Statutory Revisions, 35 Tul. Env’t L.J. 1 (Summer 2022).
  • Antelope Valley Groundwater Cases v. L.A. Cnty. Waterworks Dist. No. 40, ABA Env’t, Energy & Res. Blog (June 1, 2021).
  • Cnty. of Maui v. Haw. Wildlife Fund—Regulating Point Source Discharges Through Groundwater, 34 Tul. Env’t L.J. 229 (Winter 2021).
  • The Health Impacts of Petrochemical Expansion in Louisiana’s River Parishes, and Realistic Options for Affected Communities, 34 Tul. Env’t L.J. 113 (Winter 2021).
  • Guertin v. State—The Sixth Circuit Embraces the Substantive Right to Bodily Integrity as a Means of Holding Government Officials Accountable for Flint’s Contaminated Water Supply, 33 Tul. Env’t L.J. 221 (Summer 2020).

Practice Focus

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana State Courts
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Middle, and Southern Districts of Louisiana