Elizabeth B. Petersen

Lili has been with Kanner & Whiteley since 1996, and is a member of the firm. She focuses primarily on environmental, natural resource damages, and complex litigation. She is Special Counsel to the State of New Jersey, and involved in litigation on behalf of the State of New Jersey to recover for damage to its natural resources from various defendants, including ExxonMobil in which she participated in a months-long trial in 2014. She also served as Special Counsel to the Louisiana Attorney General representing the State of Louisiana in the litigation against the many defendants associated with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster. That effort resulted in a substantial Natural Resource Damage and Economic settlement for the State of Louisiana that was approved by the District Court in 2016.

Lili has been involved in a number of cases on behalf of private property owners for damage suffered because of pollution. Zancorp Properties, et al., v. Browning Ferris Industries, et al., No. 466933 (19th J.D.C. LA);  Guste v. Shell Oil Co., No. 95-0601-D (E.D. LA)

She has also litigated as co-lead counsel in a number of cases on behalf of classes of property owners for effects of contaminated ground and surface waters, which have resulted in multi-million dollar settlements. Samples v. Conoco, Inc., No. 01-631 (Fla. 1 JDCC);  Petrovic v. Amoco Oil Co., 200 F.3d 1140 (8th Cir. 1999).

Lili has also litigated as co-lead counsel for class of purchasers of a prescription drug where misrepresentations by the manufacturer inflated purchase prices. In re: Synthroid Marketing Litigation, MDL No. 1182, 264 F.3d 712 (7th Cir. 2001)(Settlement of $98 million affirmed on appeal).

While at Tulane Law School, she practiced as a student attorney with the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic.

Lili has also taught Environmental and Toxic Torts as an Adjunct Professor at Tulane Law School (2007 to 2008).

She is a member of the State Bar of Louisiana.

Leadership in Law - 2015

Recent Activities & Honors

  • 2019 Finalist, Elite Trial Lawyers, National Law Journal (Environmental Protection)
  • Leadership In Law, City Business, 2015