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Andrew Jacoby

Andrew Jacoby has spent the last ten years working with people and communities impacted by environmental and public health threats. Whether it is from landowners whose land is contaminated from oil and gas waste, or water contamination from a nearby gas station, or community groups who feel that the local or state government just isn’t doing its job to protect them, Mr. Jacoby has stepped up to help enforce rights built into the law. This includes oilfield contamination, leaking gas station storage tanks, hazardous contamination from dry cleaners. But it also includes where lawsuits to enforce the Public Records Requests to state agencies, and fights to require local governments to follow their own laws with respect to zoning and land use issues.

Mr. Jacoby has quickly become known as “rescue counsel” often being brought into existing litigation to minimize past defeats and provide clients with a fresh, aggressive, and skilled approach to their matter. Mr. Jacoby’s strengths include thorough research and plainly worded legal advice to the client. Mr. Jacoby serves as a volunteer board member of the Louisiana Bucket Brigade, and volunteers with the GreenARMY. He writes legislation aimed to protect Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities, including those along the state’s “Cancer Alley,” the small towns along the Mississippi River which are burdened by industrial operations that often don’t comply with public health safeguard rules.

While in law school, and as a member of Tulane Law School’s “Katrina Class,” Mr. Jacoby won the Brian P. McSherry Award for the student demonstrating the greatest dedication to community service. He worked as a student attorney for Tulane’s Environmental Law Clinic, where he fought against landfill expansions, among other work. Mr. Jacoby occasionally testifies at hearings in Baton Rouge on problems related to abandoned oilfields, air pollution, water pollution, and other topics. He recently received the Profile in Courage Award from Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany Parish. Mr. Jacoby’s hobbies include softball playing and football watching.


Tulane University Law School, J.D., 2008
University of Texas at Austin, B.B.A. International Business, 1999; B.A. Spanish, 1999

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2010
Texas, 2008

Publications, Seminars, & Published Decisions

Examining the Public Trust Doctrine’s Role in Conserving Natural Resources on Louisiana’s Public Lands, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2017

Louisiana Surface Water Rights, HalfMoon Seminar, 2017

The Untapped Power of RCRA’s Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Provisions, Tulane Environmental Law Summit, 2017

Fracking Contamination Lawsuits, Essay released concurrent with webinar presentation, ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), 2014

Texas Water Scarcity and the Endangered Species Act ‘Whooping Crane’ Litigation., Essay and presentation at the Tulane Law School’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2014

Fracking Contamination Lawsuits. Presentation for webinar, ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), 2014

Texas Water Scarcity and the Endangered Species Act ‘Whooping Crane’ Litigation. Presentation at the Tulane Law School’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2014

Fracking Contamination and Litigation – Case Law Update. Presentation on panel at ABA SEER, 42nd Annual Spring Conference, 2013

Recent Developments in Oilfield Pollution Lawsuits. , Essay released for Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2012

Toxic Tour. Served as tour guide for environmental lawyers of regional environmental lawsuits, as part of Tulane’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2010

Demolition by Neglect in Detroit and the Battle to Save Historic Tiger Stadium: Lessons for Baseball Park Preservationists, University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 2010

Coeur Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 557 U.S. ____ (2009): The Court Shores Up Permitting Authority for the Army Corps of Engineers, and Gives Broad Deference to Informal Agency Interpretations of Ambiguous Statutes , ABA SEER Constitutional Law Committee Newsletter, 2009

Water Pressure: The Eightieth Texas Legislature Attempts to Protect Instream Flows of Rivers and Streams, and Freshwater Inflows to Bays and Estuaries, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2007

Honors And Awards

“Profile in Courage” award from Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, 2016
Pro Bono Project award for volunteer hours
Brian P. McSherry Community Service Award, 2008

Professional Associations And Memberships

New Orleans Citizen Diplomacy Council
Center for Human-Environmental Research, Board Member
Louisiana Bucket Brigade , Board Member

Past Employment Positions

Jones Swanson Huddell & Garrison, Associate Attorney, 2010 - 2015
Texas Water Development Board, Attorney, 2009 - 2010
Tulane Environmental Law Clinic , Student Attorney

Pro Bono Activities

Louisiana Bucket Brigade
Center for Human-Environmental Research, Board Member



Areas Of Practice

Oil and Gas
Personal injury
Permitting and regulatory work

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