Kathleen F. Drew (New Orleans, Louisiana)
Kathleen F. Drew (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Kathleen F. Drew

Licensed for 35 years

Practice Area: Litigation, Agricultural Chemicals, Asbestos 7 more areas of practice + 7 more

  • Peer Reviews
    5.0/5.0
Awards
AV Preeminent
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504-507-1898

Kathleen F. Drew

504-507-1898

Serving New Orleans, LA view address

Partner; Asbestos Litigation Team Leader, Litigation at firm Adams and Reese LLP

Serving New Orleans, LA view address

Awards AV Preeminent

About Kathleen F. Drew

Kathleen Drew joined Adams and Reese in 1989 and leads the Asbestos Litigation team. She focuses her practice on toxic tort litigation, product liability litigation and class action litigation. She has extensive experience in the medical and toxicological defense of these cases, and has coordinated and presented the liability and medical defense in class action litigation involving anywhere from 3,000 to as many as 10,000 claimants.

In the course of her career, Kathleen has defended toxic tort and product litigation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. She was recently named in Louisiana Super Lawyers - Environmental and Toxic Tort.

Her significant contributions include:

•Representing chemical an...

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Kathleen Drew joined Adams and Reese in 1989 and leads the Asbestos Litigation team. She focuses her practice on toxic tort litigation, product liability litigation and class action litigation. She has extensive experience in the medical and toxicological defense of these cases, and has coordinated and presented the liability and medical defense in class action litigation involving anywhere from 3,000 to as many as 10,000 claimants.

In the course of her career, Kathleen has defended toxic tort and product litigation in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Texas. She was recently named in Louisiana Super Lawyers - Environmental and Toxic Tort.

Her significant contributions include:

•Representing chemical and/or petrochemical companies in toxic tort cases involving exposures to asbestos, silica, benzene, DDT, dioxin, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, sulphur gas and numerous other chemicals.
•Creating and maintaining a database of claimants involved in toxic tort class action or mass consolidation litigation that have been filed in Louisiana, which has been used for various clients to assist in isolating and recognizing repeat or fraudulent claimants.
•Using the database of claimants to assist various Louisiana courts in the selection of juries, at class certification hearings and trials, and in the settlement and/or mediation of claims, resulting in reduced settlements.
•Providing substantial counseling and advice to clients in negotiating and obtaining class action settlements and global settlements.
•Assisting clients in developing strategies to respond to voluminous document productions and to protect privileged documents and responding to nationwide discovery so as to maintain consistency and uniformity across various venues.

Kathleen has been actively involved in the Defense Research Institute and is a member of the Environmental Law Committee of the DRI as well as the Asbestos Medicine Subcommittee. She has made several presentations to the DRI, other organizations and attorneys with regards to the medical defense of toxic tort litigation.

Kathleen was appointed by the Chancellor of Louisiana State University Law School to serve on its Alumni Board of Directors and its Louisiana Environmental Round Table, an organization consisting of plaintiff and defense lawyers, federal and state court judges, members of the Louisiana DEW, members of the EPA and representatives from various industries, whose purpose is to discuss issues encountered in handling toxic tort litigation.

In her free time, Kathleen is a reader, gardener, cook specializing in Louisiana food and an avid sports fan.

Other Distinctions

AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Louisiana Super Lawyers - Environmental and Toxic Tort

Best Lawyers - Environmental, Product Liability Litigation

Press Releases

Adams and Reese Has 117 Attorneys Ranked Among The Best Lawyers in America, 2017 Edition

8/15/2016

30 Adams and Reese Attorneys Selected to 2016 Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

12/29/2015

Adams and Reese Has 121 Attorneys Ranked 2016 Best Lawyers

8/18/2015

Thirty Adams and Reese Attorneys Selected to 2015 Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

12/26/2014

Adams and Reese Has 120 Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers

8/18/2014

Thirty-Eight Adams and Reese Attorneys Selected for 2014 Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars

12/26/2013

Adams and Reese Has 119 Attorneys Named to 2014 Edition of Best Lawyers

8/15/2013

Twenty-Eight Adams and Reese New Orleans Attorneys Recognized on The Pro Bono Project's Honor Roll

1/11/2013

Adams and Reese has 110 Attorneys Ranked in The Best Lawyers in America 2013 Edition

8/22/2012

Ninety-Seven Adams and Reese Attorneys Named in Best Lawyers 2012 Edition

8/31/2011

Thirty Adams and Reese Attorneys Named to List of 2011 Louisiana Super Lawyers

12/28/2010

Media Mentions

Thirty-Nine Adams and Reese Attorneys to be Listed in Super Lawyers Business Edition

3/29/2011

New Orleans Magazine Lists Forty-Five Adams and Reese Attorneys Among Top Lawyers

11/6/2009

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Areas of Law

  • Litigation
  • Agricultural Chemicals
  • Asbestos
  • Class Action / Complex Litigation
  • Environmental
  • Products Liability
  • Toxic Tort
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Medical

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      Credentials

      Position
      Partner; Asbestos Litigation Team Leader, Litigation
      Admission Details
      Admitted in 1981, Louisiana
      Law School Attended
      Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center
      Class of 1981
      J.D.
      University Attended
      Louisiana State University
      Class of 1973
      B.S.

      Louisiana State University
      Class of 1976
      M.A.