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Richard M. Perles

Richard M. Perles is licensed to practice in Louisiana and Texas. His practice focuses primarily on litigation, and since 1995 he has represented seismic trade associations and defended seismic contractors in a variety of surface and subsurface trespass, personal injury and environmental damage claims. He also has defended Jones Act personal injury and other maritime claims arising under P&I, CGL, and MEL insurance forms on behalf of the London insurance market, including tug and tow collisions resulting in spillage of oil and/or toxic chemicals, and subsea pipeline damage. He has written extensive analyses of liability under the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 and CERCLA.  After clerking for the United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana, Mr. Perles began his private practice in Lake Charles, specializing in toxic injury defense in cases involving alleged exposure to asbestos, pesticides, and phosgene gas. He has successfully presented our clients’ positions in nationally reported decisions, such as Musser Davis Land Co. v. Union Pacific Resources.

  • Insurance Defense
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Environmental Diseases Litigation
  • Occupational Diseases Litigation
  • Mineral Resources
  • Maritime Law
  • Princeton University (A.B. 1979)
  • Tulane University (J.D., cum laude, 1982)
  • Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana (1982-83)
  • Louisiana
  • Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
Lee, Futrell & Perles, LLP is small enough to provide prompt, personal attention, yet large enough to handle complex, multiparty litigation at every level of the state and federal judiciary. Although we are located in New Orleans, our practice is regional in scope, with lawyers licensed in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Georgia. Martindale-Hubbell's highest peer-review rating—AV®—has been conferred on the firm. Contact Us