meet Bessie

Bessie Antin Daschbach

Bessie Antin Daschbach is a managing member of Jones Swanson. She has extensive experience in all three of the firm’s main practice areas—environmental, commercial and international law.

Since Bessie joined Jones Swanson in 2011, she has led the firm’s environmental litigation team. She has spearheaded the landmark Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East case against nearly 100 oil and gas companies for damage they did to Louisiana’s coastal wetlands. Together with her team, Bessie has also represented landowners throughout Louisiana against some of the oil and gas industry’s largest operators in land and groundwater contamination cases.

Bessie has also helped on some of the firm’s commercial cases, and, since 2016, has been instrumental in developing its international arbitration practice.

Before joining Jones Swanson, Bessie handled commercial litigation at Sher Garner Cahill Richter Klein & Hilbert in New Orleans as well as at Siller Wilk LLP in New York City. She has also worked with the International Labor Organization in Bangkok, the United Nations Legal Affairs Codification Division, and the Open Society Justice Initiative in New York City. She is currently Vice-Chair of the Louisiana State Bar Association’s Environmental Law Section.

AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Land Damage and Property Rights
  • Commercial Litigation
  • International Arbitration

EDUCATION

  • Columbia Law School, New York, NY, 2006, LLM (International Law, Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar)
  • Tulane Law School, New Orleans, LA, 2001, J.D. (magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Civil Law Studies Award, McGlinchey Scholar)
  • Duke University, Durham, NC, 1998, B.A. (magna cum laude, Dean’s List with Distinction)
  • University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, 1996 (Victorian Women Writing Honors Program)

ADMITTED

  • Louisiana, State Courts of Louisiana
  • District of Columbia
  • New York, State Courts of New York
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 5th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of New York

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Vice-Chair, Louisiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Section
  • Loyola University Institute of Politics Fellow, 2015
  • Guest Lecturer, Tulane University Undergraduate Program and School of Public Health: Disaster Resilience Leadership Program
  • Guest Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law
  • Member, Environmental Law Section Committee, Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Member, New York State Bar Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice
  • American Civil Liberties Union, New Orleans, LA (Board Intern, Vice President, Development Committee Chair, Legislative Action Committee Member, Cooperating Attorney, 2003-2013)
  • Anti-Defamation League, New Orleans, LA (Cooperating Attorney, Summer 2005-Autumn 2005)
  • International Labor Rights Fund, Washington, D.C. (Research Assistance, Autumn 2005, Autumn 2006)
  • Louisiana Law Institute, New Orleans, LA (Junior Honorary Member, 2002)

HONORS

  • Named in Best Lawyers peer-review publication for Environmental Law and Litigation, 2017, 2018
  • Included in Best Lawyers' "Women in Law," Environmental Law, Litigation, 2017
  • Named one of New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Women of the Year,” 2016
  • Named one of New Orleans CityBusiness’ “Leaders in Law,” 2015
  • Named a "Top Lawyer," New Orleans Magazine, 2015
  • Named a "Top Lawyer" in Environmental Law, New Orleans Magazine, 2014

PUBLICATIONS & LECTURES

  • “Judge Clark Concludes Act 544 is Unconstitutional,” Louisiana Bar Journal, February/March 2015
  • “Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: The Cause for a Cure and Remedial Prescriptions for Forum non Conveniens as Applied in Latin America Plaintiffs’ Action Against U.S. Multinationals,” Law & Business Review of the Americas (Dedman School of Law at Southern Methodist University), 2007
  • “Sprietsma: The Fate of a Uniform Maritime Law,” Benedicts Maritime Bulletin, Vol. 1 No. 1, 2003
  • “Pillow Talk and Privacy: State v. Smith,” Tulane Journal of Law & Sexuality, Vol. 9, 2000
  • “Building a Contract Litigation Case,” National Business Institute, New Orleans, LA, April 2003, March 2005; Sterling Education Services, New Orleans, LA, October 2003, October 2004; Louisiana State Paralegal Association, New Orleans, LA, September 2003

REPRESENTATIVE ENVIRONMENTAL CASES

Board of Commissioners of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority–East et al. v. Tennessee Gas Pipeline Company, LLC, et al.
Sterling Sugars, Inc. v. BP American Production Company et al.
In Re: Oil Spill by the Oil Rig “Deepwater Horizon”
The Maryland Company, LLC v. ExxonMobil Corporation et al.

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