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Kelly Ransom

 Kelly Ransom is a partner in Kelly Hart’s New Orleans office and focuses her practice on coastal law and energy, oil and gas, and environmental litigation.

Ms. Ransom represents oil and gas companies in legacy litigation in which landowners and public entities allege environmental damage from oil and gas exploration and production operations and often claim damages totaling hundreds of millions of dollars. In particular, she defends clients against claims of land loss and damaged hydrology in wetlands and coastal areas. These cases involve issues relating to federal and state laws and regulations and permits issued under state and federal coastal management laws and regulations such as Louisiana’s State and Local Coastal Resources Management Act and the Clean Water Act.

Additionally, Ms. Ransom defends oil and gas clients in cases involving gas storage, as well as royalty disputes, lease maintenance claims, and other Louisiana Mineral Code claims. She gained experience representing defendants in a range of complex litigation and toxic tort cases, including NORM exposure cases, asbestos litigation, and benzene exposure cases. She has also handled various commercial litigation matters, as well as products liability cases, in both state and federal courts.

Ms. Ransom also uses her experience and knowledge of coastal issues in her community by serving on the Board of Directors of New Harmony High, a state-chartered high school focused on coastal restoration and preservation. After serving on New Harmony High’s Founding Board of Directors, Ms. Ransom was recently elected Chairman of the Board, as well as Chair of the Board’s Governance Committee.

Affiliations and honors


  • American Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Alabama Bar Association
  • Institute for Energy Law, Young Energy Professional, Advisory Board Member, 2017-2018
  • Women's Energy Network, Member
  • New Harmony High, XQ Super School, Founding Board Member
  • Moot Court: Member of the National Team and Executive Board, 2006-2007
  • Moot Court Executive Board Scholarship Recipient
  • The National Order of Barristers Honors Society 


  • Four Scholar of Merit Awards for highest grade in Pre-Trial Practice and Procedure; Wills, Trusts, and Estates; Real Estate Transactions; and Domestic Relations.
  • Woman of the Year, New Orleans CityBusiness, 2016 
  • Cumberland School of Law, J.D., 2007
    • Dean's List, 2004-2007
  • Rhodes College, B.A., 2003
  • State Bar of Louisiana, 2008
  • State Bar of Alabama, 2007
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
Speeches & Publications
  • "Young Lawyers Corner:  Advising Clients on Their Duty to Preserve Evidence," ABA Section of Litigation, Mass Torts Journal, Vol. 9, No. 2, page 5, Winter 2011
Kelly Ransom chosen as CityBusiness 2016 Woman of the Year