Kay Barnes Baxter
Managing Partner - New Orleans
Bar Admissions: Louisiana; Arkansas; Mississippi; Texas
Practice Groups: Toxic/Mass Tort; Product Liability; Environmental; Transportation
Education: Loyola University School of Law, JD, 1994; University of Arkansas, B.A. Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1991
Memberships: Defense Research Institute (DRI); Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM); American Bar Association; Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas and Arkansas Bar Associations; International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC); Baton Rouge Bar Association; Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel; New Orleans Bar Association; National Association of Women Lawyers
Kay Barnes Baxter, managing partner of Foley & Mansfield’s New Orleans office, is a seasoned litigator focused on the defense of toxic torts, occupational disease and environmental claims alleging personal injury and property damage, including matters involving construction litigation. Kay is a driven litigator who enjoys finding and implementing innovative ways to defend and protect her clients’ interests. She has extensive experience defending cases involving a wide range of products including asbestos, benzene, silica, talc and chemical solvents. These matters include individual claims, as well as mass torts and class actions.
Kay serves a wide range of clients in varied aspects of litigation including manufacturers, miners, suppliers, contractors, and executive officers in toxic torts, environmental, transportation, and workers compensation claims. A widely acknowledged authority in her field of practice, Kay handled the first Chinese Drywall claim accepted for defense by one of the largest insurance companies in the United States. She has also served as national trial counsel for Fortune 500 companies and has worked with the foremost nationally and internationally known experts in their various fields of specialty and continues to develop new experts for her clients.
Actively involved in leading legal defense organizations, Kay is a regular presenter at national conferences in her practice specialties. She is also active in her community by serving on various local boards and volunteering to assist the Louisiana State Bar Association.