R. Lee Vail P.E., Ph.D.

R. Lee Vail P.E., Ph.D.

Kean Miller LLP
  • Environmental Law, Intellectual Property, Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • Louisiana, Texas, United States Patent and Trademark Office
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Lee Vail is of counsel to the New Orleans office of Kean Miller. He joined the firm in 2010 and practices in the environmental regulatory, Process Safety Management, emergency response, and intellectual property groups. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in Louisiana and holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering. Prior to joining Kean Miller, Lee served as Manager of Environmental Affairs for a worldwide oil and gas company.

Lee brings more than 30 years of process engineering, project management, process safety management, and environmental regulatory experience in the petroleum refining industry to the representation of industry clients. His expertise includes sophisticated interaction on behalf of industry clients in connection with regulatory compliance and permitting, Process Safety Management (PSM), Risk Management Program (RMP), RAGAGEP, Process Safety Information (PSI), OSHA, EPA, and CSB investigations, release reporting, incident management, and litigation avoidance. Lee also represents clients in connection with pipeline regulatory and safety issues under PHMSA and Louisiana Department of Natural Resources programs, including jurisdictional determinations, registration requirements, compliance and due diligence associated with mergers/acquisitions of pipeline facilities or financing of projects including pipelines.

Lee is also a registered Patent Attorney and is licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Loyola University New Orleans
J.D. (2010)
Tulane University
Ph.D. (1990) | Environmental Engineering
Louisiana State University - University of New Orleans
MBA (1987)
Tulane University
M.S. (1983) | Petroleum Engineering
Louisiana State University - Baton Rouge
B.S. (1978) | Chemical Engineering
Professional Experience
Kean Miller LLP
- Current
Speaking Engagements
Common PSM/RMP Problems and Suggested Solutions, Kean Miller Environmental CLE, Houston, TX
Professional Associations
Louisiana State Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
United States Patent and Trademark Office
Practice Areas
  • Environmental Law
  • Intellectual Property
  • Energy, Oil & Gas Law
  • English: Spoken, Written
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
R. Lee Vail's Website Profile
Kean Miller LLP Website
Louisiana Law Blog
Contact & Map
Kean Miller LLP
New Orleans
909 Poydras St
New Orleans, LA 70112
Telephone: (504) 620-3356
Fax: (504) 585-3051