Allan Kanner

Allan graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979, and then clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He founded the firm in 1981 and has since  acquired a national reputation in the fields of complex litigation, environmental law, and consumer fraud. Many of his cases have become leading precedents or led to legislative and regulatory changes to better protect the public or the environment. He is frequently sought out as a teacher, lecturer, and author. He has taught law courses at Tulane Law School, Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Texas. He has authored/co-authored two books and published over sixty scholarly articles, many of which have been relied upon by courts. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Allan is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics, and has testified numerous times before the Louisiana legislature. In addition, he has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding frauds uncovered by K&W during a lawsuit against long-term care insurance providers.

Allan currently represents the State of New Jersey against ExxonMobil in a major natural resource damages case that recently ended in the largest settlement in New Jersey history for natural resource damages. In addition, Allan represented the State of Louisiana in the Deepwater Horizon Horizon oil spill litigation, which resulted in the largest settlement on record for natural resource damage claims, with Louisiana receiving the largest share. He serves as Lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in a national MDL class action against Dollar General for the sale of obsolete motor oils, In re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing And Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2709 (W.D.Mo.) and is co-lead counsel in In re: Cox Enterprises, Inc. Set-Top Cable Television Box Antitrust Litigation, MDL No. 2048 (W.D.Okla.)

Allan is a member of the bars of California, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico (Federal), and Texas.

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Recent Honors

  • 2017 Lawdragon 500
  • 2016 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Pharmaceuticals)
  • 2016 Top Rated Litigator, The American Lawyer
  • 2015 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental)
  • Distinguished Practitioner Lecturers, Mississippi College School of Law, 2015
  • Profiled as “Titan of the Plaintiffs Bar”, Law360, Oct. 15, 2014
  • First Tier Environmental Law, Chambers and Partners: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, 2009-Present
  • Leadership In Law, City Business, 2014
  • American Law Institute, 2012-present
  • Distinguished Service Award, American Association for Justice, 2010
  • Louisiana Super Lawyer, 2007-Present
  • President’s Award, Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2006
  • “AV” Martindale Hubble rating since 1981

Recent Activities & Associations

  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2008-2011
  • Chair, Environmental Litigation Trial Practice Sub-Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), 2006-Present
  • Member, TIPS-ABA Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force Committee, 2011
  • Board of Directors, First Bank & Trust, 2006-2012
  • Member, Ad Hoc Supreme Court Committee To Study Perceptions of The Legal System, 2009-2011
  • President, Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), 2008-2009
  • Founding Trustee, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Foundation Board, 2002-2009
  • Member, Sedona Conference Steering Committee on Mass Torts and Punitive Damages, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Sedona Conference Advisory Board, 2007
  • Member, Property Insurance Task Force, Louisiana Legislature, 2006-2007
  • Founder and Chair of Insurance Law Section, LAJ, 2005-2007

Publications & Presentations