Kristin Beckman on 8/21/19. Photo by Paul Morse

Shelly S. Howat
(504) 322-7070

Shelly Howat has a litigation practice and has represented clients in a number of areas including health care, labor and employment, commercial matters, insurance coverage and bad faith litigation.  Her health care experience includes defending health care providers in medical malpractice cases at the medical review panel stage and in post-panel suits in court.  In the labor and employment arena, she has defended employers in both labor and private arbitrations, EEOC proceedings and suits in state and federal court against claims of harassment and discrimination and other asserted violations of federal and state statutes.  She also counsels employers proactively. 

Further, Shelly has defended national companies in complex suits brought by the Louisiana Attorney General’s office and in False Claims Act litigation.  She has also done extensive appellate work, including successfully drafting briefs and arguing before the Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeals and obtaining reversal of lower court decisions via supervisory writ applications to the Louisiana First, Fourth, and Fifth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

Shelly has been recognized by New Orleans CityBusiness, Ones to Watch for her professional achievementsShe is active in her community, having served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana Children’s Museum for the past six years.  She has also been active in other charitable organizations, including Boys Hope Girls Hope and Unbound.

Shelly received her juris doctor from Loyola University in 2005, where she served as a Casenote and Comment Editor for the Loyola Law Review.  After she graduated, she clerked for the Honorable Jay C. Zainey of the Federal District Court Eastern District of Louisiana for a year.

Practice Areas

Health Care
Labor and Employment
Commercial Litigation
Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith

Notable Representations

Obtained summary judgment on behalf of global dialysis company in False Claims Act suit and payment of a portion of the client’s attorney’s fees by the Relator.

Prevailed on appeal before Louisiana Fourth Circuit, resulting in jury award of nearly $1,000,000 being vacated.

Successfully defended health care institution and its providers in more than a dozen trials.

Successfully defended employers in multiple labor and private arbitrations, resulting in dismissal of the claims against them.


Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, J.D. 2005

Loyola University New Orleans, B.A. Communications with Minors in Spanish and Business Administration 2002


Adams and Reese LLP

Law Clerk to The Honorable Jay C. Zainey, United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Louisiana

Honors & Achievements

New Orleans CityBusiness, Ones to Watch, 2018
Loyola Law Review, Member and Editor
Loyola Moot Court, Member