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Barbara Arras represents defendants in toxic tort litigation primarily involving pulmonary diseases allegedly caused by asbestos and other pulmonary irritants and hematopoietic diseases allegedly caused by benzene. She is responsible for the medical defense in each case. Specifically, she analyzes the facts to formulate a theory of defense and identifies the correct scientific discipline needed to advance that theory. She then identifies and retains the best expert in that discipline from her wide network of contacts, she deposes plaintiffs’ experts, defends defense experts at their depositions, prepares Motions to Exclude plaintiffs’ experts, and opposes plaintiffs’ Motions to Exclude defense experts. She also has considerable expertise in management of complex toxic tort litigation nationwide having spent nine years as in-house counsel with two Fortune 500 corporations.


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Phelps Dunbar

Canal Place
365 Canal Street, Suite 2000
New Orleans, LA, 70130-6534

Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 100%

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LAEligible to practice law198707/08/2016
TXInactive 199707/16/2016
ILVoluntarily Inactive197805/11/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
ListedThe Best Lawyers in AmericaN/A
ListedLouisiana Super LawyersN/A
Association namePosition nameDuration
Louisiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Louisiana Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Defense Research Institute, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law CommitteeFormer ChairN/A
International Association of Defense CounselMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
For The Defense (Defense Research Institute)What Is This Thing Called RADS? - Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Loyola University Chicago School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Northwest UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Defense Research Institute, Damages SeminarThe Use of 21st Century Science to Control and Reduce Damages2005
American Bar Association 2001 Annual MeetingHot Topics in Environmental Law2001
8th Section Fall Meeting, American Bar Association Section of Environment, Energy and ResourcesLimited Only By Your Diseased Imagination: Emerging Toxic Torts in America2000
Defense Research Institute, Toxic Tort and Environmental Law Seminar"What Is This Thing Called RADS? - Reactive Airways Dysfunction Syndrome1999
American Bar Association Women as Trial Advocates SeminarFull Disclosure Without Breaking the Bank - Document Productions1998
Defense Research Institute Asbestos Personal Injury SeminarHandling Plaintiffs' Experts and Questions of Disease at Deposition and Trial: Techniques and Strategies1995
Defense Research Institute Chemical Exposure SeminarThe Role of Epidemiologist in the Chemical Case1993
Texas Association of Railroad Trial Counsel SeminarCausation and Damages in Toxic Tort Litigation1992
Defense Research Institute Asbestos Medicine SeminarThe Defense of Low-Level Exposure Cases1986
Defense Research Institute Asbestos Superstar Seminar, A State of the Art ProgramDose-Response Relationship in Mesothelioma: The One-Fiber Theory1985