Shelley Napolitano



Shelley Napolitano is a Partner in the New Orleans office of Foley Mansfield.  She is also a member of the Toxic Tort, Environmental, and Product Liability Practice Groups.  Shelley’s practice focuses in the areas of asbestos and talc.  She has successfully defended premise owners, suppliers, and various equipment and product manufacturers in traditional asbestos litigation, and she has represented defendants in talc litigation since the first cases were filed in Louisiana. 

In addition to managing day-to-day aspects of litigation, she serves a vital role in conducting large scale fact investigation projects as well as corporate and expert deposition preparation. She is a well-rounded advocate with experience in Louisiana state and federal courts, having successfully briefed and argued various discovery, dispositive, and pre-trial motions.

She is the first young lawyer appointed to serve as the Chair of the Publications Board for the Defense Research Institute (DRI).  Shelley also serves as the Young Lawyers Committee's Activities Vice Chair and has formerly chaired the Marketing, Publications, and Newsletter Subcommittees. 

Prior to joining Foley Mansfield, Shelley also managed a varied personal injury docket, defending insurers and a range of Louisiana companies in products, premise liability, and other injury cases.  She also has prior experience in premises liability, coverage, employment, and maritime litigation in Louisiana state and federal courts.  


Best Lawyers Ones to Watch®, 2021-2023 Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Star®, 2018-2022


Mediation 101: Advance Your Case and Settle It, Defense Research Institute (DRI) Young Lawyers Seminar, October 8, 2020.
Ethical Expectations of Counsel in the Tripartite Relationship, Perrin Webinar, June 3, 2020.
First Time for Everything: Tips for Preparing for and Taking Fact and Expert Depositions for the First Time, New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Program, December 11, 2019.
Avoiding Discovery Sanctions in Document Productions and Corporate Representative Depositions, Defense Research Institute (DRI) Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Boston, MA, November 14, 2019.
Ethical Issues Confronting Claims Organizations and Their Attorneys, Perrin, Morristown, NJ, October 8, 2019.
Missing in Action: What To Do When Your Client Goes Off the Grid, New Orleans Bar Association Procrastinators' Program, Dec. 7, 2018.
Embracing the Digital Age to Work in Harmony, Federal Bar Association Webinar, Oct. 29, 2014.


Defense Research Institute (DRI) Publications Board Chair
Defense Research Institute (DRI) Young Lawyers Committee, Activities Vice Chair


Lucy Lee Helm (Secretary, Vice President, and General Counsel for Starbucks) & Shelley Napolitano, Let's Meet for Coffee: Encouraging Diversity Retention and Inclusion Through Mentorship, Defense Research Institute's For The Defense, August 2015.
Shelley K. Napolitano, Social Media: An Effective Evidentiary Tool, 61 LA. B.J. 332 (2014).

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  • Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Product Liability
  • Toxic Tort / Mass Tort
  •  Environmental
  • LSU Paul M. Hebert Law Center, 2012, JD; Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, 2008, BA, English with a minor in Political Science
  • Louisiana State Bar Association (LSBA)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
  • New Orleans Bar Association (NOBA)

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