Allison S. Brouk

Allison has been with Kanner & Whiteley since 2011 and is a member of the firm.  Her practice focuses primarily on environmental law and natural resource damage litigation.  Allison has worked on behalf of both public entities and private parties, and has had a major role in landmark trials and recoveries against the world’s largest polluters related to extensive environmental contamination.

 Allison acts as Special Counsel to the New Jersey Attorney General and the Department of Environmental Protection in various natural resource damage cases for the State.  She was part of the State’s litigation team in a case against Exxon Mobil Corp., for which, following a 66-day bench trial during which 25 witnesses were called including 13 experts, the parties reached a $225 million settlement, the State’s largest ever natural resource damage recovery.  Allison continues to assist in Kanner & Whiteley’s representation of the State of New Jersey on a number of natural resource damage cases.

Allison also served as part of the litigation team representing the State of Louisiana in its claim related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, in which she assisted in the recovery of more than $8.8 billion in both environmental and economic damages for the State of Louisiana resulting from the incident.  Throughout this massive litigation, Allison assisted in managing the production of millions of pages of documents from numerous state agencies; coordinating efforts among the United States and the Gulf states to develop an estimate of damages and implement early restoration projects; and litigating three phases of trial to determine allocation of liability and the appropriate amount of civil penalties.

Allison currently serves as special counsel to the Attorney General of the State of New Mexico related to its investigations and litigation of claims related to PFAS contamination.   PFAS are a family of chemicals that are linked to numerous harmful effects, including kidney and testicular cancer, ulcerative colitis, and adverse effects on fetal development during pregnancy, the liver, the immune system, the thyroid, and cholesterol levels.  Allison and the team at Kanner & Whiteley filed a lawsuit on behalf of the State of New Mexico against the United States and the Department of the Air Force related to extensive PFAS contamination at Cannon Air Force Base and Holloman Air Force Base resulting from the use of aqueous film-forming foam (“AFFF”).

Allison also currently represents the Conservation Law Foundation in landmark cases against major oil companies for their failure to follow the best practices required under federal law in armoring certain coastal fuel terminals against risks associated with climate change, thereby threatening the terminals and surrounding communities. These landmark citizen suits allege violations of the Resource Conservation Recovery Act (RCRA) and the Clean Water Act (CWA) due to defendants’ failure to harden its oil terminal and storage facilities against current and future effects of climate change.

Allison previously served as Special Counsel to the Attorneys General of the State of Mississippi and the State of New Mexico in the States’ respective cases against Dollar General regarding its deceptive and misleading marketing and sales practices used in connection with its obsolete motor oil products.

Allison previously served as class counsel in Roeder v. Atlantic Richfield Co., in which she assisted in securing and overseeing the administration of a class action settlement valued at $19.5 million that included compensation for property damages, future medical costs and the extension of the city water system to properties in the community previously serviced by contaminated well water, as well as water right permits for residents wishing to maintain the use of private wells.

Allison graduated magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, where she received a Certificate in Environmental Law. While in law school, she practiced as a student attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, was Editor in Chief of the Tulane Environmental Law Journal and was a member of the Tulane Moot Court Board. She also served as an intern for U.S. District Judge Stanwood R. Duval, Jr. in the Eastern District of Louisiana.

Allison is admitted to practice in the State of Louisiana, the Eastern, Middle and Western District Courts of Louisiana, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has also been admitted to practice pro hac vice in various courts throughout the country.  She is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice.

In addition to her legal work, Allison is a member of the Board of Directors of Teaching Responsible Earth Education (T.R.E.E.), a non-profit organization providing comprehensive curriculum based, life-science and earth education programs in “Outdoor Classrooms” to children throughout Louisiana.  She served as President of the Board from 2018 to 2021.

Recent Honors

  • 2019 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental Protection)

Publications and presentations

  • Recent Developments in Environmental Law: Precon Development Corp., Inc. v. United States Army Corps of Engineers, 633 F.3d 278 (4th Cir. 2011), 24 Tul. Envtl. L. J. 423, 437 (2010)
  • Chair, Tulane Summit on Environmental Law and Policy, “Bound by Water” (April 3-4, 2010)
  • Moderator, National Association of Environmental Law Societies Annual Conference, “Trouble the Water: How Climate Change Affects the Hydrologic Cycle” (March 6, 2010)