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Katie S. Roth

Katie S. Roth is a commercial litigator with extensive appellate experience in state and federal courts.

About

Katie represents clients in a wide range of complex commercial disputes.  Her experience includes patent and trademark litigation, director and officer liability, unfair trade practices, class actions, contract disputes, construction litigation, and numerous oil and gas cases of all kinds.  

Additionally, Katie brings to the firm a wealth of experience in appellate law.  She handles appellate matters in the Louisiana Supreme Court, the Louisiana Court of Appeal, the United States Courts of Appeals, and in administrative proceedings.  Her clients seek her expertise in resolving complex appellate procedural issues, preparing appellate briefs and writ applications, oral argument, and assessing the likelihood of success on appeal.  Katie co-authored the “Initial Civil Appeals: Louisiana” and “Additional Civil Appeals: Louisiana” Practical Law State Q&As, published by Thompson Reuters, and she has spoken on a host of appellate topics such as best practices in brief writing, civil writ trends, and the appellate practice for the business litigator, among others. 

On a personal note, most of Katie’s free time revolves around her three children.  Her remaining time is often spent running ultramarathons and dabbling in other sports, such as rock climbing and tennis.  She also enjoys snow skiing with her family, dining out, and staying involved in her community through the Krewe of Iris, the Children’s Hospital Sugarplum Ball, and the Trinity Episcopal School Parents’ Group.

Practice Areas

Notable representations

  • Co-lead appellate counsel in a case of first impression in Louisiana involving coverage under a homeowners’ policy for the hot car death of a child.  Handled oral argument, after which the appellate court reversed and entered judgment in our client’s favor.

  • Obtained a favorable settlement for a local law firm after two years of litigating a multi-million dollar breach-of-contract claim against a California company.

  • As lead appellate counsel, successfully obtained a writ grant to reverse a summary judgment involving electronically-rejected UMBI coverage.

  • As lead appellate counsel, prevailed on appeal after oral argument to secure a reduction of a judgment and prevent our opponent from obtaining the interest it sought.

  • Lead appellate counsel, responsible for oral argument, in an appeal concerning unique issues of animal ownership under the Louisiana Civil Code.

  • Part of the appellate team that obtained full reversal of summary judgment against a client in a case involving the enforcement of contractual restrictions on the client's unpatented products.

  • Retained as appellate counsel after an adverse judgment in a Louisiana district court regarding the proper interpretation of Louisiana Mineral Code articles pertaining to surviving spouse usufructs and the open mine doctrine. Handled oral argument, after which the Court of Appeal reversed the judgment.

  • Part of the appellate team retained to assist trial counsel in seeking discretionary review by the Louisiana Supreme Court of an appellate court decision that had reversed a district court judgment dismissing class action plaintiffs' claims for punitive damages. The Louisiana Supreme Court granted the writ application and, with an accompanying order, reinstated the district court decision. 

  • Second chair in four-day trial involving commercial lease and issues of liability, causation, and damages. 

  • Part of the appellate team that secured an important decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court on the re-perfection of creditor's security interest under the Louisiana Commercial Code. 

Education

  • SMU Dedman School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2002

    • Order of the Coif

    • SMU Law Review, Member

    • Edith DeBusk Scholarship recipient

    • Elected to Student Bar Association Honor Council and Executive Board 

  • Louisiana State University, B.A., summa cum laude, 1999 

    • Phi Beta Kappa 

    • Kappa Delta Sorority (Treasurer, Assistant Treasurer)

Experience

  • Liskow & Lewis, APLC (Shareholder)

  • Law Clerk to The Honorable Tom Stagg, former United States District Judge for the Western District of Louisiana

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Simplify Your Writing to Win,” In House, April 11, 2023

  • Co-Presenter, “Streamline and Simplify Your Briefs to Win,” presented at the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Spring Litigation Webinar, “Play A Simple Tune: How to Win Your Case By Keeping It Simple (April 23, 2021)

  • Co-Presenter, “Louisiana Supreme Court:  Civil Writ Trends in the 2019-2020 Term,” New Orleans Bar Association, December 16, 2020

  • Co-Presenter, “Perspectives on the Role of Appellate Counsel Throughout the Life of a Case,” presented to industry client’s legal department, July 2020

  • Author, “Texas Supreme Court Decides Energy Transfer Partners v. Enterprise Products,” Liskow & Lewis’ The Energy Law Blog, January 31, 2020

  • Author, “Texas Supreme Court to Review $500 Million Verdict in Case Involving Formation of Partnership to Construct Crude Oil Pipeline,” Liskow & Lewis’ The Energy Law Blog, July 3, 2019

  • Presenter, “Appellate Tips for Business Litigators,” New Orleans Bar Association, June 25, 2019

  • Co-Presenter, “Louisiana Supreme Court: Civil Writ Trends in the 2017-2018 Term,” New Orleans Bar Association, April 3, 2019

  • Author, “City of New Orleans Sues Oil and Gas Companies for Allegedly Damaging Coastal Wetlands,” Liskow & Lewis’ The Energy Law Blog, April 2, 2019

  • Co-Presenter, “Ethical Implications of Campaign Contributions and Social Media,” LABI Beyond the Bar Seminar, December 3, 2018

  • Co-Presenter, “The Louisiana Supreme Court: Civil Writ Trends in the 2016-2017 Term”

  • Author, Louisiana’s Third Circuit (Again) Affirms the Applicability of the Subsequent Purchaser Doctrine to Mineral Leases

  • Co-Author, “Initial Civils Appeals: Louisiana,” Practical Law State Q&A, Thomson Reuters, May 25, 2018 

  • Co-Author, “Additional Civil Appeals: Louisiana,” Practical Law State Q&A, Thomson Reuters, May 25, 2018 

  • Author, Federal Circuit Holds U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Not Liable for Hurricane Katrina Flood Damage

  • Author, Third Circuit Affirms Trial Court’s Refusal to Adopt DNR’s Most Feasible Plan in Sweet Lake Land & Oil Co. v. Oleum Operating Company

  • “Brief Writing - Tips You Didn't Learn in Law School,” National Business Institute’s Louisiana Appellate Workshop, 2013

  • “Writs to the Courts of Appeal and the Louisiana Supreme Court,” National Business Institute’s Louisiana Appellate Workshop, 2013

  • “The Appellate Process – Appeals from Final Judgments and Interlocutory Judgments,” National Business Institute's Louisiana Appellate Workshop, 2013

  • “Kimel and Beyond: Fifth Circuit Tackles Sovereign Immunity and the Family and Medical Leave Act in Kazmier v. Widmann,” 54 SMU L. Rev. 453 (2000)

Honors & Achievements

  • Inside New Orleans Elite Lawyers, 2023

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers: 2022-2023

  • New Orleans Magazine’s List of “Top Lawyers,” 2017-2019

  • Louisiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2017

  • Benchmark Litigation Future Star Attorney, 2009

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024

  • New Orleans Magazine's 2022 Top Lawyers – Appellate Practice

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Defense Research Institute, Appellate Advocacy Committee

  • New Orleans Bar Association, Appellate Practice Committee

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