Allan Kanner

Allan graduated from Harvard Law School in 1979, and then clerked for the late Judge Robert S. Vance of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. He founded the firm in 1981 and has since  acquired a national reputation in the fields of complex litigation, environmental law, and consumer fraud. Many of his cases have become leading precedents or led to legislative and regulatory changes to better protect the public or the environment. He is frequently sought out as a teacher, lecturer, and author. He has taught law courses at Tulane Law School, Duke University, Yale University, and the University of Texas. He has authored/co-authored two books and published over sixty scholarly articles, many of which have been relied upon by courts. He is a member of the American Law Institute. Allan is a frequent speaker and lecturer on a variety of topics, and has testified numerous times before the Louisiana legislature. In addition, he has testified before the U.S. Senate regarding frauds uncovered by K&W during a lawsuit against long-term care insurance providers.

Allan represented the State of New Jersey in a major natural resource damages case that recently ended in the largest settlement in New Jersey history for natural resource damages. In addition, Allan represented the State of Louisiana in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill litigation, which resulted in the largest settlement on record for natural resource damage claims and economic losses, with Louisianan receiving the largest share of about $8 billion, the single largest state NRD recovery. Allan currently represents the State of New Jersey in a number of natural resource damages cases, the State of New Mexico against the United States Air Force for PFAS contamination, and the Conservation Law Foundation in a landmark case against ExxonMobil for climate change effects. He also serves as Lead Plaintiffs’ counsel in a national MDL class action against Dollar General for the sale of obsolete motor oils, In re: Dollar General Corp. Motor Oil Marketing and Sales Practices Litigation, MDL No. 2709 (W.D. Mo.).

Allan is a member of the bars of California, the District of Columbia, Louisiana, New Jersey, Oklahoma, New York, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico (Federal), and Texas.

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Recent Honors

Recent Activities & Associations

  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice (AAJ), 2008-2011
  • Chair, Environmental Litigation Trial Practice Sub-Committee, American Bar Association (ABA), 2006-Present
  • Member, TIPS-ABA Disaster Preparedness and Response Task Force Committee, 2011
  • Board of Directors, First Bank & Trust, 2006-2012
  • Member, Ad Hoc Supreme Court Committee To Study Perceptions of The Legal System, 2009-2011
  • President, Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), 2008-2009
  • Founding Trustee, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Foundation Board, 2002-2009
  • Member, Sedona Conference Steering Committee on Mass Torts and Punitive Damages, 2006-2008
  • Chair, Sedona Conference Advisory Board, 2007
  • Member, Property Insurance Task Force, Louisiana Legislature, 2006-2007
  • Founder and Chair of Insurance Law Section, LAJ, 2005-2007

