Brett F. Willie
504-524-8556 (New Orleans)
Environmental Litigation; Toxic Tort Defense; Environmental Regulation; Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM); Oil & Gas Law; Occupational Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; Asbestos Defense; Insurance Defense; Medical Malpractice; and Nursing Home Litigation
Awards & Recognition:
Phillip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team, 1999
Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1999
Louisiana State University, B.S., Geography, 1991
Bar and Court Admissions:
U.S. District Court, Eastern, Middle, and Western Districts of Louisiana
Louisiana State Bar Association
Covington Bar Association
St. Bernard Parish Bar Association
Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
National Hearing Conservation Association
Louisiana State Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Award, 2017
Pro Bono Project Honor Roll, 2016
Pro Bono Project, Law Firm of the Year, 2015
34th Judicial District Court, St. Bernard Parish
Civil District Court, Orleans Parish
Brett F. Willie practices primarily in Environmental and Toxic Tort litigation, including Legacy (Act 312) oil & gas litigation, and NORM litigation. His practice also includes asbestos defense, insurance defense, medical malpractice, nursing home litigation, and occupational noise-induced hearing loss litigation. He has successfully represented both local and national clients in state and federal court.
Brett handles regulatory matters involving a wide variety of environmental medium such as soil, groundwater, and surface water, before the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (LDEQ), the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), and the Office of Conservation. He is well versed on the rules and regulations governing E&P activity, including Rule 29-B and its related provisions. He has extensive experience with cases brought under Act 312, and has worked closely with experts, including environmental engineers, health physicists, toxicologists, and chemists, in defending these cases and negotiating remediation plans. Additionally, Brett handles cases involving NORM exposure claims and is experienced with litigating both bodily injury claims and property damage claims.
Prior to joining the firm, Brett spent several years employed as an Environmental Specialist with the Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) where he managed permitting for numerous industrial and municipal waste facilities and where he presented environmental regulatory updates across the state to members of the regulated community. From 1987 until attending law school in 1996, Brett was a proud member of the Louisiana Army National Guard.
In addition to his professional work, Brett is an active member in the community. He has worked as a volunteer judge with the annual Mardi Gras Sports Law Moot Court Competition hosted by Tulane University School of Law. He has represented numerous indigent clients in both criminal and civil cases in the New Orleans metro area and he has served as court-appointed counsel for numerous minors in various civil and criminal proceedings in the area. His commitment to public service has extended to the firm where, as a member of the pro bono task force, was instrumental in developing and implementing a firm-wide pro bono policy. He has been actively involved in many clinics throughout the metro area including the Wills for Heroes program on the Northshore. This work has led to recognition for the firm from the Pro Bono Project as the Pro Bono Law Firm of the Year in 2015 and the2017 recipient of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Pro Bono Publico Award. Additionally, since 2005, he has been involved with the St. Tammany Parish Recreational District as a volunteer coach in baseball, soccer and basketball.