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Laura Springer Brown
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
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 represents energy 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
  • Filed suit in federal court on behalf of energy client to enforce contractual indemnity arising from State regulatory requirements, securing victory on summary judgment
  • 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

  • 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, service on the Pro Bono Project’s Justice for All Ball planning committee, 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. 
  • Laura is President-Elect of the Women’s Energy Network - South Louisiana Chapter, an organization promoting career development for women in the energy industry. She has previously served on the WEN-SLA Board as Public & Industry Relations Director (2020) and as Community Initiatives Director (2018-2019).
  • 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, selection for the IEL Leadership Class, and serving as the editor of The Energy Dispatch, a publication of the IEL Young Energy Professionals' Committee. Laura is also a member of IEL's Communications Committee.
  • Served on Louisiana State Law Institute committee that drafted legislation involving sales of mineral rights

Community

  • Laura is a parishioner of Christ Church Cathedral and has served on its Vestry, including service for three years on the Executive Board as Vestry Secretary.

  • As a member of the New Orleans Film Society, Laura has volunteered as a screener for the New Orleans Film Festival in the Oscar-qualifying categories of animated shorts and narrative shorts.

Recognition

  • CityBusiness' Women of the Year Class of 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star," 2018-2021
  • Institute for Energy Law, 2nd Leadership Class, 2019
  • New Orleans Magazine "Top Lawyer," 2017
  • Junior Honorary Member of the Louisiana State Law Institute, 2013
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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. (At my present stage of life, however, I use suitcases.) I still think my city is the most interesting place in the world, and I enjoy sharing New Orleans with visitors. At home, I’m an accomplished couch potato – an avid reader, a procrastinating writer, and I love discussing what’s new and good in streaming content.”

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05.21.18