“I 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. I enjoy being a part of the industry and engaging in the local and international community, including being an active member of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (“WISTA”).”
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. She also handles discovery and docket management for Fortune 500 clients. Lauren often takes 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.
Shipping and Maritime
Throughout her career, Lauren has represented a variety of maritime operators, including international shipping lines, 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.
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 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 served as a legal intern to the Honorable Paula A. Brown in Division “J” of Orleans Parish Civil District Court from 2010 to 2011.
Negotiated settlements covering an entire docket for a major energy company
Co-President of the Women’s International Shipping & Trading Association (WISTA) – New Orleans Chapter
President of the Board of Directors of the Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (SLLS)