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About Larry

Larry Shea works primarily in the energy industry representing oil and gas producers and pipeline companies. He has handled numerous matters involving legacy litigation, environmental issues, oil and gas leasing rights, and operations. He commonly represents defendants, including the defense of clients in class actions and mass joinder litigation.
Larry has played an integral role in landmark cases, such as AmCom v. Patterson, one of the first modern era decisions of the Louisiana Supreme Court upholding enforcement of an employee non-compete agreement, and Bondy v. Texas Eastern, a seminal case often cited for establishing the standard to be met in asserting a fear of cancer claim. 
Larry has been actively involved in the betterment and advancement of the legal profession. He has served as Chair of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board and has spoken on ethics at over one hundred seminars during his career. In addition, Larry served as President of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has been recognized as Chambers USA 2013-2018 Leader in Field for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas. He was named Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Oil & Gas, Shreveport(2017), Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Shreveport(2014,2016), and Litigation-Environmental, Shreveport(2013,2015, 2019). He was also recognized by The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2019, for work in Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Litigation-Environmental, Litigation-Labor and Employment, Litigation-Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Defendants, Oil and Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation-Defendants, and Real Estate Law.

Bondy v. Texas Eastern, a seminal case often cited for establishing the standard to be met in asserting a fear of cancer claim.

 

Lieber v. Rust, relating to the establishment of predial servitudes.

 

AmCom v. Patterson, one of the first modern era decisions of the Louisiana Supreme Court upholding enforcement of an employee non-compete agreement.

 

Winterrowd v. Travelers, the leading case at the time establishing the manufacturer’s duty to warn in products liability matters.

 

Successfully obtained a complete estate tax refund of all deductions claimed in Anderson v. IRS involving oil and gas property valuation.

 

Secured reversal by the Louisiana Supreme Court of the Court of Appeals in Hudson v. City of Bossier relating to the proper distribution of gaming revenues.

 

Obtained a reversal of the lower court by the Arkansas Supreme Court in Blanchard v. Sonat establishing industry favorable law in Arkansas relating to seismic exploration and trespass.

 

Motion for Reconsideration granted by district court and upheld by United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Alyce Gaines Johnson v. El Paso, confirming granting clause in standard Bath Form as broad and unambiguous. 

Recognized by SB Magazine as one of the “Top Attorneys” in the Shreveport-Bossier area, 2016
Chambers USA®,  Leader in Field for Energy & Natural Resources: Oil & Gas, since 2013
The Best Lawyers in America©, Shreveport, LA, Energy Law “Lawyer of the Year”, 2020
The Best Lawyers in America©, Shreveport, LA, Oil and Gas “Lawyer of the Year”, 2017
The Best Lawyers in America©, Shreveport, LA, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, 2014, 2016
The Best Lawyers in America©, Shreveport, LA, Litigation – Environmental, 2013, 2015, 2019, 2021
The Best Lawyers in America©, Shreveport, LA, for Commercial Litigation, Energy Law, Litigation – Environmental, Litigation – Labor and Employment, Litigation – Real Estate, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions – Defendants, Oil and Gas Law, Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Real Estate Law
Centenary College, Adjunct Professor of Business Law, 1998-2010
Super Lawyers®, Shreveport, LA, Energy & Natural Resources, Class Action/Mass Torts, Environmental Litigation, since 2008
Order of the Coif
Louisiana Law Review, Louisiana State University, 1976-1978

Presentations:

Larry has been a frequent speaker at seminars on a variety of topics including Professionalism, Ethics, Evidence, Expert Testimony, Insurance Law, Trial Techniques, Business Litigation, and Troubled Financial Institutions.

Practice Areas
Industries
Education
Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Juris Doctor, 1978
Tulane University, Bachelor of Arts, 1974
Bar Affiliations
Louisiana, 1978
Texas, 1996
Courts

United States Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
United States District Court for Eastern District of Arkansas
United States District Court for Southern District of Texas
The Louisiana Supreme Court
Louisiana Court of Appeal First Circuit
United States Court of Appeals, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits

Associations

Shreveport Bar Association

Louisiana State Bar Association – President June 2014–June 2015

Chair of the Ethics Advisory Service Subcommittee

Member of the Rules of Professional Conduct Committee

Member of the Public Access & Consumer Protection Committee

Former Chair of the Multi-Jurisdictional Practice Committee

Former Member on the Ethics 2000 Committee

Adjunct Professor of Business Law at Centenary College, 1998 – 2010

Former Member of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board – Served as Vice-Chair of the Board in 2001 and Chair in 2002

American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate Member

Senior Inn Master with the Harry V. Booth and Henry A. Politz Inn of Court

Executive Editor (1977-1978) Robert L. Tullis Moot Court Competition