Some Publications & Presentations

Judicial Reliance on Publications

  • Delisle v. Crane Co., No. SC16-2182 (Fla. Sup. Ct. Oct. 15, 2018), citing and quoting A. Kanner & R. Casey,
    Daubert and The Disappearing Jury Trial, 69 U. PITT. L. REV. 281 (2007).
  • Brown v. Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Corp., 2017 WL 6043956 (D.N.H. 2017), citing A. Kanner, Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LITIGATION, p 117 (Spring 2005).
  • Little Hocking Water Ass’n, Inc. v. E.I. du Pont Nemours & Co., 91 F.Supp. 3d 940 (S.D. Ohio 2015), citing A. Kanner & T. Nagy, Measuring Loss of Use Damages In Natural Resource Damage Actions, 30 COLUM. J. ENVTL. L. 417 (2005).
  • Little Hocking Water Ass’n, Inc. v. E.I. du Pont Nemours & Co., 91 F. Fupp. 3d 940 (S.D. Ohio 2015), citing A. Kanner, Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LITIGATION, p 117 (Spring 2005).
  • Perryman v. Litton Loan Servicing, LP, No. 14-CV-02261-JST, 2014 WL 4954674 (N.D. Cal. Oct. 1, 2014), citing A. Kanner, The Filed Rate Doctrine And Insurance Fraud Litigation, 76 N.D. L. REV. 1 (2000).
  • State of New Hampshire v. Hess Corp., 20 A.3d 212 (N.H. Sup. Ct. 2011), citing A. Kanner, The Public Trust Doctrine, Parens Patriae, And The Attorney General As The Guardian of the State’s Natural Resources, 16 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL’Y F., 57 (Fall 2005).
  • In re Digitek Products Liability Litig., No. MDL 2:08-MD-01968, 2010 WL 2102330 (S.D. W. Va. May 25, 2010), citing A. Kanner & R. Casey, Consumer Class Actions After CAFA, 56 DRAKE L. REV. 303 (Mar. 2008).
  • State of Louisiana, ex rel. Charles C. Foti Jr., Attorney General v. Rowan Companies, Inc., 2010 WL 1974911 (S.D. Tex), citing A. Kanner, Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LITIGATION, p 117 (Spring 2005).
  • Rios v. State Farm Fire and Casualty Co., 469 F.Supp. 2d 727, 736 (S.D. IA, Jan. 9, 2007), citing A. Kanner, The Filed Rate Doctrine And Insurance Fraud Litigation, 76 N.D. L. REV. 1 (2000).
  • New Mexico v. General Elec. Co., 467 F.3d 1223, 1243, 63 ERC 1225, 1225, 36 Envtl. L. Rep. 20,219, 20,219 (10th Cir. 2006), citing A. Kanner, The Public Trust Doctrine, Parens Patriae, And The Attorney General As The Guardian of the State’s Natural Resources, 16 DUKE ENVTL. L. & POL’Y F., 57 (Fall 2005).
  • Marmo v. Tyson Fresh Meats, Inc., 457 F.3d 748, 756 (8th Cir. Aug. 3, 2006), citing A. Kanner, Unjust Enrichment in Environmental Litigation, 20 J. ENVIRONMENTAL LAW & LITIGATION, p 117 (Spring 2005).
  • Wilson v. Pier I Imports (US), Inc., 411 F.Supp. 2d 1196, 1201, 17 A.D. Cases 1240, 31 NDLR P 251 (E.D. Cal., Jan. 27, 2006), citing A. Kanner & T. Nagy, Exploding the Blackmail Myth: A New Perspective on Class Action Settlements, 57 BAYLOR L. REV. 681 (Fall 2005).
  • Richardson v. Std Guar. Ins. Co., 371 N.J. Super. 449, 853 A.2d 955, 964, 2004 N.J. Super. LEXIS 325 (App. Div. 2004), citing A. Kanner, The Filed Rate Doctrine And Insurance Fraud Litigation, 76 N.D. L. REV. 1 (2000).
  • In re: Harvey Term Litigation, 2003 WL 26096285 (LA Civil D.Ct.) citing A. Kanner, Public and Private Laws, 10 TUL. ENVTL. L.J. 235 (1997).
  • Milkman v. American Travellers Life Ins. Co., No. 03775, 2002 WL 778272, *15, 61 Pa. D & C 4th 502, 2002 Pa. D&C LEXIS 135 (2002) (June Term 2000) (Ct. Comm. Pleas, April 1, 2002). citing A. Kanner, The Filed Rate Doctrine And Insurance Fraud Litigation, 76 N.D. L. REV. 1 (2000).
  • Blue Cross & Blue Shield of New Jersey Inc. v. Phillip Morris, Inc., 133 F.Supp. 2d 162 (E.D.NY. Feb 27, 2001), citing A. Kanner, Environmental And Toxic Tort Issues, SC84 ALI-ABA 713 (1998) (aggregate proof).
  • Redland Soccer Club Inc. v. Dept. of the Army, 835 F.Supp. 803 (MD Pa. 1993), citing A. Kanner, Medical Monitoring: State And Federal Perspectives, 2 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 1 (Spring 1989).
  • In re Hanford Nuclear Reservation Litigation, 780 F.Supp. 1551 (E.D. Wash. 1991), citing A. Kanner Medical Monitoring: State And Federal Perspectives, 2 TUL. ENVTL. L. J. 1 (Spring 1989).