Lee 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. He 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 J.D. and an 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 B.A. 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 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, premises 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 he 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.
In 2013, after more than two years of discovery and pre-trial practice, Lee obtained summary judgment on behalf of two clients, an automobile manufacturer and a dealership, in a product liability wrongful death action. After extensive briefing and argument, 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.
In 2012, Lee secured the reversal of an Orleans Parish district court ruling, which quashed their client’s subpoena to the Johns Manville Asbestos Settlement Trust. In what was the first Louisiana appellate opinion on the issue, the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeal found that the defendants were entitled to discover a plaintiff’s submissions to an asbestos bankruptcy trust and that such submissions are not protected by any recognized state-law privilege.
In an Orleans Parish matter, Lee secured the dismissal of their client via a motion for summary judgment, which argued that their client was not the successor-in-interest of a manufacturer alleged to have caused the plaintiff’s mesothelioma.
Lee B. Ziffer, Bankruptcy Trusts and Asbestos Litigation, American Bar Association Section of Litigation’s Products Liability Newsletter, Spring 2012.
Lee B. Ziffer et al., Louisiana in Toxic Exposure Claims (ABA Book Publishing 2016).
Lee Ziffer et al., Products Year in Review, American Bar Association’s Section of Litigation Joint CLE (2016) (panel moderator).