Neil F. Nazareth

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About Info

Neil F. Nazareth is a litigation attorney and has made a career of helping victims of major industrial disasters and environmental exposures receive compensation for injuries and death. Neil’s practice is focused on environmental, products liability, toxic tort and complex maritime cases.

Along with his firm, Neil represented the first death case from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and represents several governmental and private landowners for their economic loss and environmental damages as a result of the oil spill and other contaminations. In addition, Neil has represented many victims and their families for injuries and death from catastrophic incidents and for illnesses caused by asbestos exposure.

Neil has been honored by his peers for his exemplary work and was awarded the Louisiana Super Lawyers honors for 2016, 2015 and 2014. Neil was also awarded the prestigious Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star recognition in 2013 given to less than 2.5% of lawyers in Louisiana. He was also recognized in St. Charles Avenue Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine for this distinction. Neil has been asked to give several presentations to lawyers and communities on topics including the Oil Pollution Act and Class Action Litigation, and most recently he taught a CLE (continuing legal education) course to lawyers on Maintenance and Cure and Punitive Damages.

Neil graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance where he was on the Dean’s List. After his undergraduate studies, Neil graduated from law school at Loyola University of New Orleans’ School of Law where he was on the Moot Court Board and was a Law Excellence Award recipient in several courses.

In addition to his active law practice, Neil is the President of the Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers, he is a scoring judge in the STAC trial advocacy competition of the American Association of Justice, he was accepted into the Leadership Academy of the American Association of Justice for 2016-2017 and he is a mentor at the Loyola University College of Business Executive Mentor Program.

Areas of Practice

  • Toxic Tort Litigation
  • Admiralty/Maritime
  • Products Liability
  • Environmental Contamination
  • Class Actions
  • Premises Liability
  • Employment Law

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Education

  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Juris Doctor
    • Honors: Moot Court Board, 2002 – 2003
    • Honors: Moot Court Coach, Evidence Team and Health Law Team, 2002 – 2003
    • Honors: Moot Court Oralist, Sports and Entertainment Law Team, 2001
    • Honors: Recipient: Law Excellence Award (highest grade in the class) in Business Organizations
    • Honors: Recipient: Law Excellence Award (highest grade in the class) in Conventional Obligations
  • Louisiana State University , Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.S. Finance
    • Honors: Dean's List

Classes/Seminars

  • Speaker, “Lying in Wait with a Deadly Motion: Winning with Pretrial Motions”, Practicing Law: The Early Years – LSBA CLE, March 25, 2008
  • Speaker, “Class Actions”, Legal Secretaries of New Orleans (LSNORR), September 30, 2008
  • Moderator, “Bridging the Gap”, 48th Annual CLE, Moderator, October 22, 2008 – October 22, 2009
  • Speaker, “Oil Pollution Act”, Bayou La Batre Community Center, Alabama, May 3, 2010
  • Speaker, “Vocational Rehabilitation: Plaintiff’s Perspective”, Louisiana Association of Rehabilitation Professionals (LARP), March 9, 2012
  • Speaker, “Maintenance and Cure and Punitive Damages”, Lorman Education Services CLE Program, Maritime Personal Injury in Louisiana, April 25, 2013
  • Mentor, Business Executive Mentor Program, Loyola University College, 2013 – 2016

Honors and Awards

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, 2013
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2014, 2015, 2016
  • Recipient – Corporate and Business Award, Loyola University School of Law
  • Recipient – Law Excellence Award (highest grade in the class) in Business Organizations and Conventional Obligations, 2002 – 2003
  • Recipient – Cahill-Conway Moot Court Scholarship, 2002 – 2003
  • Eagle Scout

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • President/Director: Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers, 2013 – Present
  • Scoring Judge: American Association of Justice, STAC trial advocacy competition, 2016
  • Fellow: Institute of Politics, 2015
  • Director: Federal Bar Association, YLD Board of Directors, 2006 – 2011
  • Member: Federal Bar Association, Thurgood Marshall Moot Court Competition, Competition Committee, 2012 – 2014

Neil F. Nazareth is a litigation attorney and has made a career of helping victims of major industrial disasters and environmental exposures receive compensation for injuries and death. Neil’s practice is focused on environmental, products liability, toxic tort and complex maritime cases.

Along with his firm, Neil represented the first death case from the Deepwater Horizon explosion and represents several governmental and private landowners for their economic loss and environmental damages as a result of the oil spill and other contaminations. In addition, Neil has represented many victims and their families for injuries and death from catastrophic incidents and for illnesses caused by asbestos exposure.

Neil has been honored by his peers for his exemplary work and was awarded the Louisiana Super Lawyers honors for 2016, 2015 and 2014. Neil was also awarded the prestigious Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star recognition in 2013 given to less than 2.5% of lawyers in Louisiana. He was also recognized in St. Charles Avenue Magazine and Louisiana Life Magazine for this distinction. Neil has been asked to give several presentations to lawyers and communities on topics including the Oil Pollution Act and Class Action Litigation, and most recently he taught a CLE (continuing legal education) course to lawyers on Maintenance and Cure and Punitive Damages.

Neil graduated from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance where he was on the Dean’s List. After his undergraduate studies, Neil graduated from law school at Loyola University of New Orleans’ School of Law where he was on the Moot Court Board and was a Law Excellence Award recipient in several courses.

In addition to his active law practice, Neil is the President of the Academy of New Orleans Trial Lawyers, he is a scoring judge in the STAC trial advocacy competition of the American Association of Justice, he was accepted into the Leadership Academy of the American Association of Justice for 2016-2017 and he is a mentor at the Loyola University College of Business Executive Mentor Program.

Scott R. Bickford Principal
Lawrence J. Centola Principal
Spencer R. Doody
Roshawn H. Donahue
Jason Z. Landry
Christopher H. Carbine