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Business Spotlight: Cut Off native opens law firm focusing on energy and environmental matters

Business Spotlight: Cut Off native opens law firm focusing on energy and environmental matters

Loulan J. Pitre Jr., former area Louisiana state representative and Cut Off native, opened Kelly Hart & Pitre in June of 2014.

A New Orleans office of the Kelly Hart law firm, Kelly Hart & Pitre was the first office outside Texas for the 150-attorney law firm, which is based in Fort Worth, Texas.

Kelly Hart & Pitre’s nine-lawyer team of Louisiana lawyers focuses on energy and environmental matters, representing clients in litigation, regulatory, transactional, and governmental work.

Pitre, a former member of the Louisiana House of Representatives, concentrates his practice on energy and environmental law, with particular emphasis on operations in wetlands, coastal areas, and offshore. Loulan teaches Advanced Oil and Gas Law as a member of the part-time faculty of Tulane Law School.

Among many distinctions and honors, he is ranked by Chambers USA as a leader in the field of environmental litigation and is listed in Best Lawyers - The World’s Premiere Guide under “Litigation - Environmental” and “Oil and Gas Law,” having been named a Best Lawyers’ Lawyer of the Year for Environmental Litigation in 2015.

Loulan graduated from Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, in 1983, and received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1986.

As with any successful business organization, Kelly Hart’s greatest strengths are the experience and dedication of its people. Kelly Hart has a history of attracting graduates from over twenty-five law schools, including many nationally prominent institutions. Kelly Hart attorneys include members of the American Law Institute, numerous former federal and state court judges, judicial law clerks, and dozens of individuals recognized by their peers for their legal acumen.

Joining Loulan Pitre at Kelly Hart & Pitre are Demarcus Gordon, Aimee Hebert, Kelly Ransom, Jane Jackson, Victor Jones, D’Ann Penner, Stephanie Lintern, and Krystin Frazier.

“The attorneys at Kelly Hart & Pitre are well-known in the Louisiana legal community, with strengths in oil and gas litigation, environmental litigation, and regulatory work,” said LoulanPitre, Jr., Partner in Charge. “Kelly Hart has looked at many opportunities to expand its footprint in the region, knowing that it would help serve its existing clients. Having a New Orleans office broadens the range of services Kelly Hart can provide to our clients in the Gulf Coast region.”

Loulan’s wife, Tiffany Peperone Pitre, is an attorney and urban planner who studied at LSU. They are the parents of one and a half year old twins, Loulan III and Ellen. Loulan also has two older children, Emilie and Mathieu, both students at LSU.

Loulan’s passion for Louisiana and its future is without question.

“Louisiana is my home. My commitment is to this area and its future. Growing businesses ensure the strength of a community and leave a legacy for the next generation,” says Pitre. “I want my kids to appreciate and preserve that history, while knowing that they have the power to manifest unlimited opportunities in their lifetime.”

Asked about the future growth of the firm, Pitre said, “We are developing our business by doing work that helps our clients achieve their goals and solve their problems. If serving the best interests of our clients requires us to grow, open new offices, and hire additional lawyers, then we will do that.”

Kelly Hart & Pitre is located at 400 Poydras Street, Suite 1812, New Orleans. Loulan Pitre may be reached at and (504) 522-9822. You can learn more about Kelly Hart at

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