Kathleen F. Drew

Kathleen F. Drew (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Kathleen F. Drew

Attorney in New Orleans, LA
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.


AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Louisiana Super Lawyers - Environmental and Toxic Tort

Best Lawyers - Environmental, Product Liability Litigation

Press Releases

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

Adams and Reese Has 120 Attorneys Ranked Among 2015 Best Lawyers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Media Mentions

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Areas of Law

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

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Experience & Credentials

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

Louisiana State University
Class of 1976

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Contact Information

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Firm Address
Adams and Reese LLP
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500,
New Orleans, LA 70139
Office Information
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Kathleen F. Drew
Partner, Litigation; Asbestos Litigation Team Leader
Adams and Reese LLP
One Shell Square, 701 Poydras Street, Suite 4500,
New Orleans, LA 70139

Adams and Reese LLP (New Orleans, Louisiana)