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Lauren R. Bridges
Shareholder, New Orleans
Hancock Whitney Center
701 Poydras Street
Suite 5000
New Orleans, Louisiana 70139


Lauren Bridges is a maritime and environmental lawyer focusing on toxic torts, personal injury, property damage, economic loss, and other disputes in the maritime and energy industries. She has experience advocating for her clients in federal and state courts, at the trial and appellate levels, in both single-plaintiff and mass tort actions. Throughout her career, Lauren has represented a variety of maritime operators in personal injury suits involving seamen and longshoremen as well as cargo claims. She has also gained extensive experience representing and defending clients in the maritime and energy sectors in Jones Act and Longshore Act claims, disputes involving land contamination, toxic torts, and personal injury toxic tort exposure from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM), refinery emissions, and oil spills. Fortune 500 clients trust Lauren to take a lead role in complex litigation involving multiple defendants and often hundreds or thousands of plaintiffs where the scope of discovery and e-discovery can be particularly voluminous. 

Lauren handles a high volume of claims and she is experienced in guiding clients through the difficult process of complex litigation management. She routinely advises clients on strategies to minimize litigation costs and exposure to liability based on the client's goals and the unique facts of each claim. She then works hand-in-hand with her clients to execute that strategy.

Lauren's passion for maritime law began well before her legal career.  She grew up in a shipping family living in various ports in the southeastern United States. In addition to her formal legal education, she gained valuable insight while interning on the London marine insurance market and for a major shipping company in Hamburg, Germany.

Lauren had the honor of serving as a legal intern to the Honorable Paula A. Brown in Division "J" of Orleans Parish Civil District Court from 2010 to 2011.



  • Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS) 
    • Board of Directors (2018-2021) 
  • Jefferson Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division Executive Board
    • Director (2016 and 2017)
    • Secretary/Treasurer (2018)
    • Vice Chair (2019)
    • Chair (2020)
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) - New Orleans Chapter Co-President (2021-present)
  • Women's Energy Network (Southeast Louisiana Chapter)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Junior League of New Orleans
    • Staffing Committee (2021-2022)
    • Finance Council Secretary (2020-2021)
    • Planning & Development Council Secretary (2019-2020)
    • Bloomin' Deals Vice Chair - Community Outreach (2017-2019)
  • Re-Entry Court Legal Collaborative - Pro Bono Attorney


  • Louisiana Super Lawyers "Rising Star", 2022
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • Louisiana State Bar Association "Outstanding Young Lawyer of Louisiana Finalist", 2021
  • Best Lawyers "One to Watch", 2021
  • New Orleans CityBusiness "One to Watch" in Law, 2020
  • New Orleans Magazine, “Top Lawyers,” 2018

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Lauren is passionate about shipping.  She grew up surrounded by the maritime industry having lived in major port cities across the U.S. including New Orleans, Charleston, Houston, Virginia Beach/Norfolk, and Tampa. In addition to her maritime law practice, she is engaged in the local and international shipping community, including being an active member of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association ("WISTA").  

“I am a creative person—I enjoy mixed media painting and searching for vintage pieces in my spare time. I also play in a skeeball league and do various community work for the Junior League of New Orleans and Re-Entry Court Program.”