• PRACTICE FOCUS
  • EDUCATION+
    • Tulane University Law School
      J.D., cum laude, 2012; Certificate in Maritime Law; CALI Award for Excellence; Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
    • St. John's University
      Certificate in General Insurance, 2008
    • Sotheby's Institute of Art, Manchester University
      M.A. in Business, 2006
    • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
      B.A., with honors and distinction, in Art History, 2004
  • ADMISSIONS+
    • Louisiana
    • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
    • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
    • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • CLERKSHIP+
Lauren E. Burk Associate

Lauren Burk focuses her practice on insurance coverage, representing domestic and London market insurers in complex matters and catastrophic losses involving commercial general liability, professional liability, and excess liability policies. Lauren advises and counsels insurers on multiple areas, including drafting of policy forms, other insurance disputes, extra-contractual exposure, bad faith risks, and efficient claim resolution.

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Lauren Burk focuses her practice on insurance coverage, representing domestic and London market insurers in complex matters and catastrophic losses involving commercial general liability, professional liability, and excess liability policies. Lauren advises and counsels insurers on multiple areas, including drafting of policy forms, other insurance disputes, extra-contractual exposure, bad faith risks, and efficient claim resolution.

Before attending law school, Lauren worked in the insurance industry as a claims adjuster for a global art insurer in New York City. Using her art-industry experience, Lauren also represents art-related businesses in commercial and contractual disputes and litigation.

Lauren has represented both insurance and business clients in state and federal courts in various stages of litigation. She has resolved numerous cases through settlement and mediation.

Prior to joining Phelps Dunbar, Lauren served as an extern with U.S. District Court Judge Carl Barbier in the Eastern District of Louisiana, assisting with some of the early cases of the Deepwater Horizon litigation. Lauren has a long-standing interest in maritime law and continues to be involved with the Tulane Maritime Law Journal.

Experience

  • Represents domestic insurers in Louisiana direct-action litigation.
  • Represents insurers in multiple mediation and other dispute-resolution negotiations.
  • Represents and advises business clients in contract and commercial disputes.

Insights

Publications
  • Creator and editor of multiple newsletters for the Insurance Coverage Committee of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • "Right Whales," Bilge and Barratry, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (November 2012)
  • "Aye, Aye to the Full Release: The Fifth Circuit Clarifies How a Joint Tortfeasor Can Successfully Settle and Seek Contribution," 36 Tul. Mar. L.J. 197 (2011)
News

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Mentor for Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • Tulane Inn of Court
  • New Orleans HELP Program

Recognition

  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017-2019

Education

  • Tulane University Law School
    J.D., cum laude, 2012; Certificate in Maritime Law; CALI Award for Excellence; Notes and Comments Editor, Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • St. John's University
    Certificate in General Insurance, 2008
  • Sotheby's Institute of Art, Manchester University
    M.A. in Business, 2006
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    B.A., with honors and distinction, in Art History, 2004

Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Louisiana
  • Represents domestic insurers in Louisiana direct-action litigation.
  • Represents insurers in multiple mediation and other dispute-resolution negotiations.
  • Represents and advises business clients in contract and commercial disputes.
Publications
  • Creator and editor of multiple newsletters for the Insurance Coverage Committee of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • "Right Whales," Bilge and Barratry, Vol. 3, Issue 2 (November 2012)
  • "Aye, Aye to the Full Release: The Fifth Circuit Clarifies How a Joint Tortfeasor Can Successfully Settle and Seek Contribution," 36 Tul. Mar. L.J. 197 (2011)
News
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Mentor for Tulane Maritime Law Journal
  • Tulane Inn of Court
  • New Orleans HELP Program
  • Selected to the Louisiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars list, Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters), 2017-2019