Louisiana Environmental Law, Personal Injury & Toxic Tort Attorneys
Smith Stag, LLC
New Orleans, Louisiana 70130
Law Firm Overview
Smith Stag, LLC, located in New Orleans, traces its roots to Sacks & Smith established in 1994. Stuart Smith and Michael Stag began working together in 1997 and later established the law firm of Smith Stag, LLC, focusing on plaintiff-oriented, environmental and toxic tort cases.
Our firm’s partners, Stuart Smith and Michael Stag pioneered the field of Technologically Enhanced Radioactive Materials (TERM) oilfield waste litigation. TERM is sometimes also referred to as NORM or Naturally Occurring Radioactive Materials (NORM), or TENORM. By-products of oil and gas exploration and production, TERM and NORM are radioactive, highly toxic and extremely harmful to human health.
In 1992, Stuart Smith was the first attorney to take an oil company to trial for damages caused from NORM/TERM. The Street case concerned a pipe yard located in Mississippi, which was contaminated with radiation. Chevron vigorously defended the case, during six months of trial, although the case, the longest jury trial in Mississippi history, was ultimately settled.
In a 2001 Stuart Smith and Michael Stag jointly prosecuted the widely publicized Grefer case. A jury returned a verdict of $1.056 billion dollars against Exxon/ Mobil Corporation, the world’s largest oil company, in favor of the firm's client after a six-week trial. The landmark verdict was listed in Lawyers Weekly, USA as the second largest verdict in the United States for 2001.
In addition to the successful prosecution of NORM cases, our firm has represented thousands of clients injured by toxic chemicals or defective products over the years. We have also helped individuals and their families recover compensation for personal injuries arising from commercial vessel, cruise ship and offshore accidents
Through close affiliation with law firms in other states our attorneys have litigated nationwide from West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Texas and Mississippi to Kentucky, Alabama and Florida.