J. MICHAEL VERON is the senior partner in the Lake Charles law firm of Veron, Bice, Palermo & Wilson, LLC. He received his B.A. in 1972 and his J.D. in 1974 from Tulane. In law school, he served as an editor on the Tulane Law Review and was elected to membership in The Order of the Coif. After a judicial clerkship, he attended Harvard Law School, where he received the LL.M. in 1976. Mr. Veron has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts in Louisiana and Texas. In recent years, he has specialized in representing landowners in cases involving oil and gas activities. He was the lead counsel in the case that established liability for oilfield contamination in so-called “legacy lawsuits.” Corbello v. Iowa Production, 850 So.2d 686 (La. 2003). Mr. Veron has published numerous law review articles and has served as a professor teaching trial practice courses to senior law students at LSU and Tulane Law Schools. He was inducted into the LSU Law Center Hall of Fame in 1993.