Lee B. Ziffer

Lee B. Ziffer

Lee is a Partner with Kuchler Polk Weiner, LLC. He holds the highest rating available, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell and has been selected for inclusion on the Louisiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list for four straight years. Lee is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Louisiana and Mississippi, as well the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Lee joined the firm as an associate in 2009 after graduating magna cum laude from Tulane University Law School, receiving a juris doctor and Environmental Law certification. Upon graduation, he was inducted in the Order of the Barristers National Honor Society for excellence and achievement in oral and written advocacy. In law school, Lee was an active member of the Moot Court Board. He was a member of three moot court trial teams and served as the Administrative Justice for Intraschool Competitions. Lee was also a student attorney for the Tulane Environmental Law Clinic, specializing in environmental law and litigation. In his free time, he volunteered for the New Orleans Legal Assistance Corporation, providing legal representation to victims of domestic violence. He completed his undergraduate education in 2005 at the University of Florida, graduating cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in the History of Art. In 2007, he studied international mediation and commercial arbitration at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany.

In addition to belonging to the Louisiana federal and state bar associations, Lee is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) and the American Bar Association’s Products Liability Committee, in which he holds a leadership position.

Lee’s experience is varied, but he has focused his practice on product liability defense involving automobiles, heavy trucks and machinery, and agricultural equipment. He also practices in the areas of environmental law, toxic tort litigation, premise liability, and state and federal regulatory and administrative law. Lee also works on legislative reform efforts. He focuses on delivering good results for his clients with a collaborative approach, and believes successful results come from hard work, preparation, and attention to detail.

Lee lives in uptown New Orleans with his wife, Thalia, and two sons.


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LITIGATION-RELATED AWARDS AND VICTORIES
  • Lee has received the highest rating available, AV Preeminent, from Martindale-Hubbell.
  • Lee was selected for inclusion on the 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, & 2018 Louisiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars list. Lawyers are asked to nominate the best attorneys who are 40 or under, or who have been practicing for ten years or less. The survey results are analyzed along with other evaluation criteria. The lawyers are ranked by point totals and those with the highest point totals are named to the Rising Stars list, with no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in Louisiana named to the list annually.
  • 22.2014 – Lee was promoted to Senior Counsel.
  • 08.2013 – After more than two years of discovery and pre-trial practice, Lee secured summary judgment on behalf of two clients, an automobile manufacturer and a dealership, in a products liability wrongful death action. After extensive briefing and argument and in the face of aggressive opposition, the State District Court found that the claimants could not prove that a defect in the manufacturer’s and dealership’s products caused the Decedent’s personal injuries and death.
  • 18.2012 – Janika Polk and Lee Ziffer obtained an opinion from the Louisiana Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal reversing an Orleans Parish trial judge’s ruling quashing our client’s subpoena to the Johns Manville Asbestos Settlement Trust. In what is the first Louisiana appellate opinion on the matter, the Fourth Circuit found that contrary to the plaintiff’s arguments and the trial court’s determination, defendants are entitled to discover a plaintiff’s submissions to an asbestos bankruptcy trust and that those submissions are not protected by any recognized privilege under Louisiana law.
  • 01.04.2010 – In Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans, Janika Polk and Lee Ziffer successfully obtained dismissal of our client though a Motion for Summary Judgment arguing that our client was not the successor in interest to a manufacturer alleged to have caused the Plaintiff’s mesothelioma.
 
PUBLICATIONS
 
PRESENTATIONS
  • Moderator for the Products Year in Review panel at the American Bar Associations’ Section of Litigation Joint CLE Seminar in Aspen, Colorado, on January 23, 2016.