Vermilion Parish School Board v. Louisiana Land and Exploration Company, et al.


Plaintiffs sought over $100 million in damages stemming from historic operations at the East White Lake field, an oil and gas production facility operated by Unocal from 1940 to 1995. One of the many Louisiana “legacy lawsuits” brought by landowners against oil and gas producers in the state, experts on both sides debated Unocal’s operational practices and extent of contamination on the property, which is home to a thriving ecological wetland as well as current ongoing oil and gas production.

The Focal Point’s Role

TFP worked with trial attorneys from King and Spalding and Kean Miller, and directly with various scientific experts to develop, refine and focus the defense team’s arguments and presentations at trial. TFP’s consultants worked alongside the client from the very early stages of the case all the way through closing argument to “clarify, create and convince”. We believe the result speaks for itself.


After a three week trial, the jury deliberated less than four hours before delivering a sweeping defense verdict.


15th Judicial District Court, Parish of Vermilion, State of Louisiana
Judge Jerome Winsberg

The Focal Point’s Client

King & SpaldingBobby Meadows
Carol Wood
Andrew StakelumKean MillerMike Phillips
Victor Gregoire
Pam Mascari
Brittany Buckley Salup