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Brendan N. Hughes

Brendan N. Hughes

Associate

Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras St., 40th Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

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Office: 504-525-6802
Fax: 504-525-2456

Brendan Hughes focuses his practice in a mixture of areas including environmental, insurance, construction, property law, and maritime. Clients know that they can count on Brendan for his ability to understand the big picture while providing insight on the minute details.

With experience that is deep and far-reaching, Brendan is well seasoned in the area of environmental science. Prior to his career in law, Brendan was a senior environmental scientist with a national environmental engineering and science firm. Brendan designed and executed environmental remediation projects for clients including the U.S. EPA, U.S. Air Force, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and major oil and gas companies. Contaminants of concern included hydrocarbons, heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, amphibole asbestos, and radioactive materials, at Superfund sites, voluntary cleanup sites, legacy sites, and industrial properties throughout the United States. He also worked on hazardous waste management projects, and designed the oil spill response plan for an international oil and gas services company. Additionally, he conducted studies after oil spills for the U.S. EPA and major oil and gas companies aboard helicopters, offshore research vessels, airboats, and at incident command posts. Brendan worked on offshore projects, mapping ocean currents and studying oil spills. His work included extensive report writing and data analysis.

Following this experience and law school, Brendan went on to serve several law firms in the New Orleans area, where he has been involved in various aspects of environmental litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Took principal role in development and resolution of a significant environmental federal case.
  • Conducted research and drafted claims, motions, preliminary injunction, and briefs in citizen suits, including claims under CERCLA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and Price-Anderson Act.
  • Supported representation of municipal entities and private landowners in federal litigation.
  • Assisted in contract work on various matters, including property law, contracts, environmental exposures, and researching potential property contamination.

OVERVIEW

Brendan Hughes focuses his practice in a mixture of areas including environmental, insurance, construction, property law, and maritime. Clients know that they can count on Brendan for his ability to understand the big picture while providing insight on the minute details.

With experience that is deep and far-reaching, Brendan is well seasoned in the area of environmental science. Prior to his career in law, Brendan was a senior environmental scientist with a national environmental engineering and science firm. Brendan designed and executed environmental remediation projects for clients including the U.S. EPA, U.S. Air Force, Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, and major oil and gas companies. Contaminants of concern included hydrocarbons, heavy metals, chlorinated solvents, amphibole asbestos, and radioactive materials, at Superfund sites, voluntary cleanup sites, legacy sites, and industrial properties throughout the United States. He also worked on hazardous waste management projects, and designed the oil spill response plan for an international oil and gas services company. Additionally, he conducted studies after oil spills for the U.S. EPA and major oil and gas companies aboard helicopters, offshore research vessels, airboats, and at incident command posts. Brendan worked on offshore projects, mapping ocean currents and studying oil spills. His work included extensive report writing and data analysis.

Following this experience and law school, Brendan went on to serve several law firms in the New Orleans area, where he has been involved in various aspects of environmental litigation.

Representative Matters

  • Took principal role in development and resolution of a significant environmental federal case.
  • Conducted research and drafted claims, motions, preliminary injunction, and briefs in citizen suits, including claims under CERCLA, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, RCRA, and Price-Anderson Act.
  • Supported representation of municipal entities and private landowners in federal litigation.
  • Assisted in contract work on various matters, including property law, contracts, environmental exposures, and researching potential property contamination.

EDUCATION & ADMISSIONS

Education

  • J.D., Tulane University Law School, 2017
    • Tulane Maritime Law Journal
    • Tulane Environmental Law Clinic
    • Moot Court Interschool Trial Competition Team
    • President, Tulane Environmental & Energy Law Society
    • Rhodes, Greece Maritime Law of the Sea and Ocean Management Program
    • C.J. Morrows Scholars Award
  • B.S., Environmental Science, University of Notre Dame, 2004
  • B.A., History, University of Notre Dame, 2003 (Minor, European Studies, Nanovic Institute)

Admissions

  • Louisiana

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Louisiana State Bar Association