Allan Kanner


Kanner & Whiteley, L.L.C.

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(504) 524-5777


701 Camp St


New Orleans






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.

Recent Honors

2018 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
2017 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America
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

Trial Strategies LSI’s 6th Annual NRD Litigation conference in Washington, DC (March 24, 2017)
Creating an NRD Narrative – How to Really Bring an NRD Case to Trial, The Fifth Annual Advanced Conference on Natural Resource Damages (March 11, 2015)
Common Misconceptions About Federal Jurisdiction Over Class Actions, AAJ Class Action Litigation Group Newsletter (Summer 2015)
National Resource Restoration, Vol. 28, Tul. Envt. L.J., No. 1 (May 2015)
Trial of a NRD Case, Law Seminars International (March 13th, 2015)
CAFA Removal and Remand Webinar: Key Developments for Plaintiffs and Defense Counsel, Strafford Publications, Inc. (February 24, 2015)
Environmental Whistleblower’s Rights, ABA (February 18. 2015)
Social Science Research Network’s List of Scholarly Papers
Perspectives On the Attorney-Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine, Ch. 19,
The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Work Product Doctrine (5th Ed. 2010).
Communications Between Attorneys And Putative Class Members, Ch. 7, The Attorney-Client Privilege And The Work Product Doctrine (5th Ed. 2010).
Chinese Drywall – Environmental Forensic Opportunities, Vol. 11 Environmental Forensics pp. 6-16, Issues 1 &2 (March 2010).
The Evolving Crisis Over Defective Chinese Drywall: An Overview of Legal Claims and Legislative Efforts, BNA Toxic Torts Litigation Reporter (November 2009) p. 1337.
What We Learned From Katrina, Trial Magazine (October 2009), p.39.
Consumer Class Actions After CAFA, 56 Drake L. Rev. 303 (2008).
Daubert and the Disappearing Jury Trial, 60 U. Pitt. L. Rev. 2 (2008).
Tort Remedies and Litigation Strategies, Ch. 19, Michael B. Gerrard, The Law of Environmental Justice (2nd ed.).
Class Action Practice in the Wake of CAFA, ABA Section of Litigation, Class Actions Today: Jurisdiction to Resolution (2008).
Strategy and Storytelling In Environmental Litigation, ABA Environmental Litigation Committee Newsletter (Winter/Spring 2007), p.9.
Meeting the Burden for Admissibility of Environmental Forensic Testimony, Vol. 8, No. 1, Environmental Forensics (Mar. 2007).
Understanding and Protecting Natural Resources, 17 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 119 (2006).
Legal Strategy, Storytelling and Complex Litigation, 30 Am. J. of Trial Advocacy 1 (2006).
Interpreting the Class Action Fairness Act in a Truly Fair Manner, 80 Tulane L. Rev. 1645 (2006).
Environmental and Toxic Tort Trials, 2nd Edition, Lexis-Nexis (2004, 2005).
The Public Trust Doctrine, Parens Patriae, and the Attorney General as the Guardian of the State’s Natural Resources, 16 Duke Environmental Law & Policy Forum 57 (2005).
Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. of Envtl. Law & Litig. 111 (2005).
Exploding the Blackmail Myth: A New Perspective on Class Action Settlements, 57 Baylor L. Rev. 681 (2005).
Measuring Loss of Use Damages in Natural Resource Damage Actions, 30 Columbia J. of Envtl. Law 417 (2005).
Equity in Toxic Tort Litigation: Unjust Enrichment and the Poor, 26 Law & Policy 209 (2004).
Toxic Tort Litigation in a Regulatory World, 41 Washburn L. Rev. 535 (2002).
The Politics of Toxic Tort Law, 2 Widener Law Symp. J. 163 (1997).
Public and Private Laws, 10 Tulane Envtl. L. Journal 235 (1997).
Environmental Justice, Torts and Causation, 34 Washburn L. Journal 505 (1995).
Future Trends in Toxic Tort Litigation, 20 Rutgers L. Journal 669 (1989).
Trying the Toxic Tort Case, Trial (Oct. 1987), pp. 32-38
Emerging Conception of Latent Personal Injuries in Toxic Tort Litigation, 18 Rutgers L. Journal 343 (1986).