Foley & Mansfield
Foley & Mansfield

Kay Barnes Baxter

Managing Partner - New Orleans


Bar Admissions: Louisiana; Arkansas; Mississippi; Texas; Oklahoma

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.


September 10, 2018
Foley & Mansfield Opens New Orleans Office

Foley & Mansfield has opened an office in New Orleans, Louisiana to accommodate regional and national clients in the areas of toxic tort, product liability, environmental, and transportation litigation, among others.



  • Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers®, 2016 – 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America®, Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants; Product Liability Litigation - Defendants, 2012 -2019
  • Leadership in Law honoree, New Orleans City Business, 2011, 2013, 2014; Leadership in Law Hall of Fame, 2014 
  • Biz New Orleans Best Lawyers, 2018


  • Cannabis – From Seed to Sale to Suit, CLM Annual Conference, Orlando, FL, March, 2019.
  • How to Win at Trial - Hint: Pre-Trial Prep is the Key, Louisiana State Bar Association Midyear Meeting, January, 2019
  • Claims Management - Is There A Hole In My International Shoe?, CLM Annual Conference, April, 2016
  • Lead Poisoning: The Fall of the Roman Empire to Flint Michigan, CLM Summit - November, 2016 
  • Effectively Administering National Coordinating Counsel Programs Including Trial & Discovery Issues,  CLM Southern California Product Liability and Subrogation Conference, July, 2015


  • Legal Advisor, French Quarter Advocates
  • Enforcement Committee, French Quarter Management District


  • Co-Author, What A Tangled Web We Weave When First We Practice to Deceive: Transparency in Asbestos Trusts, A Commentary,  HarrisMartin Asbestos,  July, 2017  Read this Article.