Laura represents product manufacturers, contractors, insurers, engineers, new business ventures, and trucking companies in product liability, construction, personal injury, and labor and employment matters. She has represented clients ranging in scope and size from small, local businesses to Fortune 100 corporations.
Born and raised in Lake Charles, Louisiana, Laura has tried both bench and jury trials throughout the state. Her ability to persuade a jury and remain calm in the face of even the most challenging cases and plaintiffs is evidenced by her undefeated jury trial record. Laura has received complete defense verdicts in each and every one, most recently obtaining a zero verdict on behalf of the world’s largest powersports manufacturer, despite a nine-figure demand at close. She is skilled in defending peremptory strikes against potential jurors during voir dire and deftly navigates the cross examination of expert witnesses, often successfully striking the testimony of professional experts during trial.
With a deep appreciation for the financial and reputational risks of trial, Laura devotes much of her practice to the development and ongoing mitigation of risk for her client’s businesses, advising them on how to avoid litigation on the front-end. Laura defends employers against EEOC claims and advises corporations on how to navigate employee classification, wage and hour laws, family and medical leave, and a variety of other Fair Labor and Standards Act (FLSA) regulations. Early in her career, Laura served an integral role in the development of one of the original online food ordering and delivery companies, advising them through all phases of the start-up process, including ensuring their compliance with state and federal employment regulations.
As the daughter of one of western Louisiana’s leading defense attorneys, who now serves as corporate counsel, Laura has grown up with an appreciation for the demands of both outside and in-house counsel. Having been raised around all aspects of the law, Laura knew from an early age that she wanted to pursue a legal career. She graduated summa cum laude from McNeese State University and went on to receive her Juris Doctorate and a graduate diploma in comparative law, cum laude, from the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University in 2019. She was a recipient of the Chancellor’s Scholarship and Phelps-Dunbar Scholarship and was honored as a Dean’s Scholar each semester. While in law school, Laura was Managing Editor for the Journal of Energy Law and Resources, a member of the Public Interest Law Society, took part in the Dean’s Cup Appellate Advocacy Competition, and served as an LSU Law Ambassador. She externed with the Louisiana Attorney General’s Office and with the Western District of Louisiana under Magistrate Judge Kathleen Kay.