Carisa Oden

Poolson Oden, LLC
3000 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite 200
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 766-2200

Since earning her law degree in 2008, Carisa has represented injured railroad workers and their families throughout the country. Carisa has extensive litigation and trial experience in both state and federal court. Before she became a railroad attorney, Carisa worked at a law firm exclusively protecting the rights of railroad workers. In fact, in her extensive 17-year legal career, she has only represented injuries individuals and injured railroaders working at a firm designated by the UTU, BLE and SMART TD unions.

She has experience fighting in front of the Department of Labor and Administrative Law Judges for the rights of railroad workers who face retaliation from the railroad after reporting legitimate personal injuries. Carisa has appeared pro hac vice in state and federal courts in Alabama, Mississippi, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, South Carolina, and Florida.

Carisa German-Oden tried the first successful case, Nagra v. National R.R. Passenger Corp., Case No. 2012-FRS-74 (10/29/2013), under the new whistleblower FRSA law to return an injured railroad engineer to service after the railroad carrier denied her a return to work physical. This is the first case in the country where this law was used as a sword, preventing the railroad from unilaterally and illegally picking and choosing which employees would be allowed to return to work.

Carisa German-Oden is a native of Colorado where most of her family still lives although she has lived in the New Orleans area for the last 20 years. Carisa and her husband Michael have three children, Abigail, Felix and Sebastian.

Areas of Practice

Railroad (FELA) Litigation
OSHA Whistleblower Protection from Retaliation
Personal Injury – Plaintiff


Loyola University College of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
J.D.2008, Doctor of Jurisprudence
Civil and Common Law Certification
Law Clinic/Civil and Criminal Litigation
Loyola University New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts, 2001, with Honors

Published Works

Co-authored and published Fact development through ex parte communications with employees of a defendant railroad company: Model Rule of Professional Conduct 4.2, Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 11, and Federal Employers’ Liability Act § 60, which was presented at the American Association of Justice Seminar in Philadelphia, PA on July 15, 2008.

Bar Admissions

Louisiana, 2008
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

Professional Organizations

2014-2019 Member of Academy of Rail Labor Attorneys
Federal Bar Association of New Orleans
Louisiana Bar Association
Louisiana Association for Justice
American Association for Justice
New Orleans Bar Association
Women’s Caucus of LAJ
Public Justice Foundation

Classes and Seminars

Loyola University New Orleans College of Law Skills Curriculum Instructor, “Conducting Jury Focus Groups,” February 2012