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Tyson B. Shofstahl


Tyson Shofstahl joined Adams and Reese in 1991 after a summer clerkship at the firm and was elected to the partnership in 1996. Most of his practice has focused on general litigation, mass/complex toxic tort litigation, products liability, and pharmaceutical drug litigation.

Tyson is a Designated Faculty Member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA®) and has taught the annual Gulf Coast Deposition Program for several years since 2001. He has occasionally served on the adjunct faculty at Loyola University School of Law. In 2007 and 2010-2014 he was listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers® - Products Liability, and in 2009 was named a Top Lawyer by New Orleans Magazine®. He is also AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

He is a member of the Louisiana State, American and Federal Bar Associations and has been admitted to practice in all Louisiana state courts, all Louisiana United States District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.

His significant contributions include:

  • Representing a variety of product manufacturers (boilers, steam generators, furnaces, cat crackers, container vessels, refractory, gaskets, packing), distributors/retailers, contractors, premises owners and employers in mass/complex toxic tort litigation, as well as defending suits involving a variety of claimed pathogens including: asbestos, silica, pesticides/insecticides, chemicals, toxic soups, grain dust and mold.
  • Practicing in the areas of pharmaceutical drug liability (PPA, prescription pain medication, anti-depressants and anti-psychotics), products liability (HVAC systems, bathroom and kitchen products, water heaters, scaffolding, welding hoses, grinding wheels, winches), general casualty, construction litigation, insurance law, professional liability and maritime law.
  • Serving as defense liaison counsel in several trial courts across the State of Louisiana.
  • Developing an active appellate practice, with numerous favorable reported decisions.
  • Drafting and lobbying several pieces of legislation in the Louisiana Legislature, including Article 253.2 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, prohibiting the interdivisional transfer of cases; the 1997 amendment to Article 1561 of the Louisiana Code of Civil Procedure, restricting trial consolidation; and the 1999 revision to Article 2315 of the Louisiana Civil Code, repealing the medical monitoring tort remedy. He has also served as a registered lobbyist for a number of corporations and trade associations, including the nationwide American Chemistry Council, and has testified before the Louisiana Legislature on several occasions.

Tyson has spoken frequently in the areas of toxic torts, most notably on medical monitoring and legislative reform.

Tyson earned his J.D. in 1991 from Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, and his Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from Tulane University in 1988.

In his free time, Tyson enjoys outdoor activities and sports, and listening to a variety of music. He takes his inspiration from his young daughter and his father, a self-made businessman who served as president of one of the largest savings and loan institutions in Louisiana for almost two decades.