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. From 2013 to 2017, she 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.


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


  • 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)


  • 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


  • Adjunct Faculty Member, Tulane Law School (teaching a course in law and coastal wetlands loss) 
  • Member, Louisiana State Bar Association, including Environmental Law Section
  • Member, New York State Bar Association, including Environmental and International Sections
  • Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Tulane University Undergraduate Program and School of Public Health: Disaster Resilience Leadership Program
  • Guest Lecturer, Loyola University School of Law
  • Loyola University Institute of Politics Fellow, 2015
  • Member, Public Justice
  • Member, Louisiana Association for Justice


  • Recognized as 2023 "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers in America for Environmental Law in New Orleans
  • 2023 Best Lawyers in America
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation – Environmental
  • Selected for inclusion in 2022 Louisiana Super Lawyers® for Environmental Law
  • 2021 Biz New Orleans Best Lawyers in New Orleans
  • 2022 Best Lawyers in America
    • Environmental Law
    • Litigation - Environmental
  • American College of Environmental Lawyers Fellow
  • Named in Best Lawyers® peer-review publication for Environmental Law and Litigation, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
  • 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


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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