Andrew K. Jacoby

Andrew Jacoby has spent the last ten years working with people and communities impacted by environmental and public health threats. Whether it is from landowners whose land is contaminated from oil and gas waste, or water contamination from a nearby gas station, or community groups who feel that the local or state government just isn’t doing its job to protect them, Mr. Jacoby has stepped up to help enforce rights built into the law. This includes oilfield contamination, leaking gas station storage tanks, hazardous contamination from dry cleaners. But it also includes where lawsuits to enforce the Public Records Requests to state agencies, and fights to require local governments to follow their own laws with respect to zoning and land use issues.

Mr. Jacoby has quickly become known as “rescue counsel” often being brought into existing litigation to minimize past defeats and provide clients with a fresh, aggressive, and skilled approach to their matter. Mr. Jacoby’s strengths include thorough research and plainly worded legal advice to the client. Mr. Jacoby volunteers with the GreenARMY. He writes legislation aimed to protect Louisiana’s most vulnerable communities, including those along the state’s “Cancer Alley,” the small towns along the Mississippi River which are burdened by industrial operations that often don’t comply with public health safeguard rules.

While in law school, and as a member of Tulane Law School’s “Katrina Class,” Mr. Jacoby won the Brian P. McSherry Award for the student demonstrating the greatest dedication to community service. He worked as a student attorney for Tulane’s Environmental Law Clinic, where he fought against landfill expansions, among other work. Mr. Jacoby occasionally testifies at hearings in Baton Rouge on problems related to abandoned oilfields, air pollution, water pollution, and other topics. He recently received the Profile in Courage Award from Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany Parish. Mr. Jacoby’s hobbies include softball playing and football watching. His areas of practice include environmental, oil and gas, litigation, personal injury, and permitting and regulatory work.


Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana, J.D., 2008

University of Texas at Austin, Austin, Texas, B.B.A. International Business, B.A. Spanish, 1999

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2010

Texas, 2008

Publications, Seminars, & Published Decisions

  • Examining the Public Trust Doctrine’s Role in Conserving Natural Resources on Louisiana’s Public Lands, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2017
  • Louisiana Surface Water Rights, HalfMoon Seminar, 2017
  • Fracking Contamination Lawsuits, Essay released concurrent with webinar presentation, ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), 2014
  • Texas Water Scarcity and the Endangered Species Act ‘Whooping Crane’ Litigation., Essay and presentation at the Tulane Law School’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2014
  • Recent Developments in Oilfield Pollution Lawsuits. , Essay released for Tulane Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2012
  • Demolition by Neglect in Detroit and the Battle to Save Historic Tiger Stadium: Lessons for Baseball Park Preservationists, University of Denver Sports & Entertainment Law Journal, 2010
  • Coeur Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council, 557 U.S. ____ (2009): The Court Shores Up Permitting Authority for the Army Corps of Engineers, and Gives Broad Deference to Informal Agency Interpretations of Ambiguous Statutes , ABA SEER Constitutional Law Committee Newsletter, 2009
  • Water Pressure: The Eightieth Texas Legislature Attempts to Protect Instream Flows of Rivers and Streams, and Freshwater Inflows to Bays and Estuaries, Tulane Environmental Law Journal, 2007
  • The Untapped Power of RCRA’s Imminent and Substantial Endangerment Provisions, Tulane Environmental Law Summit, 2017
  • Fracking Contamination Lawsuits. Presentation for webinar, ABA Section on Environment, Energy, and Resources (SEER), 2014
  • Texas Water Scarcity and the Endangered Species Act ‘Whooping Crane’ Litigation. Presentation at the Tulane Law School’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2014
  • Fracking Contamination and Litigation – Case Law Update. Presentation on panel at ABA SEER, 42nd Annual Spring Conference, 2013
  • Toxic Tour. Served as tour guide for environmental lawyers of regional environmental lawsuits, as part of Tulane’s Summit on Environmental Law & Policy, 2010

Honors and Awards

“Profile in Courage” award from Concerned Citizens of St. Tammany, 2016
Pro Bono Project award for volunteer hours
Brian P. McSherry Community Service Award, 2008

Pro Bono Activities

Center for Human-Environmental Research, Board Member


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