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Valeria Sercovich Guey

Partner
Litigation

Valeria “Valerie” Sercovich Guey focuses her practice on the litigation of class actions and mass tort actions. She has substantial experience in mass joinder and class action cases involving naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) and chemical exposures, in particular for major oil and chemical companies.

Valerie’s practice also includes governmental relations. She has liaised with Louisiana parish governments and state representatives regarding the impact of the Biggert-Waters Act, flood insurance rate maps and FEMA-related issues.

Valerie has handled complex litigation involving thousands of plaintiffs and understands the unique issues that arise from organizing, supervising, coordinating, and managing large files. In addition, she has represented clients in matters including commercial disputes, executive officer liability, admiralty/maritime, complex litigation, and products liability. She also has valuable experience in appellate advocacy.

Her other significant contributions include:

  • Representing a Louisiana parish government regarding legal, scientific and technical grounds for appeals of flood insurance rate maps and acting as parish representative in FEMA’s pilot Levee Analysis and Mapping Procedures (LAMP) program.
  • Leading role in a multi-faceted trial team focused on complex litigation related to damage claims resulting from NORM in oil and gas operations.
  • Defending a parish government in a class action for property damage from levee failures in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.
  • Defended oil companies in property damage cases involving soil contamination and demands for remediation by landowners.

While in law school, Valerie was a member of the Loyola Law Review, and the only student to have both her casenote and comment published. She has also coauthored a published law review article on class actions.