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Michael K. Powell

Personal injury Attorney at Lake Charles, LA

5.0   1 review
  • Licensed for 26 years
    State LA
    Acquired 1997
    Eligible to Practice Law Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2013

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2013. See details

About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    My personal injury practice has focused on toxic torts, product liability, premise liability, automobile accidents, and general personal injuries. I have represented corporations in mass tort cases and class actions involving thousands of potential plaintiffs. I have resolved hundreds of cases through mediation, settlement discussions, and trial. I have represented individuals who were injured by the fault of others.

    27 years, 5,000 cases

  2. Wrongful death
    I have represented clients in over 150 cases where the claims involved allegations that chronic exposure to chemicals caused cancer or other disease and death. I have also represented clients in acute exposure death claims. I have also handled cases where explosions, fires, electrocution, or other serious accidents were the alleged causes of death.

    27 years, 150 cases

  3. Admiralty and maritime
    The cases I have handled in admiralty and maritime law generally involve allegations of exposure to chemicals and disease. I have also represented clients in boating accident cases, claims of acute injuries by seamen, jones act cases, etc.

    27 years, 25 cases

  4. Environmental and natural resources
    I have represented petrochemical clients in cases involving alleged releases to the air and waterways. I have extensive experience in oil spill litigation, oil field remediation matters, and claims that refinery operations released excessive levels of SO2, H2S, and other gasses into the atmosphere.

    27 years, 20 cases

Kevin Powell has been defending individuals and corporations in litigation for over 15 years.  His practice has focused on the defense of personal injury, toxic tort, environmental, and commercial law suits. Starting September 1, 2014, Kevin Powell will be practicing with the law firm of Lee, Futrell & Perles, LLP, which is located in New Orleans, LA. 


Kevin Powell graduated with honors from Louisiana State University in 1994 and Paul M. Hebert Law Center (LSU Law) in 1997.  He clerked for the Honorable Henry L. Yelverton on the Louisiana Court of Appeal, 3rd Circuit, before associating with a group of toxic tort defense attorneys in Lake Charles.  Kevin has represented clients in jurisdictions throughout the United States since 1998.  He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association as well as other legal and civic organizations.  Kevin believes in giving back to the community and has been recognized for his contributions to pro bono services.     

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Michael K. Powell
917 7th St.
Lake Charles, LA, 70601

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Posted by Aaron | June 20, 2014
Excellent service
Kevin handled my automobile accident case in 2011. He answered all of my questions through the process. He responded to all of my calls. I was very happy with his service.


  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 250-350 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-30%
  • Pro bono 5 %
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.5 (Good)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2013.

Suspension issued in LA, 2013
updated on 07/11/2014

This means the attorney lost his or her license to practice law for a period of time. The attorney typically returns to practicing law when the suspension expires.

Michael's comment: “This suspension was a result of chemical dependency issues. There were no client complaints or other practice related complaints. I agreed to the suspension, entered a residential treatment facility for three months, and have remained sober since January of 2012. I also voluntarily contracted with the Lawyer's Assistance Program. In May 2014, the Louisiana Supreme Court held that I proved by clear and convincing evidence that I was ready to return to the full practice of law.”

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Lee, Futrell & Perles, LLP
  • 2014 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Kevin Powell, L.L.C.
  • 2014 - 2014
  • Attorney
  • Barrasso Usdin Kupperman Freeman & Sarver
  • 2009 - 2013
  • Attorney
  • Swift Spears & Harper (Later Swift & Harper)
  • 1998 - 2009
  • Judicial Law Clerk
  • Louisiana Court of Appeal, 3rd Circuit
  • 1997 - 1998
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  • Louisiana State University, Paul M. Hebert Law Center
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1997
  • Louisiana State University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1994

Sample of Legal Cases

  • US v. CITGO
  • Favorable to defense
  • Blakely v. CITGO
  • Dismissed on summary judgment
  • Quester v. BFG et al.
  • Case reduced to nuisance settlement value after extensive dispositive motions led to favorable rulings for defense
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  • Defense Research Institute
  • 1999 - Present
  • Defense Research Institute, Toxic Torts and Environmental Law Committee
  • Program Chair (2003 - 2005)
  • 1999 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Southwest Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • Member
  • 1998 - Present
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • 1997 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • 1997 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Pro Bono Service Award
  • Southwest Louisiana Bar Foundation's Pro Bono Project
  • 2011
  • DRI Today's Attorney Spotlight
  • Defense Research Institute
  • 2011
  • LSU Board of Supervisors' Certificate of Excellence
  • LSU Board of Supervisors
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • DRI Toxic Torts & Environmental Law Seminar
  • Toxic Torts & Environmental Law
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (2)
Endorse Michael
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Other
"I wholeheartedly endorse this lawyer. A brilliant attorney, highly respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Powell has great knowledge superior talent and truly cares about his clients."
Admiralty and maritime Attorney | Jul 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible."
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