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Laura
Laura Springer Brown
Associate, New Orleans
One Shell Square
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139

Overview

Laura Brown is an energy and environmental litigation attorney, with emphasis on high-stakes “legacy” and coastal land loss litigation. 

Laura defends oil and gas clients—from small midstream entities to the largest E&P companies in the world—in both state and federal court and in state regulatory proceedings. In addition to her environmental practice, Laura enjoys diversifying her work with a variety of general litigation, appellate, and pro bono matters. She has written and presented on the nationally significant topic of Louisiana’s coastal litigation at conferences and CLEs in Louisiana and Texas.

Experience

  • In federal court, defended major oil companies against claim by local governmental entity seeking billions of dollars for alleged marsh loss in southeast Louisiana. The case was dismissed by the Eastern District of Louisiana, the U.S. Fifth Circuit affirmed, and the United States Supreme Court denied cert. 
  • Defends major oil companies from claims by the State and parish governments that seek damages and restoration for land loss allegedly caused by non-compliance with environmental permits
  • In Louisiana state court and before State regulatory agency, defended large energy company from landowner who sought hundreds of millions of dollars in damages from alleged oilfield contamination resulting from decades of oil and gas production
  • Represented client for the appeal of an adverse trial court judgment involving property rights in a multi-million dollar residence; the appellate court reversed and rendered judgment in favor of the client
  • Represented client pro bono on behalf of the Orleans Public Defenders, handling all aspects of the trial and appeal
 

Involvement

Professional

  • Laura is a member of the Women’s Energy Network - South Louisiana Chapter, where she serves on the Board.  As the Community Initiatives Chair, Laura implements mentoring events for women in the energy industry and organizes WEN’s participation in volunteer events to promote STEM education in primary schools. 
  • Laura is a member of the Young Energy Professionals division of the Institute for Energy Law, where her involvement has included speaking at the First National Young Energy Professionals’ Law Conference.
  • Served on Louisiana State Law Institute committee that drafted legislation involving sales of mineral rights
  • During her legal career, Laura’s pro bono work has included handling paternity, interdiction, and TPR matters for The Pro Bono Project and the Orleans Public Defenders, serving on the Pro Bono Project’s Justice for All Ball planning committee (2016, 2017) and volunteerism with the New Orleans Civil District Court’s Domestic Self-Help Desk and the H.E.L.P. program providing legal services to New Orleans’ homeless citizens. 

Community

  • Laura is a parishioner of Christ Church Cathedral and a member of its Vestry, where she currently serves as Secretary.
  • As a member of the New Orleans Film Society, Laura has worked as a screener for the New Orleans Film Festival in the categories of animated shorts or narrative shorts since 2016.

Recognition

  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer," 2017
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2018
  • Junior Honorary Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, 2013

 

                           
 
                               Laura Springer Brown
Selected in 2018
Thomson Reuters 

Publications

After Hours

“I enjoy learning about the world by traveling. Nothing else has taught me resourcefulness and mental toughness quite like the experience of making it through eleven countries with just one backpack. Back at home, I am an avid fiction reader, Netflix connoisseur, and aspiring writer (emphasis on “aspiration”).

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05.21.18