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Lauren R. Bridges
Associate, 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.  

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)
  • Women's International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA)
  • Women's Energy Network (Southeast Louisiana Chapter)
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association


  • Junior League of New Orleans - Bloomin’ Deals Vice Chair- Community Outreach (2017)
  • Re-Entry Court Legal Collaborative - Pro Bono Attorney


New Orleans Magazine, “Top Lawyers,” 2018

After Hours

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, and Tampa. In addition to her maritime law practice, she is engaged in the local and international shipping community, including being a very active member of the Women's International Shipping & Trading Association ("WISTA").  

At home in New Orleans, Lauren plays soccer and skeeball every week.

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